BUILD THREAD 1987 Monte Carlo from Iceland

mclellan83

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Jun 27, 2017
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I'm also impressed with the large amount of work, looking forward to seeing the progress
 

Sævar Örn Eiríksson

Greasemonkey
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May 5, 2018
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ICELAND
I am tuned in on this one! Good work so far.

Thanks man, the quality of my work will only show once I start reassembly, so don't settle down on your feet just yet! Teardown is the easy part!

Welcome and good luck with the build.

Thanks man

Welcome to the site.

Thanks, it's a good place to be.

Wow you don't waste no time! Good to see it getting done

Yea, like I stated earlier, I've been on paid holiday off work, so time free time has been in unusual quantities, progress will eventually slow down both because of lack of funds and because of limited time off work :)

I'm also impressed with the large amount of work, looking forward to seeing the progress

Thanks


I finished the rotisserie today, the cost of making this rotisserie was around 9 hours of work, planning and getting the metal included. The cost around 300 usd.

Most of this is only made by eyesight, no professional measurements or anything of the sort.. this is a one shot deal, this will be scrap metal once the car is finished so I wasn't spending too much time thinking forward, only getting it to work with this particular car.

That being the goal allowed me to simplify the mechanism of pivot, because the car must be completely, or almost completely center of weight, that means when you tip it over it doesn't come tumbling down and kill you softly pun intended.

I managed to find this center of gravity pretty well, just by guesswork and eyesight. I imagined the floorpan would be very heavy against the T top roof, and thus I placed the center of gravity on the seam of the firewall front where the floor meets the firewall. This happened to be almost completely correct as I am able to roll the car easily with one hand although it does want to roll itself completely on top, it is very controllable and easy to manage safely, so I am pleased, proud and lucky that it worked so well on the first go!

There is some chassis flexibilty that I will have to account for, come the time I cut off the rocker panels etc, just so the car doesn't become banana shaped by the end of this ordeal, but this will come at a later time. Now comes the wait for MYus.com to ship my parts overseas, the first shipment is floor board repair sections, body mount repair sections, and a set of frame rail repair sections from Conrad of Canada.

Subscribe to updates of this thread if you want notifications when I post updates, I'm very keen on getting this thing driving again before the end of summer, and summer in Iceland ends in early september!

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The car, tilted around 50° is very stable and makes working on the floorpans and rocker panels a breeze!

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Also having the car on the side when doing this work makes all welding work much easier, and you don't have dust in your eyes and weld bulges exploding down your shirt
 

O. D. Showtime

Comic Book Super Hero
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Feb 6, 2009
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Regina Sask. Canada
You certainly didn't waste any time getting into this project! Looks like you'll have a "little" bit of work ahead of you, but looks like you are more than capable of taking care of it. Looks like a nice shop there as well. Nice work so far....I'll be watching the progress!
 

Canon_Mutant

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Aug 15, 2015
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Thanks man, the quality of my work will only show once I start reassembly, so don't settle down on your feet just yet! Teardown is the easy part!

I resemble that remark. Check out the lack of progress on my build in your spare time. Now, with me it was the almost exponential ballooning the project took from just a suspension/brake mod that is the problem. I just changed the entire suspension and put new brakes on my Tacoma 2 years ago so knew I wasn’t in over my head when the project started. From finding my rear end is toast to having to take the entire body loose to swap the bushings to all the nickle dime stuff I might as well do while the body is loose, etc. . . and progress has not stopped but certainly my rate of progress has slowed immensely.

The teardown is indeed the easy part in more ways than one (y)
 

Texas82GP

Just-a-worm
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Apr 3, 2015
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Spring, Texas
Welcome to the site from Houston. Thanks for the great introduction. You don't lack ambition do you? That looks like a lot of rust repair but it looks like you are equipped to handle it. I'm tuned in on the build. Let us know if we can help.

Best,

--Jared
 

Sævar Örn Eiríksson

Greasemonkey
Thread starter
May 5, 2018
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ICELAND
Thanks, as I stated earlier I've been back to work for a week now so the pace has slowed a little, however I'm just waiting on my orders from USA, I already have about 250lbs worth of stuff sitting on a pallet in Sarasota. FL just waiting for a few more items before shipping it to Iceland.

This is the first order I've made for the car and hopefully it will be the first one of only two, to begin with hehe.

I got most of the things I imagine I would need, I left out the doors and fuel tank for now as these can wait until reassembly of the car.

That brings up a question I haven't found the answer to
, this being a 1987 Limited Sport (LS), does this means regular 80-88 doors won't fit? Or is just some modification needed for attaching the chrome trim?

I've begun work on drilling spotwelds out of the floor board bracing and the seat mounts which I will be reusing on the new floorpans.

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pagrunt

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Sep 14, 2014
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Elderton, Pa
That brings up a question I haven't found the answer to, this being a 1987 Limited Sport (LS), does this means regular 80-88 doors won't fit? Or is just some modification needed for attaching the chrome trim?
'81-'88 doors will fit but note the differences.
Base '81-'85, trim on bottom of door, mirrors mount more rear ward from the front edge
SS '83-'85, no trim, mirrors the same mounting as the base cars of the same years
Base '86, trim on doors like '81-'85, mirrors mount forward on doors like yours
LS '86-'88, trim on lower belt line, mirrors forward (but you knew that already)
SS '86-'88, no trim, mirrors forward
They do make new doors ('81-'85, '86-'88) but you'll have to copy trim nail/stud locations from your doors as they come with out them like the SS doors.
 
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