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Hi all. I went on a road trip yesterday to check out a '71 Monte and the owner and I reached an agreement today. I guess I think I need to restore another one. This one is a very solid car from Georgia and Tennessee that was built in the Van Nuys plant. It's had one repaint in the 80s and needs stripped and painted again. Originally a Burnt Orange car with cloth Sandalwood buckets that were recovered with vinyl, and it has a weird looking chrome thing sticking up through the floor. I've always loved this color. My first Monte back in 1988 had that same chrome thing. 

Weather permitting, I'll have it home in a week. 

The 396 on the air cleaner is not correct.

Dan

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Great looking car. Is it a factory numbers car? Love the color combo. You could send it my way. How does a guy finger a 4 speed car. Good luck with the restore.

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Congratulations, Dan!!  That's a win/win - you get a really fun-to-drive first gen and it gets a savior!  It will be interesting to see how your Montes compare after restoring this one.  Mine seemed to have different personalities, each with likable characteristics, but I must admit the one with the silver thing sticking out of the console was more fun to drive.  Looks like you are starting with a pretty nice specimen.  Keep us posted on your progress.

Enjoy!

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nice very cool find. cant wait to see the progress

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Thanks everyone. Yes, it has a numbers matching motor and transmission, but the 402 is on a pallet, needing rebuilt. It's included in the deal. It even has the matching numbers, original Quadrajet. I'll need to find an original air cleaner. This one and 1 valve cover was damaged during shipping to the seller last year. I have a pair of valve covers. 

The motor that's in the car now is a fresh 454, and it runs great. Has a new Quick Fuel carb on it. I haven't had their carb before. 

Dan

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That is a sweet deal.  Getting the original 402 engine is a huge benefit.  I do hope you will correct that exhaust early on.  I don't know why the exhaust exiting behind the rear tires bothers me so much but it does.

rob

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I don't care for that look either. It has what I think are Flowmasters, and the original exhaust manifolds are on the 454. The exhaust is not very old, but I'll at least change out the tailpipes. I'll drive it to some cruise ins for awhile before tearing it apart and spreading it all across the shop. I need to save up for parts and materials. 

It has 4 speakers and a working AM/8 track, as well as the tach and gauges. 

Dan

 

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I have an extra pair of valve covers if you need them. How do you guys find these cars. I want to find a 4 speed that I can restore. I plan on retiring in the next couple years and want a project. Enjoy the ride.

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Thanks for the valve cover mention. I'm pretty sure I have a pair. I'll check when I get back home.

I saw a post someone in Pennsylvania made on a Facebook group that was asking about first gen Montes that were for sale. The seller of this car replied to him about it, but the distance between them was too much. The Pennsylvania guy was looking for something much closer. I messaged the seller and got more photos and a phone number. 

The seller has paperwork that goes with the the car showing it was in the 2006 movie "We Are Marshall", with Mathew McConaughey.  I've never seen the movie, but the seller said he has and the car was just parked on the street and not driven in the movie. 

He has a very nice car collection and is a great guy to visit with. Believe it or not, he has another one of these 80 cars. It's a beautifully restored bucket seat car in Mulsanne Blue w/black vinyl interior and also matching numbers.

I've invited him to check out our club website. Maybe all can meet him here. 

Dan

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You are correct. It's not for sale, but he let me get a photo. 

Dan 

 

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Very nice! Congrats!

My 71 SS has a code for cloth sandalwood buckets also yet it has vinyl buckets that have wear that matches the mileage. Vinyl buckets were not available from the factory. I suspect mine were swapped pretty early in life, perhaps by the dealer.

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This went to crap real fast. Here's the latest. 

His name is Mark Buchanon, and he is on some Monte Facebook groups. These are the messages we exchanged to verify our agreement, after we reached a purchase price and an agreement of when I would be back for the car, on the phone. I made a 1600 mile round trip to inspect the car. We planned to take the truck and enclosed trailer to get it near Denver next week, then make a jog down into Texas to get a load of quilt batting for my wife's small business, then back to NE Missouri and home. 

I'm extremely pissed now. 

Dan 

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What a bunch of BS. I bet he's going to try to sell it for more. The selling to a friend sounds like total bs. Sorry for you though Dan. Keep an eye on Ebay.

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That definitely sux ! I'm sure your extremely pissed comment is an understatement! Its a shame a mans word and handshake are mostly useless in todays world. On the bright side I believe in karma and maybe the Monte god's knew this wasn't a car for you. The right one will come along 

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