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post #1 of 118 (permalink) Old 09-23-2010, 08:59 PM Thread Starter

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68 restoration finally begins

Well it's been a year since I bought my 68 fastback and I just started tearing it down for a full restoration. I'm tearing it down completely and cataloging every nut and bolt, even the ones I know I'm not going to re-use. Once it's disassembled it's going to get soda and or media blasted. then it's off to Classic Recreations in Yukon, Ok for paint and body work. It may stay at that stage for a while so I can decide if I want to beef up the 289 that's in it or go with a 302. Anyway, here are two before pics and the rest are what I've done so far. I'll be updating on a regular basis (hopefully). Always open to suggestions from you Bullittheads.
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post #2 of 118 (permalink) Old 09-23-2010, 11:34 PM

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Rob, you have a beautiful '69. I LOVE the C Stripe. I will be very curious to see how much better this car can look when it is finished. A 302 would be a cherry ontop, but a beefed up 289 can work just as well... *cough cough* 302 *cough cough*

What direction are you going with the restoration? Original? Restomod? Bullitt Clone?

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Rob, you have a beautiful '69. I LOVE the C Stripe. I will be very curious to see how much better this car can look when it is finished. A 302 would be a cherry ontop, but a beefed up 289 can work just as well... *cough cough* 302 *cough cough*

What direction are you going with the restoration? Original? Restomod? Bullitt Clone?
beautiful 68 I think he wanted to say.

You have a very nice J Code! I will be watching this thread for updates.
I would say loose the fogs, pony emblem, C stripe, and GT badges. Then you will have yourself one mean 68 machine!!

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beautiful 68 I think he wanted to say.
Yeah, major typo. Thanks.

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I guess I need to be more accurate.......It's not going to be a restoration in the normal sense. This is a restoration as far as removing rust, replacing old worn out parts with new parts, etc.......but this is going to be a movie replica car. Guess I should have stated that. There will be no fogs and no c stripe.

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I say either go back with a 302 since that's what it had originally you could always add a stroker kit, or go with a stroked 351. When I put a new engine in my '67 I'm gonna go with a stroked 351.

Great project. Can't wait to see the progress.

Is Classic Recreations back up and operating after the big raid?

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I say either go back with a 302 since that's what it had originally you could always add a stroker kit, or go with a stroked 351. When I put a new engine in my '67 I'm gonna go with a stroked 351.

Great project. Can't wait to see the progress.

Is Classic Recreations back up and operating after the big raid?
Classic Recreations is up and running. They got screwed in my opinion. I've known the owner since pre-school and they were doing nothing wrong. I'm a detective for the Oklahoma City Police Department and if I thought for a second they were crooked I'd stay away from them, but the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations (OSBI) really messed up. I strongly feel that if Classic Recreations wants to seek legal action against the state they have a great case. Sorry for the rant, but this whole deal never should have happened. There is a lot more to the story, but I'll have to save it for later.

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Just ordered this one piece headliner. I ordered the one without the overhead console. It gives an extra 2 1/2 inches of headroom. Should make reassembling the interior much easier.

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Thanks for that heads up on the headliner. I lost my original a few weeks ago (high speed driving with the windows down)and was planning to replace it with a stock version. I had not heard of this company before, but I will be doing business with them in the near future.

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Finally had some time to work on the Bullitt.

Here's some of my progress pics. I finally had some time to pull a considerable amount of the interior out of the car. I had some help from my oldest son, which was cool. I still have to remove the gauges, dash, fuel tank, and exhaust. Classic Recreations will pull the motor and the rest of the parts and get it ready for media blasting. Here are some pics.
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post #11 of 118 (permalink) Old 10-20-2010, 11:29 PM
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Awesome. What a fun project and what a way to spend time with your kids.

Good luck on the project! Wish I was working on a '68 fastback in my garage!!!


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Very nice.....Thanks for posting and sharing.....Looks like you made lots of progress......Have you notice that these cars are kinda simple in assembly???? That's what came to mine when I work on our 68 Coupe....

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This is going to be really interesting to watch as things progress.


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Very nice.....Thanks for posting and sharing.....Looks like you made lots of progress......Have you notice that these cars are kinda simple in assembly???? That's what came to mine when I work on our 68 Coupe....
Very simple. In fact, almost crudely simple. I've tinkered with cars here and there, mostly with my 2006 GT, but this is my first big project. This car is extremely easy to work on compared to the newer ones.

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Well, I did as much as I could and the guys from Classic Recreations just came and picked up the 68. I'll continue to post pics from their shop. These are the last pics I took before they tear it down completely.
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