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1970 Pontiac GTO 455 ***Frame Off Resto***

Hello all. Here is the start of a frame off restoration of a 1970 GTO. I am hoping to complete this within 5 years. I have never done a car restoration before, but I am good with my hands and have been fixing my daily drivers on my own since I was 16. I'm looking forward to diving into this project this winter. I have been hovering around this site for some time now and really enjoy the experience and advice you all have to offer, which gives me the confidence to do such a feat.

As some of you may know I just purchased my first home, which has a two car garage. Not only does this give me a little more stability, it also gives me the space and opportunity to start working on my project.

This thread may progress a little slow ... as I am finishing up my schooling career in December, but after that I will have all sorts of GTO time to consume my evenings and weekends.

Here she sits in the garage waiting to get some attention. Can't wait to get started. So much to do but where to begin? Sorry the picture is a little blurry but many more to come with even many more questions about putting her back together.
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Josh, Congrats on the HOME, and the GTO....did you check to see if the house has a kitchen and bathrooms?....or did you stop lookin' when you saw the garage? Eric



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I stopped at the garage, and said I'll take it. However my girlfriend advised me to see the rest of the house. I have been working under a carport on my cars (daily drivers) for the last couple years ... the heat is too brutal during summers to find motivation to be outside. I'm not sure if any of you have seen the dust storms we have had this year in Arizona. It just covers everything is dust and gets everywhere ... like going to the beach. I wasn't sure if I should have been tarping the Goat for protection or leaving here in the middle of the yard and hoping for some free blasting.

Anyways I'm totally excited about having a garage.

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dont over restore it. its hard to keep incentive for 5 years.
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Congrats on the garage and project.
I would get it together, running and driving, so you can get the thrill of the car. But finances and wants are 2 different things. Body looks solid, put it together.

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I'm going to try to get the car back together as soon as I can. I have been real busy lately and haven't found to much time to spend working on it. Right now I have the front clip removed as I intend to remove the engine and transmission and then separate the body and frame for media blasting. I have been collecting parts for the chassis. I have all the front end components. I just need to order the shocks, rear springs, rear control arm bushings, brake lines, and fuel lines.

I want to fix this problem. It appears that this car was towed by a moron who connected chains to the cowl section and the rear frame rail to move this car at one point. See pictures below. Do you think this could have done some major damage to the frame?

It looks as though it was pulled which caused a separation of the metal on the driver side rear frame rail. I was hoping to just reconnect the frame rail and straighten it out and and hope not actual damage was done other than the point of damage.
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I am worried about getting the right contour shape of the roof since I be will patching the sunroof. Would it be better to do an entire skin ... I know it is a lot more money and a heep labor hours for a skin. At the moment I am thinking about just making a patch and welding it in. Any advice and words of wisdom on welding roof patches or roof skins would be appreciated.


Also .. the second picture is my steering box. Can anyone tell me whose logo this is? I am seeking information about this box.
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That is the Saginaw logo

They make PS for almost all American made 60's and 70's cars


Clean it up and get the number so you can search them or post them.




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Started to do a little stripping down this evening. I found some casting numbers on the engine, manifold, and heads. I have a Pontiac 350 engine #9799916, with 1968 Pontiac heads #17, and a 1971 Manifold #481733 (Believe to be from a 400/455). Exhaust Manifolds are #480602 and #9796992 (If I matched these correctly they are from a 72 455). Didn't get too much further as I needed to buy some supplies to catch the drippings and what not. Also took out the sunroof and found out (didn't settle in before) part of the main roof structure was cut out for the darn sunroof. Not sure how hard that is going to be to weld in a support beam back in and then a new roof patch. Anyone got a junk shell with the roof braces for a 70? I might be interested.
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Hey Josh, looks like your really making some headway!

Frame looks like a fairly easy fix... from here anyway .

As far as the roof, yikes, that'll be a challenge. The roof brace not so bad but controlling warpage on that big flat panel will take some patients, and maybe some kind of scaffolding to give you access to work on it.

No chance PHS shows a vinyl top originally huh?
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