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Let's do a frame-off on a 1968 GTO hardtop In words and pictures.
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Frank Rinaldi (gtofrank68@yahoo.com) from Watertown, Connecticut did a frame-off on his 1968 GTO hardtop. He documented the 5-year process with photos.

1968 Hardtop Frame-off Restoration    Lot 1 of 3.
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CLICK-> 68 resto pic #1 Frank Rinaldi from Watertown, Connecticut did a frame-off on his 1968 GTO hardtop. He documented the 5-year process with photos. The whole set can be seen in the frame-off restoration pages. This is what the car looked like to start with. It's got some dents and rust. It was originally Solar Red, but Frank chose to restore it using the 1968 color of Flambeau Burgundy. That was the color of a '68 GTO his cousin bought new when Frank was a child. He always wanted that car, so 25 years later he duplicated it.
CLICK-> 68 resto pic #2 The rear of the car showing some wear. Note this California car has a vinyl top.
CLICK-> 68 resto pic #3 He started the restoration by first making the body solid for removal by replacing the trunk floor that had been rusted by water leaking from a hole under the back window. The trunk area shows the typical rust caused by a leaking rear window. The rainwater trails down one or both inner wheelhouses. The water settles on the low spots in the trunk and rusts it out.
CLICK-> 68 resto pic #4 Has viewer comments This "before" photo of the engine compartment can be compared to the "after" photo later.
CLICK-> 68 resto pic #5 The interior was well-enjoyed before Frank tore it out.
CLICK-> 68 resto pic #6 The frame shortly after it was removed.
CLICK-> 68 resto pic #7 The lower lip under the chrome trim piece was rotted on both rear quarter panels. So, along with the fact that both panels were dented, he made the decision to change both panels.
CLICK-> 68 resto pic #8 Chop, chop. The rear 1/4 panels and outer wheel houses were changed. Frank did all the body work first so the body would stay aligned and square before removing it from the frame.
CLICK-> 68 resto pic #9 This shows what the car looks like after you chop off a panel.
CLICK-> 68 resto pic #10 This shows what it looks like when you put a new one on.
CLICK-> 68 resto pic #11 You are looking at the left front of the car.
CLICK-> 68 resto pic #12 He removed the front A-trays and suspension and sent it off for sandblasting along with the front bumper. When it came back, it was painted with black epoxy primer. The ball joints, inner and outer tie-rods and idler arm were replaced.
CLICK-> 68 resto pic #13 Has viewer comments The front and back brakes were replaced, along with the oil in the rear end, and new axle bearings. The car also got new front wheel bearings.
CLICK-> 68 resto pic #14 This is where the rebuilt engine will be set in place.
CLICK-> 68 resto pic #15 This is where the rear passengers could sit if there were any seats.
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