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65 GTO with a little bit of rust.

Now I am not looking to detract from Mitch's work, it just happens that we have similar projects and some comments about his work inspiring others motivated me to post this one here as well. Why not show that if you apply yourself you can do more than you ever thought possible.

I am doing this for my father in law Dave, he helped me out when the USAF broke me and put me out. Gave me a place to live, fed me, and helped me get back on my feet. Well Dave had a 65 GTO convertible that he sold in 68 when his first daughter was on the way. He mentioned it and said it was the only car he would ever want back, so I picked a rolling shell hardtop up in South Carolina with a little bit of rust. Its a real GTO PHS verified to have been a 4 speed 4 barrel in Montero red.

It has been here since 2006 as the project I would get to when I could. Then back in November Dave ended up in the hospital with heart problems and I decided it would be a good time to get started on his car. Dave turns 65 on May 5th this year so that is the deadline, another cool part of this whole thing is the VIN ends with 00065, so that is like providence having that many 65s all at the same time.

Here it is right after it got up here to Michigan. Doesnt look all that bad from here.



Could be worse, at least it has seats in it right?



And no engine or trans.
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The trunk reminded me of a speech years ago, 1000 points of light.


A bit of rust on the seal channel.


Holy smokes where was the window resting, in the back seat?



Takin it apart.

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Chipped bondo off the quarter panel with a putty knife, didnt have to sand a bit to get to this point. Someone really screwed things up back in the 70s or 80s. Patched a quarter from a Tempest on it with a stick welder. Got the body off the frame, that was fun.





Built a rotisserie out of 3x2 box and hung the body on it.The casters cost as much as the steel did!



Sandblasted the frame in a freezing rain storm, remind me not to do that again.
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Found more rust. The dash was held in by the wiring harness and the little plastic thing around the column.







Got to sanding and blasting on the body to find all the areas that need attention.






Painted the frame! Yes going the other way!
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Waited a month for the floor pans, there was a screw up and they didnt ship them for three weeks. Got to cutting and pasting when they got here.






Hacked the trunk out with a sawzall and replaced the braces under it that hold the tank in place. Got some Eastwoods encapsulator brushed on the spots that will be hidden when its all done.



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Well they are in there, not finished welded yet but close enough so the car has some structural integrity again. Been blasting and sanding on it since I shot these weeks ago, its getting there but my blaster died today so I need to order up a new larger one. Less time filling more time knocking crust and oxidation off!





I'll take some pics of it soon to update it.
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Nice!! Looks like your doing good work!
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What is the build date of that car ? with a VIN of 00065, it looks to be one of the very first ones built...
You have a very ambitious completion date...good luck. I'll have to wish Dave a happy b-day ....we share the same day....but I'm not quite 65....

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Its not the first run through the sequence, so its a late build. Hey wanna see who gets done first? Did you get a frame yet?
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wanna see who gets done first? Did you get a frame yet?
I'll be lucky if mine see's the road May 5th of 2011...

I do have a frame. Went to Oklahoma last March for it.

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