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This post has been difficult for me to write. But, I now know that if I don't do this, I will probably never get to drive my beloved '67 GTO HardTop again. I live in California and have had the car since I was 18 years old, I am now 55. The last 30 years the car has sat and (garage and carport). I attempt to restore it on my own, and took the whole front end apart completely and all the body bolts,except for 2 and was getting ready to raise the body off the chassis. But, life has got in the way and I now realize that I may never drive the car again if I do not get it restored. The car is in rough shape and it will need body work and of course engine and automatic transmission rebuild. I have purchased a steering column and dual gate shifter as well as console to convert it, but never was able to get to it. I would like recommendations of GTO restorers outside of California (to reduce cost) since California has a high cost of living and so many environmental laws. I can trailer the car and the parts in a covered trailer and drive it to a shop that can bring my high school vehicle back to life.
If more information is needed, please let me know.
Thank you for your help GTO Forum!
 

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This post has been difficult for me to write. But, I now know that if I don't do this, I will probably never get to drive my beloved '67 GTO HardTop again. I live in California and have had the car since I was 18 years old, I am now 55. The last 30 years the car has sat and (garage and carport). I attempt to restore it on my own, and took the whole front end apart completely and all the body bolts,except for 2 and was getting ready to raise the body off the chassis. But, life has got in the way and I now realize that I may never drive the car again if I do not get it restored. The car is in rough shape and it will need body work and of course engine and automatic transmission rebuild. I have purchased a steering column and dual gate shifter as well as console to convert it, but never was able to get to it. I would like recommendations of GTO restorers outside of California (to reduce cost) since California has a high cost of living and so many environmental laws. I can trailer the car and the parts in a covered trailer and drive it to a shop that can bring my high school vehicle back to life.
If more information is needed, please let me know.
Thank you for your help GTO Forum!
I live in Albuquerque NM and my father in law took his car to old car garage. They did a fantastic job but was nearly $80G by the time it was said and done. And it was a chevy impala which was nowhere near worth that now. But sentimental value got the best of him. I did almost all the work on my camaro, except paint and body and spent about $35. but it got the works. The paint was done by a friend at a discount. Pontiacs aint chevys, They are much more expensive. But don't be discouraged. I did my GTO for alot less but it did not get the treatment the camaro got. Ten year later I am giving it more love. A fresh rebuild, ram air manifolds, 4 wheel disc brakes, new upgraded gauges and 2.5" exhaust. Do you have any mechanical skills? My father in law didn't. He said he didn't want to inconvenience me. But old car garage did him a 10 point job.
 

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Where in California are you? I am in Orange County and would be happy to help (identify good places). I finished mine and am happy with how it turned out vs. $$ spent (no where near what others talk about).
 

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Labor costs throughout the country are relatively high and likely will continue to climb since our labor market is tight for skilled labor. Shop around to find a shop that suits your needs and level of restoring your car. Your needs might not match the needs of another person's restoration detail and workmanship. Just remember ultimately any restoration us not cheap and you'll get out of i


t what you put in. Also, choosing a distant shop will make it extremely difficult to keep tabs on progress and details. Use common sense and interview the shop before you choose to send your car and hard earned money to them. Lastly, in all probability you will never see a return on the money and time you invest - if you can't live with that, sell the car now to someone who can.
 

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Funny how itmastera's got us talking to ourselves. Be nice if he was actually interested in this conversation.
 
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