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My new restoration project

I been out of the restoration scene since selling my '67 hard top a few years back.
I picked this up last month and excited to jump back in.
The car is original Tyrol Blue/ Parchment, YS 400, factory A/C, Auto.
The car needs a ton of new sheet metal, full floor, full trunk, full quarters, tail lamp panel and outer wheel wells.
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Removed the engine and trans, front sheet metal and doors
Dashboard, wiring and all factory AC components
Pretty basic stuff, took a few hours
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Looks like a great car to restore. You've got a good start on it. Thanks for keeping us up to date with pics, appreciate it.
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Disassembled and removed all the engine accessories.
Removed the intake manifold, water pump, timing chain cover.
I wire brushed the entire engine by hand and removed the old flaking paint
Repainted engine, intake manifold, bought new timing cover.
Installed new gasket set on valley cover, intake, exhaust, timing cover, valve covers, water pump. Spent over $1500 on odds and ends parts
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Using Ram Air exhaust manifolds again
Date coded Alternator with resistors and capacitors
Date coded belts
Vintage NOS spark plugs
Upper pulley zinc plated like original
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It took a long month with sourcing the correct parts, wrong parts shipped and returned and waiting on certain parts out of stock from vendors but the engine and trans is finally complete
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Engine looks good, but do we assume it has been rebuilt? You never stated it was or did I miss that somewhere.
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I was wondering that about the engine myself. It does look good. Have to ask, why would you buy a car that needed so much work? According to your initial thread, alot of metal has to be replaced. Sentimental value?? A challenge?? Just curious. Best wishes with the restoration.
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Engine looks good, but do we assume it has been rebuilt? You never stated it was or did I miss that somewhere.
Jim,
the engine was rebuilt by the previous owner I bought the car from. As you know in this hobby you always buy "as is'.
I removed the valve covers, valley pan and oil pan as I was cleaning up the engine. All sources point to a fresh stock rebuild
new timing chain, new cam, new bearings. I installed new gaskets and been priming the engine every day for the past 2 weeks. I have 60 psi oil presure and oil up to the rockers.
So as Richard Rawlins says. "let er rip tater chip!" All I can do is start it up and see how it sounds
I am confident it will be fine and eventually I will start it up when its sitting on the bare frame so if there is an issue its not a big deal to tear it back down.
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I was wondering that about the engine myself. It does look good. Have to ask, why would you buy a car that needed so much work? According to your initial thread, alot of metal has to be replaced. Sentimental value?? A challenge?? Just curious. Best wishes with the restoration.
Good Question Nicholas
I dont know if you saw my older thread with my '67 silverglaze hardtop but after the restoration I had an opportunity to buy another car so I sold the GTO.
I regret selling it and missed that car so over the past 2 years i was browsing on Ebay for a new project.
I am a big fan of factory AC cars and GTO's with air are hard to find.
Any car you find will need a trunk and patch panels on the lower rear quarters. With all the new sheet metal available for these cars why patch with the old 3 piece trunk or use patch panels on the quarters. The floor is actually very solid but a patch panel was put in on the passenger side and I hate seeing shoddy welding seams from under the car so i am replacing all the metal. Its easier this way actually.
I got a good deal on the car it really isnt that bad considering what else is out there
Thanks for the question
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