In the early 80's, I was restoring for street use a very original all AZ 1964 GTO convertible, Grenadier Red with Parchment (white) interior and top. It had been owned by an older guy, and it was sold out of his estate sale, unfortunately after sitting for years, undriven, under a carport. Clean sheet metal, but the trunk and floors were rotted from the rain. I searched every yard in town, looking for replacement trim parts, and hit the Pamona swap meet a couple of times. I bought a "parts car" '64 GTO in CA, with a big block Chevy motor and various hot rod parts for $500. It had a stock, perfect wood-grain steering wheel in the trunk, along with a perfect CA padded dash and gauge cluster with a tach, all rare options. It even had the power seat track and power window motors, removed and in a box. I grabbed all the rare parts, sold the front clip for $400, the driveline for $250, and gave the rest to the friend who trailered it from LA, in exchange. The craziest find was in a yard in a small desert town, where I asked about "cool" Pontiac parts. The owner took me out to a shed and dragged out (by the ultra rare water neck) a complete '64 tri-power set up, complete with the chrome air cleaners! The date code even matched with my original engine. He set a "firm" price of $75, it took 2 of us to quickly carry it to my trunk. The finished car was sold when my kids consumed most of my time and money, I still watch for it at the auctions.
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