An original 1970 440 6 pack, 4 speed, track pack GTX that was purchased as a newly restored vehicle at Barret Jackson, Scottsdale.
As typical with auction cars it was delivered to the new owner with several deficiencies. Some of which were immediately apparent while others were deeply hidden under the glitter of the new restoration.
While the initial issues were being addressed others that were deeply hidden began to appear. The most concerning was that the restoration had been poorly executed and replacement floors, rear frame rails, and quarter panels were improperly installed and severely out of alignment, so much so that the driveshaft was going through the floor tunnel at a severe enough angle to be rubbing on the RF inner seat belt bolt.
While some people may have sent the car back to auction and resold it, the current owner chose to proceed with starting the restoration over and doing several upgrades along the way.
Follow along as we rebuild this car from the ground up correcting issues that another left behind.
|Disassembly is always the easy part!
||OOOPS, things didn’t quite line up, Bubba’s fix?? Add more holes. Note the non level taillight opening NICE!!!
||Hidden accident damage becomes apparent. Measurements on the frame jig revealed the RR ¼ panel was 1-1/2” too far forward and ¾” to high.
||More wrinkling from accident damage in RR roof panel. Nothing that a 1/2 gallon of bondo won't hide.
||Ooops again, body line doesn’t line up, Add BONDO!!
|On to the rotisserie for paint stripping.
||Mounting to the frame jig.
||Reinforcing before panel removal to keep everything in line.
||The floors have been removed.Can you say "Flinstone's"
||New fresh air/cowl vent fabricated and installed.
|New cowl, front door pillar and inner rocker panel being fit.
||LR ¼ panel off, Rear frame rail /floor being fit.
|| RR ¼ panel off, frame rail, rocker panel, floor being fit.
||Outer rocker, rear door pillar and ¼ panel being fit.
||Rear sheet metal mockup / fitment looking good.
|Starting to resemble a car again.
||Floor pans in and done.
||Replacement panels all done and welded in.
||Trial fitment of the RMS rear suspension.
||Trial fitment of the RMS front crossmember.
Front suspension and brakes trial fit.
Rear suspension and brakes looking good :)
Engine and Trans being trial fit L side.
Engine and Trans being trial fit R side.
Unlike before, the driveshaft is straight down the tunnel.
|Shifter location looking good.
||After disassembly, off to the body shop for paint.
||While off at the paint shop other items get addressed. Hmm, a poor fitting seat cover, wonder why?
||Here we have the reason for the poor fitting seat covers.
||After rebuilding, new springs, foam and covers. Much nicer.
|A before shot of the seat backrest.
||Afterwards, no more wrinkles.
||Inside of the oil pan, not so nice. Supposedly a new motor?
||Badly pitted rear main seal journal on the crankshaft, that’ll leak like the Exxon Valdez.
||Back from the paint shop.
|The assembly / fun begins.
||Front Suspension and brakes installed.
||Rear suspension installed.
||Firewall assembly coming along nicely.
||Dash and headliner being installed.
|Dynamat going in,what a fun job.
||Engine on the Dyno, 580 HP & 540 lb-ft of torque.
||Engine and trans in for the final time.
||Trial fitting headers before sending to Jet Hot for coating
||Routing plug wires, wiring, linkages, fuel lines etc.
|Engine compartment just about done.
||Test fit on the wheels. Nice clearance. Measure twice, fit once.
||Front end assembly coming along.
||Interior is almost done.
||On the rack getting ready for the wheel alignment.
|Exhaust made and installed.
||Underside looking back.
||Front of motor from the bottom up.
||Heading out for its initial test drive.
||Coming back from the intital drive with minimal issues. We logged quite a few miles during multiple test drives working out the kinks that are typical of a rotisserie restoration. These annoyances are often left for the owner to get used to. :(
|L side of engine.
||R side of Engine.
||Underside shot from rear.
||Underside pic at mid point.
|| Underside Front.
| Front suspension.
||Shot of the Ghost Stripes
||Ready for Delivery
Quite a transformation