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  • #6861
    V8 Staff
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    This slick gold 1970 Pontiac GTO came to the V8 Speed & Resto Shop shortly after the owner purchased the car for some detail work and upgrades. It’s a very clean car, and the owner received a whole stack of paperwork on the car when he bought it, including the original purchase agreement and receipt, the payment schedule, and a slew of receipts for maintenance and repairs over the years. It is very cool to see the history of a car like this and the original documentation.

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    #6869
    Mike Clarke
    Member

    Alright! Now we’re talking!!

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    #7189
    V8 Staff
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    The owner of this GTO has had show cars in the past, but that’s not what he wanted with this GTO. Instead, he wanted a reliable driver he could take anywhere. One aspect he wanted was a serpentine drive system for the Ram Air III Pontiac 400 V8.

    Other plans included detailing the engine, setting the ignition timing, fixing a few items like the tilt steering column detents, adding a retro sound radio, and being sure that the cooling system and air-conditioning were both working at their optimal.

    One of our first task was to remove the original engine and prep it for detail work. We protected the paint with some adhesive film to prevent scratches.

    The customer was concerned with the operating temperature on the gauge, so we made sure to check and verify the operation of the cooling system. We suspected the gauge was off. The radiator looked recent and adequate for the car. We’d check this again when the car was running with the A/C on once the car was back together.

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    #7190
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    Once the engine was out, we removed the bolt-on accessories like the valve covers and intake manifold. Then, we decreased the engine and stripped off excess crust and paint.

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    #7191
    V8 Staff
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    Note the Pontiac oil baffles are still in place.

    Everything looked good down in the valley.

    We removed the oil pan, and took the opportunity to check the bearings and condition of the timing chain and other engine internals.

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    #7192
    V8 Staff
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    No unexpected findings in the pan.

    Again, no surprises in the bottom end.

    Once the engine was clean, we masked it for paint and brought it into the paint booth.

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    #7193
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    During our inspection, we found a pinhole in a coolant passage on the intake manifold, so we welded it up and ground it smooth.

    We sprayed several coats of Eastwood high temp engine paint which is blended with their nano ceramic material. We sprayed the engine the correct 1970 Pontiac blue, and then polished up the chrome valve covers.

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    #7194
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    While the engine was out of the car, the crew pressure washed the engine bay and did some minor detailing under hood.

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    #7195
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    The customer wanted a serpentine belt drive system and a smaller more modern compressor, so we installed one along with the new hoses, belt, and compressor.

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    #7196
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    The steering column was very loose on this car, so we set it out for a replacement tilt gate which regulates the various tilt positions.

    Back in the shop, the crew reconnected all the wires and hoses and got the car ready to run again.

    Repaired and painted intake manifold.

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    #7197
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    Soon, the car was ready to fire and run again.

    We installed the rebuilt steering column, made a radio upgrade, and drove the car. It drove pretty well, we verified the original ride height per the customer’s request, and have the car realigned.

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    #7198
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    There was a conspicuous creaking and clunking every once in a while, which turned out to be a crack in the front frame horn from a previous repair or stress. This was a relatively simple repair, as we re-weld the frame, but it was kind of hard to diagnose.

    At this point, we recharged the air conditioning and found that the original expansion valve was not performing properly, and we did not have air-conditioning discharge temperatures as cold as we would have preferred. Replacing the expansion valve did the trick.

    After that, we reinstalled the hood, installed a new air cleaner foam seal, and this GTO was ready to return home.

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    #7204
    Mike Clarke
    Member

    That turned out beautiful. No burn out vids??? 😉

    #7276
    Frank Szymkowski
    Participant

    I just saw this thread. Wow, a ram air GTO (non Judge).. Pretty rare beast. You guys do such nice work.. Bravo

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