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1971 Monte Carlo Project Zeus

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So my 71 had an engine fire and one thing led to another and now a complete custom monte is on it's way...

 

First thing to happen was a custom built grill, welded in cowl induction scoop, 2012 camaro side mirrors and four bucket seats. Next a widened grand am dash with custom Speedhut gauges and frenched side marker lights after the removal of all side mouldings. I then pulled the body off the frame and welded in the helwig frame box in kit. After that all factory sway bars, brakes, diff and the rest of the suspension was removed to make way for some new goodies. Currie 9" with 3:70 and currie trac upper and lower rear control arms, Baer 6p 13" rotors front 12" 4p rears, helwig bars front and rear, varishocks on all 4 corners, spc upper and lower front control arms as well as springs new steering box. For wheels I went with 18x10 Rocket Booster rims on all 4 corners with BFG Sport comp 2 255/40/18 front and 275/40/18 rears. After all the upgrades the rust repair started with replacing the trunk floor, parcel shelf and a couple other patches in the back seat area. The biggest rust issue I had was the roof skin that was rotten under the original vinyl. I found a complete sail panel and roof skin in Montana and stripped it cleaned and painted befor welding in to the car. In the process the drip rails were shaved and smoothed. The car is now at the bodyshop hopefully coming home next week after I sandblasted the whole top of the shell. It will be I'm epoxy at that time. The rest of the mock up parts other mods will done in the coming months so hopefully I can have it track/road worthy for the summer to make sure all these miss will work befor i commit to paint. It's been a lot of work but so worth it to have something my own!

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I like the dash. I have a friend who put a 59 Chevy dash in an 85 or 85 S10 pickup. A lot of work to change out a dash like either one.

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The grill isn't billet, I made out of steel! Should eat civics and mustangs with ease!

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WOW!! Very Cool Craftsmanship. Your Monte is going to look KILLER when its done. Any Idea of a Color or Colors for the exterior?

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Thanks for the likes guys! As for color it's gonna be Lamborghini blue nethuns just not sure if it's gonna be a solid color or possibly top blue and bottom black. The color is on the hurican below[

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Yay!  Another BLUE Monte!  Yours will be a real heal-turner, Clay!  You give fresh meaning to the term "car builder" ... maybe "car creator" is more fitting?  Nice work!

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Thanks mcfan! I agreee there needs to be more blue montes! So here is some more grill grill pics I found.

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So went to the bodyshop today and this is what I saw! Zeus is coming home for Christmas with a fresh coat if high build primer! Looks more sinister in person than the pic shows! Almost want to stay black now! Almost...drip rails, side mouldings and windshield moulding clip mounts are now a thing of the past! I am so happy to see he whole car one color now without rust!

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Remarkable work...that will be fun to drive! What motor and trans are gonna move Zeus?

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Thanks! He is gonna get a 5.3 and 700r4 for now. If money was no object a twin turbo ls and t-56 6spd would be the plan. Maybe someday!

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good lookin car...would love to see the frenchd in side marker lights. glad you decided to do something with them instead of jus deleting them altogether.....

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Set my windshield in and put the mirrors back on. Looks pretty smooth and clean across the roof line. The last pic is showing the rear marker light.

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Looks good.  Boy, with those mirrors nobody will be able to sneak up on you from behind.  What are the Mirrors and Instrument Panel from.

rob

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