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Fixer Upper GTO: Part 2

The engine runs great but needs a cleanup. We will dress it up a little with some shaker can paint off our shelf.
The engine runs great but needs a cleanup. We will dress it up a little with some shaker can paint off our shelf.
After a quick rinse of the engine and a repaint of the valve covers the engine bay is much more presentable.
After a quick rinse of the engine and a repaint of the valve covers the engine bay is much more presentable.

Our 2004 Pontiac GTO Fixer Upper project is moving vary rapidly. The first order of business was to replace a dead battery that would not hold a charge and then to start sourcing the needed parts. One word of caution with these cars. They use a very special and very expensive key/remote. There is no option to using a factory key or having the dealer program it. Expect to pay upwards of $200 for a key!

We felt the all black exterior was just a bit drab and wanted to add just a touch of life to the outside so when it gets back from the body shop we will give it a little dual pinstripe down the side. What color do you think it will be?

Here is the list of what we have purchased to date and the cost:

  1. Battery; $112.49
  2. Rear bumper cover, used; $250.00
  3. Two rear taillights, used; $50.00
  4. Two front headlights; $224.00
  5. Hood, used; $547.50
  6. Hood lift supports; $49.90
  7. Upper and lower grill; $86.95
  8. The car came with only one key/remote, we need two; Cut key = $99.94; Program Key = $54.57; Transmitter = $92.19; Total: $246.70
  9. Light socket for brake light; $42.56
  10. Rubber seal for gas door; $15.45
  11. Pinstripe tape; $24.90
  12. Wiper blades; $39.90
The grill was inexpensive but what's worse is that it is cheap as well. Very poorly made and doesn't fit well. I would not do this again.
The grill was inexpensive but what’s worse is that it is cheap as well. Very poorly made and doesn’t fit well. I would not do this again.

Total Parts: $1,715.35

Since we did not know the service history of the car but did know it had been sitting for a long time we changed out the major fluids.

  1. Transmission service; $245.57
  2. Oil change, filter, synthetic oil Mobil 1; $82.38

Total Service: $327.95

The new headlights are not factory but they are much cheaper and give out much more light. Plus they are more attractive.
The new headlights are not factory but they are much cheaper and give out much more light. Plus they are more attractive.

Now that we have all the part the car is scheduled for the body shop and we will be all ready to go!

We are not trying to build a show car here, just a good looking well performing daily driver for less money than a trip to the dealer’s used car lot.

From this view you can see the front bumper cover that can be repaired but the hood heeds a replacement.
From this view you can see the front bumper cover that can be repaired but the hood heeds a replacement.
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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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