This summer my Dad and I decided to take on a monster project that he had been putting off for years - his 1970 GTO Convertible (numbers matching, non clone car). He had the car built for drag racing a little over a decade ago and crashed the car while he was driving with my brother on the street. The throttle stuck and he lost control of the car. They went barreling in to a bank on the side off the road and destroyed the car. He thought the car was beyond hope of repairing, so he let it sit in his garage for over a decade as a part car for his other projects. He eventually decided the car was too valuable to waste away to nothing, so he decided to restore it. The car needs countless hours of body work to make it right, the frame needs pulled, and the entire thing needs to be sand blasted in order to restore it to its former glory.
I just finished my freshmen year in college, so I was stoked to find out that he wanted to restore it when I came home for the summer. I go to school in California, so we thought that it would be a good idea to drive it from our home on the east coast to California together after the car is finished. With that being said, we are planning on putting an LS3 crate motor in the car with a 6 speed manual transmission. We will be doing 95% of the work to the car since my dad runs his own body shop and I've been messing around with cars since I was a little kid. Let's get to some pictures.
Here's a picture of the car in its racing days:
This is how the car sat for over a decade:
Here's a few pictures of our progress so far:
We replaced the bent steering knuckle and rolled it outside for the first time in over 10 years!
I started tearing the interior out and cutting out the roll cage...
...I stripped the rear valance and trunk lid. The trunk lid had rust in it so we cut out the rust and welded plates in and filled it.