Message Board


2018 Western Meet

2018 Eastern Meet
Home  | Join  | Merchandise  | West Meet | East Meet | Monte photos
Meet Photos | Tech  | Museum  | Parts  | Registry  | Links  | Officers

Jump to content



  • Please log in to reply
13 replies to this topic



    Gold Member

  • Members

  • 2,198 posts
  • Locationst clair michigan usa
  • Legal Name:Leo Alexander Konik
  • Occupation:klassik car restorer

Posted 19 April 2018 - 02:51 PM

After over 40 years of restoring and collecting cars you think i would know better by now , just keep saving rusty cars , major metal work everywhere in our shop and i am still looking at saving this 71 SS454 , all numbers matching sat for many years , needs 75% of the sheet metal replaced , we have done several worse projects but this is major , color combo is odd/rare and build sheet documented , black on black with a jade green interior , was from Greenbay WI and had a Greenbay packers key chain , guessing a fan , first we will take her apart document and decide , so far it has been a great reference point and a sign that i am still a nut that loves a challenge


and yes we had to duct tape and chicken wire the car together to get it home , a good friend of mine had this car stored for 20 plus years and kept asking me are you sure you want it , OF COURSE YES


still crazy after all these years


if anyone knows any history on this car or previous ownership please let me know



Attached Files

  • 71ss454 * (Larry), stangeba, Canuck and 3 others like this

#2 cny first gen 71

cny first gen 71

    Platinum Member

  • Members

  • 4,792 posts
  • LocationLiverpool N.Y. USA
  • Legal Name:Steve Lavoie
  • Occupation:supervisor

Posted 19 April 2018 - 03:00 PM

Wow that one is definitely over my head and maybe over the heads of other members here but thank goodness we have you Leo to save these rare cars. Keep up the great work!

  • DDay likes this
There is no such thing as strangers, only friends we have yet to meet.
Posted Image

#3 Palmbchmonte


    Advanced Member

  • Members

  • 78 posts
  • LocationS Florida
  • Legal Name:Keith Brown
  • Occupation:Mechanical Contractor

Posted 19 April 2018 - 03:06 PM

Thank you for making me feel better now I see one that is a little worse than my 70 project...i also had to keep saying yes I want it. Sometimes we look at these cars and see something totally different than other people see...glad to see you're up to the challenge.

#4 Rob Peters

Rob Peters

    Retired Vice President FGMCC

  • Administrators

  • 15,760 posts
  • LocationPittsburgh, Pa. USA
  • Legal Name:Rob Peters
  • Occupation:Retired Senior Field Engineer Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics

Posted 19 April 2018 - 03:55 PM

WOW Leo, if I still had a dog he would say that is really Ruff. That will be a definite labor of love.

To access my website click the link below


My Two Girls


Go Car or Show Car, it doesn't matter, you are welcome here

#5 70white402



  • Members
  • 23 posts
  • LocationColts Neck, N.J.
  • Legal Name:Jeff luzzi
  • Occupation:Arborist

Posted 19 April 2018 - 07:56 PM

thats great its complete!

#6 1970mcss


    Brass Member

  • Members

  • 345 posts
  • LocationSt. Charles, Illinois
  • Legal Name:Paul Van Dril
  • Occupation:Automotive Consultant

Posted 19 April 2018 - 09:07 PM

My 70 has them same color combo. Good luck with the restoration....

#7 dblsprt68


    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • 30 posts
  • LocationCharlotte, NC
  • Legal Name:David Cornish
  • Occupation:Aircraft Mechanic

Posted 20 April 2018 - 03:18 AM

WOW O WOW!!!!!!!! That IS RUSTY!!!!!!!!!!!!  I hope you save it Leo. You maybe the only one who could.

I work on airplanes for a living, but ENJOY working on older cars for fun?

#8 420ponies


    Silver Member

  • Members

  • 1,182 posts
  • LocationCorning,N.Y.14830
  • Occupation:machinist

Posted 20 April 2018 - 03:00 PM

Man , a '71 454 numbers matching, you looking to the future Leo? That will be one  special Monte!!  "In Leo we Trust"


#9 Boots


    Brass Member

  • Members

  • 563 posts
  • Locationeast of Toronto (Newcastle)
  • Legal Name:Bill
  • Occupation:driver/landscaper/heavy equipment operator/truck driver

Posted 20 April 2018 - 03:58 PM

stock up on bourbon and aspirin my

#10 MC1of80



  • Members

  • 192 posts
  • LocationStaten Island, New York
  • Legal Name:Thomas Ferrante
  • Occupation:Bus Mechanic NYCTA

Posted 20 April 2018 - 05:58 PM

WOW!!! You guys are not used to cars like this. Over here in the north east cars like this are normal! Yes normal. Lol not looking to anger anyone. Just saying that a North Eastern car 99% of the time looks like this. Leo certainly has a lot of work ahead and I personally thank him for saving a true numbers matching SS. All parts of the country have different issues with cars but in my opinion, right or wrong, the northern east has the worst rust issues. Good luck Leo! Please keep the pics on the progress coming.

#11 willie


    Silver Member

  • Members

  • 1,656 posts
  • LocationLong Island, New York
  • Legal Name:William Conforti
  • Occupation:Driver

Posted 22 April 2018 - 07:46 PM

I agree With Tom. Up here we would throw a few tail lights on that and get another 50 k out of her...    And yes Leo you are the Man!!!

Posted Image

#12 Monteman1971


    Chrome Member

  • Members

  • 6,224 posts
  • LocationSmithtown, NY
  • Legal Name:Stephen
  • Occupation:Banker

Posted 01 May 2018 - 03:16 PM

I shudder to think of what the floors and trunk look like if the external panels are that bad...but as a numbers matching SS, it's worth saving...... but better you than me


I'm sure it will be great when your done!







11.66 @ 116mph, 1.73 60'


#13 Nasblu


    Junior Member

  • Members
  • 62 posts
  • LocationPa

Posted 06 May 2018 - 11:51 AM

Leo, great project!!! Your like a lot of us car guys we want to save them all. I cant tell if that body wise is better or worse than the 70 Shadow Grey SS from PA that I sold you a few years back. Anything ever get done with the car or just parted out at your place? Hope all is well.

#14 72 LS5

72 LS5

    "Big Blue" LS-5(02)

  • Members

  • 2,250 posts
  • LocationBoca Raton, FL
  • Legal Name:Michael Voltz
  • Occupation:Real Estate Website

Posted 14 May 2018 - 01:19 PM

How do you find these cars Leo?


Thanks for saving another!

Heart Transplant 07/2011-> Tired 454 yanked and ZZ502 installed

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

Home Page
Message Forum
Members' Montes|Meet Photos
Tech Info|Museum|Parts|Registry|Links|Contact Us