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Here is that 389ci engine under the hood. CLICK->
Inside is a white interior. An aftermarket radio was installed under the dash. This was nice, as they left the original radio untouched. CLICK->
Restoration begins. Tim removes the front clip. CLICK->
The doors are taken off. CLICK->
Tim removes the trunk, rear bumper, and interior. See the many tools on the wall? It's funny, but not one of them can be used in the restoration of this car. Pick axe? No! Carpenter's saw? No! CLICK->
The body is separated from its frame and placed on a different roll-around frame for media blasting. Tim is thinking about going back to original with paint and interior - Silvermist Gray paint and black interior. CLICK->
Meanwhile the frame will be stripped of its running gear. CLICK->
The engine and transmission are removed. CLICK->
David Keim with the car he found. This is how it looked the day he bought it in 1984. It was a rough but complete silver 1964 GTO 4-speed with air conditioning. He tells us how he got the car and how he unfortunately LOST it before the restoration could be completed. "Fresh out of high school I moved to Visalia, California to live with my Dad. One day by chance I went to a local junk yard to get a part for his truck. While in there I could tell there was a second yard just on the other side of the fence. I climbed up and looked over and thought I was in heaven. I ran back to the office and asked an employee if I could go next door. He told me 'No' and that the owner had closed that yard many years ago." CLICK->
1964 GTO next to a Super Sport. David continues the story of how he purchased the GTO of his dreams which later slipped away. "After a couple of weeks and many phone calls the owner agreed to let me in. This yard was full of muscle cars - Mustangs, Mopars, Chevys and yes Pontiacs. I remember the first car I saw when I went in was a 69 or 70 Roadrunner with a Hemi hood. It had data tags on the door jams that said factory race car, not intended for street use. I wanted that but, my father said no, plus it was missing the motor and transmission. After looking around a bit I spotted what would turn out to be my car. A silver with black lower
rockers 1964 GTO." CLICK->
David continues, "The hood was off and the interior was pulled out, but I looked around and found everything. Only one part was missing - the rear end. I talked with the owner and bought what he called a 64 Pontiac Silver, for $375.00. He threw in a rear end (out of a 66 GTO) and even delivered it to my house. I don't know who was happier me or him." CLICK->
A look inside the trunk reveals several parts. CLICK->
The engine is there. Even the air conditioning compressor. CLICK->
The body will need some work. It will need a door lock. CLICK->
Here is the interior before the restoration started. The rear seat is in the front. PICTURE SET CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE ...
Here's a comment from a recent visitor...
Says Dan Foley (foley.@link2000.net) - "Although it brings tears to my eyes, I love to see the GOATS out to pasture. I guess it's just my love of salvage yards."