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Some changes are taking place. Some paint goes on. The engine comes out for rebuilding. CLICK->
A vintage 1980's photo of the '64 body in-progress of being reworked. CLICK->
Another vintage photo showing the parts laid out for repainting and restoration.
The engine compartment is worked on. David tells us, "I was working on it at home, about two months before I left for Army. When I last saw it, she was sitting on four new wheels as I had completely rebuilt the front and rear suspensions to include everything from springs, shocks and bushings to brakes, axle bearings even lugs and lug nuts." CLICK->
Does anyone know where this car ended up? David says, "I ran out of money for school and joined the Army. I put my Father in charge of my car (big mistake). While I was over in Germany, he put it on a U-store-it lot and then never paid rent. By the time I got back (1987) they had sold it and it was nowhere to be found. I have spent every minute since wondering where it was or what had happened to it. I would love to see a picture of it finished and on the road or better yet get my hands back on it. I go to this website everyday and look over the 64ís dreaming that one day I will see or read about someone buying my car. I won't keep dragging this story out. I am sure you hear stuff like this all the time. No VIN #, no title, no insurance, no keys. I [now] live in Illinois. I am trying to get a hold of an old friend in Riverside, California to get the name and location of the U-store-it that sold the car. Odd side note: my Dad stored my car and a car he built - a 1978 Town & Country station wagon on a 4x4 Suburban frame at the same place. Both were sold for past due bills." CLICK->
Grenadier Red 1964 GTO hardtop owned by John Nolan from Fort Wayne, Indiana. John tells us more, "She was originally built to a dealer stock order on March 16, 1964. It was ordered as a 'plain Jane' 325 bhp, two speed column shift automatic, with virtually no options. Reborn forty-three years later. She, today, sends 365 bhp and 500 ft-lb torque to the pavement through a five speed manual overdrive transmission; a 3.55:1 Posi rear; fifteen inch American Racing 'Rodmaster' polished alloy wheels; and B.F. Goodrich T/A Radial tires. We installed just about every factory and/or dealer option available in 1964 that we could get our hands on - from a reel-out trunk light to Tri-comfort factory air." We have more pictures of Johns Goat in the 2007 GTOAA Show coverage pages. Check them out with the help of our Advanced Picture Searcher loaded with owner=John Nolan and show=2007-GTOAA. CLICK->
This is Wayne Hansen and his 1964 GTO. Wayne explains, "I have had my '64 for three years. It has a built 455 that is now a 472. Its turning about 725hp and runs in the low 10s right now. It will be in the 9s when racing starts this spring. This car has been a drag car almost all of its life. It originated in Oregon. I bought it from a guy in Nebraska." CLICK->
Here is Wayne heating up the tires of his 1964 GTO. CLICK->
Another shot of Wayne's Yellow 1964 GTO hardtop. CLICK->
Skyline Blue 1964 LeMans Sport Coupe owned by Linn Ashton. Linn has this story to share, "I thought I'd never get one. My Mom forced me to sell my original back in the 70's when I joined the military. It was Marimba red with a black interior. Well, my wife surprised me last year with this one she bought from a guy in Arizona who bought it in California. It does run. It has a '69 350 Pontiac and a Turbo 350. It looks pretty stock under the hood with the exception of the trans kickdown cable at the carb linkage. I am going for a look that is dated. It now has Rally II wheels and if I change them it will be to dime slots. Definitely a work in progress as you can see. The windshield is missing. Seems like they all get rust in there. It is a car that I have missed for a long time. I have a way to go but I got time... Yeah I've got time!" CLICK->
Skyline Blue 1964 LeMans Sport Coupe, left front view. The interior has been removed. CLICK->
Skyline Blue 1964 LeMans Sport Coupe, right rear view. This is a good sleeper color. CLICK->
Keith Baumgarner purchased this 1964 GTO hardtop from its second owner in 1985. Keith tells us more, "I planned on restoring it to stock original, but never got to it. In October 2007, I spoke with a restoration shop, and they advised me to restore it back to its drag car 'Orange Crate' appearance. I have had the frame blasted and painted, and have stripped the interior for a de-rusting blast. I have stenciled all the graphics, and have found most of the decals. I have spoken with the 2nd owner in the last few weeks, and he is trying to contact the original owner. It raced from 1964 to 1971 at Niagara International drag strip in Niagara Falls, New York. I need as much info about the racing career of this car as I can find. Any help is greatly appreciated. I have the PHS documents on the car, and it was built in late June 1964. (the last 64 GTO?) The original motor blew up in 1971, and was replaced with a 1969 Chev 350/350. That motor is in a Camaro Z28 running around in South Carolina now. I found a January 1964 built 389 - 4 barrel, which it originally came with. It will be rebuilt and running in the car when done. I need to find out what orange was used so I can repaint it with this correct color. The interior was gutted for racing, and had no carpet, one seat, no wiring for lights, no headlights (were blanked out with flat black metal plates), console was removed, Dixco tach hose clamped on the steering column, Stewart-Warner temp gauge in the blank-out plate in instrument panel, no outside mirror, and all original chrome trim is intact on the outside. Hope to have a clean great looking Orange Crate by spring 2008. I will visit shows as time permits." CLICK->
Here is a movie car that appears in a little scene in 'Jumanji' starring Robin Williams. Paul Carabello emailed to say, "I own the 64 dark blue hardtop in Jumanji. I have owned the car since 1977. The scenes were filmed in Keene NH which is near my home. The car has tripower but originally had a 4 barrel. It has not been restored but was repainted in 1981. I am surprised you noticed the car in the film since it barely flashes in front of the camera." CLICK->
Some dude sent in a photo of a mistreated prisoner. He says, "My brother told me I should send the pic I took here near my work of a 64 GTO convertible sitting outside in the Detroit area through rain and shine and sometimes snow. Seems a shame such a gorgeous car which appears to be in great shape is left outside to fight the elements. Somebody save her!"
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