1969 Pontiac GTO convertible

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Re: 1969 Pontiac GTO convertible

Postby TheRookie » Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:54 pm

So the GTO is finally home and figured I'd do a brain dump since it's been a while. I knew I had to invest a little for a "100 point inspection" and address the top items. The shop basically had to replace front/rear shocks, adjust rear 6-link suspension, put front springs back to stock, replaced master cyliner, and replaced all tires w/ white letter Radial TAs. Also included a tune and tightening a lot of loose stuff. Now it drives really well, but still runs a little rich.

At Carlisle, I ended up with the following treasures: Rearview mirror, mount and boot since the old one is foggy. A couple headrests in good shape. Window switches and door handle for passenger side that are a little pitted. And finally, a couple vacuum actuators for the hideaway lights. I think I can do most of that with my minimal skills.

Still researching and thinking about my fuel system. Option 1 is downsize from Holley 750 DP to a 650 DP or 670 Avenger. Option 2 is rebuild the original Rochester QJ. I sent pics to GMJohnny and he's concerned about the condition of the rusty linkage. Option 3 is going EFI, likely Holley. It's about $1600 in parts between the Sniper kit, EFI tank, pump, line, etc. Despite cost, leaning towards #3 for set and forget it.

Last, but not least, I plan on taking it to a highly recommended body shop near me to see what options I have. I have a quarter size bubble on the hood but pretty sure it's solid overall. Not sure if they can match, touch up, slap a clear coat on it or what. Definitely needs body panels adjusted too. More to come and not highest priority. I just want to know.

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Re: 1969 Pontiac GTO convertible

Postby MostMint » Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:21 am

If it's running rich, you might just jet it down a size or two on the primaries. Is that a 400 engine?
[quote="Basement Paul"]Is that a mint rocketship on the hood?? :shock:
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Re: 1969 Pontiac GTO convertible

Postby TheRookie » Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:23 am

Yeah, it's a 400 with a mild build. The shop dialed it back as much as possible.

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Re: 1969 Pontiac GTO convertible

Postby TheRookie » Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:16 am

Hopefully find some time soon to slap on some new parts, especially when it’s cooler. Need to get the tranny checked out too. 1st gear makes a weird creaking sound. All others are ok. In the meantime, enjoy some great pics of the wedding getaway car.
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Re: 1969 Pontiac GTO convertible

Postby TheRookie » Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:18 am

3 more. Hit the 8 pic max.
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Re: 1969 Pontiac GTO convertible

Postby TheRookie » Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:09 pm

I think I’m putting this up for sale. Just finished getting tranny rebuilt after first gear starting knocking. Not enough time for two toys.

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Re: 1969 Pontiac GTO convertible

Postby MostMint » Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:17 pm

The right weather should be coming soon.
[quote="Basement Paul"]Is that a mint rocketship on the hood?? :shock:
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Re: 1969 Pontiac GTO convertible

Postby TheRookie » Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:50 pm

Well, it was fun while it lasted, but the GTO went to a good home a couple weeks ago. He also has a 67 GTO ragtop, 67 Firebird, and 77 Trans Am. New home is a little outside Detroit.

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Re: 1969 Pontiac GTO convertible

Postby Racin'Jacin » Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:14 pm

Homerun!!!

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Re: 1969 Pontiac GTO convertible

Postby Basement Paul » Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:49 pm

That was a nice car, but the truck is probably more fun. So if you're going to keep one, you made the right choice.

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Re: 1969 Pontiac GTO convertible

Postby MostMint » Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:56 pm

Owned a 69 GTO convertible- check
[quote="Basement Paul"]Is that a mint rocketship on the hood?? :shock:
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