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Old 11-21-2012, 08:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I just bought a 68 GTO. I have never dealt with restoration before but am a A tech mechanic.I have some questions and im sure I will have more. The car is almost driveable. I think just a day of tinkering will get it going again. It has a 428 in it (i know NOM) It starts with a little fuel in the carb but shuts down. I have a new gastank for it and sender. Then I will blow the lines out and install a few see thru filters till im certain there is no rust. Should fire after that. Carb is already rebuilt. Undercarriage is very nice. Floors and trunk are very nice. Bottoms of the rear Quarters are holey but repairable everything else is good. Has a Hood tach (not hooked up). Also has hideaway headlamps (not hooked up. This should be entertaining) So thats about all i can say for now. My first immediate question is where to find a wire harness for hood tach? How to verify it works before I buy harness?
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Here's your wiring harness. I use Ames performance Engineering for my source for a lot of GTO items.
https://secure.amesperf.com/qilan/De...&web_access=Y]
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+2 on Ames, I got 80% of my stuff from them. Performance Years has a forum that is another good resource for information, they have body work and electrical sections along with others. M&H wire harnesse have every harness you can think of. Good choice getting a 68!! And let's see some pics.
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Congrats on the car Got photos?

Give a holler when you run into questions, I just finished restoring my 69, it's been drivable for about a year now. I did 100% of the work myself, so there's a good chance I've climbed a lot of the same mountains you're looking at.

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Welcome! I am almost finished with my 67 resto. I like PY, and they also have a great forum. AMES is a good scource for parts and info also OPGI also has lots of parts, books, etc. Post some pics!!! Eric
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well good news...It runs and runs pretty damn well. Has a high idle and a skip in it. Ill try plugs next week and see what they look like. Timing was quite aways off resulting in backfire but ear tuned it for now, will put a light on it after i get the skip out. Any idea where these things like to run? Or just do it by ear? brakes are a horror show. It stops albeit not well. Low pedal feels like I have only one rear and one front brake doing there job. I have a complete disc brake set up for the front that came with the car. Ill probably throw that all together and convert it to power assist as well.
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Well it had a little skip in it so I thought I check compression. Number 3 cyl has 30 psi. Not good. Did a leak down test and air just rushes out. But I can't tell where. The saga begins.
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Well took the intake and valley pan off today. Pumped air in cylinder 3 and low and behold. Head gasket is leaking. ALOT. So off comes the heads for a full rebuild. Cam and lifters look brand new as if this thing has been rebuilt already. Don't know what happened on this one hole but I'm on the road to figuring it out.
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Congrats on the car. Love to see some pics.

What does a 428 come out of?
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What does a 428 come out of?
428 was introduced in 1967 and was available in the 'big cars' - Bonneville, Catalina, Wagon, GP, etc.
It was "replaced" in 1970 by the 455.

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