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    Back in Black! 1969 GTO!!!

    Back in Black! 1969 GTO!!!


    Den, short for Dennis, joined our forum in April of 2013. His first post was when he signed up for our Thursday Night projects to help buff out the North Miami Police Mobil Command Unit, this project.


    North Miami Beach Police Mobil Command Unit - Show Car Makeover


    In fact, here's a picture of Den working on Mobil Command Unit...


    Here's Jim using the Rupes Bigfoot 15





    At the time, I didn't know the specific reason Den started attending our Thursday night classes except he wanted to learn how to polish paint.

    Later, I found out the reason he wanted to learn how to polish paint was so that he would have the skills and knowledge to both perfect the custom paint job being planned for his 1969 GTO and then how to maintain it after he made it perfect.

    That's the story behind the story. But there's more...

    Den had a black 1969 GTO in High School and decided to recreate his high school car because it was his dream car back then and he wanted to get the dream back.


    Here's two pictures Den sent me from his high school days...





    This is classic....





    Since the first Thursday night class Den has been a regular for almost all of our projects, here's just a few to give you the idea...

    Den was attending our Thursday night classes to hone his skills to be able to tackle his own car, a GTO painted in SINGLE STAGE URETHANE BLACK PAINT!

    Probably one of the hardest paints to create a perfect, flawless finish on...



    Here's some pictures of Den working on some of the projects we've pumped out of our garage in the last year...



    Pictures: 1928 Model A - Wetsand, Cut and Buff at Autogeek

    Machine polishing a Model A after helping to wetsand the paint...




    1970 440 Cuda - Part 2 - Show Car Prep

    Working on Tommy's show car....





    1949 Chevy 5-Window Pickup Extreme Makeover - Pictures & Videos

    Machine polishing the paint on this hotrod truck...





    1963 Plymouth Fury Drag Race Car - Pictures & Video

    Machine decontaminating the paint on this 1963 Drag Car...





    1955 Chevy & 1947 Buick Slantback - Show Car Makeover! - Pictures & Videos

    Removing swirls out of a 1947 Chevy, that's Den sitting on the floor tackling the lower back of this land Yacht.






    1966 Mustang - Last Chance to Dance Extreme Makeover!

    Running a rotary buffer with a wool pad down an inset panel on the Mustang....








    Detailing boats hones your skills too....


    24' Pro-Line Boat - Extreme Marine Makeover - Oxidation Removal!






    Get the picture? Den's been getting some experience....




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    Re: Back in Black! 1969 GTO!!!

    And here's why.... this is Den's recreation of the car he had in high school, a 1969 GTO.

    This car has a brand new custom paint job by one of our local body shops. The painted it and then wetsanded, cut and buff the paint and then Den took over.

    While they did a great job, a body shop can only go so far, that's where Den took over and using Pinnacle Advanced Swirl Remover, Pinnacle Advanced Finishing Polish and then sealing the paint with Pinnacle Souverän Paste Wax, Den has created a true flawless show car finish on black paint.

    Nick and Jason were here when he brought it by and they saw what my camera captured....

    Check this bad boy out....


































    Very nice work Den!


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    Re: Back in Black! 1969 GTO!!!

    Looking forward to work on Den`s GOAT.I ask him every Thursday night makeovers as to when it`s going to happen.Are we close and is he going to handle the cut and buff and we finish the car?You earned it Den.Tim.
    "Chrome wheeled, fuel injected and steppin' out over the line"

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    I guess I was four minutes too late and got my answer.Bummer. Beautiful car Den.
    "Chrome wheeled, fuel injected and steppin' out over the line"

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    Re: Back in Black! 1969 GTO!!!

    Nice! Great looking ride. In particular I note that in the photo reflections of things with crisp edges such as the banners, there are no jaggy edges due to the effects of orange peel that you typically see.

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    Re: Back in Black! 1969 GTO!!!

    Im sure Dennis has learned how to polish paint a lotttt faster and better than most of us guys here who learn through videos lol. The perks of living next to AG Headquarters!

    neat story and love the car :D
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    Re: Back in Black! 1969 GTO!!!

    Nice Job Den!

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    Re: Back in Black! 1969 GTO!!!

    Beautiful work buddy, we'll I guess we won't be doing this one on Thursday night. The car is definitely a beautiful looking classic ride. See you at the next Thursday night makeover.

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    Beautiful indeed! Thanks for sharing his story Mike.

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    Re: Back in Black! 1969 GTO!!!


    Big Pontiac fan here. That is one gorgeous car.
    Would love to know what's under the hood.

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