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LilRedGT

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66 GT rebuild Upgrades
« on: March 31, 2010, 09:37:20 PM »
Rebuilding an original 1966 A Code 289 Automatic GT coupe.
Looking for any advise on upgrading original components.
Not building a race machine.
Want a solid original looking cruzer that can handle long trips when I'm done.
Share your thoughts.

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Re: 66 GT rebuild Upgrades
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2010, 09:42:45 PM »
I would tear the engine down and rebuild it from scratch with factory components. 

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Re: 66 GT rebuild Upgrades
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2010, 10:26:58 PM »
Stock, pure stock.
Jim
With one minor exception - use a HP air cleaner assy, 10-14 HP increase.

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Re: 66 GT rebuild Upgrades
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2010, 10:43:54 PM »
An engine rebuild is on the list as well as the transmission.
I'll include the aircleaner assy too.
Any other upgrades you'd suggest. Start, Alternator, Ect

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Re: 66 GT rebuild Upgrades
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2010, 10:54:26 AM »
There's not too many upgrades that keep a stock look. Some are automatic. For example, most replacement alternators are rated at 42amps while the original one was a 38amp so you get an upgrade without knowing by replacing it. One big upgrade is to have your radiator rebuilt using a three row core vs the original two row. It is not a visible change but it is a good one. Keep this in mind, your car is 44 plus years old and its still operational. Replacing a lot of the parts (hoses, belts, etc) with new, rebuilding the major components (front suspension, heater) and going to radial tires will keep that car going even longer than the previous 44 years because you made up your mind to do something positive.
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Re: 66 GT rebuild Upgrades
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2010, 05:00:14 PM »
Also look at upgrading to a dual reservoir master cylinder along with at least front disc brakes. That will give you better stopping power and the added safety of splitting the front and rear brake reservoirs. So that is in case of brake line failure either the rears or front brakes will work. I should know since my rear brake line failed one time when I hit the brakes. If it had not been for the dual res master cylinder I would have emptied all of my brake fluid out through the hole, and would not have been able to stop my stang in time from plowing into a Caddy Escalade.

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BTW I used the SSBC front brake drum to disc conversion kit. I got it from California Mustangs back in '00.
Here is the link to the current kit: http://www.cal-mustang.com/STANDARD-FRONT-DRUM-TO-DISC-BRAKE-CONVERSION-KIT-1964-1966-V8-Dual-P13416C860.aspx

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Re: 66 GT rebuild Upgrades
« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2010, 09:26:42 PM »
I can agree with the dual master cylinder upgrade.  I did that on my 65 along with the monte carlo bar and export brace.  I didn't upgrade to the front disk brakes, because I stop just fine.  You just have to know how to drive these old cars. 

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Re: 66 GT rebuild Upgrades
« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2010, 09:36:07 PM »
Oh I agree that disc brakes are not necessary, but if you are going for higher performance or alot of long distance cruising they are real nice. I figured that out on a trip to South Lake Tahoe when a coyote ran out in fron of my near the top of Echo Summit. I was going 55-ish and had to suddenly slam on my brakes so I didn't plow into the coyote. With my old drum brakes (which were in very good condition BTW) I doubt I would have stopped in time, but with my nice disc brakes I stopped with plenty of room to spare. I suprised my friend who is a big mopar fan with how quickly the car stopped. By the way I stopped 10 feet shy of the coyote and it ran off into the wilderness, but not before I noticed that it was totally white...

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Re: 66 GT rebuild Upgrades
« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2010, 09:46:11 PM »
We hear stories like that all the time.   My original brakes have been working just fine for almost 50 years now.  You just have to keep them current.   

 

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