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Fixer Upper: GTO; Part 1

Here is the 2004 GTO before work started but with some of the new parts on the ground.
Here is the 2004 GTO before work started but with some of the new parts on the ground.

Although our 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Fixer Upper is still moving slowly we jumped into a second project and we are going full speed on it. This Fixer Upper is a 2004 Pontiac GTO. We originally picked up this wrecked GTO for the drive line components but after playing with it a little in the farm yard decided it was too good to cut up. This is the first year of the GTO redo and I must admit when they came out I really bad mouthed them for their weak design. I never gave them a chance. Let me tell you that was a big mistake.

The rear of the GTO will require a new bumper cover and taillights.
The rear of the GTO will require a new bumper cover and taillights.

This car is fantastic. It is like a four seat Corvette. My daily driver is a 2001 ZO6 Corvette that I purchased new and I prefer to drive the GTO. Don’t get me wrong, the design is still way weak for a muscle car especially one with GTO badges, but it is a great driver.

Here you can see some of the damage done to the trunk area.
Here you can see some of the damage done to the trunk area.

We picked this up at an auction as a salvage vehicle. The only damage to it was the front and rear caps. The airbags never deployed so it had to be a light hit. There is minor damage to the rear inside trunk area and the front radiator support. We are going to need all new front and rear lights, hood and rear bumper cover and repairs to the front cover plus a new grill.

The radiator support sustained some damage making hood closure a bit of a problem.
The radiator support sustained some damage making hood closure a bit of a problem.

We will use a local body shop to pull the damaged trunk and radiator support areas back into the correct locations. Some of the parts will be sourced from a junk yard, some from eBay and others as we can find them. We got into the car for under $5,000 and will not go over $10,000 when completed.

Although the interior did not sustain any damage in the accident it does have some wear issued that we will fix at a later time.
Although the interior did not sustain any damage in the accident it does have some wear issued that we will fix at a later time.

 

Here is the hood and grill damage.
Here is the hood and grill damage.

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Richard

I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check out our other web site at www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife, Katriana, is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at http://www.LegendaryFarms.com.

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