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#1 overdrive

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 09:36 PM

I've slowly been making some progress on my car and realized, even though I've posted some pictures of it on this site at random times, I don't have a specific thread showing the restoration process. Some of you have seen some of these, but others haven't. I'll post more pics later.

I bought it like this, on a farm near Ottawa, KS., April of 2008. It had the original paint, interior, top, and transmission, but the motor had been replaced at some time with a '71 block and '69 heads.

I didn't do much at all on it for the first year, but eventually I did some of the body work, got it road worthy, and drove it some, just to find out what all needed attention during the restoration. It hadn't been on the road for the past 5 years and the transmission promptly started slipping badly. I bought a book and rebuilt the TH400, then I drove it a little more.

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 10:44 PM

Very nice, did you ever get the numbers off the rear to see what you have?

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#3 Patrick Sheean

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 11:10 PM

Great looking project, looking forward to seeing your progress.

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Posted 01 June 2014 - 01:54 AM

Thanks guys. Yes, I checked the axle code and the existing ratio. It still has the original 2.56:1 ratio.

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Posted 01 June 2014 - 02:06 AM

I blasted and painted the seat frames and springs. Installed new burlap, foam, and covers.

I bought new head rests, and new side and rear bolsters. The new foam and covers made a world of difference in how the seats feel.

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#6 Patrick Sheean

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Posted 01 June 2014 - 06:45 AM

Great pictures, and how about that '57 with the continental kit, my second car was a '57 Belair 2 door hardtop. You certainly have great taste in cars!

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#7 Jared Richey

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 07:55 PM

There seems to be a connection with obsessions of 70-72 Montes and 57 Chevrolets.
I am one of those people that has both.

Nice progress on the SS.
1970 at 10

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 12:57 AM

Patrick, that '57 is our 2nd Belair 2 dr hardtop. I got my first one when I was 15, in 1975. I bought 2 identical bodies for $15, and built the best one for my high school car. I kept that one for 26 years. We also have a '57 Nomad and a '57 210 DelRay Club Coupe. It's a disease.

Jared, I can think of 3 other members on this forum that also have tri-fives.

One afternoon, after an extensive search, I finally found the build sheet for the SS inside the rear seat, while I was taking it apart to paint the springs and install new covers.

The car has a good amount of options. A title search showed it was shipped from the Van Nuys, CA plant to the Leeds plant in Kansas City, MO. From there it went to the Pappas Chevrolet dealership in Kansas City, MO in June of '70. It was not sold until June of '72, and the first owner kept it until July of '95.

The title search was cheap and it's pretty interesting information. I encourage others to get one, if they don't have the history of their car.

I've restored the dash, steering column, console, shifter, pedal assemblies, etc.

Dan

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#9 Patrick Sheean

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 06:44 AM

Dan I haven't had my '57 since 1977 and I would like to be reinfected with that disease!

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 12:32 PM

Like so many other SS454 Montes, the level ride system compressor and mounting brackets were missing when I got the car. Everything else for the system was still in place. I was able to buy a set of original brackets and a compressor from Germany and with parts from another compressor I bought on ebay, I was able to repair the compressor.

I used the original brackets as a pattern to make more sets of brackets, like the ones below, to sell and help fund the restoration.

Also, I bought a NOS inlet filter for the same system and without opening the package, I used it as a pattern to make filters for the same reason. That was an expensive little filter to buy! :eek:

A forum member that lives locally needed some of the other level ride system parts and got me started making them for others.

Making the die to be able to reproduce the shock protectors was one of the more interesting things I've done during this project. I made the one in the pic.

Dan

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 01:57 PM

Nice work Dan

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 08:57 PM

Great job on the car so far and also the repro parts as well Dan. I have one of your filters and will buy another down the road sometime as a spare. smile

Cheers,
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Posted 21 June 2014 - 12:01 PM

Very nice work Dan. The Monte and the parts look great.

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Posted 22 June 2014 - 01:58 AM

Excellent work!
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Posted 22 June 2014 - 11:32 AM

Awesome work...

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Posted 22 June 2014 - 12:58 PM

Super pictures and workmanship! Keep posting these great pictures please.
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Posted 22 June 2014 - 10:01 PM

Super pictures and workmanship! Keep posting these great pictures please.
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Posted 23 June 2014 - 01:31 AM

Thanks everyone! smile.gif

A couple weeks ago, I raised one side of the car up high and I've been scraping all of the undercoating I could reach from the bottom side.

Also, I've cleaned the inner wheel houses. The metal behind the undercoating looks real nice. Using a small propane torch to heat ahead of a putty knife helps alot.

Finally, today I was ready to lift the body off the frame. I jacked the body up just enough to roll the frame out the side. It was easy to do. I had time to remove all of the rear suspension and the rear axle from the frame. Also, I removed all of the steering parts and all of the front suspension on one side.

I'll be building a body cart and I've bent some 2" rigid conduit to bolt to the cart, so I can roll the body on its side. It'll make the final cleaning and painting of the underside much easier.

Dan

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#19 Patrick Sheean

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Posted 25 June 2014 - 03:38 AM

Thanks for the pictures, they are truly inspiring. Oh and keep up the excellent work.

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 02:05 AM

Nice progress and love the pictures.




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