1974 Monte Carlo engine & engine bay restoration.

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Re: 1974 Monte Carlo engine & engine bay restoration.

Post by 74MonteCarlo on Mon Feb 28, 2011 11:11 am

Well, pretty much in a nutshell, she's done. Did the air cleaner yesterday and applied the new "Keep Your GM Car All GM" sticker to it. I still have to get a new filter element and a crank case breather filter. Still some "up top" cleaning to be done, but I can do that throughout the summer in the warm weather. I am going to take the fan shroud back out and power wash it. It's pretty gross. And it all took only two months. Started on it the day after Christmas and really only worked on it on the weekends. I'm extremely happy with the outcome. I can't wait to show it.

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Post by pila on Mon Feb 28, 2011 3:41 pm

I cleaned my fan shroud with a bucket of water, with dish soap in it, and a scrub brush. It came out nice & clean. They can really get crappy over the years........

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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Tue Mar 01, 2011 8:16 pm

FEBRUARY 27, 2011 - Air cleaner






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Post by The Dude on Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:27 am

Looks nice but what's going on with the fan shroud? Am I looking at it wrong or is that two shrouds doubled up?

Kyle, I'd be proud to pop that hood open any time. Beer
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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:29 am

Thanks!!

No, you're looking at it right. Essentially, what it is, is a Chevelle shroud with an extension stapled to it to double the size.

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Post by Limey SE on Wed Mar 02, 2011 1:19 pm

Looks real nice Kyle now you have no reason not to open hood at Shows you and pops got it done in no time at all

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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Wed Mar 02, 2011 1:25 pm

Thanks!

Even before, I never went to a show and didn't open my hood. But now I will be more proud too! Yeah, we got it done in no time. We got the motor back in and running in 1 work day.

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Post by Mcarlo77 on Wed Mar 02, 2011 8:00 pm

You know, Kyle...even with all that nice, shiny paint under there, people are still going to be wondering where that darn retaining clip is! Just messin' with 'ya...nice job...it looks great!

Checked one yard yesterday and could only find a different style on a '75 Laguna that mounts under one of the valve cover bolts. Got home and started wondering if the '71-'73 Buick 455's might have the same style as yours. There are several of those out there. Still have the largest yard to scour, too.
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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Wed Mar 02, 2011 8:06 pm

Thanks!

It actually looks a lot better in person than in the pictures.

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Post by 1973montec on Wed Mar 02, 2011 11:06 pm

looking really good buddy. Thumbs up

you better pat that dad of yours on the back.... Beer



dang he did a good job,even with you help.
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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Wed Mar 02, 2011 11:11 pm

Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes

Thanks, lol.

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Post by Pdawgie on Thu Mar 03, 2011 1:58 pm

I love it when you do a lot of work, and it finally comes back together. When you take to shows, people really notice all the detail work (car freaks that we are).

When I first started on my 68 camaro, it was the nastiest thing I had seen, but now I love to sit and look at it, but it has taken me 3 years to get it this far and still not quite done.

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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Thu Mar 03, 2011 2:00 pm

I'm very proud! can't wait to show it. I took her on the maiden voyage through my neighborhood yesterday. Took my Plymouth out to play a little bit too.

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Re: 1974 Monte Carlo engine & engine bay restoration.

Post by 74MonteCarlo on Fri Mar 04, 2011 2:57 pm

Total budget: $271.13.

$76.04 just in paint, lol.

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Post by Cdub74 on Fri Mar 04, 2011 3:05 pm

Very good price on all that! Its amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it!
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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Fri Mar 04, 2011 3:09 pm

Yeah. The biggest expense was the engine gasket kit & timing chain/gears. 2nd was the oil, filter, and spark pulgs.

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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Fri Mar 04, 2011 3:09 pm

I still have to get an air filter and crank case breather filter.

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Re: 1974 Monte Carlo engine & engine bay restoration.

Post by 77mali on Sat Nov 12, 2011 6:05 pm

Nice work!
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Re: 1974 Monte Carlo engine & engine bay restoration.

Post by Tom77 on Sun Nov 13, 2011 9:49 am

1973montec wrote:atleast you are not doing it this way affraid

Maybe this was before the invention of masking tape. affraid
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