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    Default Picked Up an 85 GT Hardtop Project!

    Hey all,

    I picked up this 85 GT from a guy who had it in a storage unit. This is a total restore project with a color change so its going to take a while! It looked like it needed an engine wiring harness but I picked one up from ddx77 here on the forum! I paid $1500 for the car and he had another storage unit so I purchased a 2nd set of front and back seats, a set of 10 hole wheels with tires, 2 rust free doors, 2 quarter window "sail panels" and a rust free hatch along with some misc parts for $500. I haven't seen a hard top for sale in quite a while so I'm pretty excited. No rust on the driver side floor, only 2 small spots on the passenger floor. I will need to do the strut tower repair but the rust is light so hopefully it's not too bad.

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    Wow! Looks like a good project for the money & extra parts. How many miles are on the car & how long was it in storage? Hopefully the rust repair doesnít uncover too much. What color are you planning to go with? Definitely keep us posted.

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    Thanks ISTLCRUZ! I found one hole next to the passenger rear seat belt mount and one on the passenger right rear seat mount. The driver side floor is in excellent shape. The 2 places I found are easy fixes! The trunk and rest of the floor is solid! The rust on the back hatch is surface but I can fix that or use the spare hatch. I have a friend who has a body shop and he'll cut out the fix the small spots on the rear quarters. I'll likely get a new left front fender. I just got it yesterday and I had to get the interior out today to see! I'm going to go with silver as the color. I had an 85 GT back in 1990-93 that was silver so I'm going to go back stock. I bought my original 85 GT in 1990 and it had 18k miles on it, it was brand new still with the factory tires on it. I drove it for a couple years while I was in the Marine Corps. I sold it in 93 with 85000 miles on it and I instantly regretted it. Hopefully this one turns our well!

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    Looking good Bill! Thats a great start for a project!

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    Congratulations on your new build.

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    Well, what I thought was a needed strut tower fix turned out to be needing frame rail replacements! The inner wheel cover, emissions tubing, and battery tray hid the severe frame rot and a patch plate welded on the passenger side. The driver side isn't near as bad but I did go ahead and get new frame rails ordered from LMR. The instructions are not very good but there is an email to the guy who produced them so he's sending more detailed pics and clarifying some of the instructions.
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    There are also some threads on here that have plenty of details regarding frame rail replacement.

    Here's one... http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthre...-Rot-Questions

    There's also a link to another in that thread.
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    Thanks, I appreciate the links! I got my car leveled front to back and side to side. It took me a lot longer to get the engine bay cleared and nose off than I thought it would! I still have to take the fog light bar and power steering pump out and then take everything off the k-member. I got the LMR frame rail kit's in the mail so I'm ready to get going for real!

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    There are also some threads on here that have plenty of details regarding frame rail replacement.

    Here's one... http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthre...-Rot-Questions

    There's also a link to another in that thread.

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    Someone had painted this car and had it apart before. Only 2 bolts holding the steel crash bar on! I’ve found so much jacked up with this! The previous owners or the shop they had do the work were the worst mechanics ever!

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    Interested to see how you make out and can't wait to see your progress.
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    Well, I got the passenger side frame rail out and cleaned up areas where Iíll be welding. Iíve got to make a patch for the strut tower but it wonít be too bad. The brackets where the rear of the frame rail is mounted, although full of rust from the rail, is really pretty clean when I blew it all out. Took me most of the day to get to this point.
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    Great progress. I. Excited to see it when you are done

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    Movin' along nicely!
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    Here are some patches I was able to get done today.
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    Lesson #1. Don’t bother with patching the strut tower until you have the rail fitted correctly and the top plate for the crush tubes where they need to be. For this side I’ll need to make a 1/8” filler strip to fill the gap between the frame rail and tower. No huge deal but disappointing.
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    Making Great progress! Congrats! I know how much fun this is not, but the results are very satisfying.
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    I put the K-member up to see how it looked and all is well in the mounting bolts alignment! This first side took longer than expected but with that experience the drivers side wonít be as bad. A lot of unknowns and a bit of doubt the first time around! Name:  2B82429A-B36E-44E8-85E2-CC0BE8F18F7F.jpeg
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    Got the driver side frame rail out. This one went a lot quicker since I know what’s what! I cut the spot welds and then cut the frame off right in front of the rear mount.
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    Lots of work there. Great progress - keep it up!

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