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05 Jul 2017 16:38 #3795 by oestek
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This 1967 Pontiac GTO came to the V8 Speed & Resto Shop in need of a complete restoration, and we’re also going to be making some key performance upgrades along the way.


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10 Jul 2017 21:15 #3803 by oestek
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This car has an interesting history, one that is all-too-common to many of us. Specifically, the owner bought it in the late 1980s, and promptly had the engine rebuilt with top-shelf stuff. The car was Tyrol Blue with a black interior and black vinyl top. It’s a factory A/C car with a 400 V8 and an automatic.

The owner drove it for about 1000 miles and parked it in order to dedicate his resources to raise his family. That was in about 1989. Today, the time has come to bring it back to the road!

This is how the car arrived at the V8 Speed & Resto Shop. It looks rough and rusty, but some of that is brown primer.



It’s not pretty, and the lower rear quarters have been cut off, but it’s fairly complete.





Some disassembly has already occurred, and there were some extra parts in the car.



The mighty 400 looks a bit forlorn, but some pieces appear new… or at least not as old as the rest. Hoses, some wiring, and the alternator seem recent.




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17 Sep 2017 19:51 - 17 Sep 2017 19:52 #3869 by oestek
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The chassis looked a little scaly, but not “gone”, and the car will need the typical repairs on the body mounts that all these seem to need. The floors appear to need some love as well, as does the trunk floor.








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17 Sep 2017 19:53 #3870 by oestek
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The front suspension is crusty, but we will be upgrading all this with some tubular parts from BMR Suspension to improve the handling of the old Goat.





Squishy body mount bushing, and probably rusted hole on the frame.



Typical lower panel rust.


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21 Nov 2018 17:37 #4220 by oestek
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The paint on this car looked like it went through a war. It was several different colors, with the constant being rust. The vinyl top had seen better days, but at least the trim was there because that can be very hard to find.



Note the T3 headlights





We start the disassembly process by measuring and noting the panel fitment, if the panel was going to be replaced or not. This allows us some reference points as we assemble the car with repaired or replaced sheet metal. We have a feeling that the OPGI delivery truck will be busy with this car.




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21 Dec 2018 10:56 #4229 by oestek
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A couple things to note in this pic… 1: the vinyl top. These usually mean rusty quarter panels and rust under the window trim. They also mean that the top might have been installed by a “top shop” or accessory installer at some time, making the trim uber hard to find. We’ll see. 2: Cool old stickers in the window. We’re always intrigued by the history of these old cars!





Rear bumper is bent, tail pan is rusty, lights don’t fit that well… typical old car stuff.



Original blue showing through rust colored primer and rust.



Typical GM “A” body wheel tub, trunk drop, and quarter rust.


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