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SO here goes nothin. This is my first frame off resto and I'm tackling a basket case 1966 GTO 2dr hardtop numbers matching 389 4 barrel, 4sp with black interior, buckets, console, deluxe seatbelts, shoulder harnesses:eek:, map lights,power antenna, rear speaker, and Im sure I'm forgetting something. Oh and im the third owner :D

Anyways I am starting with the frame the body isnt terrible. in fact it could be considered nice for never being restored before, and being compared to those that have been stickied already it will be a little less work.

pics will be soon to come I didnt realize I had to wait for them all to be approved :( and since its late that will most likely be tomorrow.

well once I get them up here it will show my frame at the half way point, going to get some 99% finished photo's as soon as I can wheel it out again because I devoted my whole spring break to getting the frame done haha

SO I'll have this bumped up tomorrow with pics of my first time at this. thanks!

Oh yeah and all of this will be taking place in a 2 car garage where there is a 72 chevelle parked next to it every night! lol thats why I built my body stand like I did because I have to store the frame under it haha. And yes the cradle I made needs some more bracing just for added safety :eek:
 

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Thank you randy. and also I noticed someone took care of the doubles I ended up with that were too small, thank you for getting rid of those it would have taken me forever to delete them one by one lol.

And on that note here are the starting shots, ill get some more of the bad areas but heres the overall view of the body for now.





they had the tail panel riveted on but thats the first thing im going to fix so I can move on to the underside here is whats left


and someone did a half way job on the trunk pan so Im redoing it










 

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and the inside not too bad but i have to do the drivers floor and arounf the mounts on the passenger side


here are the fenders and tail panel. (the fenders I bought separate so someone already took them down and painted them with white primer)


next Ill post some of the work I've done!
 

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now here is the frame before








it wasnt bad looking overall but I knew that there was surface rust hiding under the paint and the body mounts needed attention

 

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now heres the work ive done or most of it







protective coating of epoxy paint until I get to painting the whole frame




small pics






 

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and on the way to finishing the frame
half way point




new bushings and stripped and painted control arms






half way completed painting of the frame after stripping it with wire wheel grinder lol


More to come! I didnt take any pictures of my last day of work because I was by myself reassembling the front suspension and doing the ball joints but Ill have pics soon!
 

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It doesnt look like you need a rotisserie, and you cant use one until the tail panel is done anyway. It doesnt take much to build one if you have the room for it, looks like it would be a little tight in your garage.

I wish my 65 was in that good of shape before I started, and I wish I could get more panels for it than I can. Im doing the suspension this week, utterly sick of body work and welding so we will both have our frames back on wheels very soon!

Keep up the good work on it, it seems to take forever but its worth it when its done.
 

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thanks tempest. although the credit goes to the ever knowledgeable Randy (05GTO) he was the one who suggested a wooden cradle I just modified it to fit my needs.

thumpin- thanks man, yeah I'm glad mine isnt quite as rough as your project, but if it wasn't for people like you that poor classic may have died a painful death, but you are breathing new life into it. hopefully by the time I have expired from here (in at least 60 year i hope) I hope that I will get to save a few more from the scrap yard. ones much more needy that mine is right now.

and my frame is done except for installing lines and the steering box and sway bar, just no pics to show for it lol since I didnt have any help on that half :/
 

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Nice work, Chevyboy....thanks for posting the pictures. Very helpful, as always. I think when you get it done, you'll prefer it over the Chevelle!!! Anyway, my hat's off to you for saving "another one" and putting it back on the road, where it belongs!!!
 

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thanks gto guy. i already prefer it the the chevelle because its a 4spd :D but the chevelle will always be around because thats where I learned the basics from my grandpa, and since I built it with him it will forever be with me, I'd sell everything else I own and live in it before I would let it go. the GTO will be a close second though:eek: since it will be the first one I did myself
 

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and gto guy yours would look very nice next to mine ;) if I can find one that I can afford Ill be building your car's identical twin next lol
 

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wow a sticky?! I'm honored :cool thank you. I hope I don't do something stupid now in my build lol

oh and I didnt get to pull it our before dark :( but ill get some pics tomorrow
 

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Very impressive and I gotta say, it's refreshing to see a young guy in the garage with a real car instead of playing PS3 or buzzing around in a Honda with a ghetto muffler and decals! :cool

Hat's off Chevy Boy (soon to be Goat Boy we hope!) :cheers

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Thanks lol What isnt on here is that I have no time for my xbox 360 lol because I'm a mechanical engineering student at USF but I spent my first two years at RPI in Troy, NY playing baseball at what was a top 20 in the nation engineering college and a very good baseball school, but my mother got sick so I came back home to help out. Now I'm pursuing a mechanical and electrical engineering degree, so this build is being done on a college kids savings, who has a ton of school work, and a disabled mother to assist so at times progress will be slow, but I hope maybe I can get some of my friends in along the way and open this kind of stuff up more to my generation and maybe inspire some other guys to try this even if they don't have a shop

Oh and about the honda......jk lol but my daily driver is a wrx but its a wagon and its black so no one really ever pays attention to it except the mustang gt's who just can't seem to catch it??:D and never really understand why lol
 

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Ever notice that the people who dont have big time consuming responsibilities like college and taking care of ill relatives, or some sort of physical limitations seem to take on much smaller projects if any at all? Maybe its chasing a dream, one of those ideas that just wont get out of your head and it bugs you if you just let it sit. Whatever it is, its a good thing. Not wasting hours and days playing games or watching TV sure makes it easy to get more done!

The Mustang guys are a different sort, bragging about racing cars with much smaller engines and bowing to anyone who runs a mid 12... :)
 
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