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Post by Finn Monte Thu Feb 25, 2021 1:19 pm

i found this Monte Carlo last year but i haven't had time to start a new project. I have a Camaro project in progress.
here is a link to the Camaro project, unfortunately in Finnish: https://f-bodyfinland.com/foorumi/topic/22136-camaro-80/

it has 350 + 350, swievel seat, console, factory air.
the plan is:
rust repairs, floors, doors and window frames etc. old repairs to floors need to be done again as they are not very well done.
i will remove the bumber filler and move the bumpers close to the body.
I put it 18" wheels, 8" front and 9 "rear, et0.
the color of the interior changes from white to black.

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Post by REVINKEVIN / Mr. 600+HP Thu Feb 25, 2021 1:53 pm

Hey. I just checked out your Camaro thread. Nice work. Is it hard getting parts over there? I was building a pro touring style 1970 Camaro, but some rich dude wanted it more than me. I can’t wait to see what you can do with your new project. You will get some great ideas from here. I have a couple of threads on here about a couple of my cars. If you’re interested I will share the links with you. Good luck and have fun.
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Post by Finn Monte Fri Feb 26, 2021 12:10 pm

REVINKEVIN wrote: Is it hard getting parts over there?
I have a couple of threads on here about a couple of my cars. If you’re interested I will share the links with you.

pretty well here parts are available, but I often order myself from a rockauto, summit or ebay if the freight price is not too high.

I like to read about your cars.
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Post by REVINKEVIN / Mr. 600+HP Fri Feb 26, 2021 2:56 pm

I sent you a PM so I wouldn’t be high jacking your thread. Keep those pictures coming.
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Post by Finn Monte Sun Feb 28, 2021 11:32 am

from the previous picture you can see how moldy the interior is, when i got the car i took the benches off and threw the carpet in the trash, previously made repairs were found under the carpet.
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Post by Finn Monte Sun Mar 07, 2021 11:19 am

when there are quite a few rust repairs here, i will lift the body off the frame and put it on the rotisserie.
Swivel seats are in poor condition, so I ordered new seats in front, procar rally 80-1000-XL.
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Post by Finn Monte Mon Apr 05, 2021 12:20 pm

I still ordered wheels from the same local supplier as the seats.
rev 110 18".
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Post by Finn Monte Fri Apr 09, 2021 12:30 am

Camaro is almost ready, so I can start a monte project soon.
a couple of sound samples.

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Post by Finn Monte Thu Jun 10, 2021 11:55 am

i got a few new parts for monte carlo.
jegs exhaust kit, https://www.jegs.com/i/JEGS/555/30526/10002/-1 quite a big package.
metro weatherstrip kit RKB1900111 from rockauto


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Post by Finn Monte Thu Jun 10, 2021 12:01 pm

this project starting soon, because my camaro is ready to ride.

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Post by Finn Monte Sun Jul 11, 2021 11:41 am

Finn Monte wrote:this project starting soon, because my camaro is ready to ride.

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i sold camaro, some guy had spot it from the f-body forum and wanted it for himself.
now is the time to focus on Monte Carlo.
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Post by REVINKEVIN / Mr. 600+HP Sun Jul 11, 2021 12:20 pm

Looking good. Time to get the Monte rolling again. You did really good work with the Camaro so I can’t wait to see see what you can do with this car.
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Post by Finn Monte Mon Jul 12, 2021 9:33 am

REVINKEVIN wrote:Looking good. Time to get the Monte rolling again. You did  really good work with the Camaro so I can’t wait to see see what you can do with this car.

I guess it will take a long time before Monte Carlo is on the road again.
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Post by Finn Monte Wed Jul 28, 2021 1:40 pm

last I started a project. I took the front seats and console off. the benches I threw in the trash. I washed the console and it became good.
I disassemble the interior completely and then wash the cabin with a pressure washer as it is in the mold.
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Post by Finn Monte Sun Aug 15, 2021 1:06 am

interior plastic moldings washed with a pressure washer. their crumbled surface came off at the same time. now they have less putty and sanding before painting.
the headliner was shocking.

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Post by Finn Monte Sun Aug 15, 2021 1:10 am

I removed the wood tape from the instrument panel, which now looks better.

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Post by Finn Monte Wed Aug 18, 2021 9:08 am

fedex brought new front seats today. I ordered those from the summit when I didn’t even get them from a local supplier.
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Post by Finn Monte Sun Aug 22, 2021 12:56 pm

I removed the rest of the dashboard and cleaned it and polished the gauge plastic.
has anyone installed meters in place of those warning lights?

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Post by Hawk03 Sun Aug 22, 2021 10:17 pm

The car is coming along nicely! I have those seats but in white and really enjoy them. It is so nice to be able to recline.

I had sweep gauges and the rewired the dash plug to install factory round gauges then I installed aftermarket gauges except for the tach and speedo. Dakota gauges just begun selling a gauge kit for our cars in the last year but they are a little pricey. I found a gas gauge like yours and swapped out the guts for 1979 corvette guts, added a white face tach sticker and now it is a working tach (I had to run a wire from the tach to the plug as well).

This thread documents the process of updating your gas gauge to a tach. Second hand tachs for our cars are expensive and new boards are not available. This gave me the ability to add a tach for cheap and have access to a new board if I needed one.
https://www.g3gm.com/t8625p100-dead-tach-need-tach-filter

If you wanted factory gauges and not the warning lights I think you should be able to rewire/repin the dash plug to work with the gauges. I think you will also need to install the correct sensors for the gauges. The below thread is how to go from sweep gauges to round but you should give you a idea on the plug wiring.
https://www.g3gm.com/t57p50-switching-from-sweep-to-round-gauge-cluster-re-wire

https://www.g3gm.com/t12707-new-gauge-cluster-option-dakota-digital
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Post by Finn Monte Mon Aug 23, 2021 1:48 pm

The Dakota digital instrument panel is great, but it becomes quite expensive when i have to pay freight, duties and taxes to Finland.
the easiest way would be to put 3 extra gauges under the dashboard or in place of the radio.
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Post by Finn Monte Sat Sep 11, 2021 6:43 am

I started painting the plastic parts of the interior. first a plastic adhesion and then a filler primer.
next sanding and topcoat.
all black plastic parts of the interior cleaned and coated.
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Post by Finn Monte Thu Sep 23, 2021 12:18 pm

slowly progressing the project, the armrests I got painted and over the weekend I painted a few parts that are ready for painting.
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Post by zucchi Fri Sep 24, 2021 9:39 am

Finn Monte wrote:has anyone installed meters in place of those warning lights?

My '74 came with the worthless idiot lights and I really needed gauges. I chose to replace the instrument cluster in my car with a cluster  fitted with gauges from a car ('74 or '75 Monte Carlo) in a junk yard back in the mid 1980'. The really nice thing was it bolted right in and plugged right up. However, I had to add a wire and pin to the plug for the tachometer. The most challenging part was wiring up the amp gauge correctly. I could either go with the wiring diagram in the service manual or do my own revision. Since my Monte Carlo is my daily driver and I'm always looking ahead to simplifying future repairs and maintenance when doing revisions and/or upgrades, I decided against replicating the service manual schematic and wired one terminal of the amp gauge to the battery and the other to the alternator output terminal and ran both those wires through an auxiliary fuse block. For added engine monitoring, I recently added a volt gauge and an oil pressure gauge which I mounted on the A-pillar. For the oil pressure gauge, I installed a T adapter on the engine so I could retain the original oil pressure warning light. My addition of A-pillar gauges may not look pretty but it does the job quite nicely.

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Post by Finn Monte Sun Oct 24, 2021 5:46 am

zucchi wrote:
Finn Monte wrote:has anyone installed meters in place of those warning lights?

My '74 came with the worthless idiot lights and I really needed gauges. I chose to replace the instrument cluster in my car with a cluster  fitted with gauges from a car ('74 or '75 Monte Carlo) in a junk yard back in the mid 1980'. The really nice thing was it bolted right in and plugged right up. However, I had to add a wire and pin to the plug for the tachometer. The most challenging part was wiring up the amp gauge correctly. I could either go with the wiring diagram in the service manual or do my own revision. Since my Monte Carlo is my daily driver and I'm always looking ahead to simplifying future repairs and maintenance when doing revisions and/or upgrades, I decided against replicating the service manual schematic and wired one terminal of the amp gauge to the battery and the other to the alternator output terminal and ran both those wires through an auxiliary fuse block. For added engine monitoring, I recently added a volt gauge and an oil pressure gauge which I mounted on the A-pillar. For the oil pressure gauge, I installed a T adapter on the engine so I could retain the original oil pressure warning light. My addition of A-pillar gauges may not look pretty but it does the job quite nicely.

it is impossible to find a tachometer here in Finland.
On Ebay, their prices are too high, I would rather buy a Dakota digital instrument cluster.
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Post by Finn Monte Sun Oct 24, 2021 5:51 am

I finally got the white plastic parts painted black, the paint is still wet, but it’s semi-gloss.
next i move the car from the outside to the garage.
I found a new steering wheel and hub at a local store.

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