GT-E Introductory Show Car 500033

The GT-E was only available for a few brief months in 1968. Total production would not have kept the assembly line busy for more than a half day. If you know anything about a GT-E, it is important, and this is the place to share it. The GT-E registry is maintained by Jim Pinkerton.
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Re: GT-E Introductory Show Car 500033

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Post by preaction » 15 Aug 2019, 11:09

The thermostat is easy to test just put it in a pot of water and bring to a boil keeping an eye open for when it starts to open its good insurance if trouble shooting is needed later you will know when and if its reaching full open.
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Re: GT-E Introductory Show Car 500033

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Post by Al Bundy » 15 Aug 2019, 12:24

preaction wrote:
15 Aug 2019, 11:09
The thermostat is easy to test just put it in a pot of water and bring to a boil keeping an eye open for when it starts to open its good insurance if trouble shooting is needed later you will know when and if its reaching full open.
They knew it wasn't working so they took a torch to it. It still wouldn't move. :lol: Fortunately they aren't expensive cause who the heck keeps receipts for stuff like that? I did get another one free of charge. The flex plate still irritates me though.
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1968 XR7 F code - diamond blue/blue
1968 XR7 J code - black/red
1968 J code - madras blue/aqua
1968 XR7 X code - lime frost/dark ivy gold
1968 GT-E XR7 W code prototype no. 500033 - cardinal red/black

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Re: GT-E Introductory Show Car 500033

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Post by Al Bundy » 08 Sep 2019, 10:54

Time marches on, summer seems to have quickly disappeared at least in CNY. But progress has to be made even if it's at a snails pace.
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Up on jack stands waiting for transmission removal.
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1974 Dodge Dart - daily driver
1963 Thunderbird Z code - raven black/red
1968 XR7 F code - diamond blue/blue
1968 XR7 J code - black/red
1968 J code - madras blue/aqua
1968 XR7 X code - lime frost/dark ivy gold
1968 GT-E XR7 W code prototype no. 500033 - cardinal red/black

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Re: GT-E Introductory Show Car 500033

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Post by Al Bundy » 08 Sep 2019, 10:56

While you're under there, why not extract the old exhaust system?
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Has a cool nostalgic feel. Too bad it's junk.
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1974 Dodge Dart - daily driver
1963 Thunderbird Z code - raven black/red
1968 XR7 F code - diamond blue/blue
1968 XR7 J code - black/red
1968 J code - madras blue/aqua
1968 XR7 X code - lime frost/dark ivy gold
1968 GT-E XR7 W code prototype no. 500033 - cardinal red/black

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Re: GT-E Introductory Show Car 500033

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Post by Al Bundy » 08 Sep 2019, 10:57

Out and ready to head to the shop for rebuild.
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The original tag, unfortunately no VIN stamp on the case.
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1974 Dodge Dart - daily driver
1963 Thunderbird Z code - raven black/red
1968 XR7 F code - diamond blue/blue
1968 XR7 J code - black/red
1968 J code - madras blue/aqua
1968 XR7 X code - lime frost/dark ivy gold
1968 GT-E XR7 W code prototype no. 500033 - cardinal red/black

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Re: GT-E Introductory Show Car 500033

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Post by preaction » 08 Sep 2019, 14:17

Transmission Number 34 car number 33 the tags started at 10,000.
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Re: GT-E Introductory Show Car 500033

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Post by wish » 09 Sep 2019, 07:19

preaction wrote:
08 Sep 2019, 14:17
Transmission Number 34 car number 33 the tags started at 10,000.
Convenient, but I think the math is against us on this one.

Car 1,2,3,4,5...
Trans 0,1,2,3,4...


Edit: That said, being a show car it was likely assembled/tweaked off of the factory line and depending how involved they got with that process it could have left the show circuit with that trans even if it didn't leave the line with it. Either way I don't think it matters to this project a lot -- it's the right era and likely what it was running back in the day ...
Just my $.02
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Re: GT-E Introductory Show Car 500033

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Post by 70b302cat » 09 Sep 2019, 08:27

The transmission serial number would have no correlation to the vehicle serial number.
The tag would have been stamped at the transmission assembly plant. The transmission would be placed in a rack probably loading from the bottom up. From there that would have been loaded onto a transport (trailer or railcar) along with other racks that could contain different transmissions. That would then be moved to the vehicle assembly plant.

If you think about how things would be loaded into the transport the first one on would normally be the last one off and the rack would probably be unloaded from the top down. At that point the numbers would be out of sequence.
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Re: GT-E Introductory Show Car 500033

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Post by 1969XR7Vert » 09 Sep 2019, 17:11

Al Bundy wrote:
08 Sep 2019, 10:57
Out and ready to head to the shop for rebuild.
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The original tag, unfortunately no VIN stamp on the case.
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Love the "torque converter retainer"!
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Re: GT-E Introductory Show Car 500033

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Post by Al Bundy » 09 Sep 2019, 18:25

1969XR7Vert wrote:
09 Sep 2019, 17:11
Al Bundy wrote:
08 Sep 2019, 10:57
Out and ready to head to the shop for rebuild.
DSC_000116.jpg
The original tag, unfortunately no VIN stamp on the case.
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Love the "torque converter retainer"!
Patent pending. :D
1974 Dodge Dart - daily driver
1963 Thunderbird Z code - raven black/red
1968 XR7 F code - diamond blue/blue
1968 XR7 J code - black/red
1968 J code - madras blue/aqua
1968 XR7 X code - lime frost/dark ivy gold
1968 GT-E XR7 W code prototype no. 500033 - cardinal red/black

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