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Post by JiMi_DRiX on Tue Oct 23, 2012 1:41 pm

I finally got to start cleaning it up this last weekend. While I sure didnt get everything the first go, its a good start. I pressure washed the engine, and got the underside as best I could for now. I need to get it up on a lift to get it all. I washed the exterior, and gave it a quick polish. The not so great repaint still shined up a bit, and makes it look clean.



I really need to get some stock springs in the rear!



The interior needs a little work. Can sameone say "dash mat"? haha. Does anyone have some real nice upper blue door panels? Otherwise I have everything else.



Under all that crud, I found a motor!





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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Tue Oct 23, 2012 3:20 pm

Nice...

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Post by ant7377 on Tue Oct 23, 2012 6:26 pm

Hey looks great !
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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Tue Oct 23, 2012 7:48 pm

Lookin good
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Post by JiMi_DRiX on Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:53 pm

Thanks guys. She is slowly getting there. Its hard to work on multiple projects, let alone one anymore these days, but it is still my escape to go out and play with one of the cars. I'm working hard to hopefully get new shocks/springs for the 76, which means I can put the old springs into the 75.
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Post by Mcarlo77 on Wed Oct 24, 2012 9:12 pm

That Monte cleaned up nicely! Still can't believe you only paid $800 for it! Great job!
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Post by JiMi_DRiX on Wed Oct 24, 2012 11:04 pm

Mcarlo77 wrote:That Monte cleaned up nicely! Still can't believe you only paid $800 for it! Great job!

Actually, I paid $600 for it... Very Happy lol
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Post by 77mali on Wed Oct 24, 2012 11:12 pm

looks great but grand theft auto is against the law (even if you do take good care of it)
lol!

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Post by ant7377 on Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:09 am

It seeme to be worth it to get a car from the southwest and transporting it up here when buying a project. Mike, im going to contact you the next time im looking for a car!
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Post by Mcarlo77 on Thu Oct 25, 2012 9:37 am

$600...that's just crazy! Around here, that's scrap value. Must be how one of the yards up here can buy cars in Phoenix, Las Vegas and at the Pomona swap meets and transport them up here to sell for reasonable prices. Actually, many end up going to Demo Derby buyers...so, you know he's picking them up cheap down there.
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Post by JiMi_DRiX on Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:29 am

Yeah I got lucky! I went to see Phil today, I got a door and deck lid for the 73, and some hinge pins for the 75, and found a 76 Elco in a salvage yard that I need the window regulator for on the 75. Now I can do a little more work again!
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Post by JiMi_DRiX on Sat Jan 12, 2013 1:43 pm

Hey everyone, so a quick update.

I got the window regulator from that Camino, as well as door pins/bushings. I just need some new weather stripping and door strikers to get that project started.

I also replaced all the belts and hoses this week. She starts easy and runs well, but I still have that backfire through the carb. Next on that topic is to replace the fuel pump, and pull the carb, inspect, and replace the gasket on the intake. While using some carb cleaner, it started running out the bottom. Makes me think there might be a leak.

Otherwise, I've just been looking over the car and doing little odds and ends things. I replaced all the tail light bulbs and now they seem to blink and work correctly. I peeked under the dash, and all the wiring looks great, still factory minus the stereo/speakers. And I'm still looking for a nice pair of upper blue door panels if anyone has some!

I would like to get this car registered and driving by late spring/early summer. The 76 is getting springs/shocks, and new exhaust, so hopefully I can work hard enough to make both happen!
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Post by Mcarlo77 on Sat Jan 12, 2013 1:56 pm

Dude...when you get around to changing out that fuel pump, give me a shout. I'll share a trick that will save you a lot of time and frustration trying to hold that push rod up while installing the new pump.
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Post by 77mali on Sat Jan 12, 2013 1:59 pm

Can't wait to see some more pics. You might want to look into just having the carb rebuilt. IDK about your neck of the woods but I had mine rebuilt & refinished for about $110 & well worth it.
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Post by Biomedtech on Sat Jan 12, 2013 2:58 pm

Mcarlo77 wrote:Dude...when you get around to changing out that fuel pump, give me a shout. I'll share a trick that will save you a lot of time and frustration trying to hold that push rod up while installing the new pump.

Big glob of wheel bearing grease does the trick for me
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Post by maliburacinfreak on Sat Jan 12, 2013 3:10 pm

Biomedtech wrote:
Mcarlo77 wrote:Dude...when you get around to changing out that fuel pump, give me a shout. I'll share a trick that will save you a lot of time and frustration trying to hold that push rod up while installing the new pump.

Big glob of wheel bearing grease does the trick for me

or put a 3/8 bolt in the hole in front of the block that was put there for this purpose

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Post by Mcarlo77 on Sat Jan 12, 2013 4:36 pm

That's it...the bolt hole in the front of the block. Not sure that's what it was designed for, but it's far easier than the blob of grease (do you really want that stuff in there, anyway?).
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Post by 77mali on Sat Jan 12, 2013 5:28 pm

FYI- that bolt hole should be sealed after the pump is installed w/ a shorter bolt so as not to interfere w/ proper operation. There is a possibility of oil leaking from there, if the bolt is missing- falls out, not tightened etc, as the cam operates the pushrod for the mechanical fuel pump. It's one of those..."Where the !@#$^ is the leak coming from" things. Very Happy
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Post by maliburacinfreak on Sat Jan 12, 2013 5:38 pm

77mali wrote:FYI- that bolt hole should be sealed after the pump is installed w/ a shorter bolt also. There is a possibility of oil leaking from there as the cam operates the pushrod for the mechanical fuel pump. It's one of those..."Where the !@#$^ is the leak coming from" things. Very Happy
i chased an oil leak for months on my wagon because of that! changed pan gasket, timing cover gasket and front crank seal, wouldnt leak sitting at idle. then an older guy at the track pointed out that i didnt have a bolt in that hole. i thought, "so what?". then he told me what it was for and that it leaks at higher RPM. put a 1/2" long bolt in it and havent had a problem since

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Post by 77mali on Sat Jan 12, 2013 5:51 pm

maliburacinfreak wrote:
77mali wrote:FYI- that bolt hole should be sealed after the pump is installed w/ a shorter bolt also. There is a possibility of oil leaking from there as the cam operates the pushrod for the mechanical fuel pump. It's one of those..."Where the !@#$^ is the leak coming from" things. Very Happy
i chased an oil leak for months on my wagon because of that! changed pan gasket, timing cover gasket and front crank seal, wouldnt leak sitting at idle. then an older guy at the track pointed out that i didnt have a bolt in that hole. i thought, "so what?". then he told me what it was for and that it leaks at higher RPM. put a 1/2" long bolt in it and havent had a problem since

Yep it was missing from my car & you could see that over time there was a decent build up of gunk accumulation. The fan is right there too after a while it will make it's way to the timing cover & the nearby parts.
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Post by Mcarlo77 on Sat Jan 12, 2013 6:09 pm

It would make sense, I guess...but, I don't think there was a bolt there from the factory. So, what gives with that?
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Post by 77mali on Sat Jan 12, 2013 6:34 pm

Good question...I don't know. I just looked in my 77 shop manual & they don't reference it in the procedure- just a diagram that shows the components & gaskets.

My engine builder told me about it though & said make sure I sealed it off. The block I have now is from the late 80's...maybe the push-rods are different thickness from yours? That's the only thing I can think of...I assumed that they would be the same.
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Post by JiMi_DRiX on Sat Jan 12, 2013 8:43 pm

I forgot about that hole, it's been a long time since I did a fuel pump. I remember now, thanks for the reminder! How long a bolt needs to be used to hold the rod? If I can ever get the line loose, I'll replace it. It's damn tight.
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Re: New 75 Monte Project

Post by 77mali on Sun Jan 13, 2013 12:54 am

Looks like 3/8" coarse thread. I'm doing this tomorrow morning hopefully as I'm in the midst of motor reassembly. I have a few lengths of extra bolts but have not test fitted yet.
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Post by maliburacinfreak on Sun Jan 13, 2013 2:01 am

1-1/2" should be plenty long enough to hold it, then use a 1/2" long bolt to seal it off.

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