by Sean Mattingly.
1969 GTO Convertible Parking Lot
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CLICK-> Warwick Blue 1969 GTO convertible, left rear view.
CLICK-> Warwick Blue 1969 GTO convertible, front end view. You cannot see the headrest for the passenger seat becuase Mark has it reclined.
CLICK-> Warwick Blue 1969 GTO convertible, dash view. Mark adds, "Since last November I have completed the car's restoration with the dashboard redone by Just Dashes, dash chrome/bezels refinished by Performance Restorations, and the wood wheel restored."
CLICK-> Mark has added other options here too. Mark explains, "After looking for years, I finally came across the passenger side reclining seat, convertible shoulder belts and a NOS tissue holder."
CLICK-> Here's another view of the passenger side reclining seat option and a better look at the shoulder belt option for the convertible. The reclining seat for 1969 uses the same style folding forward mechanism as the 1968. It's the chrome button on the side of the seat back near the top. Normal 1969 seats have this button on the back of the seat back right in the center. You can see two other controls on the seat bottom, near the seat belt retractor. The lower right control which makes the whole seat slide forward and backward. The upper left one reclines the seat when pulled up.
CLICK-> Mark has been busy adding even more options to his Warwick Blue 1969 GTO convertible. He found a set of NOS buckle retainers for the rear seat belts. These are really rare and prevent the rear seat belt buckles from sliding all around. The retainers mount to the base of the rear seat.
CLICK-> Mark also found and installed a NOS under dash hood lock option. This is bascially a hood pull like a modern car and opens the hood from the inside of the car. In February of 2006, Mark wrote in to say, "I the curator of the CWJ Classic Car museum in Bernardsville, NJ your contact information for the press release that details the museum's upcoming muscle car display. Amongst the cars on the display is going to be my 1969 GTO convertible that you have here on the site. I thought it would be cool to have it on your site under the what's new section."
CLICK-> Warwick Blue 1969 GTO convertible, trunk view. Mark explains, "I finally found the heavy gray ribbed rubber trunk accessory mat after a two year search. I found two actually, one NOS in the box and a decent used one which I photographed. The air canister was purchased off ebay and is a neat item for the trunk at shows."
CLICK-> Warwick Blue 1969 GTO convertible, engine view. Mark's been detailing in here too. Looks like he added some assembly line paint marks, numbers, and stickers.
CLICK-> Another shot of the new engine details. Mark comments, "In August, I entered the car in the 2005 GTOAA East Coast Regionals and won a Gold in the concourse judging which I was really happy about after all the hard work put into the car."
CLICK-> Starlight Black 1969 GTO convertible owned by Tim Smolinski from Vienna, Virginia. Tim tells us, "This is an original triple black, Ram Air III, four-speed convertible. I had been looking for a 1969 GTO convertible with a four-speed for quite a while before I found this one. The Ram Air is a nice bonus. I've bought and sold several GTO's over the years, but this one is a definitely a keeper."
CLICK-> Red 1969 GTO convertible Ram Air III 4-speed (1 of 249) owned by Dan Tomlin. This is the BEFORE picture. This car has 68 grilles. Dan tells this story, "I found the car in Alabama from the 2nd owner who just moved from Nebraska where the car sat in an airplane hangar for about 30 years. He said the car was sitting there rotting due to it being wrecked early on. When I got the car the Ram Air parts, including a very rare carb, was missing & the paint was done by MAACO – nuff said! He did replace the front end using parts off a 68 goat back in 1996 (frame was/is straight) and he replaced the top. I bought the car in the condition you see in the photos. I was very surprised to see the original deck lid, floor pans, carpet and trunk were all in excellent shape. I've included a MS Excel spread sheet to help the parts hunters with their goat searches – and compiled from various sites and manuals so no guarantees, but I know the 69 #’s are good."
CLICK-> Here's a BEFORE photo of the engine in Dan's red 1969 GTO convertible.
CLICK-> The rear seat and carpet is removed from Dan's red 69 GTO convertible. The wiring is routed to the back of the car through that black tube clipped to the floor. The white/red wires are for the interior lights, which on a convertible are in front of the rear armrests. You can also see some of the convertible top workings.
CLICK-> The front seats and front carpet has also been removed. There is a lot of red paint in here. There is more of that black tube containing the wires to the rear of the car.
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