Muscle cars are considered legends of the past. Every muscle car, especially those from the 60’s or 70’s, are epic pieces of history and must be handled with absolute care. But when it comes to muscle cars, the Pontiac GTO is one of the most renowned.
With an old Pontiac GTO as the springboard, the Silver State Pontiac Team launched a grand restoration project which hopes to raise muscle car awareness. Moreover, the team kept track of the progress throughout the project—to the benefit of Pontiac fans and enthusiasts all over the US.
The first thing that you must remember for any car restoration project is a realistic goal. This gives you a detailed overview of the project, and you can now set expectations. Silver State Pontiac labored on this phase of the project. Before the mechanics even picked up their tools, they stared down spreadsheets and graphs.
Every project is divided into phases. Muscle car restoration is composed of many elements, from the engine, to electrical, interior and body work, and even the all important frame. No team can restore a GTO in one sitting, so the project was broken up into phases assigned to teams who would then build upon the work of the previous team, restoring this beauty from the ground up. Additionally, each phase was given a rating of importance. If a task wasn’t deemed that pressing, the team prioritized it last.
Commonly, the problem with an old muscle car is reviving an old engine from the dead. This was the case in Silver State’s project, the engine seemed clunky and failed compression tests several times. Thus, the lengthy process of rebuilding the engine was given top priority.
Budgeting is always another important concern. Every cost had to be included in the spreadsheet for the budget to avoid unnecessarily bleeding dollars. Aside from the monetary budget, the hours worked were noted in order to keep an efficient and effective time frame for the goal set.
The Silver State Pontiac team prepared a wide arsenal of high-grade tools such as hammers, screwdrivers, crowbars, wrenches, vice grips, and some special tools. To save costs, Silver State rented some tools as well.
While Silver State mechanics encourage finding ways to cut costs during restoration projects, you shouldn’t be cheap when it comes to your tools. If your tools are cheap and break, having to buy new ones defeats the purpose.
The team started the project as soon as the main plan was finished. The tools were laid out, and damages in the Pontiac GTO were reassessed. In the early stages of the project, the team anticipated that the actual cost would become slightly higher, since they want to restore the full performance of the Pontiac—not just the aesthetics.
Every part and component of the car was also secured. The team just couldn’t afford losing any parts which could add to costs and extra time spent.
Several adjustments were made in the workplace, however. An extra workspace bench was set up to make room for wrenches, screwdrivers, and few power tools needed. Silver State team advises all aspiring muscle car enthusiasts to build a moderately-sized workplace. The approximate size of the place should be space for two vehicles, with a slight allotment for tables.
You must keep everything organized in the workplace. Silver State team categorized every part of the car in order to make the restoration project easy. It’s also important to ‘keep tabs’ on everything—every action was documented through photographs, task lists, or small ledgers. If you and your team remove important parts, you need to know how to put them back.
Watch out for screws, bolts, buts, and small parts! Make sure that you put them in a separate bag or pouch. Silver State restorers learned this the hard way during their past restoration projects. Small parts got lost in the middle of the project, so they resorted to buying new materials, which delayed the project.
You should also prioritize the power tools that you’re going to use for the project. In restoring muscle cars, you’re going to use the compressor most of the time. Due to the electrical consumption of power tools, Silver State team adjusted the wiring systems in the workplace. This accommodated the energy needs of the tools, and the team was also able to conserve energy due to efficient wiring. If you’re planning to do more projects in the future, it’s advisable to invest in power tools.
Disassembling the Pontiac GTO was one of the primary challenges for the Silver State team. The muscle car is decades years old, and some portions were already affected by rust and weathering. Since the project is total restoration, the team resorted to the Body-off method. The body of the Pontiac was carefully separated from the chassis—giving everyone better flexibility in doing the project.
While this is advantageous, total care is needed. Removing the body of an old car can lead to further damage, thus affecting the progress of the restoration. Full-body restoration is advisable if your goal is to enter a car show, or to sell the car to a prospective buyer.
Another thing that should be considered by restorers is the state of the GTO. If the damages are too extensive for repair and you might incur protracted costs, then it’s better to buy a new parts outright. This is why pre-assessment is necessary. It helps you save time, effort, and costs. Silver State team keeps a strict checklist of the qualities needed before a GTO is slated for either repair or restoration.
In any restoration project, there’s always the chance to do something more than expected. Silver State Pontiac pushed the limits of innovation by installing BlackOakLed.Com Led lights bars —the premium standard in automobile lighting. This made the restored GTO look even more badass, if that was even possible.
The best Pontiac cars are those that are restored properly with dedication, planning, and commitment. Silver State Pontiac ensures that their future restoration projects will employ such factors, and the team will roll out quality restorations with the same care and dedication you expect.
Pontiac is one of the best high-performance car brands ever made. It declined however during the 80s and 90s, and succumbed to an timely demise due to the pressure from other car manufacturers. Despite this, Pontiac—especially the GTO—will always be remembered by many drivers, mechanics, and enthusiasts.
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