Meridian Turquoise 1968 GTO hardtop owned by Mark Amodei from North Providence, Rhode Island. Mark had this story to share, "I was always a MOPAR Man. My 69 GTX won the MOPAR Nats a few times and I was never a GM Fan until 1999. I was looking for a 70 Judge and my friend said he knew of an original 68 for sale. When I looked at the 68, I was hooked. The 68 has its own one year items. It is numbers-matching from carb to the tail lights. It has 37,000 original miles. I dyed the seat backs white and all the seat piping you see came with the car. My friends and I did all the work except the paint. Knowing people like Quint Stires (High Performance Pontiac Magazine) and Scott Tieman have helped me take this car to Gold Level. If I have time this year, I want to take it to the GTOAA Nats and get it gold certified. I've put about 100 miles a year on my car - my wife thinks I'm nuts but what can I say." CLICK->
This beautiful car was on the cover of the June, 2007 issue of "High Performance Pontiac" magazine. Mark's Meridian Turquoise 1968 GTO hardtop, left rear view. CLICK->
Study the engine compartment on this Meridian Turquoise 1968 GTO hardtop. Note how the components have been restored to the original factory finishes. Check out the battery. It is the original style, with a cap on each chamber. The brake booster appears to be cadmium plated. The master cylinder is a natural metal finish. The inner fenders are painted a semi-glossy black. Most beginner restorers will incorrectly paint everything in the engine compartment gloss black. CLICK->
Another shot of the engine in Mark's Meridian Turquoise 1968 GTO hardtop. Now you know why he only drives the car about 100 miles a year. There's a big time investment in getting all the engine components cleaned and looking like they have no wear on them. Note how the alternator bracket and the air conditioner brackets are painted black. I've seen other restorers incorrectly paint them engine color. See the hose clamp on the radiator hose where it connects to the engine. It is the original "tower" style of clamp. The screw on those sticks up, rather than screwing in from the side like modern clamps do. Now follow the radiator hose to the right where it joins up with the radiator. There you can clearly see one of the "tower" style hose clamp screws sticking up. CLICK->
Meridian Turquoise 1968 GTO hardtop, interior view. CLICK->
Another shot of the interior in Mark's Meridian Turquoise 1968 GTO hardtop. This one has the Hurst Dual Gate (His n Her's) automatic shifter. CLICK->
Mark dyed the back of his seats white. Looks good. CLICK->
Red 1968 GTO hardtop owned by Joe Dacek from Bay Village, Ohio. Joe tells us about his car, "I bought the car in 1977. I was a junior in High School. I had it restored in 1985. At times it was put aside, (Out of sight out of mind). This helped me with still having it today. There are many reasons to sell your car. I read the Text Topics article called 'Ten reasons to lose your muscle car' and I went through them all. I was smart enough to keep it. It is ready to be painted again. I am thinking about the BOBCAT paint job, the white and gold. I wish you had more information on it. This is a driver. I have 101,000 on the car and 17,000 on the original rebuilt engine and transmission. It has a 400cid with 4bbl and a th400 trans with His and Hers Shifter. I have been asked many times, however 'THIS CAR IS NOT FOR SALE'. Thanks for the website, it has started me back into working on the car." CLICK->
Red 1968 GTO hardtop, left side view. CLICK->
Red 1968 GTO hardtop, with the sun reflecting off of it. CLICK->
Red 1968 GTO hardtop, right rear view. CLICK->
Joe Dacek sends us some updated shots of his freshly painted Solar Red 1968 GTO hardtop. Joe adds, "I was looking at the Bobcat paint. When I had her repainted I went with the original Solar Red. I saw on this website a Tempest with this stripe pattern. I was looking for other opinions, drivers side is a Bobcat look, as is the back stripe. The passenger is the stock ralley stripe. I have had this car since 1977 - I was a junior in High school. His and Hers, original 400 engine, trans, and interior. It has always been red, just looking for a little change after the new paint. What do you think about the pin stripes?" CLICK->
This side has the stock Rally Stripe layout. The stripe is just along the bottom. CLICK->
This side has the Bobcat stripes. Feel free to leave your comments below. Do you like the Rally stripes or these Bobcat stripes best? CLICK->
Solar Red 1968 GTO hardtop, left rear view. PICTURE SET CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE ...
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