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Re: 1975 Monte Carlo

Post by abajc3 on Mon Jan 03, 2011 10:22 am

why did you put that torn bench back in?


tell me something, how is with used g3 parts in norway? i know there are lots of us car junkyards in sweden and they have quite a few g3s too. shipping quotes from usa are just outrageous for bigger or heavier parts.

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Post by Fishgrinder on Mon Jan 03, 2011 3:00 pm

I'm planning to get the bench upholstered. But it won't be cheap, minimum $850.

Parts for my Monte weren't too easy to find. I called the biggest US Car junk yard in the country, and they had never had one in their inventory. The hood and door came from a guy who contacted me on a forum.

Besides that I haven't seen any g3 parts for sale in the biggest classifieds here the last two years. Seems like the g3 A-bodies here are quite rare except the Monte Carlo and El Camino. Can't ever recall seeing a Laguna for sale.

Used Caprice parts are quite easy to find, same with Camaros, Corvettes and old Chevelles. Those are the most popular cars by far.

If I'm on a shopping spree I usually buy from the US, and use a company that ships from New Jersey, either by plane or boat. For instance, the freight rate for 150kg of load on boat is $62.

So there are few cars in Slovenia then?

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Post by Limey SE on Mon Jan 03, 2011 5:59 pm

I have some white front covers you could adapt ....... I have here i am not running a bench anymore has top and bottom for front

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Post by abajc3 on Mon Jan 03, 2011 7:41 pm

850? are we talking about genuine leather or vinyl?

which company do you use? that is surprisingly cheap! just for example, a friend needed a pair of "fast burn" mopar heads and the shipping quote was more than 600$!

there are very few american cars on our roads, except here in my neck of the woods lol. same with bikes, my dad has the only harley in our county. and as far as i know, mine is the only g3 A body in the whole country. that puts the rarity on a whole diferent level lol:)

sorry for the OT though, im glad to see your car is coming together nicely! keep up the good work!

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Post by Fishgrinder on Tue Jan 04, 2011 3:02 am

Limey wrote:I have some white front covers you could adapt ....... I have here i am not running a bench anymore has top and bottom for front

That's interesting. What condition is it in, and have you got any pictures?


abajc3 wrote:850? are we talking about genuine leather or vinyl?

which company do you use? that is surprisingly cheap! just for example, a friend needed a pair of "fast burn" mopar heads and the shipping quote was more than 600$!

there are very few american cars on our roads, except here in my neck of the woods lol. same with bikes, my dad has the only harley in our county. and as far as i know, mine is the only g3 A body in the whole country. that puts the rarity on a whole diferent level lol:)

sorry for the OT though, im glad to see your car is coming together nicely! keep up the good work!

That was leather, and the price was an estimate.

The name of the company is JetCarrier. They only ship to scandinavia unfortunatly, but I'm surprised if there aren't any similar companies down south in Europe. When you register they give you a mailbox in New Jersey, which you use as shipping adress when you shop online. If the store is to ship heavy items with their international rates, it gets quite expensive like you say.

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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Wed Jan 05, 2011 4:17 pm

i love that color............................good job
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Post by Limey SE on Fri Jan 07, 2011 7:05 pm

Fishgrinder wrote:
Limey wrote:I have some white front covers you could adapt ....... I have here i am not running a bench anymore has top and bottom for front

That's interesting. What condition is it in, and have you got any pictures?

yea let me take some here in next day or so

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Post by Fishgrinder on Sun Feb 06, 2011 4:35 pm

Had a very good session in the garage this weekend! For once things didn't work against me. The Monte God must have been in a good mood Wink

Got hold of Corvette Rallies just when I was about to give up! They'll get an Autosol treatment




New lock cylinder kit


Spent like one hour looking for the small linkage between the lock to the door latch assembly. Turned out it was inside the door, in the bottom hehe


Got the windows in without breaking them. This was much easier than I expected


Put the new wheels on in the rear, since the old ones where leaking


I didn't get nuts with the wheels, so I had to use the old ones, which don't really engage properly. But the car is just
going to stay there anyway until I get correct nuts.


The weather outside these days


I've basically done all that's possible without ordering new parts. So my plan ahead is to order all the stuff I need from the US, get it shipped by boat, and continue work during my Easter vacation in April.

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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Sun Feb 06, 2011 5:34 pm

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Post by Fishgrinder on Sun Feb 06, 2011 5:44 pm

Absolutely Chris Wink I just didn't have choice, will order as soon as possible.

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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Sun Feb 06, 2011 6:11 pm

Fishgrinder wrote:Absolutely Chris Wink I just didn't have choice, will order as soon as possible.

what size tires are those? they look right at home on that monte.
BTW the other chris' monte has the 350 springs under it as per the conversations weve had.
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Post by Fishgrinder on Mon Feb 07, 2011 2:20 am

1973 454 MONTE wrote:
Fishgrinder wrote:Absolutely Chris Wink I just didn't have choice, will order as soon as possible.

what size tires are those? they look right at home on that monte.
BTW the other chris' monte has the 350 springs under it as per the conversations weve had.

245/60/15 , still going for 275/60 though Wink

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Re: 1975 Monte Carlo

Post by The Dude on Mon Feb 07, 2011 11:21 am

Welcome to the Corvette wheel club! Beer Those are a damn fine choice if I do say so myself.
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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Mon Feb 07, 2011 8:41 pm

Rago wrote:Welcome to the Corvette wheel club! Beer Those are a damn fine choice if I do say so myself.

they do look bad a$$ with that blue Thumbs up
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Re: 1975 Monte Carlo

Post by 1973montec on Wed Feb 09, 2011 9:08 pm

Rago wrote:Welcome to the Corvette wheel club! Beer Those are a damn fine choice if I do say so myself.

sorry i went with the rallies you also love sooooo much Sad rago
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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Sun Feb 13, 2011 2:32 pm

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Re: 1975 Monte Carlo

Post by Fishgrinder on Wed Feb 23, 2011 3:03 am

Placed and order at Summit Racing yesterday.

NAPA wouldn't accept foreign billing adresses, so I had to go with the MOOG springs Summit had Chris.


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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Wed Feb 23, 2011 8:53 am

wow thats alot of stuff.
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Re: 1975 Monte Carlo

Post by The Dude on Wed Feb 23, 2011 10:37 am

At least you know it will ride like new. Can't wait to see the finished product.
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Post by Fishgrinder on Tue Apr 26, 2011 3:23 am

Managed to get some work done during the hollidays last week.

Here is some of the stuff I got from Summit and OPG (not the wood Wink )


Dismantling of front control arms










Took care to document the camber shims. I taped them together after the arms came off.


Got help from my father with pressing out the old bushings and ball joints. Turned out
to be quite time consuming as we had to aim perfectly with the rams to not damage the control
arms





Then I cleaned up the parts and gave them a crude paint job with an anti-rust oil mixed in it






Also put Tectyl in the wheel wells and on the sway bar




Here the new bushings and ball joints are in, also new pivot shafts for the upper arms




Then I started to put it together again, but unfortunately I didn't have the right spring
compressor to install the new coil springs. So I just had to stop here.


I'll clean up the break calipers when I replace the hoses.

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Post by Limey SE on Tue Apr 26, 2011 3:27 am

sweet progress Grinder keep it going buddy its almost there

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Post by Fishgrinder on Tue Apr 26, 2011 3:42 am

Thanks Limey! I've actually been quite optimistic ever since the paint job was finished hehe.

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Re: 1975 Monte Carlo

Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Tue Apr 26, 2011 7:07 am

good job dude. everything is looking like a pro did the job. dont be so hard on your self. those bfg's will look right at home.
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Re: 1975 Monte Carlo

Post by Fishgrinder on Fri May 20, 2011 4:15 am

This weekend I'll put the springs in, as I've gotten hold of the correct tool.

I didn't mention this last time, but the rotor kit I got from Summit didn't fit. Turned out it was for first generation Monte Carlo. So I also bought new rotors. But I'll sell the old ones, and that will probably zero out the costs.


I was just thinking about a thing: is it stupid to put the support jacks where they are in this picture, for long periods of time? Because most of the engine weight is in front of the rams now, and on the frame.



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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Fri May 20, 2011 6:52 am

no thats not stupid.
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