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FRAME-OFF RESTORATION GALLERY
Let's do a frame-off on a 1970 GTO Judge hardtop
In words and pictures.
A truly great restoration begins from the ground up. You have to disassemble the entire car
and give each component special attention. A frame-off restoration is often the only way to
make a 30 year-old car look like it was perfectly new. Steve & Christine Petro from Sterling
Heights Michigan have such a car. Steve works for General Motors at the GM Technical Center
where it all started. Steve's home email address is email@example.com
IN THE SHOP
In the shop. Right front showing the car before paint.
In the shop. Front. The car has been stripped of its hood, glass,
and front end hardware.
In the shop. The front part of the frame was removed so it could be detailed.
Here, it hangs in the shop.
In the shop. The frame was supported on jackstands while work was done to it. The brake
components were detailed with the proper markings that the factory used on the assembly line.
In the shop. This is what you call a rolling chassis. The front end of
the frame is shown here after the suspension components were installed.
The frame is finished in 60% gloss black.
Left rear. This shows the car after painting, before the rear bumper and
chrome trim pieces were reinstalled.
Underside. This is a view under the driver's side of the car. You can see the emergency
Underside. This car has everything the correct color. It was restored
to have the factory paint dabs which identified the parts to the factory workers.
Underside. Paint dabs on passenger side front suspension.
Underside. Paint dabs on driver side front suspension.
Underside. Another view shows the spotless condition of the car.
Underside. You can see the gas tank detail along with the shocks
which have the correct markings on them.
Underside. The rear end bolts have the correct natural finish. This car has the optional
ride & handling package.
Underside. The exhaust system looks brand new. Notice the bolts
that hold the seats in place.
Underside. Here you can see the driveshaft behind the exhaust pipe. The driveshaft has the
proper factory dab of paint on it.
Underside. Another closeup of the front of the engine. You can see the paint dabs
on the suspension components and on the steering box. Many NOS parts were used in this
Underside. The car has been jacked up so you can view the rear sway bar
and the clean exhaust system.
Interior. You can see what it looks like in the cockpit. Note the factory 8-track player
under the dash. This car has a tilt wood wheel, air conditioning, automatic transmission with a console, softray tinted glass, rear window defogger, rear speakers, and front/rear floor mats.
Interior. You can see the Ram Air knob at the lower left of the picture.
Interior. Here's a closer shot of the Ram Air knob.
Interior. This is a closeup of the dashboard. Check out the 140 MPH speedometer. The car also has rally gauges with a clock.
Interior. This is a closeer-up of the dashboard. Here you can see the clock, climate controls, radio, and part of the 8-track player.
Interior. The passenger seat is reclining. See the Judge emblem on the glovebox door.
Open door. The car was restored with no details left out. You can see the "GM" sticker on
the edge of the driver's door.
Interior. Driver's door. The doors have switches for the power windows, power door locks, and
power drivers seat.
Trunk. View of the spair tire and jack.
Trunk. View trunk lid and jack instructions.
Engine compartment. The Ram Air engine has power to spare. There is power steering, power
disc brakes, and heavy duty 7-blade clutch fan.
Engine compartment. Big clear 116K file!
Engine compartment. Every nut and bolt received the proper attention. In the lower
portion of the photo you can see the air conditioning compressor with the correct wording
attached to it.
Side view. Right side. The Judge is parked in a driveway. It rides on Goodyear
Polyglas bias ply tires.
Side view. Left side. Here, the owner poses for a photo.
Left front view. Orbit Orange paint. The car came with bright wheel opening mouldings.
Hood. The hood tach can be seen. Notice how well the hood lines up with the fender. This
is a difficult alignment to achieve. Many GTO owners complain that the rear of the hood
will not stay down low enough.
Left rear, down low. This is a nice view of the Judge graphics and the rear wing too. Notice
the "Royal" license plate frame? Steve is only 5 minutes away from the famous Royal Pontiac
dealership where many GTOs were sold.
Left rear, up high.
This car was featured in the June 1999 issue of the GOATFINDER CLASSIFIEDS in black and white.
In case you're wondering, Steve says he drives this car. If you have questions for Steve, his
work email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. The car is now For Sale!
NEW- A hardcover book all about GTO's by author Steve Statham. The author did a photo
shoot of this Judge after the Woodward GTO Tigers car show in July 1999. The book includes
several shots of Steve Petro's Judge. In fact, its the cover car too! Published May, 2000
AVAILABLE HERE ->
Pontiac Gto : The Great One
by Steve Statham.
I rate this book 5 stars! This book belongs in your collection - no matter
which brand of car you're loyal to. The photography is very impressive. At a recent GTOAA meet,
I showed my copy to several GTO lovers. They all wanted THIS new book for its accurate
text and large pictures that make you go "WOW!".
Or, here are some good engine and chassis detailing books. Just hit the GO button...
Steve & Christine Petro (email@example.com) for sending in all the pictures Thanks to
Steve's Mom for assistance with image scanning. Thanks to Steve's Dad for hanging around
with him at the local cruise nights.
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