Engines hanging out!Yuk what a dirty engine compartment.
Another angle After pulling out body bushings and removing frame.
Another angle. Boy that paint looks good in pictures,
but not so good all around.Under the old car before dropping the frame.
At the start of this project, I had no plan to do a frame off. It just evolved when I asked the question "Gosh, it looks like all I have to do is remove 12 bolts and the frame will come out". Wow, what an epiphany!! I could have saved myself weeks of work trying to detail the frame under the body.frame out
frame outFrameless "Christine #1"
Frame hanging and painted.Another angle.
In Feb 07 I decided the old body was too far gone. Car is not SS or Custom and needed all floor pans, 3 trunk sections, filler tray, both quarters, front and back windshield opening were severely rusted, and both doors were bottom rusted out and had gapping holes where I hack sawed out for a sweet set of infinity kappas in the early 90's.
So I found out about Leo in Michigan. We began corresponding and he sent pics of a rust free body out of Oklahoma. My buddy Skip and I pulled a trailer from Charlottesville VA to St.Clair Mi. (just beating a snow storm)
What a beautifully crappy black paint job.
Must get rid of the lime green color. None of the major cancer problems like most A body GM's. Especially good under the corners of the back windows.
Floor is in great shape.
The rust colored patches are glue residue. Reluctantly, I finally decided to remove the rivets and weld up the holes. Had done this in 92 on the old Monte and never regretted my decision.
Floor of new shell after spraying a rust converterInterior shell gutted-will sound much better with Dynamat or whatever sound/heat shield product I use.
View inside dr qtr glass opening. No rust at all!!
New 12 bolt rear before dressing her out
with a new Eaton posi unit, 3.73 gears, and a frresh paint job.Finished rear end.
12 bolt after paint. Yeah I copied sombody's idea in the club.
Thanks whoever it was.After painting frame and installing front suspension.Most of it is just sanded and painted.Have decided to replace inner and outer tie rods even though they don't have many miles.
Fresh suspension.Suspension completed.
Rear suspension.New crate motor ready to be unloaded.
My new 383 stroker crate motor from Blueprint Engines.close up view.
New engine and tranny getting ready to
drop into prepped frame.New engine installed!!
sweet!!Rear frame with cleaned brake and evap lines.
Gutting the dash from Christine #1. Check out the 80's vintage clarion equalizer/booster under the dash.Even more gutting. Will need some help getting this back together.
Christine #2 during stripping process.Stripping the nasty vinyl top glue. Top was involved in a hail storm at some point in it's 35 year life. Can't tell from this view.
Stripping cowl.previous damage and old repair on pass qtr.
Rear stripped. Testing 15 year old interior paint on the inside window sill.door hinge stripped.
1st coat mud on one door.rear qtr 1st coat.
The only rust spots found under vinyl top.That's ugly-view from bottom of dr side qtr. Guess she wasn't completely rust free!
Same place-view from inside dr side wheelwell.After repair of lower qtr panel.
Another view. This was the worst repair required.Repair after skim coat and primer.
Another view.Another view.
My friend and body man Billy working on a door.Right rear quarter after repair. It was crushed and had filler from previous repair.
Left qtr in primer.Body partially primed.
Inside bottom of door primed. Bottoms of new doors were Sweet!!Rear qtr in primer. Every panel was etch primed before 3 coats of urethane primer. Still has to be blocked out
Billy priming front and rear extensions (pic dates wrong)Rear end primed (pic dates wrong)
Mounting the new steel Goodmark inner fenders (pic dates wrong).Fender mounted
Just hung the stripped fenders
Front end in primer
Rear bumper brackets after bead blasting, prime and paint
various radiator support components after bead blasting
Getting new engine ready for 1st startup to seat the cam
Radiator support, condensor, radiator, fully assembled. I was so pleased with this part of project as I did not initially want to do any work on this part. Like most parts of project, if I wait long enough, I get motivated to tackle unpleasant jobs, NEVER work on something when you are not in the mood-or you'll be doing it over and over again!!
Original column shift after removing knuckle and painting. This turned out well. Made a patch from fiberglass screen and stretched over the hole making sure not to interfere with shifter mechanism. Let it dry and then re-coated and shaped. Can't even see where it was and the key lock still turns the wheel!! I know pic is from wrong side!
Pic from correct side
Using the engine hoist to p/u back end of body
Today I will lay under the car on my back with a putty knife and laquer thinner and clean off the grease. Bottom was in fantastic shape. Got slightly rustier as I moved to the back but for the most part, the original brown factory dip color was untouched
Gauge cluster before rebuilding
Old 70 Monte buckets. Found a complete set of front and back seats and console in a junk yard back in the 80's. Hate the color and pattern of the 70's. Can't wait to get the button pleated 72 covers on her!! (wrong pic date)
Stripped to the base cloth (wrong pic date)
painted seat frame. Once again-never planned to go this far
hole in floor before repair. I made it much worse. I suck at welding near rust
1st coat after welding hole on floor under back seat on drivers side. Metal was thin but no hole, but sure did require big plate to find enough good metal to weld
primed patch on floor behind dr side bucket (these 2 were the only repairs on the floor
Inside of hood prepped for paint. As you can see, I painted green back in 92,(comes black from factory).Thought I had done a great job cutting in but there were so many runs I could have slapped the painter (that would be me)
Bottom in prime
Bottom after paint
Beautiful paint job on bottom. I have spent hours laying on the floor looking up at this job
View under the gas tank area after clean and paint--SSSweet
Trunk after primer. Spent a lot of time working in trunk, mostly cosmetic and lots of big dents to fill.
Trunk in black primer. I heard a good idea from someone in the club that this helps the factory spatter paint cover better
pinion bump stop
BFG 275 60 15 x 8 street legal drag slicks
Testing out chrome on the rear end. Needed a psychological lift and sure got it from this!
Inside dr side wheel opening after fresh undercoating
New gas tank, bumper and fresh cleaned and painted bumper hardware
Needs no explanation
Sky view after washing my frame
Sky view of the rusty hulk called Christine #1
A view of my empire. My wife is gonna kill me if I don't reduce it down to one operational vehicle
Bucket seat bottom with a fresh hide!!. My upholsterer said there was no way he could get the new bun and seat back on the top piece. I'll find someone who can
I know I'm anal! After the bottom of the car turned out so good this past July, the frame I painted in February did not seem so good. I did not sand enough inside open frame and around the back end. Also the Eastwood chassis black, rust encapsulator and rust converter did not weather very well. I only left her outside on sunny days and dry nights but the paint still began to dull and develop spider webs from underneath. So i stripped and sanded to bare metal all the way from the back to the front A-arms. Looks very nice after 3 coats of black primer and 3 top coats.
purple calipers (for my wife)
x pipe and new dynaflow ultra flo. Sounds very sweet
New pipes and pristine backing plate
New pipes over the rear end
Body back on frame
Edelbrock frame stiffener
Seam sealing the cowl
factor correct color for fuel line on frame rail
New 15x8 w/ 4"bs and 245/60-15 BFG T/A's
Loading her up for a trip to the painters shop!! Pulling with a come along and rope block and tackle
Loaded up. Hood will be on 2nd trip. Both fenders are still in my shop getting work on the bottom edge. They have to look good there for when I lay on my back looking at the beautifully restored bottom.
Tucked in at the paint shop ready for the transformation!
In front of my painters shop- Webster Design
Frame pics of brake/vapor lines
Removing upper control arm bushing
yoke and clamp powdercoated in clear
driveshaft in clear
fender-looks like NOS or Goodmark!!
Ed in the booth
inside of hood