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Old 05-06-2005, 11:59 AM
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Best way to repair cancer?

I'm starting a car restoration on a 65 GTO, but it has fairly decent rust damage and I need some input on how to go about it.

http://www.sportpoolcards.com/projec...roduction.html

I have people telling me this is a "parts car"... which I refuse to believe. I have seen it done, why do people have so many doubts?

My uncle suggested the idea that I call up junkyards around the country for a 65 LeMans and just go out there with plasma cutters and ship the pannels home. This seems like the cheapest way AND I don't have to buy the whole car.

Any suggestions would be most welcomed. Feel free to link the images to this thread.

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First off this is NOT a parts car . From the pictures I saw I've seen much worse brought back to life. The only way in my book to get rid of the rusted out panels is cut it out and weld in new. I'm not up on Pontiac parts places but I bet you can find new replacement panels. Take a look at year One.. I would strongly suggest from what I saw in your pictures that you take it down to bear metal . You will never know what you really have till you do.
Good Luck with your project.

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Thanks Earl. I checked year and that seems like the place to order parts. I am still leanining towards the idea of finding a tempest lemans body, but if I can't find one... I will just order the new pannels.
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Parts car!?!? that thing is clean compared to anything of that vintage around here! bring it back!
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Parts car!?!? that thing is clean compared to anything of that vintage around here! bring it back!
I'm working on it. This forum is amazing. I was shocked by all the nice people posting here. I hope to learn a lot more than I already know.

To everyone, I say, hey!
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Parts car my eye!

That car looks great! I've seen worse than that on the road. This is definitely a workable project. Good luck.
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I like it too!
heres a push ... http://www.a2zautoforums.com/showthr...0&page=1&pp=20

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i will take it ,if you dont want it , great project
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Thanks for the incentive. As you can imagine... its difficult to visualize the end. I'm thinking about taking mechanics and welding courses at the JC. I want to learn more, more, more!
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It is do able but going to be a lot of work. What you see is normal rust areas for that year and a lemans will have the same rust.

Plan on replacing all the floorboards and of course the trunk pan and both rear quarters. It will be cheaper to replace door skins than fix them and better. New parts are available.

When you pop the rear glass out you will be in for another big surprise.

Park it and take your welding classes and as you get the money order new panels.
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Actually, the doors are just fine. No rot. The floor pans seem to be alright, except on the drivers side... needs a little patching. The passengers side looks almost mint.

I'm expecting rot in the rear window as well. Had it on that 70 chevelle we fixed up.

I may have scored a job today... so hopefully I can start working on it soon.
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Looks darn rusty for a CA car! I bought a 70 chevelle 3 yrs in CA, the thing is mint. Not a speck of rust. That car looks like it came from Minn rather then sunny CA. Kinda looks like someone brought it over the border to sell it!!
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heck nah thats not a parts car man. Thanks for the pics too, the other day my cousin from the bay area told me that he had a 65 camino like mine, but he put in gto interior, most of the stuff interchanges. And from your pics i could tell that they do..

Anyway You could find some reporoduction patch panels or mabey find some on a decent junker at a pick a part.
Cali cars are pretty decent, little rust if its somewhere in the hills or the valley etc, but if it was a coast car the ocean salt air will rust it good.
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VERY NICE car. I think's THEY be WANTING your ride for themself telling you that.
If your ever in ARK. I know of a deicent "donor" car that could be had.
I'd surf the Pontiac boards and SEE what aftermarket panels are out there besides dealing with RipOne. Not knocking them but there are alternatives OTHER than them. THEY are MY last resort.
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The goat WAS driven in the snow part of its life. the spare tires I got were snow tires.

Bee... I am really considering flying out of state just to get pannels. Could you tell me more about the donor car?
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