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Post by 73CopperMonte on Fri Aug 29, 2014 11:26 pm

I hope everyone is doing well. I am finally going to try and post some pics of my 73 Monte. It has a new LS1 crate motor, 4l60e trans and a 95 Caprice 9c1 disc rear end with 3.42 gear and Truetrac. 12" Astro van front rotors, lower control arms and spindles to get the 5/8" larger lower ball joint and the matching 5x5 bolt pattern that the Caprice rear has.  Astro van hydroboost, 95 Caprice gas tank and master cylinder, 05 Crown Vic interceptor aluminum drive shaft. It has 17x8 soft 8 wheels all around with 255/50/17 Nitto nt555 tires. Currently getting the roof sheetmetal repaired due to the vinyl top." />

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Post by 73CopperMonte on Fri Aug 29, 2014 11:39 pm

I used moog 5664 front springs for a Iroc convert (750 lbs springs) rear springs are special service gm springs from a mid 90's hearse or limo. Monroe special service shocks for a 90's Caprice.

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Post by ant7377 on Fri Aug 29, 2014 11:58 pm

Looks great!
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Post by Dinomyte on Sat Aug 30, 2014 1:12 am

very nice, keep those pictures coming.
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Post by 77mali on Sat Aug 30, 2014 7:10 am

I'm diggin' that Monte!  Love the body color- what is the cowl tag code?  Got any pics of it in full sunshine? sunny
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Post by 73CopperMonte on Sat Aug 30, 2014 9:09 am

Thanks guys, its a very faded code 60 "light copper poly". Here it is on the way back from Phoenix in the middle of OK.
I have some full outside pics I need to find.


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Post by 73CopperMonte on Sat Aug 30, 2014 9:33 am

Used a moog 73-77 Malibu, Cutlass etc. center link (removed the steering stabilizer) also used a 1996 Grand Cherokee steering box w/12:1 ratio. This is just mockup to see if it would work, its about 3/4" wider from pitman arm to idler arm.

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Post by 73CopperMonte on Sat Aug 30, 2014 9:38 am

Most suspension mounts were rewelded.

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Post by thatfnthing on Sat Aug 30, 2014 4:32 pm

Very cool. I'll be interested to hear how the hydro-boost performs.
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Post by 73CopperMonte on Sat Aug 30, 2014 6:53 pm

thatfnthing wrote:Very cool.  I'll be interested to hear how the hydro-boost performs.

Your Monte is awesome, always liked that color on a 73. This setup has over 2500 miles and the hydroboost works great, stops on a dime. I used one out of a 91-93or4? Astro, the hydroboost mounts strait out (the 94+ are angled too far up towards the hood). I also used a section of the Astro brake pedal arm and welded to the Monte pedal arm.

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Post by pila on Sat Aug 30, 2014 10:39 pm

Outstanding job on all those mods ! Very Happy
I see you are using some band type clamps on the exhaust. I used them for my whole system. Yours is the first pics I've seen, of those being used.
Good information on the years to use for the hydro boost parts.


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Post by thatfnthing on Sat Aug 30, 2014 11:50 pm

73CopperMonte wrote:Your Monte is awesome, always liked that color on a 73. This setup has over 2500 miles and the hydroboost works great, stops on a dime. I used one out of a 91-93or4? Astro, the hydroboost mounts strait out (the 94+ are angled too far up towards the hood). I also used a section of the Astro brake pedal arm and welded to the Monte pedal arm.

Thanks! The paint's worn out, but she still cleans up well. Smile

Good info on the hydro-boost -- I've been tempted to try it.
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Post by impalamonte on Tue Sep 02, 2014 12:35 pm

Keep us updated. Like the mods thus far! Good informtion as well.
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Post by 73CopperMonte on Tue Sep 02, 2014 7:05 pm

impalamonte wrote:Keep us updated. Like the mods thus far! Good informtion as well.

Thanks, the Monte is currently getting a complete new roof skin off a donor 76 Monte due to rust holes from the vinyl top.

It will also get SPC adjustable front upper control arms with delrin bushings, and Global West front lower del-a-lum (delrin)bushings in the Astro control arms. Moog upper and lower ball joints. 96 Caprice 9c1 sway bar was also used. With an aggressive alignment it should handle pretty good.

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Post by 73CopperMonte on Fri Sep 05, 2014 9:53 pm

July 2013 Phoenix vacation, my son had a full day of stripping a craigslist 76 Monte.

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Post by 73CopperMonte on Fri Sep 05, 2014 9:59 pm

1844 miles home.

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