Pontiac GTO Forum banner

1 - 20 of 54 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
48 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Let me start off by saying, it's not my car. The car belongs to a friend of mine who is very 'frugal'... This causes LONG periods o inactivity until he ponies up some cash...

The car was originally a dark blue, not sure what the original interior color was. Car was mostly rust when I got it, and no interior. I have all the interior for it, and am slowly brow beating him into buying body parts. He has gone past the point of no return now...

The car in question is a 1966 GTO post car. Originally a 4 speed. Owners brother bought it new in 1966, and he bought it from his brother when he went to Vietnam in 1971. Sometime in the mid 80's he ditched it and bent the front cap. Car sat behind his house under some trees until 5 or 6 years ago. Owner needs a beating for that...

Original engine and trans are in storage, car has a 6x headed 400 and a different Muncie 4 speed to play with. Mostly stock, small cam, aluminum intyake, and a Holley carb...

Anyways, on to the pics...



 

·
Registered
Joined
·
48 Posts
Discussion Starter #2
I call it the cob, because that is how rough it is, lol...

I would have refused to work on it if I did not know the owner (actually I did refuse, he drove it over and left it anyway)...

I replaced the floor pans and braces, the trunk pan and braces, the fuel tank, the steel lines for the fuel as that was the source of air causing the hard start after sitting. Rewired the mess under the hood (The exciter for the internal regulator conversion was hooked to the electric choke, when the choke opened the alternator stopped charging, lol...)

Then I tackled the rear of the car...

It was rusted completely around the rear window. At some point it had been patched with some roof flashing, and of course rusted out again...

 

·
Registered
Joined
·
48 Posts
Discussion Starter #3
Also had to rebuild under the rear tray and replaced that. I hand fabbed the sides where the quarter go, as he was determined to not buy quarters for it...

The lip of the trunk where the weather stripping goes had rotted away. I hand formed a lip for the seal and welded that in place, then poked holes through the 'pretty good' quarters on the car when the owner came by...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
48 Posts
Discussion Starter #4
So he then ponied up the funds for some poorly made (in my opinion) repop quarters, and a new tail panel, I got all 3 hung in this pic...

 

·
Registered
Joined
·
48 Posts
Discussion Starter #5
He liked it so much he gave me some cash for more stuff, so I bought the front lower window channel, a lower driver fender patch, and some other stuff...

And took it down to this this past week...

 

·
Registered
Joined
·
48 Posts
Discussion Starter #6
Really needed new fenders, these aren't really worth saving. Problem is, the car would never get done if I waited on that to happen, and while it was really so far gone it wasn't worth saving, this keeps another one on the road...

Removed the gauge panel and discovered the dash shell is toast. Stopping point until I can find one, as there really isn't anything left to work with...

 

·
Registered
Joined
·
48 Posts
Discussion Starter #7
The dash is the last major hurdle, other than the hood. (this one is too rough to fool with).

The owner has what seems like 183,000 grandkids and nieces/nephews, and all of them have climbed on the roof at some point. So whatever color it ends up being, it will be a vinyl top car...

Yeah the car had issues, but they are mostly behind it now, and once it is done it will be worth it. If he can afford to pay me...lol..
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
48 Posts
Discussion Starter #10
That heep needs a Stant restore, pull the radiator cap and roll another GTO under it.

:eek2:
No doubt, but it will eventually be worthy. I just got the funds from the owner to buy a hood and a bolt kit for it. And we are on the hunt for the dash shell. Car is at this point going to be white with a black vinyl top...
 

·
64-67 Expert
Joined
·
8,569 Posts
Yes, thanks for sharing, and thanks for saving the car. Unbelievable that it just sat and rotted for decades, but even more unbelievable it is actually getting saved. The car's original color is 1966-only Barrier Blue. It's a neat color. Will look killer with a white vinyl top and a parchment interior, or a black vinyl top and a black gut. Keep the photo's coming!!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
48 Posts
Discussion Starter #15
Thanks. It will not be the original blue, owner said he was ready for a different color. Got a line on a dash panel, I contacted Franks through a link here, but they were out. I found this one elsewhere. I also have the hood coming, original was just too rough. Those should be the last major parts to acquire. Lot's of oddball one year only trim parts I expect to be a PITA to locate or restore.

Got the electrical gremlins sorted out today and she is starting like she should and purrs like a kitten with a nice little rumble. Now I'm somewhat excited...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
48 Posts
Discussion Starter #16
Not much of an update. Kind of in a holding pattern due to the dash. I did buy a used shell that looks to be salvageable, it does have one bad place by the radio, which looks to be common on the 66-67 models. Waiting on it to arrive, along with the inner heater box. The new Dynacorn hood and scoop arrived last week. These should be the last major pieces of the puzzle. The rest will be trim pieces and such that hopefully won't be too hard to find.
 

·
Former Moderator
Joined
·
2,895 Posts
Wow, what a "project". :eek2:

I've been there myself bringing cars back from the dead. The worst part of fixing a rusty car is when you get replacement sheet metal and find there is nothing to bolt or weld to...... Good luck OP! :thumbsup:

I'm subscribing. :lurk:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
48 Posts
Discussion Starter #18
The heater box and dash shell shipped separate, and the heater box arrived. The weather up north delayed the Fed Ex flight the shell was on, so another weekend wasted waiting on parts...

The goal is to completely finish the car by July 4th, I am going for the paint and body minus the vinyl top to be done by the end of the month. Probably will be the end of May though in reality...

I work a 13 on/1 off shift mostly so time to work on it is limited, or I would finish it sooner...
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
1,499 Posts
It will take longer than you plan, my car is done just waiting on the engine.
I planned on having my car on the road in May or June but my engine builder is having a serious health issue so I have added stabilizer to the fuel put it on stands and stored it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
48 Posts
Discussion Starter #20
I got no one holding this hostage though but me. I am the one doing the work,lol...

That is why i said end of this month but probably the next. Not really anything else to buy except for some trim and the vinyl top. Once the dash is in it should go fairly quickly. I already have the new bumpers, all the interior, etc. so I am no longer waiting on the owner too much...
 
1 - 20 of 54 Posts
Top