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#1384747 - 02/13/13 07:02 AM Re: 1968 GTS 383 [Re: vette1986]
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Cool ride! Can't wait to see it shape up.
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ISO '69 GTS 340 or '71 Demon 340 project.

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#1384748 - 02/13/13 01:25 PM Re: 1968 GTS 383 [Re: OhioMopar]
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Sitting down this afternoon to put together a list of parts I need to order. I was hoping the original aircleaner was in the trunk. Turns out the aircleaner there is for the 68-69 340/383.

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#1384749 - 02/15/13 11:26 PM Re: 1968 GTS 383 [Re: dart4forte]
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Taking lots of pics. Started hunting the documentation today. I recovered the broadcast sheet from the back of the rear seat. It was marked with the #2 so maybe there's a #1? Also recovered a printout on the driver side floor. It's 8.5X11 titled "Vehicle Traveler"

At the top of the sheet it has the sequence #, shipping order, and vin.

Another strange thing we found was it appears that the rear pumpkin is unmolested. Has the round Suregrip tag and the ratio tag showing 3.91. The broadcast sheet shows Suregrip and 3.23.

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#1384750 - 02/17/13 07:54 PM Re: 1968 GTS 383 [Re: dart4forte]
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Man O Man, 44 years of dirt taking off all this trim. As was told by the previous owner the car had one re-paint however none of the trip was removed so removing the hood inserts, the emblems, and tail panel reveals the original paint.

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#1384751 - 02/18/13 11:41 AM Re: 1968 GTS 383 [Re: dart4forte]
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Sitting down this afternoon to put together a list of parts I need to order. I was hoping the original aircleaner was in the trunk. Turns out the aircleaner there is for the 68-69 340/383.




I know you are interested in the 17" unsilenced air cleaner I have for sale but what is the build date on your car? When they ran out of the bigger air cleaners they DID start using the 14" air cleaners on the 383 cars. All of them had the RED 383 four barrel pie tins.
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#1384752 - 02/18/13 07:01 PM Re: 1968 GTS 383 [Re: Rhinodart]
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12-14-68

The car came with the smaller air cleaner so you may be right

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#1384753 - 02/19/13 06:18 PM Re: 1968 GTS 383 [Re: dart4forte]
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I've been worried about that roof! Have you peeled back the vinyl yet?

Aside from the roof, the car didn't look THAT bad. Rust? Sure, it has some, but, compared to what I'm used to seeing back East, this thing was cherry.

I'll be following this thread.

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#1384754 - 02/19/13 11:26 PM Re: 1968 GTS 383 [Re: Satilite73]
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I've been worried about that roof! Have you peeled back the vinyl yet?

Aside from the roof, the car didn't look THAT bad. Rust? Sure, it has some, but, compared to what I'm used to seeing back East, this thing was cherry.

I'll be following this thread.


Actually that was the first thing we did after the car was off the hauler. All in all, not too bad. Small rust hole above the windshield but very fixable. Car is pretty much stripped now, sheet metal on order and we are beginning to tackle the rust on the floors and trunk.






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#1384755 - 02/20/13 07:17 AM Re: 1968 GTS 383 [Re: dart4forte]
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Its great to see that you aren't wasting any time on getting the resto started. Looking forward to watching the progress, keep it going!!
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#1384756 - 02/20/13 01:22 PM Re: 1968 GTS 383 [Re: NV69B7RR]
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Its great to see that you aren't wasting any time on getting the resto started. Looking forward to watching the progress, keep it going!!




Gotta get it done. Doesn't make sense having it sit several years waiting on getting it done.

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#1384757 - 02/20/13 04:41 PM Re: 1968 GTS 383 [Re: dart4forte]
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Tells me about it...
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#1384758 - 02/21/13 06:35 PM Re: 1968 GTS 383 [Re: Rhinodart]
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Tells me about it...




and to top things off I have to put 3K in repairs into my truck

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#1384759 - 02/23/13 12:39 AM Re: 1968 GTS 383 [Re: dart4forte]
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Here's some more progress pics


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#1384760 - 02/23/13 12:40 AM Re: 1968 GTS 383 [Re: dart4forte]
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#1384761 - 02/23/13 12:40 AM Re: 1968 GTS 383 [Re: dart4forte]
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again


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#1384762 - 02/23/13 12:41 AM Re: 1968 GTS 383 [Re: dart4forte]
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another


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#1384763 - 02/23/13 06:25 AM Re: 1968 GTS 383 [Re: dart4forte]
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WOW! You really aren't wasting time on it!

Did you ever get it running before dropping the engine?
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#1384764 - 02/23/13 06:47 PM Re: 1968 GTS 383 [Re: Satilite73]
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WOW! You really aren't wasting time on it!

Did you ever get it running before dropping the engine?





Yeah, we fired to and it ran for a few moments but gas came up from accel pump so it probably had a stuck needle. Pulled the carb off and pulled the top. It was all varnished up.

It's completely stripped as of today and I started working on the truck floor. It's looking like there's been some work done back there. it looks like I'll have to replace the trunk extensions for sure. The trunk pan looks pretty solid. Passenger floors are soldid. I went ahead and striped out all of the old seam sealer. The plan is to coat the floors and indide of the rook with a product called Raptor. It's similar to Rhino Liner except in this case it's not as thick.

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#1384765 - 02/24/13 10:35 AM Re: 1968 GTS 383 [Re: dart4forte]
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Is it the passenger side trunk floor showing work? It was obvious someone had worked that quarter panel.
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#1384766 - 02/24/13 05:11 PM Re: 1968 GTS 383 [Re: Satilite73]
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Is it the passenger side trunk floor showing work? It was obvious someone had worked that quarter panel.





No, the driver side quarter extension has separated. The way it looks to me is that the car may have been hit in the rear at some point. Since the original owner passed away I did locate his sister who happened to have a 68 GTS herself. I now have her contact info so I'll be getting in touch with her to maybe get some history on the car. Oh, and the sheet we found on the floor labled "Vehicle Traveler" is nothing more than a copy of the broadcast sheet.

Another thing I need to correct is the car was built Dec 28, 1967 not 1968.

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