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Post by Colonnade Mattie on Mon Nov 25, 2013 10:31 am

sits a little lower because I had to cut the springs to fit the different style perch..had to do lots of messing around didn't realize 75 Monte Carlo and 77 Malibu brakes are different..I'm always learning something
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Re: Another new guy here

Post by dynchel on Mon Nov 25, 2013 10:47 am

I like the way the rear end is painted. I painted my sway bar stone grey satin, and the diff cover is powdercoated gloss black. But your grey rear end with the silver sway bar looks fresh.Clapp btw unless you use it, it would look better if you lose the trailer hitch.


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Post by BK-75 on Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:31 pm

Welcome! I like the green paint, reminds me of our old 77 Malibu from a long time ago.
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Post by pila on Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:39 pm

Welcome to the fun !! Great looking car there ! The rear end is impressive !Very Happy

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Post by Colonnade Mattie on Mon Nov 25, 2013 1:13 pm

Yeah I think the hitch can go..pulled my old boat around one day for the heck of it..but now it can go
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Post by driveit on Mon Nov 25, 2013 2:18 pm

Thought about putting a hitch on mine, but I don't think I will. At least not for now. Would have to put on air shocks or something if I did.
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Post by Colonnade Mattie on Mon Nov 25, 2013 5:02 pm

The old control arms were rusty and twisted..had a patch welded on and everything. I had to cut one out the bolt was so seized that drilling and pounding wasn't gonna get it...glad I swapped that stuff it couldn't have been safe.
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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Mon Nov 25, 2013 5:03 pm

welcome aboard

my guess is the 75 monte was 9" shoes and im guessing the chevelle was 11" shoes.

i cant see any other problem scratch
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Post by Colonnade Mattie on Mon Nov 25, 2013 5:10 pm

Yeah the monte had smaller shoes but also smaller wheel cylinders ..even the bolts were 1/4" not 5/16" like the Malibu rear. I believe the springs and actuator stuff was the same..I don't know ..it fit..haven't tried it yet..lol
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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Mon Nov 25, 2013 5:23 pm

you should try and find a caprice rear sway bar. they fit perfectly.


i changed mine when i put the posi in
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Post by Colonnade Mattie on Mon Nov 25, 2013 5:28 pm

Looks good man
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Post by dynchel on Mon Nov 25, 2013 7:23 pm

I can vouch for the sway bar as I have one from a '95 impala SS on my '74. 1 inch vs 7/8 factory. A nice improvement for a lot less than a aftermarket replacement. Mine was $40.00 from the bone yard.
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Post by Colonnade Mattie on Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:19 pm

Hitch is gone...looks better. Luckily every bolt holding it on snapped right off so I didn't have to pull the bumper off to get on them.
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Post by dynchel on Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:28 pm

Very nice.Thumbs up
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Post by Colonnade Mattie on Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:51 pm

Just drove around the block and everything seems good..too bad the roads are salty or I'd go cruising around. Now it's time to put on my new intake and fuel pump and hope my back ordered carb gets here..could be another month..plenty of time to be ready for it.
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Post by driveit on Tue Nov 26, 2013 8:23 am

Lovin it. Car looks great so far. One day I will have a garage and can work on my car without freezing my ornaments off... Got snow on the ground this morning, but its melting fast.
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Re: Another new guy here

Post by Colonnade Mattie on Fri Nov 29, 2013 12:26 pm

Gonna take off the intake and carb today..new carb isn't here yet but intake is and have new fuel pump so might as well get it ready. Might redo those ugly tranny cooler lines..not that it's a show car anyway but the way the guy ran those is an embarrassment. It's a goofy radiator..lines go in from the front and I don't know what it came out of..but it works good so it's gonna stay..just don't like the crazy lines..blah
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Post by dynchel on Fri Nov 29, 2013 12:49 pm

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your motor looks alot like mine, m/t valve covers and all.Very Happy notice how i trimmed down my alternator bracket for cosmetics (and a little weight savings)
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a little here also...Twisted Evil
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Post by Colonnade Mattie on Fri Nov 29, 2013 1:08 pm

Very cool man. Mine is gonna look a lot more like that once I get this rpm air gap on.
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Post by Colonnade Mattie on Fri Nov 29, 2013 2:52 pm

Wow didn't realized how lousy my plug wires and alternator belt were...might as well get a cap and rotor too..gotta love how ya nickel and dime yourself out of change when you play with these babies.
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Post by dynchel on Fri Nov 29, 2013 7:17 pm

Are you going to paint or at least clear coat the intake? My experience is it makes it look nicer longer. A oil drip won't stain it it can be wiped off. Just my 2.
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Post by Colonnade Mattie on Fri Nov 29, 2013 8:00 pm

That's probably a good idea but I'm just gonna get this thing slapped in and call it good...the paint on the engine is only so-so anyway..maybe an oily intake will blend in good..lol
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Re: Another new guy here

Post by Colonnade Mattie on Sun Dec 01, 2013 11:27 pm

Think I have it all ready to go just need my carb to show up and get it done.
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Re: Another new guy here

Post by Dinomyte on Mon Dec 02, 2013 12:16 am

Welcome - looks like a great car. I really like the tripple green, very 70's.
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Re: Another new guy here

Post by Colonnade Mattie on Mon Dec 02, 2013 6:41 am

Yeah thanks man I like the green interior..used to be my least favorite color in them..but these days I rarely see it so it's cool.
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