The spindles are from Stainless Steel Brake Corporation, as are the brakes. This four-wheel power disc-brake system features 10.5-inch drilled and slotted rotors and single-piston GM-type calipers in the front, with single-piston Ford-type calipers in the rear to work with the Moser’s Ford axle-tube flanges.
Frank Frazzitta at One Stop Autobody was tasked with restoring the body. Brad recalls, “The entire trunk floor was replaced and installed in one piece, as was its structural bracing. Extensive work was done on both rear wheelhouses, both rear quarter-panels were replaced, the lower front fenders received new sheetmetal, and an original GTO hood was installed. I remember visiting the body shop one weekend and what was left of the body after all of the rust was cut out would have fit in a dumpster.”
PPG paint products were used exclusively. Two coats of DP40LF Epoxy Primer were applied for corrosion protection, followed by four coats of DPS3055 V-Prime Acrylic Urethane Surfacer. After block-sanding with multiple grits and the body was deemed straight for paint, two coats of DAS3025 V-Seal Acrylic Urethane Sealer were applied.
Next came three coats of DBC Deltron 2000 Basecoat in Mayfair Maize, followed by three coats of DC 4000 Deltron High Velocity Clearcoat. The body panels were wet-sanded and polished prior to final assembly, with 1,200-3,000 grit, 3M P3000 foam discs, and applications of 3M Heavy Cut compound, Swirl Remover, and Hand Glaze to bring out the shine.
Joey Paolillo at Asbury Park Auto Tops & Interior installed the white top, and replaced th
The door mechanisims and hood hinges were rebuilt by SMS Restoration, and all the body fasteners are stainless steel painted. M&H Electrical Fabricators made custom wiring harnesses. Don’s East Coast Restoration handled the bumper rechroming and restoration of 80 percent of the bright trim. The remaining pieces came from Gary Wren at GTO Goodies.
Putting his late-’70s Lincoln Tech auto mechanic training to good use, Brad performed the final assembly of his A-body in his home garage with the help of Herman Melendez Jr. Then he took to the streets.
On the Road
Brad has high praise for his droptop’s road manners. “The suspension and steering are so tight now that I’m the one that pitches and rolls in my seat instead of the car doing it with the stock chassis. The power the 455 puts out makes me wish that the original front bucket seats had headrests. On the highway, the five-speed’s overdrive gear keeps the engine rpm at about 2,500, providing a quiet cruising experience for top-down driving. I’m really pleased with how my A-body turned out.”
It sure sounds like a Getaway Goat (tribute) to us.
When Brad bought the LeMans it was Burgundy as shown. However, the original color was Font
A Delphi 12:1-ratio box quickens the steering and reduces turns-to-lock to 2.5, and the st
A Moser 12-bolt employs an Eaton TrueTrac Posi and Moser 33-spline axles.
The Tremec TKO 600 is mocked up using an old block to check the fit.
This Pypes system features a 2.5-inch X-type pipe, Race Pro mufflers, and 2.5-inch tailpip