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Old 06-12-2015, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
 
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1966 GTO Build Thread....Frame off in progress...

First time build thread poster here....

I found this beauty in October 2014. It's was a lovely pile of 1966 GTO parts. I literally pulled it out of the woods (no trees were harmed in the process). It came with a 400ci/400 set up...so clearly not a numbers car. Needs, well, just about everything.

My plans for it have varied pretty significantly. Before reading any further...if you are hoping for a completely stock restoration....or if you hate LS swaps...please close this window. It all started with the disc brake kit conversion. 2 wheel disc plans changed to 4 wheel disc...400 plans changed to the LS I had sitting in the garage...15in rally plans changed when I scored a very sweet set of 19 in tires for free-fifty. Then I discovered the 5.3 LS I bought was actually a 4.8. What to do....what to do....OH! Twin turbo it. Yes, that's right. Twin turbo plans in the near future.

What it needs:
-Frame - DONE
-trunk - DONE
-floors - started
-a couple cross members - DONE
-package tray
-quarters
-tail panel
-wheel wells
-interior
-a pillar
-glass
-brakes - DONE
-powertrain - in progress
....maybe I should have listed what it doesn't need.

Anywho....here are some pics of my progress so far.
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Old 06-12-2015, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
 
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Old 06-12-2015, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
 
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Trunk Work....
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Future twin turbo 4.8 backed by 4L80E
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Brave soul!

It'll be fun (for us) to watch.

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Would love to see some detailed plans/partnumbers on the LS swap. My 455 is the last carburated engine I ever mess with im thinking LQ9 for mine one day. Good luck and itll be worth it when its done! That moment when you drive it the first time is worth 10 fold the money and time youll have in it. Great project!

PS: The purists will get over it. Over sized wheels n tires, modern brakes and drivetrains are AWESOME imo
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You outta see her on a road course, or a quarter mile
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"... The purists will get over it. Over sized wheels n tires, modern brakes and drivetrains are AWESOME imo"





Yeah, all that stuff is great, but NOT in a '66 GTO !!! IMO
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It just tick's me off to see how some people let an Ole Goat just sit there and let it deteriorate away in the first place. Glad you are bringing her back!
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Would love to see some detailed plans/partnumbers on the LS swap. My 455 is the last carburated engine I ever mess with im thinking LQ9 for mine one day. Good luck and itll be worth it when its done! That moment when you drive it the first time is worth 10 fold the money and time youll have in it. Great project!

PS: The purists will get over it. Over sized wheels n tires, modern brakes and drivetrains are AWESOME imo

Beautiful car you have there BTW Ben.

I am just getting all the parts together to drop the motor on the frame. I will be glad to get you p/n's for everything I used once I make sure she fits good.

I appreciate the feedback. I fully expect some negativity. But I get it. I am guilty of judging other peoples stuff. I LOVE a nice clean factory original car...14's...red lines....all the old stuff. This one is outside of the box for me as well. The beauty of it is...everything is held on with a bolt. If I think it sucks....it can be changed.
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Saw your trunk repair. Can you tell me how you are joining the seams of the pan pieces and extensions together? I see the spot welds, are you welding the entire seam on both sides?
BTW, whose parts did you use?

Looks good so far!

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