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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 11-18-2018, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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1968 Fastback GT

Well itís been a long time coming. Finally found a 68 and brought her home in September.

1968 Fastback GT J code, 302 4bbl, with factory AC and rear defrost. It has a 9Ē rear end with 3.25 gears and a C4 trans. From the few pros that have seen it, it looks like I found a sound car with little rust. It had a partial restore about 11 years ago. Quarters were replaced and it was repainted. Letís hope when it gets stripped down, the luck continues.

After searching and searching for a reputable body / paint shop, I finally settled on one. The car is scheduled to go in the paint shop early January. So, this is my build thread.

While the body is gone (3 months) I plan on rebuilding the motor, and gathering new parts, T5 trans, etc.

So first things first, I pulled the rims and put the stock old steel rims on. I also made my heated work area. ďSurgery roomĒ. This way Iím not heating the whole garage. Just engine area. Itís already near 0 in my part of The world (Southern Ontario Canada).
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post #2 of 36 (permalink) Old 11-18-2018, 09:16 PM
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Show some pictures, we love pictures...and congrats!

Sorry, not sure why the pictures didn't load for me to begin with...

Allen

My build thread: Allen's Build Thread

My go fast build thread: Go Fast Build Thread
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hmm, I posted up photos but they are upside down. Grrr... I'll have to do some tinkering.
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post #5 of 36 (permalink) Old 11-19-2018, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
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iPad photos?
Yup. That's it. I posted from my ipad last night. I've asked Mod's to fix if possible, or delete and I will start again.

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I am jealous of all these people's 'project cars' that look better before they tear them apart than what I hope mine will look like when it's finished!

Looks like a great car!

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Started the year down last night. Got the rad out and electrical. Pulled the AC off to get better access. Boy was that a job. Bolts are under the mounting plate and you basically need a 5 year oldís hands to get in there.

Wiring, distributor and carb all off. I also got the bolts off from the headers to the exhaust



This weekend I will drain the motor and trans. Iím still debating on dropping the trans first rather than pulling all out at once due to limited garage space. I have access to a low profile jack so shouldnít be too bad I hope.

Previous owner had some ďcreativeĒ wiring.





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No time to do much today, so I pulled the plugs just to see how it was running prior to disassembly.



I realized today I should have done a compression test to determine overall state of the cylinders, heads, and valves.

Iíll have to figure out on how to do that now with most of the top of the motor out.


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Well, sheís finally ready to head to the body shop. All in all Iím happy to find minimal rust. Looks like a definite leak under the drivers side dash. Not sure what caused it.

My biggest fear when I get it back all painted up - Wiring. I am not looking forward to doing all that wiring and vacuum hoses for heating / Ac.










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Itís been at the body shop for a week now. They are already tearing it down, which is great.

Found out it was rear ended, and the drivers side door was replaced. Luckily no frame damage but the rear 1/4 is all crinkled. Luckily my guy said he can pull and flatten it out.





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Today I finally started pulling apart the 302. Itís the original Motor, but it looks like itís been bored out to the max. Not sure where Iím gonna go with this now. A crate motor was not in the budget.







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Iíll be following your progress!
I also have a 68 GT, j code with the same options as you.
However my original color was Tahoe turquoise.



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Over the last couple days I finally had some time to tear apart the motor completely. The more I got into it the more I realized that the previous rebuild was done pretty well. Everything is very clean, and you can still see the honing marks on the cylinder walls. Aluminum pistons, but I canít determine brand. Doesnít look like any uneven wear on the bearings and thereís absolutely zero sludge anywhere to be found.

Good news so far. I am pretty confident that I should be able to get away with just honing the block again.

The previous owner said that there was a mild cam in it, and once I pulled the cam I determined it was a CWC type. I have to look up all the specs now to see exactly what the duration is and all the other specs. I guess it really doesnít matter since I am likely to go with a comp cam.



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Pretty good bones. All in all I'd call that light/minimal rust. Prol just small holes in the cowl at this time but find them for sure. I think Id water it and mark the leaks you find and not depend on a body shop to find them all.

Why doesn't it have GTA badges?
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