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Dadspackard 1969 GTO


Tom M

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Thought I would start a thread on a 1969 GTO I purchased back in November of 2019.

 

To date I have replaced upper and lower ball joints, Control arm bushing, Coil springs front and back, had the original Harrison radiator recored.

 

Typical tune up parts, plugs, plug wires, distributor rotor, point and condenser and cap.

 

Hood hinges and springs.

 

Had the Quadrajet Carburetor rebuilt.

 

New BF TA tires installed.

 

Replaced some of the dash lights with Leds.

 

Upgraded the Exhaust system 

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Pic of GTO at my nephews 

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Saturday I took drive out to Byron Dragway to watch stepnephew run in test in tune.

 

No I did not drag the GTO

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This 62 Lemans/ Tempest  is a guy I work with he ran a 8.03

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It was a great to get out and watch the cars run.

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When I took that drive out to Byron I heard some humming and had a vibration coming from the rear of the car. It got louder on my way back home.

To make my life easier working on my cars I purchased a quickjack from Costco and assembled it last weekend and have already put it to good use.

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Pulled the rear Passenger side axle and found this,

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Wonder if this was causing the humming and vibration. The gear oil is pretty dark. Will pull the diff cover and give it a good cleaning.
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Took the GTO out Saturday for a drive over to a fellow Lions Club (Bolingbrook IL.) to help them in their annual Beep Baseball tournament for the blind.

Had a little rain but not enough to postpone any games.

 

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5 hours ago, Tom M said:

It is the Midnight Green.

 

From factory it was a Matador Red.

Mine was Midnight Green and now is Black. Go figure! Actually, my car is a H-O LeMans. It's not that I couldn't afford a GTO, it was the insurance that decided it so that's what I ordered in November 68. The factory big valve #48 heads really help the 354 make it's 330HP.  Now it's got a 456 thirty over @ 462 cubes

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Kerry,

 

Thanks. All is well here and hope the same to you.

 

I have been doing some work here and there on the GTO and taking it out for drives. But I am look at myself and say I am now neglecting working and driving the Packard (which is getting very jealous).

 

I am setting a goal to spend some time with the Packard once again and tackle a project that I should of done back when I had it torn down is replacing the leaf springs, bushing etc...

 

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Looks like fun. I have been thinking about doing something like that for a few years now. I like to cook out and have a decent 'grill station'. Wanted to invite some cars guys, take a cruise somewhere and end up back at the house for food. I had about 5 or 6 guys in mind. That one looks well attended. I may have to rethink and organize something for next spring!

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I would walk by the GTO in the garage just sitting there so I told myself why let it just sit there get it out and drive it that is what they are meant for.

 

So, I have been driving into work and running errands with it.

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On 9/11/2023 at 11:16 AM, TAKerry said:

Glad you are getting some seat time in that beauty Tom!

Kerry,

 

Thanks. Soon I will be switching it up. Have leaf springs on the way from Eaton for the Packard. So that is going to cut into my seat time with the GTO.

 

Hope all is going well with your TA restoration.

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