A site visitor, Ryan, sent these 1965 LeMans pictures in. He tells us, "Heres a sad story on a 65 pontiac with a happy ending. I spotted this at a body shop so I stopped in and talked to the guy about it. The customer was out driving it when a WOMAN turned and slammed it to it. BUMMER. However, there is good news, he was getting it repaired at the body shop." CLICK->
Wrecked 1965 LeMans hardtop awaits repair at a body shop. CLICK->
Steven Eck is restoring this 1965 GTO hardtop. CLICK->
The interior, doors, grilles, trim, and engine have been removed. The body work and painting is being performed by East Bay Customs of Brentwood, California. CLICK->
The instruments have been removed from the dash. It looks like this car was red at one time. CLICK->
The metal around the rear window and the piece between it an the trunk lid has been replaced. CLICK->
The floor of the trunk looks pretty good. CLICK->
The front bumper, radiator support, and fenders are removed. That looks like a Chevelle next to it - getting the same treatment. CLICK->
Another shot of the 1965 GTO with the front metal removed. CLICK->
The frame comes off and the body is put on a rotisserie. CLICK->
The rear end panel behind the bumper is also replaced with new metal. CLICK->
I didn't realize that there is a separate piece of metal that holds the rear tail lights. It hasn't been installed on this side. CLICK->
Time to work o the frame. Wow, this is a nice shop. There are some nice cars under construction in the background. CLICK->
Shot of the original frame from the rear. CLICK->
The frame is stripped of suspension and exhaust components. It is then prepared for powder coating. PICTURE SET CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE ...
Here's a comment from a recent visitor...
Says Todd Lloyd (lentoddlloyd.@earthlink.net) - "Mattingly, apparently Pontiac blood must flow thru your veins which automatically qualifies you as on right-on dude. Well done."