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69 GTX ... Long Term Project

GTX Dave

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I figured its time to start this thread. It will be a while before I really get into this car as I am currently deeply involved in trying to get my 56 Corvette gasser at least running, but the GTX is next on the agenda and in the mean time, I will be looking for parts and trying to learn some stuff. This forum has already been a great source of knowledge and I hope to become a contributor of sorts.

The car's story is a little murky but I'll do my best to regale the tail: Supposedly the original owner moved to California early in its life so it was pampered in terms of weather. It may have come from somewhere cold because it has the factory undercoating on it or maybe they did that to protect from the salt air? I dont know. Eventually the OO moved to Illinois and bought an old Ford dealership and made it his "hobby shop" (circa 1990s I believe). He was getting on in age and early onset Alzheimer's was setting in. He had very little patience and just wanted it to leave. He wasnt concerned with what may have belonged to it or not. This car must have incurred a small front end mishap as the K-frame, control arms and torsion bars are all date coded for a 1970 build, all correct for BB, just not 69. The lower radiator support has also been replaced but the inner aprons, rails and such are mint. The rest of the body is 100% rust free original Mopar sheetmetal. While the fenders have been replaced, they are from another car. A gentleman in Kentucky bought this car from the original owner in the 2000s. He had thought it was much earlier but the guy also had a SRT10 truck for sale and we know when they were introduced ... It was already apart and in primer, parts scattered throughout the place. He grabbed what he could find and took it home. It sat for about ten years and then he got the car stripped to bare metal and painted. I will say, they did a very nice job! Its straight and the gaps are very good.

The original Dana still rests in place. It came with a freshly rebuilt 18 spline 4spd but not the numbers unit for the car. Original (or at least correct) bellhousing & flywheel were in it too. No engine or accessories of any sort. It is ALL apart! The dash is out and stripped. I did get the original (I'm told) dash cluster. It does have the 150 speedo and a tach. The car was optioned with A01 light group but he welded up the fender signal holes and all the trinkets are missing. You can see the outline of the reverse light indicator around the bulb hole and such but everything is gone. The Air Grabber cable bracket is there but nothing else. The firewall has the factory stamped hole for the cable, it has the 21 coil springs and the hood has the rivet holes but all the good stuff is long gone. It was probably in that shop somewhere but he was unable to find it. It did come with brand new Legendary interior pieces though. And the seats were nicely done. But all I got was the seats, door panels and a headliner ... nothing else.

It really is a "roller" at this point but over time, it will come back to life. Attached are two shots of when it arrived. I wiped it down and was amazed at how nice the paint really is. The underneath is original, 50+ year old undercoating so its not near as pretty but ... it is solid!

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Great story. History on these cars is always interesting.
 
It's nice to buy a project in that state as long as the work is good. Worst part about assembling them is finding out parts are missing and stopping yourself from working on them without sleeping because of how fun it is.
 
I was expecting a clapped out shell, that thing is gorgeous!

I’ve had my ‘69 GTX since 1982 so I’m reasonably familiar with them, if you have questions feel free to pm me. Good luck with your project…
 
I would write off the missing parts, but at the same time send photos of what is missing to the heirs and ask it they see them, I would like to have them and would arrange shipping.
 
Love the color. Nice looking GTX you got there. Best wishes on the build.
 
Thank you all for the kind words. T7 is the color and its got a LOT of metallic in it.

Just a little disclaimer ...
The garage in the pictures is not mine. The guy delivering the car had a 30 foot trailer and there was no way he was getting down the driveway where I store & work on my stuff so we unloaded it there. Nice straight driveway into an oversized center door. And yes, that's a 65 Belvedere on the rack behind it.
 
Looks like you have a great base to build off of. That color looks awesome! My '70 X is in about the same state.
 
Looks like you have a great base to build off of. That color looks awesome! My '70 X is in about the same state.

Thanks, The car is amazingly solid. I've been acquiring parts since the purchase. So many small items (so much money) .... its ridiculous what we took for granted all those years ago. I'm sending the dash assembly out for a complete restoration soon and hope to start assembling some of what I have now that the weather is breaking.
 
I figured its time to start this thread. It will be a while before I really get into this car as I am currently deeply involved in trying to get my 56 Corvette gasser at least running, but the GTX is next on the agenda and in the mean time, I will be looking for parts and trying to learn some stuff. This forum has already been a great source of knowledge and I hope to become a contributor of sorts.

The car's story is a little murky but I'll do my best to regale the tail: Supposedly the original owner moved to California early in its life so it was pampered in terms of weather. It may have come from somewhere cold because it has the factory undercoating on it or maybe they did that to protect from the salt air? I dont know. Eventually the OO moved to Illinois and bought an old Ford dealership and made it his "hobby shop" (circa 1990s I believe). He was getting on in age and early onset Alzheimer's was setting in. He had very little patience and just wanted it to leave. He wasnt concerned with what may have belonged to it or not. This car must have incurred a small front end mishap as the K-frame, control arms and torsion bars are all date coded for a 1970 build, all correct for BB, just not 69. The lower radiator support has also been replaced but the inner aprons, rails and such are mint. The rest of the body is 100% rust free original Mopar sheetmetal. While the fenders have been replaced, they are from another car. A gentleman in Kentucky bought this car from the original owner in the 2000s. He had thought it was much earlier but the guy also had a SRT10 truck for sale and we know when they were introduced ... It was already apart and in primer, parts scattered throughout the place. He grabbed what he could find and took it home. It sat for about ten years and then he got the car stripped to bare metal and painted. I will say, they did a very nice job! Its straight and the gaps are very good.

The original Dana still rests in place. It came with a freshly rebuilt 18 spline 4spd but not the numbers unit for the car. Original (or at least correct) bellhousing & flywheel were in it too. No engine or accessories of any sort. It is ALL apart! The dash is out and stripped. I did get the original (I'm told) dash cluster. It does have the 150 speedo and a tach. The car was optioned with A01 light group but he welded up the fender signal holes and all the trinkets are missing. You can see the outline of the reverse light indicator around the bulb hole and such but everything is gone. The Air Grabber cable bracket is there but nothing else. The firewall has the factory stamped hole for the cable, it has the 21 coil springs and the hood has the rivet holes but all the good stuff is long gone. It was probably in that shop somewhere but he was unable to find it. It did come with brand new Legendary interior pieces though. And the seats were nicely done. But all I got was the seats, door panels and a headliner ... nothing else.

It really is a "roller" at this point but over time, it will come back to life. Attached are two shots of when it arrived. I wiped it down and was amazed at how nice the paint really is. The underneath is original, 50+ year old undercoating so its not near as pretty but ... it is solid!

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hello member i just picked up a 69 roadrunner a week ago yours looks similar to the b body family i just joined forum and dont know what i am doing figured i mess things up and reply to you and get my feet wet regards steve any help would be appreciated
 
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