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Performance & Hotrod Business February '14

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Featured Vehicle: HOTROD 1970 Pontiac GTO Convertible The unveiling was "a beautiful day," says Paul DiMauro, owner of Paul's Rods & Restos, who led the restoration. 70 n Performance & Hotrod Business PHBFEB_52-77.indd 70 n Paul's Restos replaced one of the GTO's doors and added a new trunk lid with aftermarket parts. "We cut all of the edges and re-welded them to maintain a 3/16- to 1/4– inch line around the perimeters of the car for proper fitment," DiMauro says. It took the crew a week to properly fit the front urethane bumpers, which DiMauro credited to the use of six to eight tubes of a 3M product called "Auto Fix." "Once you get them roughly fitted, you need to coat the complete bumper," he says. "Coat it completely and grind it all down. It might take five applications before you get it right. The stuff holds up—it doesn't crack, shift or move." Deer Park, N.Y.-based Ace Crankshaft rebuilt the power plant—a 375-hp 400 Pontiac engine with an Edelbrock carburetor and Performer intake manifold, CVF pulley kit, February 2014 1/7/14 2:25 PM

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