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Username Post: Monte 1971 purchase help / advise        (Topic#84806)
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12-22-04 05:20 AM - Post#580958    

And suddenly there it was! A nice goldish brown Monte Carlo from 1971 with 350 engine. I guess it has a normal 2 barrel carburetor but I am not sure. So, can you give me some tips where to look at specifically? I think these cars are solid as a rock, but maybe there are some specific weakpoints. Standard HP of this car is around 170 Ps I assume?

Any advise is welcome, in order to make a good purchase and enjoy the Monte ride.

Many thanks in advance


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Re: Monte 1971 purchase help / advise
12-22-04 08:36 AM - Post#580959    
    In response to silverado92

As far as the body goes, look at the bottom of the car for rust. Lower fenders, 1/4's, doors, and rockers. Look for bent and heavily rusted frame. Check out the cowl, these cars have air inlets for AC and heat here. If they fill with debris, then you can get rust. The better the body the easier the work.

The motor and tranny can be fixed or replaced although I amagine it my be expensive in Europe. Usually this is the area I worry about the least because it is the easiest to repair.

S.Pollard 57 Belair sport coupe 69 C/10 stepside (wife's) 84 Monte Carlo SS

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Re: Monte 1971 purchase help / advise
12-22-04 09:12 AM - Post#580960    
    In response to silverado92

In 1971, the 350 engine with a 2-barrel was rated at 250 BHP. In 1972, horsepower ratings were changed to reflect net(SAE) horsepower, so that sme engine would be around 170 horsepower.

To tell if it's a two or four barrel, remove the air cleaner and count the holes.

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Re: Monte 1971 purchase help / advise
12-22-04 04:51 PM - Post#580961    
    In response to silverado92

Weak Points? LOL seriously, another area that is common for rust is the rear window. the rist can cause leaks into the interior and/or trunk.

Also check out, the best site for 70-72 Monte info.

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Re: Monte 1971 purchase help / advise
12-24-04 06:47 AM - Post#580962    
    In response to silverado92

All Muscle cars virtually have the same weak points, Bottom rear of the front fenders, bottom of the doors and rockers, the rear quarter panels, and the floor and trunk pans. Fourtunatley there are a few companies making repo parts for 1st gen montes now, so replacing the sheet metal is not as much of an issue as it used to be. As far as the purchase it depends on what the seller is asking and condition of the car. Here in the states you can still find 1st gen montes pretty affordably, but overseas maybe a different story. Here we might spend around $1000 for a restorable monte, where as you might spend double or triple that. I guess it all comes down to the money, how much you want to spend, and how much work, time, and money your willing to put into the car. OH and if your married, how understanding your wife is. Believe me women get very grumpy when you spend more time with your car than them. Hope this helps.

71 Rally Nova 71 Monte Carlo 69 Camaro 66 Impala SS 2006 GMC Sierra Crew Cab 4x4 w/Vortec MAX


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