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#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.
#11 of 28 Re: GTO Restoration [billg_51]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Sep 29, 2007 (1:31 pm)
You might check Amazon.com for a GTO restoration guide as a starter.
Also a reprinted Chilton's manual for 1967 domestic cars would be helpful.
Then a general book on restoration procedures might give you a good idea on how to get organized before you take anything apart.
#12 of 28 Re: GTO Restoration [billg_51]
Sep 29, 2007 (6:45 pm)
There's a wealth of information available on these and most everything is available in reproduction. Shop manuals can be found without too much trouble.
Probably the single best book for your situation is Pontiac GTO Restoration Guide 1964-1970 by Paul Zazarine and Chuck Roberts, published by Motorbooks International, Osceola, Wisconsin. I was lucky to pick up a copy at Half-Price Books on Lane Ave. for 10 bucks a couple of years ago. Now all I have to do is find my dream '68!
#13 of 28 Re: GTO Restoration [cccompson]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Sep 30, 2007 (6:57 am)
That's a good book. I have a copy.
#14 of 28 Re: GTO Restoration [cccompson]
Sep 30, 2007 (7:49 am)
Thanks for the info... I will do that. I'm also going to look into possibly a conversion from a Tempest if it would fit my budget. Just depending on what I would find. My dad was a mechanic and body man for some 30+ years and with his knowledge and what I have learned over the years in doing my own repairs on my family cars I shouldn't have much trouble. Oh I'm sure there wil be some hurdles to jump but I'll get through them with some professional assistance. My wife wants me to build from a kit or restore a 32 ford but I always wanted to own a Goat. A 67 Goat was almost my first car when I graduated from high school in 69 but bought a new 1970 Nova SS 350 CU. IN. instead. I sure wish I would have kept it. You know what I would be doing now.
Again thanks for the insight. I'm planning on visiting a couple salvage yards just for kicks. I doubt I'll find anything but you just never know what you might stumble across.
#15 of 28 Re: GTO Restoration [Mr_Shiftright]
Sep 30, 2007 (1:09 pm)
As Mr Shiftright said, hemmings is a good source.
Also check Year One for parts and information, they are the leading restoration company for muscle cars.
I use them a lot.
Another source of information is High Performance Pontiac. They have quite a few articles that may help.
Also, be aware that some of the parts for Chevelles will fit the GTO. door handles, latches, some trim pieces, door hinges and that.
#16 of 28 Re: GTO Restoration [billg_51]
Sep 30, 2007 (6:36 pm)
You can do that if you want but you won't have a REAL GTO.
As long as you are happy with the end result I guess that's all that matters.
#17 of 28 Re: GTO Restoration [isellhondas]
Oct 01, 2007 (6:42 am)
My reason for mentioning the Tempest option was not so much $$, it's the problem finding any decent GTO bodies. Now that Bill's mentioned he's handy both with mechanicals and with body work that's not as much of a concern.
#18 of 28 Re: GTO Restoration [texases]
Oct 01, 2007 (6:46 am)
Oh I hear you and I agree.
He should just leave the GTO emblems off in that case and leave it a Tempest or a Le Mans.
Finding ANY of these bodies may be a challenge.