Here’s a couple of pictures of the monster I have created:
In short, it’s a mess. This is just an experiment to see if I can get a little more real estate in the engine bay to mount some of my electrical stuff like an ignition box, fan relays, ignition coil and so forth, without giving up heat and AC.
The AC won’t be as effective since I’ll be using a smaller core, but time will tell.
Small recap of the last month:
Managed to get the lead out of my rear and put on all the front suspension components I had accumulated for the last year. 4660(I think anyway) springs, blazer brakes, taller upper and lower ball joints, new tie rods with solid adjusters from QA1. Even with a “gud nuff” adjustment of the proportioning valve, the rears lock up after the fronts on the dirt and this thing stops way better than I was expecting.
Switched from the Edelbrock to the Holley with a fixed choke and new secondary fuel bowl to replace my improperly made one, and the choke still won’t work properly, so in a box it goes. Need to do some more tuning on it or just buy a new one. The constant fiddling for minor (if any) improvements is getting on my nerves.
I also spent my weekend sandblasting the lacquer painted passenger door and found this:
Since I don’t know how to braze in fill rod, and this isn’t bad enough to justify attempting to cut the bottom of the door off with my fists of ham at the controls, I’m going to take a play from my grandfather and use JB Weld like body filler, then undercoat the door with a thin undercoating. And pray it lasts a few years. I also need to fix a fender, but that can be sloppy since everything I need to fix will be hidden by the SS fender extensions and the Sport Coupe trim.
Also scored a cowl induction hood from the Parts a Rama: (I now realize I haven’t taken pictures of this yet.)
And I believe that’s it, at least it’s what I remember. The heater box still isn’t finished, but it’s close to being sealed up and ready for paint. I’ll leave y’all with what the car sounds like though 16 inch Powerstick mufflers (courtesy of Mike’s recommendation) and a full exhaust when the video uploads.
Mexican market Montes came with Grand Prix interior options, GP dash standard, the SS’s didnt come with rear spoilers and they could get 350s as an option (that might be the standard V8, haven’t heavily researched it) and usually had 4 speed manuals, IIRC.
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