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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Wed Dec 29, 2010 3:02 pm

Finally began the engine restoration on the Monte Carlo. Nearly completely torn down after only one afternoon of work. In this thread, I'll post pictures and detail each days work. For your enjoyment, but also when it is complete, I am going to make a (long) Word Document completely outlining the process to keep along with my car's documentation.

So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show Cool

DECEMBER 26, 2010 - The Tear Down Part I.

1974 Monte Carlo engine & engine bay restoration. PC290001
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Can't believe how mint the radiator is.
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The moisture on the battery tray is WD-40. I sure hope I can salvage this tray...if not, you'll hear about it!
1974 Monte Carlo engine & engine bay restoration. PC290005

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Note the original sticker still on the power steering pump. You can bet your bottom dollar, that's not going anywhere Cool
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Original and completely functioning air pump.
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The vacuum lines still have the original factory wrapping around them. Going to try my damnedest to salvage it.
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The ever-so-massive Monte Carlo fan shroud.
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Part of the accelerator/cruise control.
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Original ignition coil.
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Post by Limey SE on Wed Dec 29, 2010 3:14 pm

Hey Kyle I still have that water pump I got from you guys if you want it back I think it was coded for 74, can recheck if you want, hate to have it sit here just rotting away since I cant use it for my olds !!!

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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Wed Dec 29, 2010 3:21 pm

Gonna reuse this one...thanks though. Smile

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Post by ant7377 on Wed Dec 29, 2010 8:11 pm

Looks like its going to be nice. The anti freeze was pretty done huh? I would get an air hose and get the rest out of the heater core too. Gently dont give it the full blast all at once and it will come out.
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Post by 1973montec on Wed Dec 29, 2010 8:48 pm

dude its NOT going to be original anymore.............................. Jacking
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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Wed Dec 29, 2010 8:51 pm

Even as it is now, it's not original. It was poorly touched up before I got it.

Jacking back at ya Razz

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Post by 1973montec on Wed Dec 29, 2010 9:02 pm

JK
i have to do the same thng to my engine bay.about the best it ever looked was b4 the motor went in.1974 Monte Carlo engine & engine bay restoration. 52808_10

then the motor went in and hid everything Sad 1974 Monte Carlo engine & engine bay restoration. 70608_11
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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Wed Dec 29, 2010 9:04 pm

WOW that looks great!!!

I sure hope one day I am able to do that to my car Smile

Kudos my friend.

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Post by 1973montec on Wed Dec 29, 2010 9:11 pm

thanx
but i never open my hood like the other chris does. just does not look as good as his does
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Post by TWBouska AKA Wooderson on Wed Dec 29, 2010 9:13 pm

wow wish i had the time to do that too..and kyle its interestinghow your battery tray looks cause mine looks the exact same.
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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Wed Dec 29, 2010 9:16 pm

I always open my hood...even how it has looked previously. But now, I'll be even more proud!

Travis, what do you mean? The tray itself, or the amount of rust? Lol.

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Post by 1973montec on Wed Dec 29, 2010 9:29 pm

NOT me....................................
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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Wed Dec 29, 2010 9:32 pm

I'll take the Plum Crazy Challenger, please!

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Post by 1973montec on Fri Dec 31, 2010 1:13 pm

atleast you are not doing it this way affraid
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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Fri Dec 31, 2010 1:22 pm

JESUS.

I'd do nothing to it before I did it like that.

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Post by 1973montec on Fri Dec 31, 2010 4:43 pm

74MonteCarlo wrote:JESUS.

I'd do nothing to it before I did it like that.

not even if you were trying to sell it??????????????????????????????????????????? scratch Head Bang

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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Fri Dec 31, 2010 5:20 pm

I would at least try to mask off what isn't suppose to be orange.

Not that it makes that Malibu look any better...little rough!

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Post by JB2wheeler on Fri Dec 31, 2010 7:55 pm

Actually, that car is in pretty good shape compared to most on Ebay. I would like to have it. JB
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Post by Fishgrinder on Sat Jan 01, 2011 3:53 pm

Excellent work and documentation!

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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Sat Jan 01, 2011 4:04 pm

Thank you my friend!

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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Sat Jan 01, 2011 7:55 pm

JANUARY 1, 2011 - The Tear Down Part II

Got 'er all torn down today. My dad wants to pull the engine to repaint it, for it will be easier. Leavin that to him. If he wants to do it, fine. If not, fine too. I don't care, as long as it gets painted. After the work on the car itself stopped, he wanted to continue working on the parts on the bench after I left. If he wants to do it while I'm not there, go ahead...I ain't stoppin him. Went to see what was up a few times, and he successfully removed the air tubes off of the manifolds with zero problems. I would not have even attempted it. That will make sandblasting and painting the manifolds a lot easier with the tubes off. I also did in fact verify that the engine and trans is numbers matching. Anywho...time for pictures.


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Steering shaft.
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Paint marks(aka chalk marks) which were protected by the plastic shaft cover.
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Trans number.
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Delco-Remy on the original alternator.
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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Sun Jan 02, 2011 8:30 pm

JANUARY 2, 2011 - Engine Removal.

Well...we decided to remove it after all. Didn't do much more than that.

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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Wed Jan 05, 2011 3:29 pm

lookin good buddy.

keep up the good work.
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Post by 74Malibu383 on Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:15 pm

Since it's out, are you going to tear it down a little further to replace all the old gaskets? Would be a shame to put in all the work you have so far, just to have it leak all over the brand new paint.
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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Fri Jan 07, 2011 6:19 pm

Thanks Chris - welcome back buddy.

Yes Bryan, all gaskets will be replaced!

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