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New to this forum and this is my first post.  I have a 1968 Verduro Green GTO coming back from a body off restoration in the next couple of weeks.  I can hardly stand the wait.  Fifty years ago in high school, drawing pictures of the '68 Goat kept me awake in class for three years.  School was easy and boring but the GTO was interesting and gorgeous.  Although I have several interesting cars as well as a superb daily driver, the '68 Goat was always my favorite design of all time.  I bought a nice driver about 10 years ago, and when I started seeing some small rust bubbles appear under the paint soon afterwards, and since I had a tenant who was restoring  a car for my best friend's son, I decided to let him take apart my car to see what's what.  After the car was completely taken apart, the guy left and the car sat for several years, disassembled.  About a year and a half ago, I got a new body shop tenant who agreed to restore the car in exchange for rent.  The car was supposed to be done by the end of last year but there was more rust repair and metal replacement.  The car is in the paint booth now and should be out of paint by next week, afterwhich the interior goes back in and it gets test driven.  I pretty much left if stock as I always loved it as it first appeared, however, I did add 4 wheel disc brakes and 17" wheels and tires.  I'll post photos when it comes out of paint.  As stated I have a few interesting cars including my daily driver, a 600hp 2010 Jaguar XKR (just a beautiful, reliable, quick DB9 look alike with better performance), my weekend canyon carver, a restored/modified '72 De Tomaso Pantera (a 500+hp missile powered go cart that's Nascar loud), a 2002 Jaguar XKR convertible for open top cruising, a 1978 Datsun 280Z that I've owned from new and will undergo its 3rd restoration after the GTO is done, a '58 Corvette undergoing a restomod complete restoration now which will take a few more years.  Below are a few photos.

I'll report back after the GTO is available.

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She's home!  Some additional things to do to the interior but I can stare 

It is alive!  And on the way home.  Registration wasn't complete, so we decided to tow back to the house but it was driven on to the truck.  Motor is loud, color is gorgeous, stance is wonderful!  Mor

Still no car, however, yesterday's update was that the only remaining issue is waiting for the delivery of the windshield wiper motor.  Apparently the oil pressure issue (I believe was an electrical p

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Quite an amazing collection of cars you got there! Look forward to seeing more on the goat!

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Spoke to the shop owner today, and he told me that my Goat will be out of the paint booth by Tuesday afternoon, next week.  I told him "I hope so as I'd like to drive it before I'm dead from the virus or otherwise."  I'll be at the shop Tuesday afternoon with camera in hand, so hopefully that evening I'll have some new pictures of a completely painted GTO.  Heavy, heavy anticipation....

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Looks great!

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Looks great. Take real good care of that paint.

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Beautiful paint! 😃

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Lookin good, like the rims too.

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Thanks everyone.  I can barely wait to be driving it.  When we added disc brakes I had to upsize the wheels a bit.  I wanted something that still look classic and somewhat period correct but thought the gold would look good against the green paint.  I really like the way they look.  Next stop, a real test drive.

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Thankz for the update, lookin good.

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So what size tires and wheels did you end up with?

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225 40 17 fronts

235 60 17 rears

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Cant wait to see it finished! Looks great

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Today might be the day.  Stay tuned!

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Another frustrating attempt to pick up the GTO.  I got there and buffing powder in every nook and cranny, hood doesn't close properly and needs adjustment, hidden headlights don't work, hood tachometer isn't functioning (even though I asked them if it had been tested and they said it was working), started the car and the oil pressure gauge read zero and did not move, shifter plate was missing (although we found it in the car afterwards), rear trunk GTO emblem missing.  I called the owner of the shop (who is attempting to buy the property he leases from me) and told him I was highly disappointed and that this was very unprofessional and that other car projects I had would not be coming his way.  So, another day without my goat.  Maybe tomorrow.....

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64 kiwi boni,

I had certainly wanted to, and if there had been oil pressure showing, I would have.  But I was on a tight schedule yesterday, and in fact, all of this week, and I didn't have time to wait around for a tow truck  At that point I reached out to the owner of the shop who just had open heart surgery last Monday, just to tell him how disappointed and unprofessional I thought his manager was in giving me back the car in this condition.  He insisted he wanted to take care of it, so I left the car.  My reunion will just have to be postponed a few more days.

 

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