Wheres the pictures, now that your icon and story has me drooling.
Great story, would love to get a new, old one every year, but i'm afraid my wife does'nt have the same sense of adventure.
K, heres mine, pulled it from my member intro so i did not have to re-type
As a sixteen year old I had eyes on a black on black 66' GTO as my first car, drove buy it every day on the way to school and when it came up for sale i was just short of having the money saved to purchase, after talking with the owner he said he would hold it for two weeks while i scraped and scrounged the extra five hundred over my set budget for my first car (a feat for a 16 year old working at Micky D's), alas after the two weeks, money in hand i went to the home noticing the GTO was no where to be found, the owner answered the door and informed me he got an offer he "could'nt refuse" and had sold it just the day before. my hopes crushed and no other GTO's in my price range.
I ended up purchasing a 69' firebird 350 from a 85 year old lady complete with every dealer maintenance receipt from 69-80 and got years of enjoyment from the car and 4 subsequent other birds i've owned over the years before i "grew up".
Flash forward 30 years and with my youngest heading off to college and plenty of free time on my hands i started dreaming of that goat again, it had always been a bucket list thing to restore one. I began fiddling around on craigslist and realizing that what was a few hundred away for me back then is a few tens of thousands away from me now (for an original GTO in halfway decent shape) i started lowering my expectations and ran into a 1966 Tempest custom in Idaho, having an uncle who is a car enthusiast (porsche's) in Boise 15 minutes away from where the car was i sent him over to check it out and send pics back, assuring me everything was as stated in the add, i began haggling with the owner and purchased the car sight unseen for 2,000, add in 900 cross country shipping and a month later she was sitting in my garage. 124,000 original miles from dec 1965 through 1975, and the original owner had parked it in a car port after purchasing a new car, and there it sat for 35 years.
The car from what i can tell is 99% complete (cannot locate battery tray) and was dealer serviced during its life on the road and Ziebarted shortly after purchased (i will never say what a scam rustproofing is again), all original body is rust free, trunk has original splatter paint with 0 rust, floor pans had slight surface rust from worn out window seals on winward side and of course the vinyl interior was baked, started sand blasting the underside and what we thought was rust turned out to be caked on red clay dust which actually helped preserve the car (rubber grease seals still pliable after 35 years) this thing is like a time capsule. I was planning a GTO clone but when i saw with my own eyes how intact this car is i decided to keep it a Tempest, besides you dont see many of them around and after all they were the basis for every GTO on the road.