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How a Hyundai Excel Reawakened a Dormant 1967 GTO Project

Posted December 11, 2017 10:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: classic auto Hyundai pontiac project

I realized quite young that inspiration can come from strange places. In the late 1980s, when I was about 20, my ’67 GTO project was progressing painfully slowly. Working full time and going to college left little time for recreation or restoration.

My girlfriend Linda, who has since become my wife, needed a car after her 1979 Pontiac Sunbird proved too unreliable to continue as daily transportation. This was the era when some automakers were beginning to focus more on the low-cost entry-level market. I already had a vintage daily driver and the GTO that required attention, and repairing Linda’s Sunbird had kept me busy enough to wonder if a new car with a warranty may not be a bad idea for her.

How the epitome of the economy commuter breathed life into a stale classic auto project.

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