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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 10-21-2013, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
 
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Do I just leave it alone?

Just bought my first 1966 GTO 2 weeks ago it has not been on the road since 1982 and has been sitting inside that entire time. I got it started in no time and it seems to run great at idle. I am working on getting the brakes working right now as the master cylinder was leaking. It had a disc brake conversion done at some point in it's early life as it appears to be all Delco marked parts. All of the components on the engine appear to factory installed and original to the car.
It has very little body damage and the rust spot in at the lower front windshield under the trim the rest of the car is rust free. It appears to of had a cheap paint job done in the late 70's and needs to be painted again to look like new. My question is do I leave the engine and under hood area alone since it is so factory looking and untouched and just re-paint the exterior? Or do it complete as a full restoration? I am leaning towards just doing the exterior and not touching the under hood area until such time that engine needs to be rebuilt.
Any thoughts on the correct direction?
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Welcome, thats what i would do (and did), get it running and stopping good and enjoy it while you do the body work. A driving car in epoxy primer is much more fun than one separated from its frame for 2+ years. Not all of these cars need a full body off nuts and bolt restoration.

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It is such a great looking car other than the paint I think that this is the best direction to take, just fix what needs fixin.
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lets see some pics of it...

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I have a similar situation. I still have original paint which looks decent but has spots that need repair. Mostly lower parts. After some wrk, my car runs and drives great. It's a fun car that turns heads, wins at shows, and gets lots of attention. I say just fix what makes you happy on your car and enjoy it. If you take it apart, it will be years, if ever it gets back on the road again.
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As I'm one of those guys fixing it while driving it. I'd say definitely get her rolling and stopping then drive her while you get her up to snuff.
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Here are some pictures.

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I think I am with you guys drive it and enjoy it for now.
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Hey neighbor! I'm in Santa Rosa and spend a fair amount of time in Larkfield. PM me and we'll chat about available resources in the area.

When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
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Hey neighbor! I'm in Santa Rosa and spend a fair amount of time in Larkfield. PM me and we'll chat about available resources in the area.
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