Starting life as a hopped-up Tempest, the 1964 Pontiac GTO featured a 389 V-8, heavy-duty suspension, quick steering ratio, dual exhaust, and a floor shifter. Equipped with this performance package, the GTO set itself apart from other pedestrian coupes of the same era, and it made history. Many regard it as the first muscle car. As muscle car wars reached fevered pitch, the GTO would establish itself as one of the most prominent performance cars of the era, and from 1964-1972, more than 500,000 GTOs were built.
You are shown different levels of restoration and afforded the information to select the right type of restoration for your particular car. This book covers how to verify the authenticity of your particular car, the most desirable models to restore, and option information. Like our other Restoration Series books, this new entry focuses on the actual hands-on, how-to procedures for restoring a GTO to its original condition. Each chapter illustrates the key procedures for completing a specific portion of the restoration project with detailed captions and color photographs.
How to Restore Your Pontiac GTO covers all aspects of restoration - engines and drivelines, bodywork, interior and trim, suspension, brakes, chassis, and steering. The book provides guidance to assess your facilities, ability to do the work, and then determine the best course for completing the work. Sourcing and selecting the best parts for your restoration is also covered. If you are restoring any GTO of this time period, this book will be a valuable resource for years to come.
"Don't touch a GTO project without reading this book cover to cover- your goat will thank you." -Old Cars Weekly
"Longtime HPP contributor, Smoke Signals Editor-in-Chief, Pontiac Historian, and all-around good guy Don Keefe has written this in-depth restoration book. Its 176 pages are crammed with info and 398 color photos to help you breathe new life into your old Goat, and the section on electrolytic rust removal alone may be worth the cover price to you. " -High Performance Pontiac
"'How to Restore Your Pontiac GTO 1964-1974' goes beyond the usual auto restoration guides to discuss how to restore everything from the body and trim to brakes, chassis and steering. Step-by-step captions accompany color photos and keys to restoring a GTO to factory-new specs, and come from an editor of the official Pontiac GTO newsletter. From the most desirable models to restore to how to repair trunks, floorplans and how to return an engine to top condition, this is a 'must' for any GTO owner who wants specifics- not generalities- on restoration options." -Midwest Book Review, January 2013
Currently, Don Keefe is editor-in-chief of Smoke Signals magazine, the Pontiac-Oakland Club International's monthly publication. He is also a contributing editor for High Performance Pontiac and is a former editor-in-chief of the now defunct Pontiac Enthusiast Magazine. Don is an authority in the Pontiac muscle car community and has restored Pontiacs himself.