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Re: 1970 GTO Build
« Reply #40 on: October 12, 2019, 05:38:45 PM »
The car I always wanted! Did you get they pulley alignment settled? It looked like you had a Chevy bracket up top. It's also possible you have the long, not short style water pump...that'll cause all kinds of hell!

I think I do have a long snout water pump, which is fighting me. I'll dig into it when it comes back from the body shop. I'm thinking it'll be back by the end of the month (I hope).
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« Reply #41 on: October 22, 2019, 03:54:34 PM »
Got some pics from the body shop today. The front sheet metal and doors are being painted.

The last pic is the bottom of the hood, cleared but not wetsanded yet.
















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« Reply #42 on: November 14, 2019, 06:36:33 PM »
Well, small setback. The car is essentially ready for paint, but the shop wasn't happy with how the quarters were shaping up. The previous owner had skins put on, but whoever welded the skins warped the hell out of the panels. The shop was fighting constant high and low spots to the point where the filler was getting a little too thick for the quality we're shooting for.

Sooooo....

One quick trip to Ames later, and we have two full quarters and a new dutchman panel. The driver side has already been cut off and the new one mocked up.










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« Reply #43 on: November 14, 2019, 08:25:34 PM »
Oh, wow. Too bad they didn't decide that before all the labor to get the old ones straight. Oh well, you'll have a solid,  straight, mud free car when it's finished.
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« Reply #44 on: November 15, 2019, 10:38:27 AM »
Yeah it sucks, but at least they didn't have too much time into the quarters to make it a big deal. Picking the new quarters up in person saved a lot of money on shipping, and the labor saved by just replacing the quarters means not much has changed in terms of overall cost.

I got to see the doors and fenders which are already jammed, and it's crazy how black the paint is. Looks like a black hole.
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Re: 1970 GTO Build
« Reply #45 on: November 15, 2019, 12:10:16 PM »
I hear you. I went with single stage paint because I didn't want it too shiny as originally they weren't.  Well, even the single stage paint looks crazy deep and wet. Since I plan to daily drive mine I think the road grit an dirt will tone down the shine.
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« Reply #46 on: December 03, 2019, 01:03:10 PM »
Both quarters are on. A little lead work will be done where they meet the roof. The new trunk lid and dutchman panel fit very good. 

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Re: 1970 GTO Build
« Reply #47 on: April 26, 2020, 11:31:55 AM »
It's been a long road (too long), but it's almost out of paint jail.

Here's a little teaser:



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Re: 1970 GTO Build
« Reply #48 on: April 26, 2020, 04:08:59 PM »
Looking good, more please.




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« Reply #49 on: April 26, 2020, 04:38:33 PM »
Looking good, more please.

I should have more Tuesday night.  :D
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« Reply #50 on: April 27, 2020, 04:51:50 AM »
Looks great.  Nice progress.
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« Reply #51 on: April 27, 2020, 06:03:49 AM »
Right on!! Nicely done. Sometimes it makes more sense to just start with a better part. Many times it can save you time in the end.

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« Reply #52 on: April 28, 2020, 05:02:51 PM »
Finally back from paint! The first order of business was getting the Rally 2s back on with the new tires, center caps, and lugs.

It's hard to take pictures that show how black it truly is. The last pic is the reflection of the garage in the quarter panel.











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Re: 1970 GTO Build
« Reply #53 on: April 28, 2020, 05:27:46 PM »
Very nice, I love the black on that car, only problem is keeping it clean.




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« Reply #54 on: April 28, 2020, 05:41:32 PM »
Very nice, I love the black on that car, only problem is keeping it clean.

It won't be easy, but it'll sure be worth it!
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Re: 1970 GTO Build
« Reply #55 on: April 28, 2020, 07:26:39 PM »
That’s beautiful.  Black interior too?
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« Reply #56 on: April 28, 2020, 09:26:55 PM »
That’s beautiful.  Black interior too?

You know it! Got the new covers on last week while waiting for the car to be finished.
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« Reply #57 on: April 30, 2020, 12:17:08 PM »
I love the T/A reflected in the door panel!!
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Re: 1970 GTO Build
« Reply #58 on: May 04, 2020, 10:03:14 AM »
Got the headliner, visors and rear view installed. It's much easier to do with the glass removed!

Also switched out the steering wheel to a Formula wheel I've been saving for a car like this.






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Re: 1970 GTO Build
« Reply #59 on: May 05, 2020, 09:46:38 PM »
Looks really really nice.  IMHO there's nothing like a black paint job done well.  Wheels look great too.  Looking forward to seeing the finishing touches.
Very cool. 
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« Reply #60 on: May 08, 2020, 08:55:51 AM »
Looking great man! One suggestion though would be to try and stretch that headliner more on the sides. What I used were some binder clips to hold everything tight while I stretched and pulled. It really is a PITA doing those headliners.

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Re: 1970 GTO Build
« Reply #61 on: May 08, 2020, 02:55:18 PM »
Looking great man! One suggestion though would be to try and stretch that headliner more on the sides. What I used were some binder clips to hold everything tight while I stretched and pulled. It really is a PITA doing those headliners.


I was able to get it a tad tighter. In that pic it's actually pretty tight, but it was crammed in a box for two years which left some serious wrinkles. It's smoothed out now.


Was a pretty productive day. Got the striping all laid out, measured and installed. I think it really wakes the car up, and helps break up all the black.

   





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Re: 1970 GTO Build
« Reply #62 on: May 09, 2020, 10:49:35 AM »
Those stripes really pop, car looks fantastic!
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Re: 1970 GTO Build
« Reply #63 on: May 11, 2020, 12:34:39 PM »
What size tires did you go with?

The decals finish it off nice!!
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« Reply #64 on: May 11, 2020, 12:37:25 PM »
What size tires did you go with?

The decals finish it off nice!!

The decals really do finish it off.

The fronts are 245/60-15 and the rears are 275/60-15
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« Reply #65 on: May 11, 2020, 12:45:59 PM »
Right on. That seems to be the size I'm leaning towards when I get to that point!!

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« Reply #66 on: May 11, 2020, 02:23:52 PM »
A dual 9" booster will usually solve the inadequate vacuum issue.

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« Reply #67 on: May 11, 2020, 03:35:32 PM »
A dual 9" booster will usually solve the inadequate vacuum issue.

Turns out it's making just enough vacuum to have power brakes. Turns out the master has a small leak right at the back where it bolts to the booster. My guess is it was leaking into the booster itself, where I couldn't see it.

I have a new booster/master combo for it. I hope to get it in this week.
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Re: 1970 GTO Build
« Reply #68 on: May 12, 2020, 06:56:58 AM »
I love the look of the Rally's without the trim rings. Looks like the car means business!
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« Reply #69 on: May 12, 2020, 10:38:53 AM »
I love the look of the Rally's without the trim rings. Looks like the car means business!

Thanks! Spent some serious time making sure there was no marks left from pervious trim rings before repainting them.

I've never been a huge fan of rings on rally wheels
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Re: 1970 GTO Build
« Reply #70 on: May 13, 2020, 07:40:19 AM »
WOW, you did a great job on the wheels, I thought they were new aftermarket.
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Re: 1970 GTO Build
« Reply #71 on: May 13, 2020, 01:54:51 PM »
I will be the Devil's Advocate and note I prefer sans graphics in this case - all black looks great here.

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« Reply #72 on: May 14, 2020, 08:58:00 AM »
I will be the Devil's Advocate and note I prefer sans graphics in this case - all black looks great here.

Well, somebody has to play it.  :lol:
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« Reply #73 on: May 14, 2020, 02:42:59 PM »
Sorry I didn't comment earlier, I just saw this post. Car looks fantastic and you made quick work of it. Since you posted pictures with the graphics, I have a question. I'm sure they sanded sanded and buffed so what do you do to ensure the paint is free of the compound before applying the graphics? I was thinking maybe a wax and grease remover but IDK.

Again killer job, and for the record, I like the graphics too!

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« Reply #74 on: May 14, 2020, 05:14:31 PM »
Sorry I didn't comment earlier, I just saw this post. Car looks fantastic and you made quick work of it. Since you posted pictures with the graphics, I have a question. I'm sure they sanded sanded and buffed so what do you do to ensure the paint is free of the compound before applying the graphics? I was thinking maybe a wax and grease remover but IDK.

Again killer job, and for the record, I like the graphics too!

I wiped down the areas with wax and grease remover, and afterward hit it with a tack cloth. They were pretty easy to do, especially when compared to the hood birds on T/As.
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Re: 1970 GTO Build
« Reply #75 on: May 29, 2020, 02:07:15 PM »
Making progress. Got the rug in, the dash fully assembled with new wood and engine turned pieces. Wetsanded and polished the gauge lenses, and found a nifty chrome like paint pen which I used on the bezel.

Also installed a new booster and master.












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Re: 1970 GTO Build
« Reply #76 on: May 29, 2020, 10:21:10 PM »
Looks great.  What pen did you use?  I’m thinking that’s what I need to touch up the the “grills” on the intake openings of my 02 WS6 hood.
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Re: 1970 GTO Build
« Reply #77 on: Today at 12:56:34 AM »
Thats all looking terrific!  8)
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Re: 1970 GTO Build
« Reply #78 on: Today at 05:35:31 AM »
Nice build, fantastic looking car. I love black with the blue stripes.

Reminds me of a black 1970 Judge a friend bought when it was less than a year old in 1971. That car was black paint, black vinyl top, black interior with the blue stripe. Like yours just a stunning car to look at. His had a RAIII with a 4 speed and 4.33 rear end from the factory and was fast.

You’ll be getting lots of complements forever.

Enjoy!
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