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Post by dcastine on Wed Sep 14, 2011 5:40 pm

Until my S3 gets here I'm gathering up parts to take the car to the "next level"... Very Happy

Got my tires/wheels (Corvette 15x8 with 275/60s and 245/60s).



Besides fixing up the interior, I'd like to tackle the engine bay as well. Being a mopar guy for the last 20 years I'm used to painted engine compartments. What the correct paint scheme for a 74 Laguna S3 engine bay with a 454 w/o AC? Semi gloss black? Is the brake booster painted, plated? firewall? Frame rails?

I can't find anything on this anywhere - thanks in advance for your help Thumbs up

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Post by jerry46765 on Wed Sep 14, 2011 9:21 pm

Here is one:









Here is another unmolested '73 but the same story for a '74:



Here is one that has been painted up and some aren't exactly the correct shades:


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Post by jerry46765 on Wed Sep 14, 2011 9:35 pm

>>>What the correct paint scheme for a 74 Laguna S3 engine bay with a 454 w/o AC? Semi gloss black? Is the brake booster painted, plated? firewall? Frame rails? >>>

You can compare just about any original '68 to '75 Chevrolet engine compartment to get colors. The firewall, fenderwells, and core support are all the same color black. The paint description which is designates the amount of gloss by a percentage which I don't know off the top of my head.

Booster is black, painted by GM not plated.
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Post by jerry46765 on Wed Sep 14, 2011 9:40 pm

Oh and from the factory, the frame, suspension and rear end were shipped unpainted... So rust is OEM.

Yeah I know, who wants rust?

How many body off restorations have you seen with an unpainted chassis?

None.
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Post by dcastine on Thu Sep 15, 2011 7:02 am

Okay thanks - black it is, here's what it looks like now - hmmmm, where are my fender braces?



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Post by ant7377 on Thu Sep 15, 2011 7:33 am

In some cases its red oxide paint under there not rust. Ive seen a few very low mileage cars and if you look under there it looks all rusty but its paint.
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Post by Limey SE on Thu Sep 15, 2011 9:59 am

dcastine wrote:Okay thanks - black it is, here's what it looks like now - hmmmm, where are my fender braces?



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Post by dcastine on Thu Sep 15, 2011 12:27 pm

I'll let you know, they may be in the trunk with a bunch of other parts - the car should be here soon, I hope!

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Post by Laguna Budman on Thu Sep 15, 2011 9:44 pm

Maybe I'm wrong but neither of my 454 cars had them when I got them. The first was a very untouched car and I found no evidence that it ever had them. But both my smallblock cars have them on. ????? Anyone have an answer or am I nuts.
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Post by HDHugger on Thu Sep 15, 2011 10:00 pm

You're nuts.

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Post by Laguna Budman on Thu Sep 15, 2011 10:31 pm

Well I find it funny both small blocks have them and neither big block does.
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Post by yogreasygramma on Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:12 pm

For Monte Carlos, the braces went on all 1973 cars and that was the only year for the 2nd gen Montes (1973-77), big block or small block.

Here's the underhood of my very (100%) stock and original 1974 Y-code Monte (only thing changed are belts, hoses and new master cylinder):











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Post by dcastine on Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:15 pm

yogreasygramma

Thanks!!!

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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Fri Sep 16, 2011 9:09 pm

greasygramma is correct. all 73 montes had cross bars. I have owned twenty one 73-77 montes,74-77s never came with them that i've had.

heres my stock looking 76,000 mile under the hood pic when i first bought mine in 2002.please let be known that the car sat for 6 years. Sad

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Post by yogreasygramma on Sat Sep 17, 2011 1:41 am

Glad I could help, Dave. It's pretty amazing that my 74 is in such factory original condition. And if I don't have to sell it, I will eventually re-do some things (original paint is worn thin and cracking) like a repaint and then perhaps some work on the engine, like removing the old air pump and other emissions stuff. I will add the engine braces too (already have them) because I like the way they look and they do improve handling.
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Post by jerry46765 on Mon Sep 19, 2011 4:00 pm

But, all Malibus/Lagunas from 73-77 had core support braces no matter what engine was installed... Those braces are there for no other purpose other than to provide additional support to the top of the core support.
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