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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GT-E Introductory Show Car 500033

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This is a bit premature since I don't have a lot to show yet, but I couldn't wait any longer. About 4 months ago I realized I had to do something even if it was wrong. So I started gathering missing parts and talked to the top machinist in my area about rebuilding the 427 for this car. I still don't refer to it as my car even though my name is on the registration. To me it's always going to be Dad's car.

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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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The block has been honed to perfection, new custom pistons were ordered. Among many other things I found a stock set of rods that the machinist reconditioned. I had already located a crank, the cam came from Comp along with new hydraulic lifters. I've been chasing numerous other OEM parts like a Carter X fuel pump, a production List 4088 Holley carb, an OEM fan blade, etc. I'm sure Royce is probably tired of answering all my questions. At the very least he's going on my Christmas card list. Converting back to stock from a stroker engine is far more daunting than I thought it would be.

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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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You can see a glimpse of the Y block from a T-Bird keeping the 427 company. And you can see the machinist, though he's kind of camera shy. He does pretty well for 80 years old, just has a little trouble getting around. But the guy is like a walking encyclopedia when it comes to engines, racing, history, you name it. And yes he is a Ford guy.
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He started measuring rings today. Assembly should be starting any time now. Then I'll have more to post.
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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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Journey of a thousand mile begin w/single step.

Looking forward to seeing your progress!
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Wow, that is one BEAUTIFUL block!!!
1969 Eliminator 351-4V M-code (original owner)

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Al,ya know if you’re Dad would have sold it to me the 30 plus years i pestered him you wouldn’t be having to do any of it now.One day around 1975 I was watching him from my gold 68 I had in high school go through the intersection up in town I had the stop sign he didn’t and probably because I was watching him he hit and broke it loose while rolling a 30 mph ,shortly after I had heard the engine blew and I would bug every couple years but he woul
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Yup, that was 1975. The final remnants of the stickers finally fell off the windshield. To be clear though, it didn’t blow up. A sodium exhaust valve broke, probably from being too tight.

Believe me you weren’t the only one to try and buy it. Maybe the most persistent, but there was a pretty long list. The funniest was the little old lady who used to drive by the house on her way to lunch with her friends. She said it was the prettiest little car she’d ever seen.
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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I new it was the valve he had the head of one the times I bugged him, if I remember right it was #1 cylinder.
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Not much new to report, waiting on a couple things from FedEx.

Here's the crank newly arrived from being balanced.

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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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Rods & pistons awaiting the assembly process.


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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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