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Old 12-24-2009, 06:56 PM   #1
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Circa 11/2008
Since moving to Westmont and having limited internet access I've used the time to finally do some restoring of my 1985 Monte Carlo SS.

The Monte had two rust holes in each of the top corners of the pinchweld where the windshield mounts to the frame. Allowing water to run inside the car which led to more problems.
So, I removed the windshield fixed the holes and removed all the rust primed/painted/cleared the entire pinchweld.




The water running inside the a-pillar caused the hinge area to rust and ate away the bodyfiller GM used to seal the seams.
So, I removed the rust and old decaying bodyfiller, used J_B weld to replace bodyfiller primed/painted/cleared.



The water also ruined the carpet(smelled like a wet dog), ate through parts of the floorpan, rusted the bottom of the seat legs.


So, I got a good used carpet, headliner, seatbelts, rear seat and a full set of non-rusted floor pans complete with seat mounts(sawzall FTW) out of 84 Monte that shouldn't have been in the boneyard.

1st I installed the headliner trickiest part was cutting the hole for the sunroof.


2nd removed rust from floor pans and primed painted.


3rd fitted patch panels from donor car and made a couple panels for the pretty intact passenger side floor.

4th Riveted in patch panels, sealed top and bottom, primed/painted.

Now with the water issue taken care of and the interior looking 100X better next step was suspension/steering/brakes.



Installed new Belltech drop spindles, new rotors, new calipers, new brake hoses, new springsf/r, new shocks f/r, new upper and lower ball joints, used quick-ratio steering box and intermediate shaft.

Also tried my hand at doing some bodywork, I think I'm going to leave that to someone with more experience.
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Actually met a guy in the boneyard who is giving me a great deal on paint/bodywork so when the Goat comes back out in the spring the Monte will get a facelift!
And lots more little things, sunvisors, rear view mirror, remote trunk opener, new wires, cap and rotor, spark plugs, flowmaster cat-back etc.

Hopefully this will explain why I haven't been on here as much as I used too. Not trying to make a show car, just a reliable, cool, winter beater lol.
So, when you see an old guy in a ol MonteSS project car waving like a madman you'll know it's only me!
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Here's some more of my effort:-)
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More before of the left rear yikes!!!


After my feeble attempt at body work. Better than the cancer though lol
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Here's a few pics from Louisiana! Drove it down last Christmas to visit mom and dad.
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75 and sunny instead of ice/snow and -30!!!
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Replaced my~2K mile Monroe Sensa-Tracs with Bilsteins in the rear!
The Monroes were 100x better than the 120K mile stockers but...




Bilsteins even just in the rear made a HUGE difference !!
Can't wait to do the fronts!!!


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A week later got Bilsteins for the front.
Returned the Sensa-Tracs for a full refund, NICE!
Also adjusted the steering box nut.

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Some burn holes, stains, etc.
But for being 24 yrs old they are in fantastic shape .
I wont tell you how many hours and cans of stain lifter I used to get them to the condition they are in now lol
Old pics of rear bottom seat I got from Paul and stock upper rear. Both have been replaced by a set from an 84 MC.
Want to get new stock covers to re-cover everything, but paint/bodywork is top of the list now!!
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Here's a few more of the interior. Before I fixed the floorboards, put in carpet, etc.(and before I put in even more hours of cleaning the stock buckets!!)


You can see some of the rust from the exhaust parts on the rear seatback, the bottom OMG it wasn't even a seat, Paul was kind enough to give me the bottom just had to drive up to WI in a snow storm in the GTO to get it LMAO

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8-16-09 Pt.2

Started the bodywork/paint process. By myself in the garage lol
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After painting the trunk with bedliner I decided to do the WHOLE car in spray-on bedliner!!!









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Here's a few more pics





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Made a radio plate for my new radio






Hardwired my GPS, installed lighted rearview mirror and radar detector and installed the mount I made




One of my front amber turn signal bulbs blew and had two clear bulbs laying around, kinda looks like driving lights now lol
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Got another set of SS rims.
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After I sandblasted.

I wanna "brush" the spokes and edges,and paint the inner parts satin blk. (All the surfaces that aren't partially brushed will be blk)



Finished the rest of my "custom" emblems lol


Also got a set of 89 Iroc valve covers sandblasted and gonna repaint with ceramic flat black or grey?




Cermaic flat aluminum!







Also got my GTO wheels back from the Powdercoater, gotta find the right size adapters so I can put them on the SS for shows



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Good job, car looks 1000000000x better than it started. I really wonder what the bed liner over the entire car looks like in person
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Nice work!

(Although you kinda lost me after the bedliner paint job. But who knows...you might be starting a new trend. LOL)
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ive only seen one other vehicle that was painted with bed liner and that was a bronco used for rock crawler, i think it looks badass. im sure that thing wont rust now
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Wow, that's a lot of work for your "beater" car. Nice job!
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Thanks guys!
I have always loved g-body's.
I picked this SS up for $250, no motor or trans , rotted floor boards, lots of surface rust but no holes or rusted out frame. Very solid and complete overall.
Figured what the hell who says a winter beater has to look like shit.

Would love to put an LS2 and T56 in it some day.
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Sweet!

My father and brother are trying to do the same to an 83 grandprix.
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ive been following your progress on this on the other board. i gotta say, it looks a lot better in daylight than i thought it would. keep it up! ive always had a soft spot for montes since that was my first car
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bedliner paint job nice
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sweet SS..did a damn good job on it
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Very nice!!! I was following it over on MCSS. Glad to see it's done!! It looks mean in the flat black
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Props to you on the sweet job!
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damn that's one killer make over!
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