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'67 GTO Gift...

Hey Everyone,
Glad to have just joined the board. I just purchased a '67 GTO that I'm finishing to surprise my dad with as a gift. He bought a new one back in '67 and lost it because he enlisted in the armed forces during Vietnam and couldn't afford it... He has been so good to so many people (including me) and seems like he's gotten screwed over and over. I planned this for years and I'm very excited to get this to him in the next few months.
I picked up a solid 67 with fresh paint, needs interior, supposedly has fresh engine (389 built) and trans. I plan on buying a salvaged '04-'06 to take interior, engine, trans, rearend, wheels/tires, etc. to put in the '67. I will need a few trim pieces, etc. and would appreciate any advice on websites, etc. to find deals. I know about yearone.
Thanks! Pics to come..
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Also Aimes, OPG, Inline tube for anything brake related. Those GTO seats will need fabricated tracks and wiring if electric to make them work check CrustySacks thread in the archives. The back seats will need fab work to make them fit and look good. Engine/Trans/Rearend will be major undertaking. If its freshly painted and has a good engine in it, why not do the interior back to spec like your dads was when he bought it.
Used seat cores 200-400
new foams and covers 500
door panels 250
carpet 200
headliner and package tray 200

the look on your dads face when you give it to him.....PRICELESS!

its great what your doing, if you go the resto mod route he may not get to drive it for over a year....stock interior is a weekend project. Wheres my manors....welcome to the Herd... lots of great advice and knowledgeable people around here jump in and have fun.
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What a caring and terrific thing to do! Welcome to the forum, and please when you "spring it on him", tell him there are lots of folks out here who appreciate his service.

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.....and if you want to save a lot of time and fabrication buy a full interior from one of the LEGENDARY INTERIOR dealers...it will look factory new!



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Thanks guys! I thought about keeping it as is mechanically and doing the interior stock but, I want to make it a touring/cruiser so he can drive it on long trips if he chooses. I'm gonna try to video it when I give it to him. Will put on youtube... I can fabricate/weld very good and one of my good friends is a good mechanic, we're gonna try to tackle it in 3 months or less.
Thanks Again, will keep yall updated.
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Thanks guys! I thought about keeping it as is mechanically .....
That's my vote... or if it's the orginal engine (which would be a 400, not a 389 in 67), perhaps "save" that one and at least build a real Pontiac for it instead of one of those LSheviy's --- or stroke the 400 into a 461 that'll make enough torque/power to paste a BIG ol' grin on his face.(that's what I did with my numbers-matching 400 in my 69). Depending on your budget, if it's an automatic then you could consider putting in a Gear Vendors Overdrive --- best of both worlds: neck-snapping torque AND highway cruise-ability.

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Goatcheese, you're doing a noble thing, and I shake your hand for it. Excellent. FYI, I've driven GTO's for all of my adult life, and have put 100's of thousands of miles on them. They are reliable, comfortable cars in stock form. I have driven my '67 convertible cross country, to Yellowstone Nat'l park, to the Grand Canyon, etc, several times. I've put 120,000 miles on this car since I bought it back in '83. Currently, it's running its original 400 engine with later vintage lower compression heads, so it runs fine on low octane pump gas, and it has a freeway friendly 2.56 rear gear that lets it run 75mph at 2450 rpm and get over 20mpg at that speed. I'm just saying that an original or mostly original car is much easier to "build", and they really perform well. A simple conversion to lower compression, a disc brake upgrade to the front brakes, and a couple of sway bars, and you basically have a car that drives like a '90's Impala SS, but with way more power and better handling...I won't even mention looks!!!
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i admire what you are doing for your dad, but i agree with geeteeohguy. long car trips werent invented in 2004. good luck however you do it. pics are a must!


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Hey Jeff, Who told you you were an adult????????



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Good crusin' is all in the final gear ratio/cam setup....is it an automatic or stick??



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