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I just took possession of my wives grandmothers 1967 plum mist GTO that is all original. They were the original owners, I have the dealer bill of sale and history on the car. It has been driven very little in the last 15 years. It starts right up and sounds great. the body is in very good condition as it has always been garaged. The car is literally all original, the weakest part of it is that the engine compartment has all the original paint and looks pretty rough although mechanically the car is fine. I have had muscle cars before but never matching numbers originals. Where I need help is I do not want to do any restoration on the car that would reduce its value but it needs some work to make it a show car that we can drive. Does anyone have any suggestions to help me start this project? Would it reduce the value of the car if I say have the radiator refurbished or replaced? If I paint the engine compartment and replace the plastic components does it reduce the value? Am I better off just paying for a frame off restoration now as it has the original engine tranny and rear end?
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Don't you touch that car...LOL, at least until you have thought very carefully about what you want to do with it . It's best value is as it sits now, an original survivor. Very sought after color, what's on the options list? Is the engine bay rusted or just gunked up? That car at any show will get more attention than the best restoration there. I would clean it up, address any brake, suspension, hoses, fuel lines, etc. that need attention to make it safe. Where possible have your original parts reconditioned if new is needed try and get genuine GM parts. Then have it appraised for insurance purposes...Hagerty is a specialist and will offer both. Worn out cars deserve restoration, time capsule deserve preservation, just my Two cents. Welcome to the forum, lets see some picks of the plum...:cheers
 

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I'm very fortunate to have found something similar albeit a less desirable color and body (post coupe). I would make it safe and drivable first, then assess what it would take to just clean it up under he hood. You'ld be surprised what you can accomplish in an afternoon with some cleaner, some triple 0 steel wool, masking tape and Pontiac silver blue metallic paint!

Don't "restore" it if it doesn't need it though!
 

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If the car is clean, even a with a little "patina" I would fix only what is necessary for safe operation and clean it up.

A full boat resto is expensive, time consuming, wallet consuming and if the car is nicely preserved original could actually lower the value of the car and its desirability to certain collectors.

They're only original once!!!

I would even consider not using repro parts on trim and upholstery that need replaced and fixing the originals or finding NOS and good used parts if they are available.

Subbing for pics of Plum Mist GTO. :D
 

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X4, big time. Preserve, don't restore. 20 years ago, your car would have been a candidate for a frame off restoration. A lot of them were done. Frame off restorations are nice, some nicer than others. A frame-off restoration effectively 'wipes the slate clean' and you end up with a 'new' car. But it's a car without a history. A car without a story. A car that's lost it's heritage. Not an end-all: new history can be made, but usually these cars are rarely driven. Original, imperfect, driven, loved, and enjoyed cars are far more interesting, and cars like yours that are unmolested and are a survivor are far more valuable. Post some pics!!
 

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A picture of me picking up the car. I know it's not great, I'll take better pics this weekend and post them. Took a drive around town today, runs great, AC works, lots of head-turning. We are really enjoying it.:D
 

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BTW thanks for all the advice. I had a feeling the original condition of the car and the traceable history was valuable, it is certainly valuable to my family and that is why I bought the car. I am still decoding the car to figure out what it is. I know its not a tri-power rubber burner at this point and that is about all. Forgive my ignorance I was always a Chevy Camaro and Chevelle guy, this may take a little time. My wife's Grandfather was a GM mechanic at the local dealership and bought the car as a mix between a family car and a muscle car. I should have the vin decoded tomorrow.
Again thanks for any help and I will post more picks this weekend. I did verify Purple Mist as the original color and believe most of the car has original paint, it is in really good condition considering it is 46 years old. It never spent a night out of a garage.
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Welcome to Forum. Man that's looks like a great Pontiac. Where you out of???? How about a quick question. What color are the wiper arms down in the cowl vent area??
 

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It's much nicer than I had expected. What a drop dead gorgeous ride. Warning: you were a Chevy guy, but once you feel and experience the superior build quality, interior appointments, and feel of a Pontiac, you'll never go back to GM's starter car division! And whatever you do, don't let the guys at Gas Monkey garage work on it....it would look terrible slammed with lakes pipes.
 

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Welcome to Forum. Man that's looks like a great Pontiac. Where you out of???? How about a quick question. What color are the wiper arms down in the cowl vent area??
I live in Virginia, the car came from Alabama. I will look tomorrow to see what color the wiper arms are. Is that important to the history of the car, I am a little uneducated on GTO'S. Let me know.
 

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Don't you touch that car...LOL, at least until you have thought very carefully about what you want to do with it . It's best value is as it sits now, an original survivor. Very sought after color, what's on the options list? Is the engine bay rusted or just gunked up? That car at any show will get more attention than the best restoration there. I would clean it up, address any brake, suspension, hoses, fuel lines, etc. that need attention to make it safe. Where possible have your original parts reconditioned if new is needed try and get genuine GM parts. Then have it appraised for insurance purposes...Hagerty is a specialist and will offer both. Worn out cars deserve restoration, time capsule deserve preservation, just my Two cents. Welcome to the forum, lets see some picks of the plum...:cheers
Strange as it may sound there is very minimal rust on this car. the door seal frame has a little surface rust on it but the rest of the car has just light surface rust spots that could easily be sanded off. I am still in the process of inspecting the car. The engine compartment is discolored and paint worn off but it has no rust, the wheel wells are intact as well. Again I still don't know what I have I am inspecting it as I go.
 

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man that thing looks like it just rolled off the set of "i Dream Of Jeannie" classic cool right down to the premium hubcaps, Gramps was out street racing that sleeper after he tucked the kids in bed!!!....very nice find, she will be the bell of the shows, you watch.
 

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man that thing looks like it just rolled off the set of "i Dream Of Jeannie" classic cool right down to the premium hubcaps, Gramps was out street racing that sleeper after he tucked the kids in bed!!!....very nice find, she will be the bell of the shows, you watch.
Thanks so much, we are so emotionally attached to the car because of it's history, my wife's grandmother learned to drive for the first time when she was 70 using the car. Her husband died of lung cancer 7 years after they bought the car and it was maintained by her son and only driven occasionally. My wife has memories as a kid driving in what they called" The Purple Plum". I have ordered a Virginia antique plate saying "Iras 67 " in memory of my wife's grandfather Ira who bought it. I am really blessed to keep this legend alive.
 

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Sweet looking, all original ride. Great score. Tough to find ANYTHING from that era that is mostly original and unmolested. What's the mileage?
 

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I live in Virginia, the car came from Alabama. I will look tomorrow to see what color the wiper arms are. Is that important to the history of the car, I am a little uneducated on GTO'S. Let me know.
GTOAA Nationals in Dayton, Ohio this year. Think next year will be even closer to you. They have a Factory Original class this GTO sounds prefect for. Does it still have the dealer emblem on the deck lid? Sorry just a obsession of mine. On 64's as they were going down the assembly line the cars were painted all ready before the arms were put on. So the arms were black. Most body shops never pulled them on a repaint so they ended up body color. Just helps confirm Original paint car or a real nice restore job!!..:seeya..Les
 

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The data plate on the firewall should read "M" for the paint code (Plum Mist). Easy enough to pop the hood and check. I'm sure it's original, given the circumstances and the photos. Most GTO's did NOT have a dealer tag bolted to the trunklid (thankfully!!) License plate frames plugging the dealership were more than adequate, and people tended to leave them on (at least in California, where the plates are permanent to the vehicle and never get changed!)
 

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GTOAA Nationals in Dayton, Ohio this year. Think next year will be even closer to you. They have a Factory Original class this GTO sounds prefect for. Does it still have the dealer emblem on the deck lid? Sorry just a obsession of mine. On 64's as they were going down the assembly line the cars were painted all ready before the arms were put on. So the arms were black. Most body shops never pulled them on a repaint so they ended up body color. Just helps confirm Original paint car or a real nice restore job!!..:seeya..Les
No dealer emblem, he worked at dealer and was adamant that they not to put it on car.
 
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