by Sean Mattingly.
1969 GTO Hardtop Parking Lot
There's no bigger GTO image collection anywhere!
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CLICK-> Black Rose 1969 GTO hardtop, right rear view.
CLICK-> Black Rose 1969 GTO hardtop, left rear view.
CLICK-> Close-up shot down the side of Greg's Black Rose 1969 GTO hardtop.
CLICK-> Black Rose 1969 GTO hardtop, interior view. A black dash and carpet was standard with the parchment (white) colored interior. Each front seat has two seat belts. One, for the lap belt. The other, for the shoulder belt which is clipped up to the headliner when not in use.
CLICK-> Here's the engine in Greg's GTO - aftermarket air cleaner, valve covers, and headers.
CLICK-> Greg's Black Rose 1969 GTO hardtop at sunset.
CLICK-> Greg has some fun with his new engine.
CLICK-> This is cool. Greg's brother took some pictures of Greg's 1969 GTO with his new Fluke Ti30™ Thermal Imager. This device shows the surface temperature of the rear view of the 1969 GTO. The scale along the left side shows which colors go with which temperatures. The exhaust system is the hottest with temperatures over 38 degrees C which is over 100 degrees F. Jeff Klein, who helps out with this site, played with a thermal imager at work one day. He commented, "We had a $80K thermal image camera at work a couple of years back. This Fluke one is the first one I've seen of similar quality and only costs about $10K. The one I played with had a video output as well as pictures. It was really fun to play with. You could see the studs in the walls of the building because of the slight changes in temperature between the studs and the insulation between. Water pipes in the ceiling were interesting. We took a cup of hot water and added ice cubes - watched the mixing of cold and hot. You could sit in a chair, then move and see the heat you left in the chair. Everyone's hands were a warm color, mine were very dark and cold. I always suspected that my hands had poor circulation. Cool stuff."
CLICK-> Let's peek into the front grille of Greg's 1969 GTO with the Fluke Ti30™ Thermal Imager. We are looking at the radiator behind the GTO emblem. Notice how it is hotter in the upper right corner. The hot engine coolant enters the radiator in the upper right corner. This shows how efficient the radiator on Greg's GTO is (with the engine at idle and only the fan pulling air through the radiator - car not moving). It's interesting how the thermal imager works. It is a handheld device with a laser pointer so you can see exactly where you're aiming it. Then you point and take a reading which stores the image. Later, you can download the images to a computer.
CLICK-> Greg takes his Black Rose 1969 GTO hardtop to the drag races. It is parked in the staging line near a Duster and a Camaro.
CLICK-> Greg waits for his turn at the track. In front of him is an old Chevy, a late 60's Camaro, and an early Firebird (right to left).
CLICK-> Greg launches his Black Rose 1969 GTO hardtop. Greg adds, "Ran a 13.9 with the new motor and finished 3rd out of 22 cars that day. It was a fun day!"
CLICK-> Here is a series of shots capturing the restoration of Greg's 1969 GTO hardtop. Here the car is all gutted out.
CLICK-> Shot from the other side. The Parchment interior is pretty much gone. The green doorsill indicates that the car's original color may have been Forest Green or Verdoro Green.
CLICK-> The car in the foreground is the donor car. It will give up its frame.
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