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Post by marx3 on Sun May 01, 2016 4:34 pm

Hi, I had a couple of Monte Carlo's in the past, one 77 that needed a full restoration and one 74 that was a nice driver. Green with gren interior, swivels and floor shift. I loved the way it handled and have always been a fan of the shape of the body.
Especailly the Laguna / Monte Carlo of Cannonball Run 1.

Recently I found two 75 Monte Carlo, just sitting in a field. One had been in DK for years and is pretty rough, the other is a solid california car that was imported to DK 10 years ago. Never ran, has just been sitting all those years.
I got them at a good price. Time to go to work! I have done full restorations before, 1 75 Coupe Deville and 1 78 Trans Am ( cloned into a Smokey and the Bandit look-a-like)
I like the idea of paying homage to moviecars by cloning them, so this time around I am building myself a Hawaiian Tropic Monte Carlo, hopefully it will end up looking alot like a Nascar racer. Lowered, rear spoiler, fat good year tires, stickers, etc.
I am a professional panel beater / body repair man, but I will porpably get my hands full. Havent seen the cars IRL yet. They were so cheap, it cant go wrong :-)
Here is the bad one

here is the one from California. back 10 years ago, when it was still IN California. I take comfort in the clean look. Expect it to be in decent shape, bodywise



10 years later. I hope the only damage is that the sunburnt paint, has gotten a little surfacerust.

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Post by knightfan26917 on Sun May 01, 2016 5:15 pm

Looks like a good project for ya ... congrats!


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Post by marx3 on Mon May 02, 2016 2:04 pm

Thanks. I am getting them home in a week. The excitement is almost too hard to bare :-)
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Post by SSTOOLMAN on Mon May 02, 2016 3:15 pm

I like the California car. I have always been interested in what's a "good deal" (your cost $$$) in your country compared to the USA going prices, could you tease us by telling us what you approximately paid for both cars? Forgive me for asking, you don't have to answer.
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Post by marx3 on Mon May 02, 2016 3:39 pm

Ohh its no secret. The guy I bought them from has been importing cars for many years, so he gathered alot over the years. He wanted 2500$ for both cars. No engine in any of them.
The nice part of this deal, is the danish title on one of the cars.
To import a car to Denmark, means you have to pay registration tax to get licenseplates and a danish title. It would cost about 4000$ just to pay this tax.


other examples of Monte's for sale in DK right now
this one wil propably never sell. No one cares about mid 70's cars in DK. ( I would sell my mother to get interior like this )
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Amerikanerbiler/permalink/863245080488997/

this one is ridiculously overpriced. I mean, waaaaay out there. Priced in the same range as a nice Corvette or 1.st gen camaro / early Mustang.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Amerikanerbiler/permalink/886617301485108/

This one is more realistic. needs attention in several areas, as you can see and it is not on a danish title ( add 25.000 DKR / 4000 $ ).
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Amerikanerbiler/permalink/878426555637516/

None of these cars will propably ever sell at those prices.

These cars represent about half of the 2 gen Monte in the country, if not more. There are not many of these cars here.
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Post by 77mali on Mon May 02, 2016 5:45 pm

Cool! Good luck & Welcome.
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Post by SSTOOLMAN on Tue May 03, 2016 7:39 am

Wow, $4000 Registration Tax..... I got mad when I had to pay a one time collector plate registration fee of $200, good as long as I own my 73 SS
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Post by Hs1973 on Tue May 03, 2016 1:51 pm

Hej Marx. Ser du fandt g3gm. Det er et superfedt forum for os 3G elskere.
Mvh smeden.

To all you guys, i know Marx from other forums in Denmark. I just wrote him hi and welcome, and that this forum is great for all is 3G Lovers.
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Post by clanceman427 on Tue May 03, 2016 2:36 pm

Welcome aboard!
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Post by marx3 on Fri May 06, 2016 4:01 pm

I paid about 5200$ to get my '78 Trans Am registered. Ouch.

Hi Smeden, I am so great full I found this forum. It was a pure coincidence.

Btw I haven't figured out the name yet, 3G ???

I am getting the cars home on Monday, I can't wait!!!
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Post by Hs1973 on Fri May 06, 2016 4:48 pm

G3 refers to that 1973-77 is 3 generation of the chevelle. And since the Monte Carlo and cousins is the same platform and share alot of parts they all are 3 generation gm cars i guess. Anyways there is alot of knowledge here about a model that not to Many people find interesting. I always have had a soft spot for the elcamino and chevelle in these years, regardless of other People's opinion. Now it only means that they are more rare and harder to find. I have had a hell of a time finding parts for my chevelle. Even though more and more parts are getting repopped. Some of the new parts are not that good quality. But i maneged to get a piece of junk back to Being a Nice car.

Of all the cars i have had over the years, the 1973-77 models are some of the most pleasent to drive. And can be made to handle Real good with only small tveaks.
And with a tuned up engine to make up for the lack of power, it can also be considered a musclecar.

Anyways i know each and every nut and bolt and more about my car so just ask If you need to know anything. I also have to old version of the haynes manual with all the wiring diagrams If need be.

I was lucky enough to find a Real ss 73 elcamino with the swivel seats and the round gauges and the center consol. The car itself was Real rustet but it had low miles and the interior was in good condition. So i had all needed to make myself a ss clone. I sold the rest of the camino for more than i payed even though i had swiped the door mirrors and interior . My old original was put in it though. As far as i know it is getting restored, so all was happy.

Anyways welcome to the most interesting site.

Henrik.
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Post by marx3 on Sat May 07, 2016 2:29 pm

ohh 3rd Gen Chevelle. I cant think of any other A-body, that had its 3rd run from 73-77.
I know the 73 Malibu/Chevelle is a one year only, with the large side windows and taillights ( plus other things, propably ).
Actually, the 74 Monte Carlo I had 7 years ago was THE best handling car I have ever driven. Period.
And I have had a 75 cadillac in really good condition and currently own a 79 Caprice, also in really good unmolested condition. Non of these cars beats the feel of the Monte Carlo. I heard once, that the A-bodies of 73-77 were the favorite chioce for stock car / demolition derby drivers, because these cars handle so well.
A friend, who owned both a 65 Mustang and a 69 Corvette once drove that Monte Carlo. When he came back with the car he was amazed at how handled.
Nice score on those swivels. I would kill for two of those, just for the cool-factor.
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Post by Hs1973 on Sun May 08, 2016 2:01 pm

Its Real cool when you park somewere and turn the seat to get out. People's eyes are poping out. Its the coolest feature ever. I dont know why more cars dont have it. Its Real comfy getting in and out. And it takes the ware of the side of the seat. I was truly lucky to find them and the round gauge cluster in near perfekt condition. Trust me when i saw that elco sitting there i almost pissed my pants.
The guy i bought it from dident know what it was, so i had to play it Real cool not to let him see my exitment. I Got it for something like 500 dollars and took what i needed and sold it later for a1000 dollars with my old seat and instruments in it. Better than Winning the lottery.
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Post by marx3 on Sun May 08, 2016 4:12 pm

Great story :-) Once in a while you strike luck, huh...
I had my last Monte around Viking Run in 2007. Drove it over there. maybe you saw it. dark green with a couple of nascar stickers on the hood and fenders.
I remember hangin out in the car, with the swivels turned out. SO cool :-)
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Post by thatfnthing on Mon May 09, 2016 8:50 am

Welcome, Marx! You'll find a lot of info and helpful people here!
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Post by testpilot61 on Mon May 09, 2016 1:58 pm

Welcome aboard. Lots of help here from a great bunch of guys who have similar interests.

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Post by marx3 on Mon May 09, 2016 4:43 pm

Thanks alot, found lots of good info here already.

Got the cars home today. Time for a close inspection. took a deep breath!

The one car is completely shot. Rust everywhere, beyond repair for most people. Even a skilled bodyworker would have his hands full. 200 hours would easily go buy, fixing rust. I only need the windscreen, really, so doesnt matter.
This look famailiar?



the second car, on the other hand, turned out to be quite a treat.
the body and frame has surfacerust, like you would find on a car from a dry sunny state, only it has gotten a little worse, after sitting 10 years in Denmark.
Overall the body is in great shape. I dont have to fix any rust at all. Not even close. window frames, fenders, quarter's, trunk, doors, A and B pillars, all is solid and original.




bumpers are in nice shape. chrome looks really good.



I never knew if any interior was intact, but it turnes out that one of the cars has a full black interior with a black dash, all in great condition. Bench seat, but whatever :-) Couldnt be much happier!



couldnt get decent pictures of the seats etc, but the door sides says it all. The headliner is sagging a little, but that's the only real flaw.
Most likely the first time around for the odometer. 106.000 miles.


I need to throw in an engine, fix the brakes and I can register the car. other than that I need weaterhstriping and a paintjob.




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Post by Hs1973 on Tue May 10, 2016 8:37 am

Yeah. And by the sound of it, it seems you lucked out to.
Nice score and the Price was cool to. The interior alone is a good thing. But its really gold you dont need to weld any rust. Congrats on a Nice purchase. Keep the pictures coming. You need to hurry viking run is just around the corner.
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Post by marx3 on Wed May 11, 2016 6:53 am

I expected a cheap piece of crap, so I definately feel lucky :-)

You know, I almost feel a little disappointed, now that I dont have to do any body repair :-) almost...
Theroretically it could easily be ready for Viking Run, or Us Car Camp.
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Post by Hs1973 on Wed May 11, 2016 1:35 pm

Or you could make one hell of a Nice Monte. Laser straight Black paint. A little lowering and a Nice set of wheels to finish it off. And you Got something you dont see alot of. When you dont need to spend hours fixing rust, you can spend more time doing it Nice and straight. Or maybe a deep deep candy red? The Black interior gives you alot of choices colorvise.
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Post by marx3 on Wed May 11, 2016 4:19 pm

I know I won't have the cash for a paint job anytime soon. I have a shopping cart at Rockauto that totals at about 380$ plus shipping. It contains all new brakes, weatherstripping, door locks. You know we can multiply the dollar with about 11 to have the actual amount.
So about 4000 kr plus a little exhaust. I am guesstimating the car is running and on plates for about 6-7000 kr.

I might paint it myself though. Mailbox red. I am sticking with the Hawaiian Tropic cloning project. :-)
You are right. That black interior goes along with most colors. First car I have ever had, that had a black interior actually. All the rest has been red, green, beige.
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Post by Hs1973 on Thu May 12, 2016 3:26 pm

Its because you use all your money to buy more cars. But your Hawaii idea is not bad either.
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Post by marx3 on Thu May 12, 2016 4:32 pm

I can't help it. I count 5 now.
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