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69 GTX with 71,000 miles, Spanish Gold

Posted By: SomeCarGuy

69 GTX with 71,000 miles, Spanish Gold - 08/15/21 03:59 AM

After a long search, and several fails involving sellers without titles in their name, I brought this one home. Was a frustrating ordeal this time, cars are just not available right now. Or some shady dealer has scooped them up and wants far too much. Or guys don’t know anything or are just playing coy. Or things are just plain junk. To get this fish in the boat with the market being this way is incredible. It’s better in person. And it just fell from the sky nearby where I live. All that hassle and the clouds suddenly parted this week.

Thanks to a few board members that have been steadfast in their help looking, and their time reviewing pics and thinking of questions. Now let’s enjoy some Y4 Spanish Gold!

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Posted By: SomeCarGuy

Re: 69 GTX with 71,000 miles, Spanish Gold - 08/15/21 04:00 AM

Couple more

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Posted By: SomeCarGuy

Re: 69 GTX with 71,000 miles, Spanish Gold - 08/15/21 04:06 AM

Some of the cleanest door corners I’ve seen. The claim is CA, then it went to CO. Had to have been garaged all its life.

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Posted By: SomeCarGuy

Re: 69 GTX with 71,000 miles, Spanish Gold - 08/15/21 04:08 AM

No idea why some of these are upside down or sideways. You can click on them and it lets you rotate.
Posted By: SomeCarGuy

Re: 69 GTX with 71,000 miles, Spanish Gold - 08/15/21 04:20 AM

Last ones for now. At it temporary home. My garage is jammed. This happened so fast I was caught off guard. Couldn’t let it slip away.

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Posted By: basketcase

Re: 69 GTX with 71,000 miles, Spanish Gold - 08/16/21 09:08 PM

looks like you got a major score! Congrats.
Posted By: Matt M

Re: 69 GTX with 71,000 miles, Spanish Gold - 08/16/21 11:08 PM

Nice looking GTX
Congrats
Posted By: biggE

Re: 69 GTX with 71,000 miles, Spanish Gold - 08/17/21 01:40 PM

Very Nice!
Posted By: mattsmopars

Re: 69 GTX with 71,000 miles, Spanish Gold - 08/17/21 02:44 PM

Congrats on the new addition! Looks like a great ride!
matt
Posted By: SomeCarGuy

Re: 69 GTX with 71,000 miles, Spanish Gold - 08/19/21 06:54 PM

Thanks guys.

Confirmed today the redline radials have shipped. Have a few minor Knick knacks to knock out and this will be about as good as it gets. For the money anyway. 25 years now in the hobby and finally one of the deals I’ve only heard about happened for me.
Posted By: bobby66

Re: 69 GTX with 71,000 miles, Spanish Gold - 08/19/21 08:31 PM

That a beauty right there! boogie
Posted By: Matt M

Re: 69 GTX with 71,000 miles, Spanish Gold - 08/19/21 10:19 PM

Thats a great looking original GTX.
I like the Polyglass redlines
Posted By: 6bblgt

Re: 69 GTX with 71,000 miles, Spanish Gold - 08/20/21 02:04 AM

good looking car - needs a PLYMOUTH "440 Super Commando" pie tin in red though grin
Posted By: SomeCarGuy

Re: 69 GTX with 71,000 miles, Spanish Gold - 08/20/21 04:07 AM

Yes, yes it does.

Something that’s been discussed is the valve cover looks like a 70 setup. Then I saw an old vintage road test on YouTube. Has the same arrangement. Also an ac car. Did these get a different setup than non ac cars?

Here is a pic I snapped of that one.

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Posted By: gtx6970

Re: 69 GTX with 71,000 miles, Spanish Gold - 08/20/21 11:32 PM

drivers side valve cover is a C or A body cover. Note the extra plug wire looms

I cant see the pass side


PS, The more I look at it. the more I like it. And I think you did VERY well on the money side.
Now, get the AC working and drive that puppy


BUT, I was almost hoping you was going to pass on it and that car would have been on its way to southern AZ about now ( not me btw )
Posted By: Copper Dart

Re: 69 GTX with 71,000 miles, Spanish Gold - 08/21/21 11:12 AM

CONGRATULATIONS! Absolutely beautiful car! I so appreciate the survivors and rotisserie restorations but, unless I had that climate controlled dream warehouse to house them in, I dont think my heart could actually enjoy them.
Ive come to a point in my life that well earned patina doesnt bother me quite so much lol. Simple goal anymore is to keep them perfectly maintained and dependable drivers to enjoy with friends and family. That being said, you might find me at the next show just drooling over your car and others like it just in wonder how amazing some are preserved.
Copper
Posted By: bellenbeast

Re: 69 GTX with 71,000 miles, Spanish Gold - 08/23/21 04:37 AM

It's nice, your hard work pays off. The engine compartment is so clean, I love your selection of wheels and tires as well.
Posted By: RoadRunnerLuva

Re: 69 GTX with 71,000 miles, Spanish Gold - 08/23/21 05:34 AM

Beautiful GTX....I love the gold and black combo, probably pretty rare color combo? Enjoy her! up
Posted By: SomeCarGuy

Re: 69 GTX with 71,000 miles, Spanish Gold - 08/23/21 11:42 AM

Tires all made it early. Was major concern as redlines are back ordered for months. Was given tracking for two, all four showed up! Also have pie tin coming, some service stuff, and car cover ordered. Even bigger news is garage clean out is going well.

Car is stashed about 1.5 hours away. Have to decide on hauling tires there or waiting for cooler weather to drive it home. The ones on it are so old and flat spotted. Thinking of a work day with a grease job and general checking while they get mounted. Just a messy deal as I have to drag the wheels someplace and back again. Not taking it by for Joe Shmoe to pull on a lift.
Posted By: gtx6970

Re: 69 GTX with 71,000 miles, Spanish Gold - 08/25/21 10:16 PM

Ive used steeles hometown tire off Ky18 several times with old cars. Never a problem

John Steele is the owner.
Tell him i sent you.
Posted By: SomeCarGuy

Re: 69 GTX with 71,000 miles, Spanish Gold - 08/26/21 01:49 AM

Thanks I’ll check them out. I’ve had good luck at ft Mitchell garage. They seem to get the old car thing.

Right now the car is in Frankfort. I found a place to call, Douglas Wheel Alignment and Tire. Seems to have an independent vibe that might play well with old cars. No idea though. If anybody knows of them please post it up. Thinking if I get the car anytime soon, I need to change the tires before I hit the road. Might be best to have a work day and grease it up while those are getting mounted. I can haul them someplace and do some going over the car while that happens.

All 4 redline radials are here, a pile of service stuff from rock auto made it, the Super Commando pie tin came in today, and the car cover has shipped. I need about one more day in my garage to get it cleaned out and organized from the move and then I’ll be ready.
Posted By: gtx6970

Re: 69 GTX with 71,000 miles, Spanish Gold - 08/27/21 04:26 PM

There used to be a guy at Ft Mitchel garage drove an orange 65-66 mustang to work every day.

I used to work right down the street at Marshal Dodge. We dealt with the guys at FMG many many times over the years and never a problem

Antique Automotive in Hebron is good as well. But they are not cheap.

Terry Kesselring was the owner . But he passed away a few years back. I heard his brother took over after that. But dont know if the place is the same level quality or not .

BUT,,,,odds are it is.
Posted By: SomeCarGuy

Re: 69 GTX with 71,000 miles, Spanish Gold - 08/27/21 06:26 PM

Ron S was driving the orange vert in the parade. I’m not sure if it were his or another guy that I believe passed. They still have 80s dodge tow trucks.
Posted By: SomeCarGuy

Re: 69 GTX with 71,000 miles, Spanish Gold - 09/03/21 01:34 AM

Got the wheels back today. The new tires look a lot different than the old. Notice the shoulder look and also the red line is raised instead of being inset. The ads for the radials appear to me to be using a pic of the bias plys after seeing this.

I was told an interesting tale of how the tires came to be in the first place and litigation related to the cokers selling them. All kinds of stuff goes on behind the scenes in this world.

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Posted By: gtx6970

Re: 69 GTX with 71,000 miles, Spanish Gold - 09/03/21 04:47 PM

Not a bad looking tire.
I could live with the design.


Mine came from Diamondback tires. They area Milestar carcass. But have no name or lettering on the redline side at all. and the red stripe is raised as well.

Mine are 245-60-15 and they ride very nice . I have no complaints.

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Posted By: SomeCarGuy

Re: 69 GTX with 71,000 miles, Spanish Gold - 09/05/21 01:58 AM

Did some wrenching and got the car home. It’s even better than I imagined. Could drive it harder today with the new rubber. Wow. And it has so much more to give once dialed in. Lots of very minor stuff to straighten out and it really will be just like a new 1969 car.

Oddity I found was it had a straight grease fitting on a lower ball joint. Went and got a 45 for that. Had to point out to the counter guy I needed SAE and not metric. Went to install it and the wrench wouldn’t go on. Ok, so they sized it up. Pulled out next one and it was too big. So new zerks are metric hex now???

Also put in new vr due to erratic behavior on the gauge. Grabbed an electronic one that has the mechanical case. Found they hadn’t sanded off firewall. Saved old one for spare and now gauge is steady going down road. I suspected this was all due to a bad ground, but wanted a new one on hand. It does quiver occasionally so need to clean bulkhead next.

Had people hanging out of cars while we were going down the road saying nice car. Got thumbs up at the lights. Plus got out at home just as the rain hit. All worked out well.
Posted By: SomeCarGuy

Re: 69 GTX with 71,000 miles, Spanish Gold - 09/22/21 12:47 AM

Been doing some work as I can. Got tstat changed. Old one was stuck open.

Working on getting rear seat belts in order. Somebody put what must be seam sealer in the holes. Belts are back ordered, Vans had new bolts. Found a yard that said they had the spacers and washers, but it’s rained so won’t get them pulled until end of week maybe. Really an odd little project and just highlights the struggles these days in just getting your hands on even run of the mill stuff.

People see it in the garage and keep commenting on it. It’s more of a draw than I expected.
Posted By: DynoDave

Re: 69 GTX with 71,000 miles, Spanish Gold - 09/23/21 11:25 PM

That's a great looking car! Congrats!

Glad your patience paid off.
Posted By: SomeCarGuy

Re: 69 GTX with 71,000 miles, Spanish Gold - 10/02/21 04:19 AM

Wipers are sorted out, now think it was a factory three speed car for sure. Found busted connector on the washer pump switch, should have that fixed early next week. Rear seat belts are almost done. Waiting on junkyard small parts to finish it out.

Resto battery is junk. Going to try and keep it alive for shows, have new odyssey on the way. Hope to get it out some next weekend and make a list for the winter. Radio and ac are at top. Need to do a brake tear down and find a weird come and go problem. Felt a strange skip and shake on a couple stops. Believe that’s related to the clunk that happens occasionally.

Other than that it’s wish list stuff, like resonators to kill drone, maybe electronic ignition of some sort. And drive. Just drive.
Posted By: SomeCarGuy

Re: 69 GTX with 71,000 miles, Spanish Gold - 11/03/21 04:46 PM

Had to step away for awhile. Got back to work and have continued to find all sorts of electrical gremlins. BIG THANKS to Devin Duke in OK and Tommy at Parts Hound LLC. Devin has been rebuilding switches like mad for me, while Tommy has sourced a resistor and a replacement connector I needed to replace a melted setup.

I get about an hour a week to work on the car. Have the taillights fixed, dash lights work with jumper and Devin is rebuilding the dimmer to finish that part out, radio now plays, wipers and washer work. Should get blower sorted out when parts from Tommy get here. Need to find the wire for the cigarette lighter to get that going too. Eventually I’ll get to the ac

It’s like somebody has been involved with this car that didn’t really understand how they work. One of first things I did was get the regulator a good ground. Brakes are way out of adjustment. A lot of small things like that have kept it from perfection.
Posted By: DynoDave

Re: 69 GTX with 71,000 miles, Spanish Gold - 11/05/21 03:03 PM

Glad to hear you are keeping after it. up
Posted By: SomeCarGuy

Re: 69 GTX with 71,000 miles, Spanish Gold - 06/14/22 01:03 PM

Things are coming along. Still have quite a bit I want to do to it.

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Posted By: ZIPPY

Re: 69 GTX with 71,000 miles, Spanish Gold - 06/23/22 06:21 PM

Love it!

I could use some help with my GTX and I see something about yours that may be similar, will PM.
Posted By: DynoDave

Re: 69 GTX with 71,000 miles, Spanish Gold - 08/04/22 08:39 PM

"Award of Distinction"...very nice! up
Posted By: JcodeCharger

Re: 69 GTX with 71,000 miles, Spanish Gold - 08/04/22 11:17 PM

Thats a really cool car!
Posted By: SomeCarGuy

Re: 69 GTX with 71,000 miles, Spanish Gold - 08/15/22 04:13 AM

Today was the one year mark. My drive today was far different than the first one. It’s in good working order now and still plenty of things to improve. I’ve met some really cool people on account of this car.
Posted By: DynoDave

Re: 69 GTX with 71,000 miles, Spanish Gold - 09/27/22 11:39 PM

Originally Posted by SomeCarGuy
Today was the one year mark. My drive today was far different than the first one. It’s in good working order now and still plenty of things to improve. I’ve met some really cool people on account of this car.


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