by Sean Mattingly.
1969 GTO Hardtop Parking Lot
There's no bigger GTO image collection anywhere!
Yellow 1969 GTO hardtop owned by Dutch Porten from New York. He found it in a farmer's field where it sat for 6 years.|
CLICK-> Expresso Brown 1969 GTO hardtop being restored by Brian Catania. Brian tells us more, "It's a numbers matching 1969 PHS documented GTO with numbers matching WS block, four speed, posi-rear, power steering, and manual brakes. The car was all there. It had original 90k miles, but was very tired. It had mouse nests and a moldy interior.I purchased it for $4000 in October and will have restoration completed end of January '05." Do you think Brian will get it done by then? I bet he will. Click here to see other GTOs he's redone using the Advanced Picture Searcher loaded with owner=Brian Catania.
CLICK-> Brian has done some work to the rear fender and trunk. Looks like the Rally II wheels are painted.
CLICK-> What's the first step to restoring the interior? Cleaning it out. The dash is cracked. This is pretty common. Brian has the carpet and door panels pulled. Those seats look pretty good.
CLICK-> Brian has the engine looking great.
CLICK-> Brian put on new rear quarters. Here's the driver's side. Lots of filler and sanding to get it nice and straight.
CLICK-> A shot of the new rear quarter from inside the trunk.
CLICK-> Brian also replaced the trunk floor. Brian adds, "I recovered the seats the past two days while it has been below zero here. It's as if they came out factory fresh! The car is going to paint shop Monday and I hope to have it up for sale by month's end. Whew, this is the last one for awhile. I'm getting a real job, though I love working on these."
CLICK-> Here are some finished shots of Brian's Expresso Brown 1969 GTO hardtop. Brian adds, "Well here it is finished as promised, January 31st! It came out pretty nice, not perfect, but decent driver shape. My hands are still hurting from getting this one finished in time."
CLICK-> Expresso Brown 1969 GTO hardtop, left side view. Brian decided not to put on a black vinyl top, like it originally had.
CLICK-> Expresso Brown 1969 GTO hardtop, interior view. Looks great.
CLICK-> Expresso Brown 1969 GTO hardtop, engine view.
CLICK-> Expresso Brown 1969 GTO hardtop, trunk view.
CLICK-> This image will make a nice Windows background. Midnight Green 1969 GTO hardtop with hideaway headlights and a hood tach. It's an all #'s matching car with 64,000 miles on it. Under the hood is a 400ci 350hp engine connected to a 4-speed manual transmission and a 3.55 rear end.
CLICK-> Justin picked up his GTO in 1999. This is how it looked. Justin tells us, "Originally, it came with only the following options: 4-spd, 8-track (long gone), power steering, interior light group, remote mirror, and an unusual two-tone paint scheme; Limelight Green painted top, Midnight Green Body."
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