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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Al Bundy wrote: 20 Oct 2021, 12:27
Mike_B_SVT wrote: 19 Oct 2021, 18:35
Al Bundy wrote: 19 Oct 2021, 17:35 So today would have been dad’s 80th birthday. I’m sure he’s disappointed in me for not having his car finished yet. Sure woulda been easier if he stuck around. Instead of working on that I started the project of a new steering rack for my kid’s Explorer. Of course that went as well as most of my projects. Can’t believe how rusty a car can get in a few years.
I'm sure he's happy that you are working on the car. Hang in there and keep at it. Slowly but surely :-)
I’m trying Mike. I wish I was one of the retired guys that didn’t have much else to do! Though I suspect at least one kid is always going to keep me busy.
I hear ya! I got so much stuff to do, I'm ready for retirement so I can maybe get some things done, LOL! 10 more years, if the country doesn't destroy itself first... c'mon America, keep it together...
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Unfortunately I’m really pressed for time, but in the spirit of try to at least get something done, I began restoring the thermactor system.
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You’ll notice the pump is not pictured. That went out to Jim Woods at Rock House Restoration. It didn’t look bad and it spun freely, but I couldn’t trust a part that sat on the shelf for 50 years to function properly. The only thing worse than not getting things done is having to do them over.
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1974 Dodge Dart - daily driver
1963 Thunderbird Z code - raven black/red
1968 XR7 F code - diamond blue/blue - SOLD
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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My next step was to save the original hoses. A tip from Jack at Dead Nuts On was to clean them with Gojo hand cleaner.
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I recommend a plastic bristle brush so you don’t damage the rubber or the markings. It takes some patience and good lighting to make sure it’s clean. It won’t take a sharp eye to realize those are two different hoses. I wasn’t trying to fool anyone I just neglected to take a before picture. The first is the original from my GTE, the second was an original from a different car. Having never done this I thought it best to do the trial run with the extra. It came out fairly nice and though it doesn’t look brand new it is a decent looking OEM part. I really try to stay original wherever I can, particularly when a set of repop hoses is around $250.
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1974 Dodge Dart - daily driver
1963 Thunderbird Z code - raven black/red
1968 XR7 F code - diamond blue/blue - SOLD
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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