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68/69 Hideaway or not?

I recently have been planing a resto my 68 hideaway grills and doors and thought.......What do you prefer? Hideaways on 68/69 or not? I know what i like!
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For me, my '68 GTO had to have hideaways. When I started looking about 10 years ago my preference was for a '68 (would consider '69) GTO, with hideaways, and prefereably with an automatic with the Hurst dual gate shifter, and factory AC since I live in Houston. I wanted factory disk brakes, and didn't really want a vinyl top, but would live with or without those.
So when I found my '68 GTO last February and it had hideaways, Hurst, no vinyl top, factory AC, and power windows at a good price I finally jumped.
If it hadn't had the hideaways I may not have been so quick to look, and I'm definitely glad I did.
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On my '68 it came with factory hideaways. Years ago I had a front end wreck and had to get a bumper from the junk yard. It was a 69 which I like better than the 68. Problem was when people would always comment on my 69 GTO. I ended up selling that and getting a 68 hideaway.
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Hideaways are way cooler.......



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I prefer the hideaways, and IMO the car was designed for it - non-hideaway cars still look like they were made for it, but they just aren't functional.

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Hideaways! I am in the market for a 68 and if I have to settle for open headlights, I will convert it. Now, question for y'all, is a conversion an option or is it cost prohibitive?

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Enjoy the hunt for a 68! Ames sells a conversion kit for $1300(ouch!) plus you will need to find used bumper brackets and headlight buckets(specific to hideaways) The inner grills are the same for both but you will need a set of hideaway doors. I am sure there will be some misc parts and fabrication needed to do a clean job that are not included in the kit. Hideaways were a must for me when I was on the hunt for a 68. Have fun!
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Thanks Fitz. Ouch is right! That kinda raises the need to find one with them. At least it can be done, because in the end, its a must. Hood tach is another one. I had a 67 with a hood tach, it was my favorite part of the car.

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Keep an eye on e-bay. Sometmes you can find a bumper complete with hideaways. Grills, doors, buckets etc..... Then you can buy repro misc parts. That's the route my friend went. Forget what he paid, but, if I remember correctly, it wasn't too bad...... He sold his bumper to recoop some of the cost...



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