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#1127721 - 12/04/11 09:35 PM 1969 GTX- Revival of a 1980ís refugee: Update 1/01/2012
EWJ Offline
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Today, a crew of friends helped in getting stuff re-arranged so I can work on my 1969 GTX this Winter. The object of this project will be to make the car roadworthy again: full brake service (master cylinder, calipers, wheel cylinders, hoses, etc..), new fuel tank/sender unit and steel line, carb rebuild, new engine bay wiring harness, battery cables, removal/replacement of the deep sump oil pan, all fresh fluids and get it to run. From there (all going well) it will be some new tires, maybe a new carpet for the interior, a good cleaning throughout and then some elbow grease to make the paint/chrome shine as well as it can. Updates will be made as progress is made- hopefully at least once a month.

The car: a 1969 GTX, black/black, 4 speed, Super Track Pac, Air Grabber car. Numbers matching engine and transmission with fender tag, assembled in the Lynch Road plant on 12/26/1968. Very solid car overall: the lower rear quarters and quarter extensions were repaired in the early 1980ís and it was quality work for itís time. Rust was cut out and metal welded in- not packed full of steel wool and finished in Bondo. The car was then resprayed in the current paint job. For 30 year old body and paint work- itís not too bad.

The story (very long story, short): I first saw this car in the Spring of 1985, when I was 15. It cruised into town and parked at the Citgo station, a place that Mopars were always welcome. In the late Summer of 1986, the car was for sale but far out of reach financially for me. By that Fall, the car was no longer seen in the area. Fast-forward 23 years: I get a phone call, that a friend-of-a-friend has a friend who has a 1969 GTX for sale (word of mouth/not publicly advertised). Without any real expectations of what the car could be, I went to see what it was. When I arrived, before even exiting the car, I knew it was the very same GTX Iíd last seen in 1986, still wearing the same tires and air freshener on the rear view mirror from back then. After 9 months of being screwed-around by the seller (a story in itself..), I was able to secure the car in March 2010. It was last titled in the Fall of 1986, but has been through 3 other owners since then, all of them apparently doing nothing with the car.

The car will run with a splash of fuel down the carb. It sounds good and makes great oil pressure, but beyond that is all unknown. The fuel system reeks of stale fuel and the master cylinder is frozen (pedal doesnít budge), but all else looks decent. With that, weíll see how this project goes.

Pulling it out of storage:


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Ed
EastCoast Land Yacht Assoc.
1967 Newport Conv: 440/4 speed
1969 GTX: 440/4 speed, TX9/TX9, A34, N96
1969 Satellite Conv: H code 383/4 speed, N85
1970 Super Bee: 383/4 speed F8/F8
2001 Dodge 2500 HO CTD, 6 speed, 4x4 quad cab long bed
"The early bird may get the worm, but the 2nd mouse gets the cheese".

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#1127722 - 12/04/11 09:39 PM Re: 1969 GTX- Revival of a 1980ís refugee [Re: EWJ]
EWJ Offline
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Registered: 07/14/03
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Loc: Waiting for the night the ligh...
Getting Washed- first time in who knows how long...:


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Ed
EastCoast Land Yacht Assoc.
1967 Newport Conv: 440/4 speed
1969 GTX: 440/4 speed, TX9/TX9, A34, N96
1969 Satellite Conv: H code 383/4 speed, N85
1970 Super Bee: 383/4 speed F8/F8
2001 Dodge 2500 HO CTD, 6 speed, 4x4 quad cab long bed
"The early bird may get the worm, but the 2nd mouse gets the cheese".

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#1127723 - 12/04/11 09:40 PM Re: 1969 GTX- Revival of a 1980ís refugee [Re: EWJ]
EWJ Offline
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Registered: 07/14/03
Posts: 3273
Loc: Waiting for the night the ligh...
Washed:


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Ed
EastCoast Land Yacht Assoc.
1967 Newport Conv: 440/4 speed
1969 GTX: 440/4 speed, TX9/TX9, A34, N96
1969 Satellite Conv: H code 383/4 speed, N85
1970 Super Bee: 383/4 speed F8/F8
2001 Dodge 2500 HO CTD, 6 speed, 4x4 quad cab long bed
"The early bird may get the worm, but the 2nd mouse gets the cheese".

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#1127724 - 12/04/11 09:42 PM Re: 1969 GTX- Revival of a 1980ís refugee [Re: EWJ]
EWJ Offline
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Registered: 07/14/03
Posts: 3273
Loc: Waiting for the night the ligh...
In the shop:


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Ed
EastCoast Land Yacht Assoc.
1967 Newport Conv: 440/4 speed
1969 GTX: 440/4 speed, TX9/TX9, A34, N96
1969 Satellite Conv: H code 383/4 speed, N85
1970 Super Bee: 383/4 speed F8/F8
2001 Dodge 2500 HO CTD, 6 speed, 4x4 quad cab long bed
"The early bird may get the worm, but the 2nd mouse gets the cheese".

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#1127725 - 12/04/11 10:34 PM Re: 1969 GTX- Revival of a 1980ís refugee [Re: EWJ]
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Cool story. Can't wait to see it come back to life! Thats a sinister GTX
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#1127726 - 12/05/11 08:34 AM Re: 1969 GTX- Revival of a 1980ís refugee [Re: NV69B7RR]
68427vette Offline
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Registered: 01/07/10
Posts: 1992
Loc: midwest
yea,, very cool car!!


cant wait or this thread

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#1127727 - 12/09/11 12:26 PM Re: 1969 GTX- Revival of a 1980ís refugee [Re: 68427vette]
EWJ Offline
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Registered: 07/14/03
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Been making some progress on the car during the evenings this week. Under the hood, Iíve drained the cooling system and removed all the old hoses. With the fuel system, all the rubber lines have been removed as well as the large Fram filter housing that was bolted to the passenger side fender well. The cylinders are soaking in Marvel Mystery Oil after the plugs/cap/wires were removed. The spark plugs looked uniform- just black, but not sooty or oily.

On the exterior, I have begun cleaning the neglected paint. Instead of hitting it with polishing compound or other abrasive product, I am using Meguiars Show Car Glaze. Although it takes some effort, the results are excellent in getting the dirt lifted from the finish without destroying it any further than it is already. I learned this from an on-line article- the link is below:

http://www.autotraderclassics.com/car-article/Restoring+Single+Stage+Paint%3A+Part+2-65407.xhtml

The paint on this car is pimpled throughout- either from solvent pop or being cocooned under a wet car cover or tarps (or both). But the cleaning is worth it- it looks so much better. So far, Iíve done the driverís fender and door.


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Ed
EastCoast Land Yacht Assoc.
1967 Newport Conv: 440/4 speed
1969 GTX: 440/4 speed, TX9/TX9, A34, N96
1969 Satellite Conv: H code 383/4 speed, N85
1970 Super Bee: 383/4 speed F8/F8
2001 Dodge 2500 HO CTD, 6 speed, 4x4 quad cab long bed
"The early bird may get the worm, but the 2nd mouse gets the cheese".

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#1127728 - 12/09/11 12:27 PM Re: 1969 GTX- Revival of a 1980ís refugee [Re: EWJ]
EWJ Offline
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Loc: Waiting for the night the ligh...
Another pic:


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Ed
EastCoast Land Yacht Assoc.
1967 Newport Conv: 440/4 speed
1969 GTX: 440/4 speed, TX9/TX9, A34, N96
1969 Satellite Conv: H code 383/4 speed, N85
1970 Super Bee: 383/4 speed F8/F8
2001 Dodge 2500 HO CTD, 6 speed, 4x4 quad cab long bed
"The early bird may get the worm, but the 2nd mouse gets the cheese".

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#1127729 - 12/09/11 12:33 PM Re: 1969 GTX- Revival of a 1980ís refugee [Re: EWJ]
mattsmopars Online   content
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Registered: 03/02/07
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Loc: tennessee,usa
Great story on a great car! I am very Glad that you were able to finally get it. Please keep us posted on your progress.
Matt

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#1127730 - 12/09/11 02:55 PM Re: 1969 GTX- Revival of a 1980ís refugee [Re: mattsmopars]
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Ed, I've said it before, but here goes again, I LOVE that GTX!!!!!!! I wish I still had the yellow '70, so we could have them together as some sort of reunion Do you need a 402 oil pan? I have one for you in decent shape for the cause

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#1127731 - 12/09/11 02:58 PM Re: 1969 GTX- Revival of a 1980ís refugee [Re: 70440+6bbl]
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BTW- who is that little odd looking fellow standing around with his hands in his pockets?


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#1127732 - 12/09/11 03:04 PM Re: 1969 GTX- Revival of a 1980ís refugee [Re: 70440+6bbl]
EWJ Offline
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Do you need a 402 oil pan? I have one for you in decent shape for the cause




YES!!!!!!!!

Please. Thanks James.

As for the guy with his hands in his pockets: they would have been holding had others made the journey, thereby allowing him to .
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Ed
EastCoast Land Yacht Assoc.
1967 Newport Conv: 440/4 speed
1969 GTX: 440/4 speed, TX9/TX9, A34, N96
1969 Satellite Conv: H code 383/4 speed, N85
1970 Super Bee: 383/4 speed F8/F8
2001 Dodge 2500 HO CTD, 6 speed, 4x4 quad cab long bed
"The early bird may get the worm, but the 2nd mouse gets the cheese".

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#1127733 - 12/09/11 03:07 PM Re: 1969 GTX- Revival of a 1980ís refugee [Re: EWJ]
EWJ Offline
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Registered: 07/14/03
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Loc: Waiting for the night the ligh...
And Yes- I wish they could have had a reunion (the 70 FY1 RR and this GTX). I do finally have a name of the current owner for the 68 Hemi RR from that Citgo. The gold 70 RR hardtop is still elusive- I want to find it someday.
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Ed
EastCoast Land Yacht Assoc.
1967 Newport Conv: 440/4 speed
1969 GTX: 440/4 speed, TX9/TX9, A34, N96
1969 Satellite Conv: H code 383/4 speed, N85
1970 Super Bee: 383/4 speed F8/F8
2001 Dodge 2500 HO CTD, 6 speed, 4x4 quad cab long bed
"The early bird may get the worm, but the 2nd mouse gets the cheese".

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#1127734 - 12/09/11 08:41 PM Re: 1969 GTX- Revival of a 1980ís refugee [Re: EWJ]
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Registered: 09/02/03
Posts: 943
Loc: Brookville Pa
Nice ride. I absolutely love these type of no paint,barn find resurections.Good reading for sure.

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#1127735 - 12/09/11 08:46 PM Re: 1969 GTX- Revival of a 1980ís refugee [Re: crowbait]
crowbait Offline
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Registered: 09/02/03
Posts: 943
Loc: Brookville Pa
Your garage looks familiar. Did you have another tore down car on here a while back?Just wondering.

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#1127736 - 12/09/11 09:34 PM Re: 1969 GTX- Revival of a 1980ís refugee [Re: crowbait]
Daty Rogers Offline
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Is that a black 60's Vette in the reflection?

-Daty

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#1127737 - 12/09/11 11:03 PM Re: 1969 GTX- Revival of a 1980ís refugee [Re: crowbait]
EWJ Offline
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Quote:

Your garage looks familiar. Did you have another tore down car on here a while back?Just wondering.




Thanks for your complement.

I had a 68 GTX project for sale here on the board (9/2009 till 5/2010), with a pic of it in the same spot as the "In the shop" pic of the 69 GTX. That car was listed because of this GTX coming along.
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Ed
EastCoast Land Yacht Assoc.
1967 Newport Conv: 440/4 speed
1969 GTX: 440/4 speed, TX9/TX9, A34, N96
1969 Satellite Conv: H code 383/4 speed, N85
1970 Super Bee: 383/4 speed F8/F8
2001 Dodge 2500 HO CTD, 6 speed, 4x4 quad cab long bed
"The early bird may get the worm, but the 2nd mouse gets the cheese".

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#1127738 - 12/09/11 11:07 PM Re: 1969 GTX- Revival of a 1980ís refugee [Re: Daty Rogers]
EWJ Offline
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Is that a black 60's Vette in the reflection?

-Daty




It is a maroon 66 Vette in the reflection: 390hp/427, 4 speed. Been in the family for 24 years. Driver quality car- not a show poodle.
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Ed
EastCoast Land Yacht Assoc.
1967 Newport Conv: 440/4 speed
1969 GTX: 440/4 speed, TX9/TX9, A34, N96
1969 Satellite Conv: H code 383/4 speed, N85
1970 Super Bee: 383/4 speed F8/F8
2001 Dodge 2500 HO CTD, 6 speed, 4x4 quad cab long bed
"The early bird may get the worm, but the 2nd mouse gets the cheese".

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#1127739 - 12/10/11 11:18 PM Re: 1969 GTX- Revival of a 1980ís refugee: Update 12/9/2011 [Re: EWJ]
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Registered: 01/08/06
Posts: 2182
Loc: NYC
Great car! Is that car originally from Staten Island? If so, I know the history of that car.

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#1127740 - 12/11/11 09:26 AM Re: 1969 GTX- Revival of a 1980ís refugee: Update 12/9/2011 [Re: MRVCODE]
EWJ Offline
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Great car! Is that car originally from Staten Island? If so, I know the history of that car.




Thanks John! I was online yesterday researching possible addresses of a known prior owner, in the hope of gathering more history. What little I do have on the car is from Northern and Central NJ- so the car being out on SI at some point is quite possible. What timeframe does your info pertain?

PM me with the info you have and we'll see if this is possibly the same car. Thanks!

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