Hey guys, I decided it was time to let my fellow formusclers in on my new project. Some of you may remember me from my '68 montego pictured here
Well, now I also own Hot Rod's former late 90's project car Monte1go.
Of course, this is what it looked like before it was stolen.
I got the car in October of last year and it's been a long slow process of gathering parts, working on it when I can (I'm a full time student and have a job) and being interrupted by life (getting a garage built and keeping the other car running). Anyways, some pictures of when I got it.
Scratches on nearly every panel, and the grille broken by the theives.
Anyways, other than the scratches, the paint is in good condition and the scratches shouldn't take much more than a spray can of Mopar intense blue and lots of wetsanding. I'm planning on making my own grille a la matt robison
Article on interior by Hot Rod
I need to replace the dash gauges (stolen), shifter (stolen), and figure out/fix all the wiring.
Now onto the fun Part. This car was originally a 351c and Hot Rod had put in a built aod. When the car was stolen, the engine and transmission were stolen along with the radio, shifter and dash gauges. I figure If I get to start from scratch, why not start with a big block?
Engine is as follows. 1970 D0VE-A block (not
rebuilt, just new oil pump and pan), D0VE-C heads rebuilt with basically stock stuff (hardened seats, 2.08 valves, etc.) el cheapo 218/228 summit cam with .503 lift, non hardened push rods, positive stop valvetrain with poly-locks. Weiand stealth intake, Holley 770 cfm carb, Hooker 1 7/8" 6115 headers, 2.5" exhaust with X.
Just after Dropping it in the car.
Sitting inside my backyard while the garage was being built. Spent most of the time here making transmission cooler lines, and figuring out the wiring.
After my garage was completed about two months ago, I was finally able to get the car in there and do some real work in order to start it up and break in the cam.
This is a shot of the engine just after break in. Everything went well
I'm currently getting a driveshaft made for it (literally as I'm typing this) and then I have about a million other little things to do.
My goal is to get the car registered, insured, and drivable by october of this year.
Wish me luck, And I'll update this thread as I'm Makin' Progress