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Post by magic marouke on Wed Jul 24, 2013 9:40 am

Hi guys . Well I introduced myself to the site a couple days ago so thought I'd show you my car as I'm about to restore it . Won't be a show car by any means just a nice daily driver . I bought it a few months ago when I spotted it and had to have it . It looked like it hadn't been driven in years but the tag was up to date and the old guy gave me the keys and said take it for a drive . We struck a deal and I drove it home .
I serviced it with plugs , wires , cap , oil change , belts and going over the car to make sure it was safe to drive around .
So what does everyone think so far ?

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Post by driveit on Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:48 am

Looks like a solid platform. Nice rims/tires, a little work on the stance and some hotrod black paint.

Keep the pics comin!
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Post by magic marouke on Wed Jul 24, 2013 2:20 pm



No rust not even on the wheel arches or behind rear window

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Post by Mcarlo77 on Wed Jul 24, 2013 4:16 pm

Gotta love those solid southern cars. I'm continually amazed at the lack of rust while working on my AZ Laguna!

Here's something you can do...open the doors and look back behind them (between the inner and outer fenders). Might just find a couple of Build Sheets. That's where I found mine (one in each fender) and just the other day found them in the same place in a '77 Monte that just arrived at the local salvage yard. Both cars were made at the Leeds plant (K.C., MO).
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Post by magic marouke on Wed Jul 24, 2013 4:58 pm

Mcarlo77 wrote:Gotta love those solid southern cars.  I'm continually amazed at the lack of rust while working on my AZ Laguna!

Here's something you can do...open the doors and look back behind them (between the inner and outer fenders).  Might just find a couple of Build Sheets.  That's where I found mine (one in each fender) and just the other day found them in the same place in a '77 Monte that just arrived at the local salvage yard.  Both cars were made at the Leeds plant (K.C., MO).

i took the seat out when i first got it to mess with the seat belts . seen the build sheet under the front seat but was mostly destroyed , fell apart getting it out . then last month when i took the door panels off one fell out all complete . had it laminated so it wouldnt get damaged . neat things to find and keep . mine was made in fremont CA
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Post by magic marouke on Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:11 pm



Seats are completely tore up . The metal exposed in the seat kept digging in to my back on the drive home
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Post by magic marouke on Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:14 pm




All the interior is shot . Everything needs replacing or restored .
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Post by driveit on Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:49 pm

Don't let it get you down. You will get it taken care of!
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Post by Mcarlo77 on Wed Jul 24, 2013 6:46 pm

You let me know if you need anything off that previosly mentioned '77 Monte. I grabbed most of the Light Brown interior (can be redyed/painted blue). Was going to pull the rear bumper fillers, but a couple of wasp nests kept me at bay. I'm heading back over there armed with some Raid bug killer.
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Post by ant7377 on Wed Jul 24, 2013 9:02 pm

You have a great foundation,It will come together nice.
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Post by magic marouke on Thu Jul 25, 2013 8:05 am

Mcarlo77 wrote:You let me know if you need anything off that previosly mentioned '77 Monte.  I grabbed most of the Light Brown interior (can be redyed/painted blue).  Was going to pull the rear bumper fillers, but a couple of wasp nests kept me at bay.  I'm heading back over there armed with some Raid bug killer.  

I am needing a good pair of belt rails and of course the opera window trim and corners . The middle filler panel in front of the rear bumper . Any rear bottom chrome trim also and a decent steering wheel . I'm sure there's other stuff but can't remember right now . Thanks for offering
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Post by magic marouke on Thu Jul 25, 2013 8:10 am




Here's the build sheet I found in the door panel . Got delivered to a dealer in Duncan OK and probably been in south west OK all it's life
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Post by driveit on Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:30 am

That is cool. Wish I had found something like that.
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Post by magic marouke on Thu Jul 25, 2013 2:03 pm

From what I can tell the car is 100% original which I'm pleased about . Even has the factory radio , which doesn't work .

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Post by Mcarlo77 on Thu Jul 25, 2013 11:28 pm

Door panels don't look like they're in too bad of shape?

Not exactly sure what you're referring to when you say you need "belt rails". Am going to try and get over to visit that Monte tomorrow. I'll check out the parts you need; including the lower moldings...although my experience is that virtually all used ones suffer from road rash, pebble dings and the like.
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Post by 77mali on Fri Jul 26, 2013 7:14 am

Belt rails = Window Belts/Felts (my guess).
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Post by magic marouke on Fri Jul 26, 2013 8:18 am

Yes . Didn't really know they were called that myself
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Post by dragons_lair59 on Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:52 pm

You mean the ones with the chrome that goes on top of the door

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Post by magic marouke on Fri Jul 26, 2013 5:50 pm

Yes they're the ones
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Post by Mcarlo77 on Fri Jul 26, 2013 7:46 pm

Well, pulled a nice set of outer "belt rails" off this Monte. As you may or may not know, these are extremely difficult to find. Only the second set I've ever found off a Monte. I've got some inner ones if you need those.

Got the center rear bumper filler in nice shape.

Got a set of opera window stainless corners, but no trims at this time.

Someone beat me to the steering wheel and lower rocker moldings.

I'll PM you details.
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Post by JB2wheeler on Sat Jul 27, 2013 8:19 am

Mcarlo77 wrote:Well, pulled a nice set of outer "belt rails" off this Monte.  As you may or may not know, these are extremely difficult to find.  Only the second set I've ever found off a Monte.  I've got some inner ones if you need those.

Got the center rear bumper filler in nice shape.

Got a set of opera window stainless corners, but no trims at this time.

Someone beat me to the steering wheel and lower rocker moldings.

I'll PM you details.
Your dedication to saving these unique parts is well appericated. JB
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Post by magic marouke on Sat Jul 27, 2013 11:44 am

Mcarlo77 wrote:Well, pulled a nice set of outer "belt rails" off this Monte.  As you may or may not know, these are extremely difficult to find.  Only the second set I've ever found off a Monte.  I've got some inner ones if you need those.

Got the center rear bumper filler in nice shape.

Got a set of opera window stainless corners, but no trims at this time.

Someone beat me to the steering wheel and lower rocker moldings.

I'll PM you details.

Hey that's really good of you thanks . I'm on my phone right now and my signal sucks . Will check your PM when I can actually read it ( thanks sprint) .
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Post by magic marouke on Sat Jul 27, 2013 11:55 am



Windshield was cracked bad due to a broken hood hinge and the hood smashing in to it when opened . Managed to get a brand new one with antenna for $92 here in my town which I thought was really good . Anyway all window trim front and rear is off . Will replace windshield once its painted .
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Post by magic marouke on Sat Jul 27, 2013 12:31 pm

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Post by magic marouke on Sun Jul 28, 2013 11:38 am



Took out all the weatherstrip and everything else off the doors .
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