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Old 06-26-2009, 03:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1970 Montego resurrection

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.

Interior:


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!
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Old 06-26-2009, 06:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 1970 Monte1go resurrection

O yeah, How do I put a picture in the title screen thing (the one where you're viewing all the threads in the forum)? Thanks!
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Old 06-26-2009, 09:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I got the thumbnail in there for you Jeff. Well, I must say that is a very interesting story that you picked up that old HR project. Similar to FM's 93 Cobra. Please keep us updated and again, nice job saving a theft.
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Old 06-27-2009, 04:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Got the shifter installed and ran the car through the gears, Transmission seems to be working well. I still need to hook a vacuum line up to the modulator.



Some more shots of the car, can't get a full shot of the car due to it being in the garage, etc.



you can kinda see the lack of a grille from here.

Here is a slightly better shot...


And one last one...


Now onto brakes, finishing the wiring, sorting out the interior, and getting real exhaust welded up.
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Old 06-28-2009, 09:13 PM   #5 (permalink)
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OK guys, found a reservoir for the master cylinder and bled the brakes today. Also bent a line for the vacuum modulator on the tranny.

3 years and 3 months after having its drivetrain stripped by theives, Monte1go is now moving and stopping under its own power again!

No pics right now, because my camera's battery is dead, but I should be updating it in a couple days.
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Old 07-07-2009, 02:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
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How in the world did a carbon fiber bumper end up on that car? HOW COOL! I love this year Montego. My first car was a 71 MX and I love that shape!
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Old 07-10-2009, 11:28 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Hot Rod had the bumper custom made by a fiberglass/carbon shop. They said with the bumper and associated unnecessary bracketry removed it removed 75 lbs from the nose. I kinda killed that with the big block, but o well.

Just for reference the iron BBF is about 140 lbs more than a iron Cleveland, which the car had previously.
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Old 07-11-2009, 03:43 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Hot Rod had the bumper custom made by a fiberglass/carbon shop. They said with the bumper and associated unnecessary bracketry removed it removed 75 lbs from the nose. I kinda killed that with the big block, but o well.

Just for reference the iron BBF is about 140 lbs more than a iron Cleveland, which the car had previously.
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Old 09-12-2009, 01:43 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Re: 1970 Montego resurrection

Hey I have a montego like yours and was wondering what you've been doing with yours.
TorinoCobra - Torino and Cyclone Technical Forum :: View topic - 1970 Montego---update 9-12-09 PICS FINALLY
Here's my car, make sure you go to all the pages 'cause i have lots of pics.
My e-mail is jlr@jlrinstallations.com
or call me at 715 441 4896.
I am working on getting fiberglass/carbon fiber hoods made for these as well and i figured you would like a carbon fiber hood as i am going to have mine in CF.
Look forward to chatting with you!!
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Old 09-15-2009, 03:40 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I PMd you on Torinocobra! I might need to talk to you about that username.....
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Old 10-03-2009, 11:18 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Dude, very cool ride. There is a guy north of Ames Iowa with a small collection of Fords and Mercurys and he has a couple 429/4 speed montegos.
Very cool to see a call like yours saved.
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Gorgeous car - what is the name of that color?
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Old 09-10-2010, 12:49 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Wow, haven't updated this in a while.

The color is a Chrysler color called intense blue pearl.

Anyways, The car has been running and driving for just under a year. I have probably put about 6-7k miles on it since then. It's been on a couple 800+ mile roadtrips and the only thing that seems to be an issue is the headlight switch. (keeps failing, must have a short somewhere).

All in all, I havent done much to her since I got her back on the road. Slowly fixing all the little imperfections in the paint. It needs a shortblock refresh, but money is tight.

here are some photos


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Oh, forgot that I got gauges for the dash
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I don't remember-was this one in Hot Rod, or?
They were doing an article on then and now, magazine cars, I would tell you to fire something off to the guys at Hot Rod Magazine!
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