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  1. Doing a second coat today. Sharpie oil based paint marker. Shake it up!
  2. Sorry to hear of your blowout and damage to the car but I'm glad you're not hurt. I can't find that BFGoodrich tires have a reputation or history of having blowouts. I'd say yours was an isolated incident, probably a defect or somehow the tire had unseen damage. They're made by Michelin which is a top brand.
  3. As I understand it, 134a refrigerant has smaller molecules than R12 and can actually escape through the original R12 hoses. When replacing R12 hoses with 134a hoses, they'll have the different fittings on them. I suspect you still have the R12 hoses and that's why the refrigerant is gone. Three more things need to be changed: The POA valve on top of the evaporator box; The drier; The condenser. The original R12 one is a single tube "serpentine" style and a 134a condenser is a multi-pass with tanks on each side. This is needed because 134a isn't as efficient as R12. Vintage Air offers an exact fit condenser/drier/tubing kit (021181) specifically for first gen Montes, no holes needed. Also, the evaporator and compressor needed to be fully flushed. If you go to a good AC shop, they should be able to tell you if your stuff has been correctly upgraded.
  4. OK folks, let's use this thread for stories, videos, pictures and everything else. Those of us who weren't there wanna know!
  5. It is now. Bidding at almost $40K, reserve not yet met. Nice car. Options look to be few, AC, buckets & console, limo skirts, 8-track. Can't tell if it's a 2 or 4 barrel carb. https://www.ebay.com/itm/203023299844
  6. On top of the frame next to the gas tank on the driver's side.
  7. Almost three decades since I did mine but I did find a good pic:
  8. Is this event at Carsile the first full event they're having since the COVID-19 shutdown in March?
  9. If you're not satisfied with the "normal" route of a parts store rebuild, there are starter rebuilding services that'll rebuild one you send in. I'm sure it'll be a better rebuild than a generic shop rebuild.
  10. Bruce, I think the 1970 cars used a chain at the carb. You 1971 car has no chain but I think it's correct for 71. This is from the 1971 assembly manual.
  11. As this wire was added after the body was assembled on the Fisher Body side, the brake booster would have been put on the body first. It would easier to drop the wire over the booster than under and speed is everything on an assembly line. It's also a more direct path for the wire. I'd say the wire belongs over the booster.
  12. 730 installed in 1970, 11,510 installed in 1972. Zero in 1971 must be because they lost the records. It was specifically not available on any SS454 Monte Carlos because the superlift pump was mounted where the cruise control was supposed to be.
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    Tire question

    Except for a drag rear tire from MT or Nitto, I'd only use a BFG Radial T/A, I love the looks-and they perform great. There are whitewall paints that hold up pretty well, Ranger is just one: https://www.rangerpaint.com/
  14. Douglas, at the underhood blower relay, the 18 gauge orange wire is connected to the 10 gauge wire from the underhood fuse feeding the plug for the relay. This splice is in the relay's plug crimp. As the 10 gauge wire is hot all the time, so is the 18 gauge orange wire going back into the dash via the cowl grommet. Yes, this makes this skinny little wire protected by a 30 amp fuse. This gives power to the anti-dieseling & blocking relays after the ignition key is turned to off and allows the relays to do their thing-which is to turn on the compressor for a few seconds to stop the engine. 1970 cars didn't have any of this and I'm not sure about 1972 cars. Correct wiring diagrams for 1972 cars are hard to come by.
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