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FRAME-OFF RESTORATION GALLERY

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Let's do a frame-off on a 1965 GTO Hardtop In words and pictures.
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Craig George (mrgto1965@starband.net) shows us the process of restoring his 1965 GTO Hardtop.

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CLICK-> 65 GTO Resto [an error occurred while processing this directive] Guiding the body back into place over the frame.
CLICK-> 65 GTO Resto [an error occurred while processing this directive] One guy is under the car, checking alignment so the bolts can be installed.
CLICK-> 65 GTO Resto [an error occurred while processing this directive] This is the first time I've seen a forklift used like this. It is being used as a hoist.
CLICK-> 65 GTO Resto [an error occurred while processing this directive] Another shot of the 65 GTO body meeting the frame with the help of a forklift.
CLICK-> 65 GTO Resto [an error occurred while processing this directive] Checking the alignment of the body to the frame.
CLICK-> 65 GTO Resto [an error occurred while processing this directive] The engine has been wrapped up to protect it from dirt or scrapes.
CLICK-> 65 GTO Resto [an error occurred while processing this directive] These are the points where the frame hooks up with the body. These bushings get dried out over the years. It is important to replace these during the frame-off restoration.
CLICK-> 65 GTO Resto [an error occurred while processing this directive] They make sure the shift linkage comes through the hole in the floor. Here are Sean's book recommendations...

CLICK-> 65 GTO Resto [an error occurred while processing this directive] And the progress continues on Craig George's 1965 GTO. Craig explains, "We had a 'wrenching party' here Saturday, January 29, 2005 which was attended by five great guys from the Indy GTO Club who drove over an hour up here to help me. We got the firewall insulation pads correctly installed, the dash wiring set in place, the steering column reinstalled, and the gas tank and pad installed. Thanks to you Sean, Prez Bill, Phil, Leonard and everyone else who helped push my dream a little closer to completion!" See that sway bar on the floor? I was trying to put it on the car that day.
CLICK-> 65 GTO Resto [an error occurred while processing this directive] The carb and chrome are on the engine. Craig adds, "We got the manual brakes distribution valve fabricated and hooked up. I also learned there are numerous harmonic balancers and pulley combinations on GTO's and mine won't work! So back I go to my secret local junkyark or online to Ebay for more parts."
CLICK-> 65 GTO Resto [an error occurred while processing this directive] Another shot of the engine progress. Since this photo, we got the brake lines hooked up to the master cylinder.
CLICK-> 65 GTO Resto [an error occurred while processing this directive] Here's a new shot for this site. We haven't seen seat springs yet. This is the bucket front seat back spring.
CLICK-> 65 GTO Resto [an error occurred while processing this directive] This is the bucket front seat bottom spring.
CLICK-> 65 GTO Resto [an error occurred while processing this directive] This is a shot of all the seat springs from Craig George's 1965 GTO. So many springs. This has nothing to do with GTO's; but all these springs remind me of something strange. While I was a kid at summercamp, I walked into a dining hall and saw a set of bedsprings there. I found out they were using a set of bedsprings for cooking. Yep, they used a set of bedsprings as a large cookout grill. They'd cook about a hundred servings of chicken on the old bedsprings. Yuck! Even as a small child, I realized this must have been a strange discount summercamp I was attending. No, I didn't eat the chicken!
CLICK-> 65 GTO Resto [an error occurred while processing this directive] The seats have been recovered. Craig explains, "These custom seats were done by Jeffers Upholstery in Albany, Indiana. I am thrilled with the results. I chose a butter-soft premium naugahyde and tweed combination with the diagonal stripes and Pontiac logo sewn in. They also added additional padding to all seats and back bolsters for added comfort and support."
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