Well I have not updated this thread in a while, but have been busy on the GTO. So far I have done everything on the restoration except where identified.
I installed the correct hurst shift linkage has been installed (mentioned previously) - really a huge improvement.
The exterior has had some of the "blemishes" addressed. It appears the car was hit on the drivers side, right behind the door, and was repaired poorly.It has been fixed by a friend that used to run Carol Shelby's race team and is pretty much bare and ready for paint.
I cut the hood insert and hood out and have the RA plate.
The interior has been stripped, cleaned, and POR15 applied.
The center console was removed and painted with SEM satin black. All chrome / metal piece were polished by hand (time intensive). New wires were installed.
The dash was removed and also painted with SEM satin black. I have to say the SEM products are great and the finished products look OEM quality in my humble opinion. (I used the prep, sand free, and then color.)
All locks have been re-keyed (not by me) for a single key.
A new hydraulic motor was installed and bled (for the convertible top).
Doug headers were installed (not by me) and new engine mounts were installed.
MAD electronics "start em' up" kit was installed to eliminate the chance of a fire with the starter wire going down through the headers. The factory design was truly awful. I also installed a new power block and alternator wiring. I am still not sure if I am going to hide all the wires behind the fender or run along the inner fender (more like stock).
I have cleaned up the engine wiring, done some soldering, improved grounds, added a new distributor, wires, and plugs.
1. remove intake with carbs - rebuild carbs and paint intake
2. paint engine
3. paint car
4. install new interior
5. install new radiator, fan, and shroud
6. install new gas tank and fuel lines
7. install suspension - still working on what I want to do here....I don't want to go nuts
8. install new brakes - LS1
9. install new wheels and tires - 18x8" and 18x10"
Then enjoy a beautiful classic driving along the Pacific Ocean....
1965 GTO Convertible 3 speed tri-power drum brakes originally
400 cu in with tri-power
4 speed Muncie
Last edited by cij911; 03-04-2018 at 09:22 AM.