It's really official now. I've finally done it. This afternoon I dropped off the goat at the shop where the body and paint is going to be done, Auto Body Unlimited in Simi Valley, CA. She's gonna come back with a new look: straight body, fresh paint. Then the fun work is left for me - reassembly of all the components that attach to the body, like the door handles, trim, emblems.
Paint is going to be the original Springmist Green. The vinyl top is going to be replaced and will be black.
I sort of can't believe this is happening. I've owned this car for years and it's just sat in the same condition forever. Well, guess I kept it for a reason, so let's go!
Well, this is it. After 15 years, I'm finally committing to restoring the goat. I believe I have my finances lined up. This is pretty exciting for me. I've wanted to do this for years. Starting today, I'm looking for the right paint and body place to do the work I don't trust myself doing - straightened, filling, priming and painting the body. I'm also going to keep the vinyl top and I'm fairly certain I'm going to go with the original body color of Springmist Green. The car is 99% original, might as well keep it looking that way.
So this is it. Photos and videos are forthcoming. As promised, this will be documented!
I don't "blog". I "micro" blog using Twitter now. However, some things are worth talking about in more than 250 character increments. My 68 goat is one of them. Hopefully this is one of many future blog posts on the car. If not, it means that I'm doing anything to the car. And that would suck.
So, does this say something about how often I drive the GTO? I went out and got a battery charger at Harbor Freight cause the "new" battery that I bought for the goat was dead (ok, it wasn't new but it wasn't "used" either). Car wouldn't start. So sad. A few hours later, the battery was fully charged and the car started right up.
So I took the car for a little spin afterwards and remembered one reason why I don't drive it - carbon monoxide poisoning. Exhaust fumes are somehow leaking into the cabin while driving. I think this is because I don't have any weather stripping. I'm going to blame it on an exhaust leak and use that as an excuse to get new headers and full exhaust. Thinking Flowmaster with single chambers.
Meanwhile, I must admit that my other passion has taken over... my new toy.... a 2006 Lotus Exige. But that's a topic for another blog post (like my first