My 4 year old Classic Car project is finally complete!

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  1. Thundercracker

    Thundercracker Contemptuous

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    I bought this 1972 Monte Carlo back in 1997 and used it as my daily driver for 5 years before I began a frame off complete rebuild from the floor up on it...if it was on the car, it was either taken off and replaced with NOS GM parts or sandblasted and repainted. It's pretty much a new car now as everything is rebuilt on it. I beefed up the 350 V8 a little with an Edelbrock aluminum intake, camshaft and lifter set. I added 882 heads to improve the flow of the engine. The 350 3spd transmission was rebuilt and a shift kit installed. The A/C was rebuilt and blows freezing cold. The entire brake system was replaced including new stainless steel brake lines..

    This car has sooo much of my blood, sweat and $$$$$ in it. Fortunately for me the value on these old cars is going through the roof now thanks to the people who have more money than brains at the Barret Jackson auctions (a recent 72 Monte Carlo auction went for 72,000)....not that I'd ever sell this one.

    This was my first restoration project and I'll take some time off now but my wife is bugging me to start on either a 1970 Monte Carlo SS project or maybe a 1970-72 Nova....

    What she looked like when I bought it...
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    What she looks like now...
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    The interior used to be green/covert...gotta love those 70's color combos...Now its all Sandlewood.
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    The 70-72 Monte Carlo featured the longest hood ever installed on a Chevrolet. (6 Ft long!)
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    The 72 Monte Carlo was the first Monte Carlo model to ever be raced on the NASCAR circut. The long hood and engine location made for a better handling car on the race track over the Chevelle and other Chevy models. For Ford and Mopar drivers, this view was the most recognizable view of the Monte Carlo....
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    Thats one clean engine!
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    I've always thought the Monte Carlo had some of the prettiest lines on it.
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  2. Star Sabre James

    Star Sabre James <b>The JUICE</b> TFW2005 Supporter

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    Well I do not know much about cars, but it looks awesome. Now inquiring minds want to know: does it transform?
     
  3. Thundercracker

    Thundercracker Contemptuous

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    Haven't figured out Transformers technology as of yet, but it does rumble like Thundercracker. :D 
     
  4. Pimpimus Prime

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    Does it transform? :wink: 

    It's good to see someone else that appreciates older cars. Kids these days think every car manufactured before 1980 is a "pimp mobile".
     
  5. Thundercracker

    Thundercracker Contemptuous

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    I got a chuckle the other day when my 13 year old niece took a ride in it and saw the window crank and said "what are these for"? At that moment I remembered how times have indeed changed..:D 
     
  6. Emperor Mengde

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    Wow man, you did a really nice job on that car. And not to sound like your wife, but you should really start on a 70 Monte SS project, as I always thought those cars were killer.
     
  7. FreshDebesh

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    Dude, nice rebuild! I had a friend in high school that had a couple of Firebird TransAms. He was fixing up his mom's car as well as the Smokey and the Bandit car he bought.
     
  8. Aaron

    Aaron Master of Crystalocution Moderator Content Contributor

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    Nice job. My bro got a '73 Nova Hatchback to try and restore, then promptly forgot about it due to a case of boobies.


    Looking to buy a '73 Nova Hatchback?
     
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    Very nice!
     
  10. Zero Prime

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    :lolol  :lolol  :lolol 
     
  11. Ops_was_a_truck

    Ops_was_a_truck JOOOLIE ANDREWWWWWS!!!!!!

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    Excellent work, man. The paint work - and the bondo'ing, if any was done - is absolutely fantastic. From the pictures, the exterior looks show-worthy. That engine looks great and the interior...that leather? MMMPH! Beautiful!

    If you're ever up in the Northern Virginia area and looking to show it off, contact me; my fiance's father is the primary contact for virtually all of the NoVa and DC-area classic car shows.
     
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    Nice! My dad restores classic cars, but I have no ability to do it. Great job!
     
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    That is simply beautiful. I showed it to my Dad and his jaw hit the floor. He congratulates you.
     
  14. Belgrath

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    Simply stunning, Thundercracker.

    My brother is currently trying to repaint and fix up a 1971 Datsun 510 which he bought a few weeks ago.
     
  15. Optimus Scourge

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    That is really sweet, man! Hell, I cood cook a nice omlette on that air cleaner...gorgeous!!!

    I'm big for chevys, and I know what it takes to get that baby looking as you do, as I have a mechanichally restored 80 Z28, just needs minor cosmectics, paint and a dashpad :)  3+ years so far. I can only hope to get that nice someday. May not be soon, but it will come...
     
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    Fine work on a fine automobile.

    Not to derail this topic too much - but I am so glad that GM/Chevrolet brought the Monte Carlo back, is bringing the Camaro back...not to mention the Pontiac G6 coupe/convertible and Solstice. Sporty-looking cars are so rare these days. Just about everything out there these days seems to have four damned doors and is ready to race...to the supermarket/soccer practice/grandma's house....
     
  17. Thundercracker

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    Thanks for all the kind words everyone!
     
  18. Gears

    Gears buh-buh-body ya Veteran

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    Great job, must be fun to drive around in.
     
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    Amazing job man, That looks beautiful. Kudos!
     
  20. Razorblaze

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    That is sharp!! Glad to see someone has good taste in cars...;-)
     

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