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Just a way to get to know me and my passion of cars....

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Master Cylinder Swap - Done

Well..... it is done.... Pretty Master is out.... more functional for my purposes in.... Slightly more braking force, but still not enough to lock wheels..... will have to rebleed again... More travel in pedal, which I wanted I can now fill master properly        

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Spring 2018 Project #1 underway....

Well, the weather finally broke today..... and I decided to at least get GTO set-up to make next change.... This will be another chapter in upgrading brakes.... Car was originally a 4 wheel manual drum car..... that was quickly changed years ago to what was basically a 1970 Front Disc setup.... still no power assist. Result was not acceptable, but I drove it for a few years like that. What was wrong is that I used a 7/8" bore master cylinder which came recommended by most forums/thread

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My GTO made it into print!!!

Well.....  I am quite excited. I guy emailed me last year that he was writing a book about muscle cars and was interested in photos of my GTO. So I emailed him quite a few photos, and then pretty much forgot about it, thinking it was either a joke, or I didnt make the cut. He emailed me tonight, and said my car made the book. So I ran out to Barnes and Noble and bought it..... I am pretty stoked... https://www.amazon.com/Detroit-Muscle-Factory-Lightweights-Purpose-Built/dp/1613253

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Labor Day Weekend

If you do not have plans..... and you enjoy cars, there are 2 great 50's 60's "car parties ..... One is Lead East at the Hilton in Parsippany.... but the one I am going to be at this year is the Dead Man's Curve show at the Sheraton in Mahwah http://deadmanscurveusa.com/main/current-events/ https://docs.google.com/viewerng/viewer?url=http://deadmanscurveusa.com/main/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Tri-Fold-Brochure-08-15-17.pdf&hl=en   Starts Thursday at No

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Trying to solve No Start Issue

Figure I would do a current entry.... I have been dealing with a No Start, No Crank Issue at times with the car. Seems to happen after longer drives, obviously with everything getting heat soaked under hood.... I would go to leave a Cruise Night and I would get NOTHING...... when it happened last year 2-3 times, there was not even a click from the starter. I already had a Powermaster Mini Starter, but I bit the bullet and bought a new one, and sent the old one back to Powermaster to ha

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Time to wrap this up.....

Well..... Time to wrap up the paint job portion.... Car was done.... in about 90 days, start to finish, quite an accomplishment for something that was supposed to be a "side job" ....   Thanks for everyone who took the time to read through this.....  any questions, please ask away....  

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Paint Time...... Now we're getting serious.....

Pictures will say it all... With the roof done, it was time for the main color.  All I can say is the painter wanted perfection. He even did the right side over, because he was not happy with the first application.... Enjoy the pictures...

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Bye Bye Vinyl Roof

So yeah..... when I was searching for my GTO..... I wanted either White or Silver with a Black Vinyl roof..... and I was happy with the look..... But..... a few years before I painted the car, I went to the Atlantic City Car Auction and walked past a 67 GTO in the Convention Center that was a beautiful light blue and a painted white roof..... I had never actually seen a Two-Tone GTO, and upon further investigation found that you could order the cars like that, and the factory two-tone cars

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Metal Repair Time

So as you can see by the pics, I had uncovered some issues that were covered by trim. Once removed and blasted, the ugly came out. Areas of rot - Bottom of both front fenders behind front wheels, Bottom of 1/4's behind rear wheels, Panel behind the rear window, and finally the rear sail panels on each side of the rear window. All common areas of trouble for this type of body style. Good thing is, all areas the aftermarket has addressed with prefabbed patch panels....... Except for the Sail Panel

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GTO 2009 Paint Job - The Decision and Stripping

The year is 2009, and little did I know it, this was going to be a huge year for the GTO. I figured I would get a few estimates on painting the car, knowing full well, I probably would not be able to afford it. I had figured I would have to wait until I retire to paint it. But what the hell, let get a few estimates. What I found ..... Very few people like to paint/restore whole cars, other than true restoration shops. The few guys I squeezed a rough estimate out of said it would be aro

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GTO 2003-2009

I am condensing these next 6 years because I do not want to bore the hell out of everyone....  I will give the highlights of what I did to the car: Stripped out the interior and POR-15'd the floor and installed a fresh carpet set Me and a buddy removed engine to repair the rear main seal oil leak.... unsuccessfully In 2004, there was a change of what I wanted the car to be.... I had originally wanted to keep the car as authentic as I could, meaning Date Coded, belts and hoses

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GTO 2001-2002

Well, after purchasing the GTO, I was not about to dump a lot of money into it right away. I had to sort of just enjoy it, until I could work up further funds for projects. So, I just keep it to little things, or some small items to keep it on the road. The first thing..... Whitewalls had to go, so for now, had them turned around to blackwall.  I then had to have the radiator re-cored, but I knew that was coming, and I also installed a 180deg T-Stat.  2002 season was a little more

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The Search Begins.....and GTO is acquired

So I will backtrack a little.... So I sold the 88 GT in 1999, I just was not driving it, in fear of someone scratching it, or anything. The car was depreciating ...... I decided it was time for look for my first classic muscle car. IT was between 2 of my favorites.... First choice was a 67 Pontiac GTO, ever since I was 13, I had fallen in love with the looks of the car, and at this point, I learned to really appreciate the history and feel of Pontiac. Another thing is ..... if anyone knows

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5th Car..... Time to get my hands dirty

Its now 1988 and I have started my career in the Auto Dealership world. I am selling cars at Headquarters Buick/Nissan/Jeep/Eagle in Morristown. I quickly start making more money than I ever have.....  GM and Ford are still going head to head for the top spot and its time for me to keep pace.... We actually had 3 1987 Buick Grand Nationals leftover on the lot, I figured I would wait and buy the last one.... but I changed my mind and decided to shop around and look at my alternatives. 

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4th Car.... Me and GM part ways.... for now

It's 1986.... and the horsepower wars are getting warmed back up between the big 3, with Ford and GM going toe to toe as usual. The 1986 Buick Grand National is the fastest production American car being sold in the US, and this is actually a big deal in GM, because there is an unwritten rule in GM that no car in the line up can be quicker than the Corvette. But what is even more disturbing is that the Corvette is not even the 2nd fastest car.... It's 3rd. The 2nd fastest car.... The 19

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3rd Car..... The Pontiac obsession starts...

So here I was in my early 20's and making some money now working full time after dropping out of college and about to make my 1st major car purchase. This is where my car hobby hits a turning point, and in hindsight, I make the wrong choice, but I still have no regrets... I was a car enthusiast but really just a wheelman, I enjoyed driving…. Fast and aggressive…  but at this point had NO experience with getting my hands dirty working on them, and this would influence my next purchase.

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The 2nd Car....

So, in preparation for me going to college, my parents wanted a more reliable car. So halfway through my Senior year in HS, we sold the Lemans, and I somehow convinced my parents to allow me to buy a car with a standard transmission. Not an easy sell, since neither of my parents were car enthusiasts.  I had self-taught myself how to drive a stick by a co-worker at my job, letting me take is 70's Ford Pinto around the restaurant in the wee hours of the morning as we were cleaning up for the

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The Beginning .....

Well, I have been involved with this forum for quite a while now, and judging by my screen name, you can see I am an automotive enthusiast. I figured this would be a great way for members to get to know me better and experience my passion for cars as I grew up. I will start at the beginning and work toward present day....  I remember my Dad walking with me, and saying..... " you will grow out of this" ..... boy, was he wrong....lol I will include in this blog entry, my 1st car....

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