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1968 Pontiac GTO

This project build was a retirement gift as a recreation of a cherished car from the past.  A 1968 Pontiac GTO was our client's "first car", and while the original car's location was known, it was unpurchaseable.   The family bought this car as a basis to recreate the original.

 

Our picture sequences begin with the oldest photos at the bottom of the page.


All the hard work pays off and a beautiful GTO reminiscent of the original is ready for shake-down mileage and then ready to be the star gift at the retirement party.

A beautiful GTO and a beautiful Kansas sunset.

Now this GTO is ready for many more years of enjoyment.

 

 


More assembly

Window assembly.

All that bagged and tagged hardware and parts that were documented during disassembly are now easily available during reassembly

 

 

 


After all the bodywork and prep work is done, the car is mocked up with all panels in location so that the silver-blue metallic color matches on the entire car.  Coloring the panels individually almost insures that the paint won't match from one panel to the next.

After color, the mock up is disassembled, and the panels are cleared individually.  Now we have an excellent color match and no tape lines on the clear application.

After polishing of the clear, a new vinyl top is installed.

 

 


The urethane bumpers available for the first time on the GTO in 1968 were notorious for fitting poorly.  Here we see what we had to start with after finding an original used bumper.

After using an excellent flexible bumper repair filler, we have established a fit between the bumper and the fender that is excellent.

The rebuilt engine and transmission is ready to be reunited with the rebuilt chassis.


Components are painted in the proper semi-gloss black as original on the GTO.

The 400 c.i.d. Pontiac engine was completely rebuilt and refinished in the correct Pontiac silver blue.

The interior of the car was nice as purchased, but the car we were recreating was blue, so a whole new interior was installed.


New patch panels were welded in to replace the poorly installed, lap welded patches we found.  Lap welded panels provide a potential for rust, and are visibile from the back side in an area such as this when looking in the trunk.

A new tail panel was installed correctly and the proper details of the seams maintained.

Even mechanically, we found questionable work.  Here we found one of the bolts holding the flywheel was broken off at the head.

 


The Beginning! 

After disassembly and stripping of the sheetmetal by mediablasting, here's an example of what we found under that shiney red GTO paint.  This rust had a patch welded over it and then covered in polyester filler.

This is damage on the GTO's hood that was simply hidden with filler

More door rust that was just filled over.


     

 

Here's how our 1968 Pontiac GTO project was purchased.  Not too bad looking;  a running, working example.   It turned out to be an example of what might happen when you buy a car from a "classic car dealer".  Too often, those cars are quickly and inexpensively put together with a lot of "sins" covered up just to get the car sold.