This is my 1971 Monte Carlo (bought Aug./05). I'm the third owner of the car and even got all the original sales papers with it, including a lit... Show moretle "Thank You" sticker on the inside of the glove box door from the original salesman. Its a bit of a project car, that is for sure, but it is driveable which is more than could be said for the '83 Grand Prix at the time when I found this one advertised in the paper. Below are a few more shots of the car the day after I got it home (picked it up in Regina, a few hours away).
I already swapped the rims and tires for the summer set I had for the GP and put an exhaust tip on it(the duals will be a while in coming). With the rally wheels on it, it looks way better (especially on the driver's side that doesn't have a whole lot of primer on it).
I've also just rolled it over 100,000 original miles.
Although the body is near perfectly straight with only 3 hardly noticeable dings, it does have some badly rusted areas. Mostly the lower rear quarters and the passenger door. The previous owner tried to at least stop the rust, but didn't get past sanding and primming. The int. floor and trunk floor also need some rust repair. I passed on the original fender skirts because they where rusted beyond repair and I really don't like them anyway. I'll have to get some rear wheel opening trim to match the front.
More pics and updates to come.
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SUMMER 2007 UPDATES
Since the previous pics where taken, the "rust in the trunk" has come through and I had to do some quick bondo/fiberglass patch... Show moreing to pass a vehicle inspection (gotta love the government). As I didn't have a garage, this was all done in my back driveway. Had to get a cheap canopy to keep the rain off of it and me when we had a rainy stretch of weather and I didn't have time to waste waiting for it to stop.
I recently came into some expendable cash so I managed to get the brakes done. It was a good thing I haven't driven it much this summer, as they where shot all the way around. I also put new front shocks on and had the steering box tightened up. It drives better than the wifes '03 Rio (which is being replaced by a '99 Blazer).
Ok, so it's been a little longer than a few days. We had the 99 Blazer plated for less than 48 hours and got rearended by an F350 (did $4000.00 worth of damage). It is going to the body shop in a week.
I've got the Monte tuned up and running real good now so it actually looks like it should have the new American Racing Torqlites that I put on it about 2 months ago. The rims are 15x7Frt and 15x8 Rear. Ihe back ones took almost a month to get to my local tire shop. See pics below.
Ya I know "It still needs a paint job". It'll get it.
As this is going to be a long project, and I want to be able to drive it when weather permits (ie. no snow and icy roads), the next thing I plan on taking care of is the interior ( needs buckets, new carpet, headliner and a few other things). I plan on mixing black and tan in the interior. Hopefully I get this done by the middle of next summer at the latest.
It is Mar 20, '08 and the roads are finally good enough so I've been driving the Monte for the last 3 days. I almost forgot how nice it was to drive. It is also just in time for our local car show on Easter weekend. I will probably post some pics from the show in few days. Show Less