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Post by 73CopperMonte on Fri Sep 05, 2014 10:04 pm

Fitting left sail panel.

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Post by thatfnthing on Sat Sep 06, 2014 10:11 am

Wasn't it kind of risky cutting the top off without bracing the door frames? Even with the heavy doors off, I would be worried about the door frames changing shape...
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Post by 73CopperMonte on Sat Sep 06, 2014 10:31 am

Only the outer skin was cut off my car, but we still braced the body.
The door frames on the black 76 is probably out of shape.

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Post by thatfnthing on Sat Sep 06, 2014 11:26 am

Oops, sorry, not paying attention -- didn't realize the topless one in the driveway was the donor... Embarassed
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Post by w451973 on Sun Sep 14, 2014 7:25 pm

Dude. I absolutely love your Monte. It's gotta drive like a dream. And my favorite year.
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Post by 73CopperMonte on Mon Dec 29, 2014 9:23 pm

New roof skin

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Post by 73CopperMonte on Mon Dec 29, 2014 9:27 pm

Rusty quarter

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Post by 73CopperMonte on Mon Dec 29, 2014 9:49 pm

My good friend Tony has countless hours in the Monte's body. He replaced the roof and sail panels, repaired sections of window channel and quarter panels all damaged by the vinyl top. Also straightened this passenger quarter that had over an inch thick of bondo on it. Doors swapped with rebuilt hinges. Filled many dent puller holes, rear floor pans, drivers quarter and wheelhouse repaired. Tig welded most of the repairs and finished both sides so the repairs are not seen. Hope to have it painted in the next couple months.


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Post by 77mali on Mon Dec 29, 2014 11:33 pm

New roof? That's friggin' AWESOME.
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Post by 73CopperMonte on Tue Dec 30, 2014 12:08 am

Thanks, new to my Monte roof. It was off a 76 Monte and I had the skin acid dipped.

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Post by thatfnthing on Tue Dec 30, 2014 9:58 am

That is looking sweet. Of course, I'm completely biased. Smile
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Post by 77mali on Tue Dec 30, 2014 10:36 am

Just goes to show that if you want to save a car (from rust) it can be done & done well.
You got some friend there too! Are you going to put the Landau top back or leave it bare?
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Post by 73CopperMonte on Tue Dec 30, 2014 8:12 pm

I like the vinyl top but due to all the trouble it causes with rust I cannot put another one on the car.  Here it is in Aug. 09 when I ripped off the top in Phoenix.


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Post by 73CopperMonte on Tue Dec 30, 2014 8:35 pm

Wasted time with Phil @ MonteMania, not much help, offered me a repo LH quarter after I asked for the used LH wheelhouse pictured. 




I have tried to deal with him a few times over the years and never works out, he tells you what you need.

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Post by 73CopperMonte on Tue Dec 30, 2014 8:38 pm

So I had to buy a NOS LH wheelhouse off a great ebay seller in Canada. $304 shipped.  Used the rear bottom 10".


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Post by 73CopperMonte on Tue Dec 30, 2014 9:05 pm

What do you guys think about the original color?



I had a black 73 and there seems to be a few silver and dark red 73's.

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Post by 73CopperMonte on Tue Dec 30, 2014 9:12 pm

With these in 17x9 all around


I am limited on wheels since I changed the bolt pattern to 5x5. These rallys have dual pattern 5x4.75 and 5x5.

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Post by thatfnthing on Tue Dec 30, 2014 9:18 pm

73CopperMonte wrote:Wasted time with Phil @ MonteMania, not much help, offered me a repo LH quarter after I asked for the used LH wheelhouse pictured. 

I have tried to deal with him a few times over the years and never works out, he tells you what you need.

I can identify. Pricing is all over the place, too.
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Post by 77mali on Wed Dec 31, 2014 7:06 am

I bought some stuff from Phil. Once was enough for me.

I like the original color myself but you have the opportunity right now to do whatever the heck you want w/ paint.
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Post by 73CopperMonte on Sat Jan 03, 2015 6:16 pm

Interior got coated with epoxy primer. It will all be covered in Raptor liner.


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Post by 73CopperMonte on Sat Jan 03, 2015 6:24 pm



Seam from quarter panel to trunk filler was filled with silicon bronze. I wanted a factory look, did not want to weld flat and seam sealer would have possibly dried and cracked.


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