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Hey all,

New guy here. Just picked up a 1971 GTO project. Been sitting since the early 1990s, previous owner did the motor/trans (nonmatching 400/400 combo) then parked it for body/paint/interior which never happened.

Needless to say it's rough. The a pillars and windshield rail are all about gone. Floors need patches. But otherwise it's pretty solid.

Plans are to get it running. Other than squirting some mystery oil in the cylinders and cleaning out the gas tank/carb (or replacing might be better) and changing the oil what should I do before spinning the motor & trying to start it?

Also, I know I have a bunch of research to do, but are there any vendors in particular that are good? Or just order the master cylinder/brake lines/fuel lines/gas tank from Summit??

Thanks!

J
 

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Hey all,

New guy here. Just picked up a 1971 GTO project. Been sitting since the early 1990s, previous owner did the motor/trans (nonmatching 400/400 combo) then parked it for body/paint/interior which never happened.

Needless to say it's rough. The a pillars and windshield rail are all about gone. Floors need patches. But otherwise it's pretty solid.

Plans are to get it running. Other than squirting some mystery oil in the cylinders and cleaning out the gas tank/carb (or replacing might be better) and changing the oil what should I do before spinning the motor & trying to start it?

Also, I know I have a bunch of research to do, but are there any vendors in particular that are good? Or just order the master cylinder/brake lines/fuel lines/gas tank from Summit??

Thanks!

J

Welcome,

I too just obtained a 71 pontiac project car. sounds like a fun project.

You might check out Performanceyears.com for parts they are pontiac specific and seem to have alot of good products. Also there's a forum on the site that might be able to help you out. You can also check out paddockparts.com, yearone.com there's a couple others I can't think of right now.
 

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For parts like master cylinder/brake booster and brake lines etc. make sure and check your local parts houses first as many parts may be carried still by them. A lot of parts were used for a number of years on many models and are still produced. May save you some money. I was able to get my master/booster, brake lines, radiator from a local parts house for my 72.
 

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There are tons of parts on Ebay for your car, that's where I get most of my stuff. They have fuel tank combos on there, tank, straps and pickup for $150.
Good luck on your build and welcome.
As long as the cylinders weren't in the elements, it should be OK to spin it over with an oil change, rings will clean rust off the walls. May need new rings after that, but may not. Rebuild the carb prior to firing and make sure the ignition is good. The carb is bad after sitting for that long. You can dump gas down the carb to fire it off, but that is a fire hazard, but I have done it that way just to see if it runs.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions!

Didn't have a chance to touch it today, but I did get it rolled in my garage before the rain and threw some roach bait in & around to kill the critters living in it. No reason to rush now, so I guess I'll rebuild the carb before I try to start it. I'll update later.

J
 
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