Went & did some tire kicking

pagrunt

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Not sure why I went & did this evening but took a trip with the Jr. Mechanic to look at a '79 Monte Carlo project. The wife is kinda on board as it could be the Jr. Mechanics gateway to being a true gearhead. It has good potental while being the nastiest car I have ever seen. Got soild floors, no visible water leaks into the cabin or trunk, most complete under the hood enegine I've ever seen on a A/G, bold color cloth camel interior with great plastic except the dash pad, repaired frame rails with one missed spot that wouldn't be an issue to patch. Seller has extra doors which it could use, complete front clip, another trunk lid. Body could use some TLC with some dings, dents & scrapes, most of the paint might buff out. Then there was what looked like 2 lbs of snake skins, 3 lbs of snake poo, lots of rodent droppings in the cabin. Lots of signs of being a vermin hotel as the car has been sitting since '09 after the seller drove it for a year. If it wasn't for that nasty mess this car would be an easy starter project for us to get a powered mover for the Jr. Mechanic to start learning how to wrench on cars. The cars is a Landau with a 305/TH200, posi that might be a 2.73, cloth bench, A/C, F41 (or F40?) with a broken rear swaybar. I've seen & driven worse with the exception of the skins & poo. Another thing that would be a plus is being able to buy & transfer the seller's antique plate since last time I looked Pa allows them to be transfered/sold to the buyer.

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565bbchevy

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I would be mostly concerned with what is under that vinyl top.
 
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pagrunt

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I would be mostly concerned with what is under that vinyl top.
Yea, that's one of the concerns with it as I really don't want to bother with vinyl tops. We had rains here today & didn't see anything wet so maybe it might of not killed the roof. Plans would include removing it.
Get him a wagon 🤪
Think he'll be happy with anything with that extra pedal. Part of his plans for the car.
 

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Save for the skins/poo, and the chrome bumper bits, the car looks pretty solid until you get to what I see is crunchy goodness underneath that vinyl top on the driver A-pillar. Shouldn't be lumpy like that.
 
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The biggest challenge with 78-80's is the lack of replacement sheet metal. Donovan makes it look easy, but it's not.

On the up side, it looks like the kind of car that would be perfect for a Jr. Mechanic to cut their teeth on. Every aspect of the car needs TLC from sitting so long. There's definitely a ton of experience to be had in getting it back on the road.
 
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pagrunt

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Save for the skins/poo, and the chrome bumper bits, the car looks pretty solid until you get to what I see is crunchy goodness underneath that vinyl top on the driver A-pillar. Shouldn't be lumpy like that.
I was surprised when I looked under & the floors are all there but there has to be a hole somewhere so all those critters had a way in. The A pillars are a concern along with all the covered half of the roof but we did have some good rains earlier in the day & I didn't find any signs of water. Maybe a chance typical poor body work cause it was getting a vinyl top? Regardless it will go away if we get it.
The biggest challenge with 78-80's is the lack of replacement sheet metal. Donovan makes it look easy, but it's not.

On the up side, it looks like the kind of car that would be perfect for a Jr. Mechanic to cut their teeth on. Every aspect of the car needs TLC from sitting so long. There's definitely a ton of experience to be had in getting it back on the road.
It is a good car to for the Jr. Mechanic to cut his teeth on with some real work that needs to be done but nothing so major that would scare him off. I was 12 when I started to get my hands dirty with my one friend in his dad's garage. He does like the car & he kept on jumping in the front seat dispite what was all on it. I figured the complete clean up will have me gut the interior.
 
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I was surprised when I looked under & the floors are all there but there has to be a hole somewhere so all those critters had a way in. The A pillars are a concern along with all the covered half of the roof but we did have some good rains earlier in the day & I didn't find any signs of water. Maybe a chance typical poor body work cause it was getting a vinyl top? Regardless it will go away if we get it.

It is a good car to for the Jr. Mechanic to cut his teeth on with some real work that needs to be done but nothing so major that would scare him off. I was 12 when I started to get my hands dirty with my one friend in his dad's garage. He does like the car & he kept on jumping in the front seat dispite what was all on it. I figured the complete clean up will have me HIM gut the interior.
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