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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Wed Apr 10, 2013 11:01 pm

so i have been pondering the thought of redoing the monte.

last week was the posi swap



this past w-end the wife and i were having one of our daily chats. so i caught her off gaurd and asked if repainting the monte was in our budget. without batting an eye she said yes.so tuesday i put some travel tires on here and  took it to the body shop to get an estimate.


i cant get it in till mid/end of may,but i brought it home and started the tear down procedure.i started on it and did not quit till motor was out.

hood went into the rafters.


front off next,much easier in one piece


than out came the beast.shoould not of pulled in one piece,(very heavy)


put on some maypops


today i took off some moldings,the rear lid, trim, bumper and t-lights.



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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Wed Apr 10, 2013 11:10 pm

the monte sat under a car port for about 3 years and rust took its toll. couple spots in the 1/4s and under the rear of the vinyl top. so it will get fixed also




i have NOS fenders for it,and a set of doors that have not seen daylight since 1986. so nows the time i use the good stuff.so all in all,it should turn out to be a nice cruiser

the color of choice is one of these.....



it has to be a 73 color,just has to be,,,,,,,
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Post by BlackChevelleSS on Wed Apr 10, 2013 11:22 pm

Why not go back with black? it looks good like in a tuxedo...

Im in kinda the same process as you but im doing interior. I pulled the heater and ac box out rebuilt with new cores and fixed alot of vent door seal issues.
Then I decided to pull the dash and redo the whole wiring harnesses in the car, repaint the dash and other hard pieces. new carpet, install headliner ect. I still plan on quarter panel fix and new fenders and paint soon like in the next year or two.

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Post by 77mali on Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:10 am

Black, Antique White, Light Copper, Midnight Green & Dark Red all look good with a black interior. Get a couple of estimates at least & references unless you already know them & their work well. Good luck.
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Post by ant7377 on Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:26 am

Go with black again Chris but tell the guy to get a good deep black. Sometimes you get sort of a brown tint when they follow the mixing for the factory stuff. Midnight blue wouldnt look bad either .
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Post by Fishgrinder on Thu Apr 11, 2013 2:29 am

Definitely black again! I always thought the paint looked good in the pictures you've posted, but I see it is quite faded up close. It'll be even more killer with the rust taken care of and new paint!

By the way, is it difficult to remove the rear window molding? I got the window reglued last year, but it still leaks. Need to get it fixed again Crying or Very sad

You recommend pulling the engine and the transmission separately (TH-400?)?

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Post by driveit on Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:09 am

I bet your excited to get it repainted. I am excited about mine and it will most likey be next year before I could even think about it.
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Post by driveit on Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:10 am

Woops... Thought about it!

The wife will kill me... lol
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Post by Limey SE on Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:11 am

driveit wrote:Woops... Thought about it!

The wife will kill me... lol

Well at least your Ride would be Painted for the Funeral purcession Right LOL
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Post by driveit on Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:07 pm

LoL... I actually did laugh out loud on that one...

Funny, but true!
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Post by dragons_lair59 on Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:53 pm

I like the black and also the blue, but it is your car brother paint in a color you like or want

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Post by Laguna Budman on Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:47 am

I'll go with black again! Hard to keep clean but looks so good when clean. Buy stock in California dusters LOL
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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:27 am

its 40 years old and has always been


of the 22 MCs that ive owned, only 3 of them were


of the 22 MCs only 2 of them were


ive owned the car for 11 years and am fond of the black,but i think its time for a change. so i have narrowed it down between 2 colors.

but than the wife likes


i have time yet to chose
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Post by ant7377 on Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:33 am

The blue on the one that went for auction was nice,almost Lemans blue.
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Post by driveit on Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:34 am

I kinda like that dark gray color, but hey I'm color blind so, yeah...
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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:35 am

ant7377 wrote:The blue on the one that went for auction was nice,almost Lemans blue.

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Post by driveit on Fri Apr 12, 2013 9:55 am

Looks good in that color too!
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Post by Limey SE on Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:46 am

1973 454 MONTE wrote:
ant7377 wrote:The blue on the one that went for auction was nice,almost Lemans blue.


Maybe just a tad darker if this choice is made, I Still like the Dark Green I think it would pop with the Black Interior
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Post by dragons_lair59 on Fri Apr 12, 2013 12:23 pm

If dead set on color change dark blue is my first choice second is toupe to please the wife lol

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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:04 pm

well the monte is stripped.



used the cherry picker to take off the doors,much easier.

when i took the console out,i found tore up insulation.


than i found where IT was living



i hung the old fenders as decaration
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Post by 77mali on Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:22 pm

Oh man...that heater core housing looks familiar- wait til you pull out the core. LOL- mine smelled like death. No
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Post by 1973montec on Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:49 pm

dude

what the h3ll??????

if i know you,like i know you,i think i know what color your going with..... you have talked about it for to long now.......
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Post by driveit on Sat Apr 13, 2013 9:03 am

Love the decor... so, what is the word... Monte Carlo like/awesome! Hoping to build a garage next year... Hoping...
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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:55 pm

took a pic of core support,dam is it nice. i've been affraid to look at it


i desided just to get the original sheet metal fixed and not use the stuff i've hoarded for so many years.
i did use another hood,headlight buckets and a 75 NOS middle header section.
i was also going to use one of the pass-side remote mirrors i have on it,but desided to use the chrome bullet mirrors instead. i was going to convert,but found the crimps on the controller handle were just to tight and i would of distroyed it trying to take it apart.might even change my mind yet,and use the pass remote.i was thinking chrome would be different. scratch
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Post by 77mali on Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:12 pm

Holy stance difference Batman....that 454/400 combo must be heavy.

Good choice having it patch repaired. Only original once.
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