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I recently bought a 1971, numbers matching, GTO.

It sat in a garage for years and the body is in terrible shape. The worst is the interior. For instance, the seats are rusted out. There isn't a piece of metal in the interior that isn't covered in rust.

The floor is gone. The roof is rust.

I finally was able to get to the fuse panel, and it is rusted as well. Many wires are either cut or have metal showing.

I have a 1971 Lemans donor car. It is in much better shape.

I plan on merging the two into a fairly correct GTO, but with new wiring...different paint....and probably a few hidden electrical additions.

Any thoughts out there on whether I'm heading in the right direction?
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Sounds like a great deal. Just rebody the rusted out one. Good luck with the build.

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Post up some pix. You may surprised what people are bringing back to life....

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if i had 2 of them i would fix the good one, but dont scrap the other one. people are fixing cars that are far worse than that and would be excited to have yours as a starting point.


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Did the garage it was in have a roof on it???...

with 66Tempest fix the LeMans and get it on the road. If the frame and firewall on the GTO are savable restore that and re-body it later to get your GTO.

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I guess the answer to your question depends on your ability, available time and funds. Looks like quite the project.

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Flintstone mobile, rebody..

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My thinking

I bought the GTO because I wanted a to do a frame up rebuild with my son. He's really into cars (12 years old, going on 30).

I bought it and brought it home and realized it needed LOTS of work. My son found a 1971 LeMans for peanuts that was not rusted, but had no interior, the engine was not complete, so it seemed a good match.

This was all in the middle of a Georgia summer, so I didn't have much time to really look at either of them, I just bought them.

So this is what I have:

A. A very body rusted 1971 GTO, but the frame, engine, tranny, etc are solid.

B. The body and frame of a 1971 LeMans. The engine is missing half its parts. The interior is stripped out as they wanted to make it a dragster.

The only thing I care about is getting the GTO up and running.

When I first brought the GTO home, I had delusions of a full restoration. Two things killed that for me. The amount of body rust and interior decay, and I'm not real fond of the original colors.
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I wouldn't let the original color discourage you. From what it sounds you'll need a new paint job either way and you don't have to stay with original paint colors. My car is a 70 455, came cardinal red with sandalwood interior and a 3 spd. Motor is long gone with original trans, now it has a 350/400 setup which will be ditched for a 455 or now the more I find out about these cars might just do a 400 with a 4spd. I guess what I'm getting at is if so many parts of the car are not original, then a non original paint color won't hurt the value or enjoyment.

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