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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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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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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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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.

OK, sounds good. Like you, fire it up and see where it goes. Should be fine. I see guys on those TV shows that pull engines out of junk piles that have sat for 50 years, pour a little gas down the carb and it fires up on the first try without any smoke or even a hiccup. If it is good enough for them, its got to be good enough for the rest of us car guys! LOL :thumbsup:
 

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Thank you for your response. You certainly have the enthusiasm and skill to make it a beautiful car. Take many pics and post them. We all like looking at things like that. Many thanks, Nicholas.
 

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I will be happy to keep posting progress pics as I move on
I am all over the place with this build because my body man that's doing the metal work has a full shop right now so as to not to waste time I am doing anything I can not related to body or chassis
Normally the car would of been off the frame and in a body cart now but with the amount of metal work, I am having him do most of it while it's still in the frame to keep everything square
Once most of the metal work is finished I can put on the cart and do the frame
Next up is reconditioning the factory air and heating components
More pics to follow
 

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Felt a kinship to your threads as your story is similar to my own. Also parted with my Montreux blue 67 back in the 70s, so I purchased a rolling chassis Tyrol 67 in '03. Finished her with Montreux last summer. I noted you went with ram-air manifolds, so did I but later experienced issues with starter (too hot) and starter wire (melting). Hope you have better luck than I did as I installed a mini-starter and rerouted wiring. Starts great now even when hot.
 

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Felt a kinship to your threads as your story is similar to my own. Also parted with my Montreux blue 67 back in the 70s, so I purchased a rolling chassis Tyrol 67 in '03. Finished her with Montreux last summer. I noted you went with ram-air manifolds, so did I but later experienced issues with starter (too hot) and starter wire (melting). Hope you have better luck than I did as I installed a mini-starter and rerouted wiring. Starts great now even when hot.
The problem with GM starters and hot Pontiac engines is that the the starter case expands and causes issues with the armature and windings. I spot welded the seam with a mig welder and that helped alot but even on hot days the starter still sounded weak so I used a high torque mini start and never had an issue since
I normally despise after market parts but its down low and out of sight
 

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I look forward to watching the progress that you make. Keep the pictures coming. I just bought a 67 GTO that is in pretty good shape, and I look forward to doing some work on it. I'm sure I'll learn from your efforts.
 

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Worked on my pedal assemblies. All ready but the rubber pedals and stainless dress up is on back order
Just killing time and doing small parts till my metal man can start on the body
I think I will be moving on the the gauges and dash next
 

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I been working on my GTO and doing what I can till my sheet metal arrives and I can begin the body work

I have the complete A/C and heating system all ready
 

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