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Old 12-20-2012, 12:26 AM
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I have been lurking for quite a while, and i finally feel like i am making enough headway to start a thread.

I got this car at 15 after the first "father/son" gto project was just too much to take on anymore. I never went through PHS to verify the options but looked to be white originally, a 400 with a 2bbl carb , front bench seat, power rear antenna, and a vinyl top. The old 400 made it about a year when water started showing up in the oil, which was fine because it was the perfect excuse for a 455! In 2006 i moved away to college to start Auto Body collision repair school and brought the car with me. I decided to have a friend take some nice pictures of the car for me, and got quite a few good ones! Well, the last shot of the day i thought it would be a good idea to have a picture of a burnout. Great right?! Well, my idea following that was complete ignorance. I wanted to continue the burnout past the photographer and have her take a picture of me going away from her. So to do that i felt it necessary to hold the pedal down as long as possible. The car started tossing back and forth slightly and once i felt it couldnt go any farther i hit the brakes. The old drums on all 4 corners worked enough to upset the balance of the car even more, but didnt help enough to slow her down. The guardrail, and the tree sure helped though.

Now, 2 years prior to this my mom and dad got divorced. When this happened, my father had already stopped talking to me, and when i talked to him about it he said some very hurtful things to me, and about the car. After that I became depressed for a few years, debated on sending it to the crusher, selling it, etc. Finally i decided that was enough, that he was wrong, that i have the will power and drive to fix her and shove it in his face! The name of the project has been decided. Project VENDETTA!

Here is a little photoshop work i have done to a previous Nelson Super Cars rendering. Everything is just an idea, and I will get a better rendering done when i have a better idea of what i want. But some ideas are tucked bumpers, Do away with as much chrome as possible!, 70-72 chevelle SS cowl, one off sideskirts for side exit exhaust, and stretched quarter panels and front fenders. the front splitter is to resemble one from a new challenger


When i brought it to college with me.


One of my favorite pics from the photoshoot day.


The infamous "burnout pic" If you read the story above. you know what picture follows this


Her resting spot.


Inspecting the damage
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Old 12-20-2012, 12:46 AM
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Through inspection i realized the frame was bent, BADLY. The firewall was wrinkled, The toe board was wrinkled, and the steering column was collapsed. Fast forward a couple years, and a couple of rental houses later, i finally pulled the engine, sold it and bought a new frame, and a boxing kit from a guy online.
After that it sat for another 2 years rotting away. Eventually i got a job at a body shop where the boss happened to be VERY into old muscle cars. Even though he doesn't understand why i wouldn't want to make it look like it rolled off the showroom floor in 1967, he towed it to the shop for me so i could fix it.

Picked up a 1966 LeMans for a donor car for the front end mainly.


On the frame machine


Set-up to pull the cowl over and forward


Getting everything straightened


The new corner section


At this point the "Damage" is mainly fixed. Its all restoration and modification at this point!

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Ridetech single adjustable coil-overs mocked up. I really didnt like the factory bracing at all, and since there was no need for a spring bucket. I decided to get rid of it


Took some universal Ridetech mounts and moved the mounting point up


Mounts tacked in. I didnt change any geometry at all on the mounting point. just what they mount to.


Support bar tacked in


I had debated about doing this, but finally grew a pair and went for it!


1/8" plate fit up


After cutting the factory spring bucket out, this chows the nothing that is in the frame, which i finished boxing in


Basically all done, have a little bit more to do, but not picture worthy


Also boxed in the rear lower control arm mount
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Thats basically where i'm at now! I am currently waiting on an HPI customs frame bracing kit to be made and then i can get it off to powder coating.

I am considering ordering the ridetech front control arms, spindles, and coil-overs since they are having a holiday sale but I'm trying to make sure ill have sufficient funds to purchase the frame bracing kit. We will see what happens.
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Nice project. Should be a nice ride when your done.
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Nice project.Look's like your doing about the same as I am.
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Nice project.Look's like your doing about the same as I am.
Thanks! hints why i asked about your body mounts the other day.

I too noticed that we are doing kind of the same thing. yours is just nicer, and has a sweet front suspension! Also weird we are both Scott's that live in KS
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Thanks! hints why i asked about your body mounts the other day.

I too noticed that we are doing kind of the same thing. yours is just nicer, and has a sweet front suspension! Also weird we are both Scott's that live in KS
Thank's, just a bunch of home made stuff.
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Very cool! 67 is my fav year GTO. Keep up the good work and don't get discouraged!

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I did a similar treatment with the rear of my Chevelle. This crossmember has been recessed into the frame on both sides, via a holesaw. Did all my crossmembers this way. Nice GTO!

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