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#1 of 28 GTO Restoration
Sep 25, 2007 (4:11 pm)
Looking to restore a 1967 GTO from the ground up for a retirement project. I'm in no real hurry but would like some ideas as to where is the best place to find inexspensive junkers... YEAH RIGHT to restore. I live in Columbus Ohio but if the price is right I'm willing to take a road trip if I have too.
#2 of 28 Re: GTO Restoration [billg_51]
Sep 25, 2007 (5:42 pm)
Ebay will give you the lay of the land, make sure to look at completed items to see what they actually sell for.
#3 of 28 Re: GTO Restoration [billg_51]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Sep 29, 2007 (8:20 am)
eBay's good, also Hemmings Motor News (www.hemmings.com).
If you are buying out of state, you should hire an inspector to at least check out the basic condition of the car and all the numbers. There are a lot of fake GTOs and incorrect ones as well.
If you are going to invest in a GTO restoration from the ground up, you'll need to start with buying some books and doing your homework (if you already don't know all there is to know--maybe you have the background already?).
The best cars to invest in are the ones with some documentation.
#4 of 28 Re: GTO Restoration [billg_51]
Sep 29, 2007 (9:42 am)
Well, in Columbus all of the local ones are probably rust buckets. The others have given you good suggestions on where to look. A lot of phony ones out there so be careful.
Also remember you can buy one already done for far less (usually)then doing one yourself unless you are VERY talented.
Good choice of cars, just keep it stock!
#5 of 28 Re: GTO Restoration [isellhondas]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Sep 29, 2007 (10:02 am)
Well he suggests that he wants a retirement project, so maybe it's okay to just take one's time over many years.
But yeah, I'd buy a west coast car for sure. Restoration is hard enough without having to deal with rust issues that have eroded the frame.
These GTOs are very simple cars in many ways but they still have a lot of pieces.
Sep 29, 2007 (10:15 am)
Sold his 1965 GTO last summer. It was stock and decent but nothing really spectacular and it was an automatic.
It had been put together from two wrecked '65's but that part was undetectable. It had been done as well as possible.
It looked and ran fine but it didn't have many options and it had the two speed automatic that no doubt hurt it.
He put it on Ebay, disclosing everything and the bids quickly wnet ot 14,000.00 when he sold it.
I didn't think it would bring anywhere near that.
#7 of 28 Re: A friend [isellhondas]
Sep 29, 2007 (12:40 pm)
Those three magic letters. Another option, do your own conversion, get a clean Tempest for less $$, upgrade it to GTO specs over time - how much differs?
#8 of 28 Re: A friend [texases]
Sep 29, 2007 (1:00 pm)
Well, I suppose he could do that but it wouldn't be the real thing, just another fake.
#9 of 28 Re: GTO Restoration [isellhondas]
Sep 29, 2007 (1:07 pm)
Yeah.. thanks for the info. My options are open and I'm not what you would say talented but with all of the books and web sites I think there would be more pride in completed restoring a fairly decent rust bucket. I most likely will need some professional help tho. I'll keep looking.
#10 of 28 Re: GTO Restoration [Mr_Shiftright]
Sep 29, 2007 (1:21 pm)
What are some good web sites or books? I've found a few but not what I'm looking for. I would like to get my hands on a factory assembly manual.