It has been about a year and a half since I bought my 1969 GTO convertible. I spent a lot of time out of town working in that time. Since January I am no longer traveling for work and will have a lot more time to work on my restoration project.
In summary, my GTO is a rust bucket but a great project. I decided to do a frame off restoration. I have a local guy who will do the body work, paint ect. I have the ability and resources to do the assembly.
I spent the last 3 months getting the car stripped down to the frame. The frame, all suspension parts, ect are at the shop getting cleaned, blasted, repaired, and powdercoated/painted. I expect to get them back within the next two weeks. Very excited to get the car reassembled and restored over the next two years or so.
My first step is to get to a rolling frame. I have looked at my priorities for this and the type of restoration I will do. This car will not be a daily driver but I will be driving it a lot. My priorities in order follow.
1. Enjoy the driving experience. Create a smooth ride that my wife and I can enjoy as we go across the country
2. Have a low maintenance ride. I don't mind working on the car occasionally but I want to spend my time driving the car not working on it once it is done.
3. Performance. Nothing over the top but a great running car.
4. Original factory appearance to the untrained eye. I will do modern part upgrades to get better performance and lower maintenance when it makes sense and helps me achieve 1,2, and 3 above.
5. Return on investment. I think I will probably have more in the car when I'm done than it is worth but I am restoring this for me not as an investment.
I would appreciate your input on three of things that I am trying to decide right now. I plan to order the parts this Friday or over the weekend.
1. I know I can buy original rubber suspension bushings and steering parts or I can go with Polygraphite or Polyurathane bushings/ball joints/steering parts ect. I am replacing all of the bushings, using the original A-arms, control ARMS. I plan to replace all the steering linkage, tie rod ends, ect. I have been told that the Poly parts will give me a lot less future maintenance but will give me a very noticeable rougher ride. I would appreciate your feedback about your experience with Poly vs the original rubber parts and which direction you think I should go.
2. I am doing a complete front and rear disk brake conversion. I have looked at a couple of kits on-line. If you have a recommendation about the brand/type/vendor for a a kit that you like or works well, I would appreciate your suggestions.
3. I am replacing the gas lines, brake lines, and all frame clamps. I can buy original or stainless steel. The cost difference is not much. Do you think the minimal cost difference for stainless steel will payoff.
I only have one picture of the car on this forum. It was taken after I pulled it off the trailer. The picture is a lot better than the actual condition of the car.
I will take some pictures this weekend of all the parts scattered in organized chaos in my garage and post them on my profile page so you can see where I am today. I will also be posting pictures as I move forward. If you are interested, follow my progress there as we move forward. Your input is appreciated.