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Username Post: Possible new project.............        (Topic#83118)
Glenn_McAtee 
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12-05-04 04:04 PM - Post#568290    

I have a strong lead on a '73 MC small block car that needs a lot of TLC but is complete. It has a black interior with the Astro swivel buckets and the car is equipped with AT, AC, PS, PB, tilt and cruise. I am suppposed to get pics next weekend. I know these weren't as popular as most A body's so how grim is the repop parts situation ? Replacement 1/4's and interior primarily.

There was a brand new all black '73 454 Monte in town when I was a Sr. in HS. It didn't have a vinyl top and the owner stopped and had Cragar SS mags put on it immediately after leaving the dealership. That was one of the sharpest '73-'77 Montes I ever saw and I have always wanted to somewhat duplicate that car and keep it period correct for the mid-1970's. If I get the car bought I have a complete 454 out of a '73 or '74 Monte, a 2.73 8.5" posi out of a '74 454 El Camino and I also have a period correct Holley Street Dominator single plane for the Oval Port Rat. I plan to build the 454 with 9.3 compresion, a Comp Cams N+LS6 hydraulic version of the 454 LS-6 cam and 1-3/4" headers. The TH350 wil be replaced with a tweaked 700R4 and the 2.73 switched in favor of a 3.42 or 3.73. I'll keep the original Maroon color but ditch the vinyl roof and I'll probably run Vette Rally's instead of Cragars ( bad memories of pitted and flaking chrome...... ) unless someone can tell me Cragar's don't flake anymore.



 




Glenn_McAtee 
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Re: Possible new project.............
12-05-04 05:19 PM - Post#568291    
    In response to Glenn_McAtee

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It has a black interior with the Astro swivel buckets...........




Or were those "Strato" buckets ? Hard to remember after 30 years.



 
knightfan2691 
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Re: Possible new project.............
12-05-04 05:37 PM - Post#568292    
    In response to Glenn_McAtee

Glenn,

I believe those are "strato" swivel buckets. A couple friends of mine have '73 and '75 MCs respectively with the swivel buckets...I wish my 2nd gen had those .

As for the parts availability, I'm not sure, basically because I'm not in the market for some. I believe some people on the 2nd gen Yahoo club have found some places, but don't quote me on that .

Please feel welcomed to join us at the 2nd gen forum...and get acquainted with the 2nd gens. I know you'll find a bunch of very enthusiastic and helpful owners.
http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/73to77chevyabodyshowcase/


Cort, "Mr MC" / "Mr Road Trip", 31swm/pig valve/pacemaker
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Glenn_McAtee 
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Re: Possible new project.............
12-06-04 12:50 AM - Post#568293    
    In response to knightfan2691

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Glenn,

Please feel welcomed to join us at the 2nd gen forum...and get acquainted with the 2nd gens. I know you'll find a bunch of very enthusiastic and helpful owners.
http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/73to77chevyabodyshowcase/





Thanks, this won't be my first 2nd Gen, I had a '74 400 SB MC back in the mid-80's. It had been well abused but after a little work became the most dependable car I ever owned and even though it was pretty ratty looking I loved driving it. In fact I still have the shortblock from the 400 and the Rally Wheels from it.



 
73-MC 
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Re: Possible new project.............
12-06-04 04:44 AM - Post#568294    
    In response to Glenn_McAtee

Glenn,
You are talking to probably the BIGGEST FAN of the 73 Monte on the face of the earth!! I had one back in the 70's(black, white full vinyl top,350 2 barrel, single exhaust, non-posi rear). I had 5 slot aluminum rims with L-60s on the back and some mild engine work done on it. I never understood how they didn't become desired cars. The lines are beautiful. The car takes on a completely different attitude once you give it a little elevation in the rear and add some "big sneakers" in the back. Well anyway, I just bought another one(26,000 original miles, black with black landau top,350 4 barrel, dual exhaust, posi) and she's a beauty. She's not staying original very long. I don't plan on doing anything like tubbing it out( although, it probably would look incredible), but some engine and suspension mods along with tires and rims are a must. Those swivel buckets and console would also be cool.
You are correct in assuming that there is not much out there for these cars. Your best bet is searching the web. In my searches I recall some places selling good used parts out west where they didn't rust so bad. I just bought some door pins, roof rail and door weatherstripping. I saw rear panels for a 76 or 77, but I'm not sure if they could be made to work. I also saw interior door panels, bumper fillers, carpeting and seat upholstery. My suggestion is: BEG, Borrow, Steal, sell your house, wife, kids and dog and buy it!!!! I just paid $54 for a Lindberg plastic model of the 73!! I like all the 2nd generation Montes, but my personal favorite is the 73 because of the rear bumper design. Andy



 
Glenn_McAtee 
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Re: Possible new project.............
12-06-04 03:48 PM - Post#568295    
    In response to 73-MC

Yeah the '73's have to be my favorite of the 2nd Gen MC's too. I always liked the grille in them a lot better than later years and as you noted the rear bumper. When done properly I think they are one of the classiest cars Chevy ever built and I really believe that in the not so distant future they will get the recognition and acceptance they deserve.



 
knightfan2691 
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Re: Possible new project.............
12-06-04 05:57 PM - Post#568296    
    In response to Glenn_McAtee

Quote:

Quote:

Glenn,

Please feel welcomed to join us at the 2nd gen forum...and get acquainted with the 2nd gens. I know you'll find a bunch of very enthusiastic and helpful owners.
http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/73to77chevyabodyshowcase/





Thanks, this won't be my first 2nd Gen, I had a '74 400 SB MC back in the mid-80's. It had been well abused but after a little work became the most dependable car I ever owned and even though it was pretty ratty looking I loved driving it. In fact I still have the shortblock from the 400 and the Rally Wheels from it.




You are welcome . Have any pictures of that '74? .

*turns to 73-MC*

You are welcome to join us, too!



 
Glenn_McAtee 
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Re: Possible new project.............
12-07-04 12:58 AM - Post#568297    
    In response to knightfan2691

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Have any pictures of that '74? .




It wasn't one you would have wasted film on. It had a bent front fender, faded tannish yellow paint, a weathered brown vinyl top and considerable rust. BUT it NEVER left me stranded and it started on the 2nd spin on a -20*F morning when none of the newer vehicles in my neighborhood would. My room mate at the time couldn't get his 4X4 to even turn over, when he saw me climbing into my insulated coveralls he asked where I was going. I told him to warm up the Monte, he started laughing and told me if his 4X4 wouldn't start that old POS sure wasn't going to. I asked him if he wanted to bet and he replied "a case of Budweiser". I went out, set the choke and hit the key. It made one slow mournful Rrrrrr and turned over once and on the secong Rr fired off and sat there purring like a kitten ! Wish I had a picture of his face " " !!! That's with a point type ignition too, no HEI.



 
knightfan2691 
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Re: Possible new project.............
12-07-04 05:46 PM - Post#568298    
    In response to Glenn_McAtee

*grins*

Good story, there, Glenn . I would've loved to see the expression on his face...he he he.

As for one you wouldn't waste film on....hmph. Any Monte Carlo is worth a photo or 2 . But, that's just me...heh .



 
Glenn_McAtee 
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Re: Possible new project.............
12-08-04 04:40 PM - Post#568299    
    In response to knightfan2691

I had an '85 Monte with a 4.3 that was pretty sharp, two tone dark over light blue, blue velour interior with buckets and console and I put the 15 X 7 Rally's from my '74 on it with 225-70 Goodyear Eagle ST's. Had a 2.29 or 2.42 rear end though, couldn't get out of it's own way. If it had a 700R4 and 3.08's like my '92 4.3 S-10 it would have been a realy sweet ride.



 
knightfan2691 
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Re: Possible new project.............
12-08-04 06:56 PM - Post#568300    
    In response to Glenn_McAtee

Sounds like a good car, except for not being able to get out of its own way .

But, lemme guess...no pics of this one either, eh?



 
chevyt454 
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Re: Possible new project.............
12-09-04 03:39 AM - Post#568301    
    In response to knightfan2691

someone round here is sellin' a '73 for 500 bucks. This post makes me curious to go take a look at it

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2090670 stop in and check out my new webpage


 
YeniPenny 
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Re: Possible new project.............
12-09-04 04:29 AM - Post#568302    
    In response to Glenn_McAtee

There is an ad in one of the National Monte Carlo Owners Club magazine that says they specialize in 73-77 Monte parts...new, NOS, aftermarket, refurb, and used. www.montemania.com email: monteman@montemania.com They are in Glendale, Az.
I have no idea how good they are, never done bidness wid dem.

Jim
bought a new 73 S Coupe maroogundy w/white strato bucket interior.



 
Glenn_McAtee 
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Re: Possible new project.............
12-10-04 03:41 PM - Post#568303    
    In response to knightfan2691

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But, lemme guess...no pics of this one either, eh?




No good ones and none with the Rally's, those were in a photo album my 1st wife kept.......... The only pics I have left are with the wire wheel covers and skinny whitewalls.

A girl that bought it from the guy that had it after me contacted me about the car and brought it by about 3 years ago. It had over 270,000 miles on it! It was puffing the blues but still had the original 4.3 and she had had it completely repainted the stock two tone, it still had Rally wheels and RWL tires on it and looked better than ever. She stores it every Winter and was saving up to have either the 4.3 rebuilt or swap a V-8 into. The interior was gettin a little worn but for having 270K on the clock looked fabulous. Haven't seen it for a couple of years now but she swore she'd never get rid of it so she may have left the area. She sent me a picture of it but I can't find it at the moment. If I come across it I'll post it.

Vettefella, I'll check that out. Thanks.



 
knightfan2691 
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Re: Possible new project.............
12-10-04 05:35 PM - Post#568304    
    In response to Glenn_McAtee

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Quote:

But, lemme guess...no pics of this one either, eh?




No good ones and none with the Rally's, those were in a photo album my 1st wife kept.......... The only pics I have left are with the wire wheel covers and skinny whitewalls.




*grins*

That's OK.... Lesson learned, tho...always make duplicate copies of pictures .

He he he...and, if you find that other pic, do post it.... Sounds like a cool MC, anyway. Heh...I bet that car IS still on the road, tho....



 




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