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  1. #21
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    Looking good. Make sure to fit your chrome trim before paint.
    My half a$$ed build thread.https://www.pro-touring.com/threads/...elle-6-0-4L60E

    Tighten it till it strips & back it off a quarter turn.

  2. #22
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    Quote Originally Posted by SPLATT71MC View Post
    Nice to see another Monte Carlo build. I've been working away at mine little by little for about 7 years now.
    https://www.pro-touring.com/threads/...71-Monte-Carlo
    Love it!

  3. #23
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    Some more surgery around the back window. Picked up a replacement trunk fill panel. It fit pretty well except one of the sides seemed to have a slightly different angle on the drop down tabs than the existing quarter panel. The location of the channel and the overall shape was dead on though



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  4. #24
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alwhite00 View Post
    Looking good. Make sure to fit your chrome trim before paint.
    This is excellent advice. When this area was repaired on my GTO the shop actually used the OEM as a guide to build the area around the window.

    Andrew
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  5. #25
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    Cool! It's good to see people building more than Camaros.
    @Camaro.Family Camaros
    1967 #QuickChangeCamaro - SpeedTech Suspension LS1/T56
    1967 #CFBee - SpeedTech Suspension SuperCharged LS3/T56
    1969 #TaxReturnCamaro Art Morrison Suspension 496/T56
    1986 #IROCdaily - Stock IROC

  6. #26
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    3d Tetris coming together. This was one of the major rust areas of the car. Once this is done, the decision will be to move onto mechanical or patch up the roof. I started using 0.023” wire but that was not conveying enough heat to get good penetration for plug welds so I switched to 0.030” wire which is working much better after I spent a little time on the welding table getting my amateur technique dialed in. I am using MIG process with C25/Ar75 shielding gas.

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    Done! Now time to move on to the front suspension

  8. #28
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    Great! Since you wrapped up that metal replacement around the back window I can go ahead and bring over my ‘70 Grand Prix so you can do the same thing;)

    Seriously though, loving this thread. Great work so far. Montes and GPs have so much in common so I enjoy these builds a little extra.

  9. #29
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    I am a fan of the early GPs and also the colonnade era GA’s if only I could find one. The bird beak and catwalk grille in a world of bland camrys and accords is just too cool


    Up next is the front suspension. After much research and considering my budget and use case, I decided to go with UMI Stage 4. I like the Viking front shocks and the swivel (roto) rear control arms. I am also replacing all the steering linkages and the steering box. This car is a survivor meaning that there are dust boots and bushings on here that were manufactured when Orange County’s very own Richard M Nixon was in the White House. And like tricky dick, I am also “not a quitter” when it comes to wrenching into parts unknown. Approaching this with a 1/2” ingersoll-rand impact and can of Kroil penetrating lube.

    The suspension came apart fairly easily. The front spring are OEM and were fatigued enough that after splitting the ball joints and swinging down the lower control arm, the springs just fell out. Almost didn’t need the floor jack to contain the potential energy in the spring after all



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  10. #30
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    Cleaning up the factory welds. There are areas of the frame where the old stick weld bead is not even on the seam and other areas where the pieces seem to be held together by weld spatter. It is truly shocking that these cars have survived 45+ years

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    Plan here is is to reweld the key load transfer/stress points like the cross member-to-frame joint and the abutting channels near the control arm pickups

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