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I had the heads and factory manifolds planed due to a nagging exhaust leak that has been present since I purchased the car. Paint on the manifolds is ceramic 2000 degree VHT primer with the same for a top coat. I am really hoping the paint will hold up for a while... Machine work was done at Car City machine in Pensacola FL. I can't tell you how the work was yet since the engine has not been started but they were friendly and helpful all along the way.



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Looks like a good solid start, HO's are hard to come by. I like the "motivator" painted on the side. I wrote a note to my GTO a couple of years ago that read "You will not be denied". After 28 years of ownership, I finally took it to be restored last December, knowing that I would never finish it if I started it. Just got it back before Thanksgiving.
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Meanwhile, the body is being hacked up by Roots Real Rods in Gulf Breeze. I am a decent welder but I did not want to hone my skills on the body. Both quarter panels had putty and fiberglass over the wheel wells.

The right hand side had a tire blow out that trashed the lower rear of the wheel house.



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Looks like a good solid start, HO's are hard to come by. I like the "motivator" painted on the side. I wrote a note to my GTO a couple of years ago that read "You will not be denied". After 28 years of ownership, I finally took it to be restored last December, knowing that I would never finish it if I started it. Just got it back before Thanksgiving.
I just caught up on your thread (only joined last week) Looking great!
I was going to ask you, where are your starter wires run? do they run down behind the alternator and then with the battery cable? If anybody has any pics of the routing from the front of the engine harness down to the starter on an HO style setup it would be helpful.
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I had to remove the convertible top so no slag would F*&% it up during welding.

You can imagine my horror when I saw the car in green primer...





Hood has a depression about an inch deep and also appeared to have collapsed during a hood hinge issue. Repair work was as shotty as the rest of the body work on the car. Still havent decided if I want to spend 8 hours with a torch trying to beat it out...

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Welding continues and is looking good








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You can see how much of the inner wheel house had to be replaced. You would not believe the amount of fiberglass that we pulled out of this thing...




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So, somewhere around this point I forgot the car even existed because work stopped... A bunch of high rollers came into the shop with cars they had salvaged from lakes. In the best interest of my dollars I told the shop to put me aside. So I bought a new bike so I would have an interim project


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Car is finally back in work after a few months and in grey primer. Great welding and very little filler over the areas...






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Engine work has been kicked into high gear to be ready for next weeks installation. I foolishly planned to stab the motor and tranny and have it running over the weekend.




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