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Post by impalamonte on Sun Jan 11, 2015 10:48 am

Thank you both for the compliments.
Coppermonte..at the time that I removed the body from the frame those pieces were in real good condition so i didnt replace. There is subject matter here on the forum in relation. As i recall,some guys are substituting the kit made for earlier A-bodies. But cant remember from what retailer.
I have been following your progress...I like everything you have done to update the car and look forward to more of your progress posts.
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Post by Dinomyte on Sun Jan 25, 2015 8:06 pm

Just read this from start to finish. WOW! is all I can say. This is impressive. I really like the colour.
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Post by impalamonte on Mon Jan 26, 2015 12:16 pm

Thanks Dinomyte.
Currently having my winshield Chrome refinished. Not much else to do over the winter exept order parts and " wait-it-out" for warmer weather!
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Post by impalamonte on Sat Jun 13, 2015 1:19 pm

Over the last few weeks I have added some updates with the coming of warmer weather...

 Winshield moulding has been powder coated with clear after it was polished to a mirror finish.
 
  Viking Double adjustable coil overs for the front along with a B-BODY 12" brake upgrade.
  For the rear , drum to disc conversion utilizing a 11"  kit from Right Stuff Detailing.

  I haven't had the opportunity to "test" any of the new equipment as currently I am awaiting shortened SS hard lines
  for the rear to connect to the braided rear caliper lines. Then bleed the system.

 I am not expecting overwhelming stopping power ! I am realistic...its still a heavy car guys. Easier , predictable
 driveability ( in braking )   was the goal.

  Complete conversion was extremely simple both front and rear...just time involved. You get under there and start
  finding other stuff to freshen while there !!!!



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Post by ant7377 on Sat Jun 13, 2015 1:28 pm

Beauty! Really nice! Cant wait to see it all complete.
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Post by Limey SE on Sat Jun 13, 2015 3:03 pm

Very cool almost there Buddy, Betcha getting itchy driving feet for this !!
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Post by 77mali on Sat Jun 13, 2015 5:47 pm

Looking really NICE!

Are those new backing plates on the wheel hubs? Where'd you get those?
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Post by impalamonte on Fri Jun 19, 2015 2:34 pm

77 Mali

The backing plates are the originals. Cleaned up , sanded and painted.
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Post by 77mali on Fri Jun 19, 2015 3:38 pm

Thanks, they look pretty dang sweet. I will prob restore mine too but yours looked so nice in the photo's I was kinda hoping they were replacements and inexpensive. Very Happy
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Post by 77cruiser on Sat Jun 20, 2015 10:59 pm

Nice job on the Monte!!!
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Post by 75Pontiac-Pride on Thu Jan 21, 2016 6:26 pm

Wow, awesome work, really turned out NICE!

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Post by impalamonte on Fri Jun 17, 2016 8:58 pm

Able to get an early start this spring I updated my A/C to 134A . New condenser , Cycling POA , Trinary switch to control the elec. fans. All new hoses routed to be "mostly" hidden.
 Cleaned up some odds and ends in the engine bay.
  New wheels and tires.
  18 x 9.5 rims , 255/50 tires.
 May need to pull the front end down another 1".





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Post by fasrnur on Fri Jun 17, 2016 11:02 pm

Very nice! The way cars should have been made then and now. Simple and clean. The "B" brake conversion, what years fit on the Monte's and Chevelle/Malibu's?
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Post by impalamonte on Sat Jun 18, 2016 7:57 am

Mine are from a 94 Caprice.
Others my want to chime in on this...78 and up.
Be aware, late model Impala SS incorporated the
5/8" ball joint. Others , the 9/16".
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Post by 73CopperMonte on Sat Jun 18, 2016 10:50 pm

Very, very nice Monte, my inspiration for sure! 18x9.5 all around with four 255/50/18?

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Post by 73CopperMonte on Sat Jun 18, 2016 10:52 pm

I used Astro van lower arms and spindles with the 5/8" ball joint.

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Post by impalamonte on Sat Jun 18, 2016 11:59 pm

Copper....yes , 18 x 9.5 on all 4 corners.
The rims have +1 mm offset.
Its close on the front lock-to-lock.
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Post by 77mali on Sun Jun 19, 2016 7:46 am

That Lt-1 looks great in there BTW! I bet you miss that "little" fan shroud, huh?
Very Happy
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Post by impalamonte on Sun Jun 19, 2016 9:22 am

Thanks 77Mali. No kiddin!!
Without the fan shroud...maybe I can now consider a
Supercharger to fill the extra space.
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Post by impalamonte on Sat Oct 08, 2016 3:36 pm

I knew I had been wanting a supercharger but didn't know I would find one as a kit specifically for my LT1. I had been watching Ebay and seeing pieces and parts.... nothing complete...and everything well used. Then I am searching around on CL anything east of the Mississippi with "supercharger" as the search. Then low and behold I find one ! A guy had a 95 Camaro...bought a supercharger kit for his LT1...and sold the car. Now present day. He decides to sell the kit which includes the unit , all hardware , belts , hoses , fuel management unit , ignition system , pulleys, harmonic balancer , installation manuals , all for what I've been seeing the "supercharger only" units go for.  So , now , the kit is for a F-BODY car. I am having to create a bracket to attach the unit to the engine. With the F-BODY brackets the supercharger unit is low on engine and our car being an A-BODY would put that supercharger where our power steering box is located.

Here is my progress from cardboard to rigid fiberboard....now I have to order my aluminum. I have ten hours so far figuring out this piece of things....







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Post by Hs1973 on Sun Oct 09, 2016 7:07 am

That look sweet. I wish i had the money and knowledge to do the same.
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Post by thatfnthing on Mon Oct 10, 2016 8:52 am

Nice work! I presume you've already figured out how to remount the PS pump -- looks like it might be a bit of trick to it...
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Post by impalamonte on Mon Oct 10, 2016 3:43 pm

Fortunately, that piece is on the passenger's side of the engine. But , I am having to move rigid fuel line that I had set up years ago. And , I have upset the geometry of the tensioner pulley system by placing the SC farther and higher from the crank pulley as originally designed in the kit for the F-body.

I guess I could of used a mount / tensioner system for a 1994-1996 Impala. But , that stuff is really hard to find too ! And , doesn't look as clean on the motor as what I am aiming for...
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Post by thatfnthing on Mon Oct 10, 2016 4:29 pm

I'll be interested to see what you come up with. It's always more work to break new ground, but it's worth it in the end!
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Post by impalamonte on Thu Feb 23, 2017 8:34 pm

Hi fellow G3ers...

So the warm weather ... in this part of the country.... over the course of the last week or so has inspired some work to take place.

Last month I was able to score an NOS rear package shelf for 50.00 over in Ohio.
What a buy!!



While installing the rear package tray I had to take apart a better part of one side of the rear interior. A couple of years ago I updated the seat belts to units from a 2000-2005 Monte Carlo. The early 3-point seat belt system is very cumbersome.
At the time I documented but did not post.
There is a square hole I utilized by opening it up a little more to insert the assembly. I tilted the unit slightly to aim it towards the connection point at the top of the B-pillar.





Now , onto an update of my supercharger install.

I hid my ignition box in the cowl on the driver's side just behind the pwr brake booster. I have a quarter inch of clearance at the front corner of the box as the wiper motor rod in the cowl rotates. I brought the wiring out through the firewall just to the right of the wiper motor on the firewall.



Transferred the fiberboard template from my previous post to now brushed aluminum to hang the supercharger...





Now have a couple of vacuum lines to run...one being to the blow off valve. And I have to install an intake tube for fresh air to the supercharger and discharge tube to the intake...

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