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#987444 - 11/09/13 10:25 AM 1980 Monte build thread  
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Okay...interior is stripped at the moment...will be tackling everything on this car, too. I've decied the original dash cannot be saved or restored so....in will go a GP dash (hey, Mexican built Montes got em so why not, right?) along with a matching wheel and console. Here's a few pics just to get this started...the steering wheel was sourced from a mid 80's conversion van-it doesn't have the silver insert ring around the wheel , is the dark grey color that I needed and the best part-the horn pad insert trim is NOT broken! Very rare piece to find. I simply added my black woodgrain insert on the pad....I plan to add a 6th gen Monte shield emblem in the center and that's the only "emblem" the interior will see.








In case you were wondering, I designed my own textured woodgrain inserts and accented them with a 1985 SS styled trim outline. I'm designing a 1-piece insert for the dash to match...and, I'll be working on a gauge pod harness to utilize AutoMeter Nexxus gauges in place of the factory GP ones.

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#987445 - 11/09/13 10:37 AM Re: 1980 Monte build thread [Re: gmachinz]  
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Here's a shot of the interior about halfway through the stripping process...



And here's a shot of the interior showing the sunroof closed....I have since sourced and restored a complete sunroof assembly with the mirrored, tinted glass panel-much nicer imo.



When I first seen this car last winter...I had to get it-here is a shot of it while I waited for the owner to answer the door...I seen the sunroof (which was hard to see fromany distance since it almost disappears with the matching vinyl top wrap...ugh!) and knew if the car was at least halfway solid, I'd build it.



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#987446 - 11/09/13 10:54 AM Re: 1980 Monte build thread [Re: gmachinz]  
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Here's a pic showing the contrast between what will essentially be a 2-tone interior scheme-the dark grey GP dash, wheel and console will combine with black woodgrain trim and black steering column and contrast with the light grey (almost white) interior trim panels. Headliner, carpet and seats will also be a dark grey. Seats are a lambskin leather with drivers power track and these were sourced from a 1991 Olds Trofeo...pics soon on those.



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#987574 - 11/11/13 01:53 AM Re: 1980 Monte build thread [Re: gmachinz]  
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Ahh...memories...here's a pic I found on my computer of my old 1979 MOnte I built about 8 years ago. I really like this body style of Montes. I had to sell it to help fund gettign my shop in order equipment wise as well as a couple other projects I had at the time. The 80 I'm doing now reminds me a lot of this girl-it'll be fun!



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#987605 - 11/11/13 01:05 PM Re: 1980 Monte build thread [Re: gmachinz]  
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Very nice, love the white with red interior.

I'm a big fan of that body style as well.


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#987612 - 11/11/13 02:43 PM Re: 1980 Monte build thread [Re: gmachinz]  
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Thanks...I'll be taking this 80 build quite a bit further.....but, I need to address the body before working the extra frame I have for it. For now, I have most of my interior ready and chassis electrical upgrades ready.


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#987617 - 11/11/13 04:40 PM Re: 1980 Monte build thread [Re: gmachinz]  
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I like that body style, sucks you had to sell such a nice car!

#987647 - 11/11/13 09:15 PM Re: 1980 Monte build thread [Re: gmachinz]  
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Yeah....I had a few projects going....that 79 was done and I had a lot of local buyers who knew the car wanted it but...it went to EBay in the end. I had a 78 Monte roller that had my 4-wheel disc brake conversion using a modified S-10 ZR2 3.73 geared rear with a bracket kit for using the panhard bar on the Monte.....stock rear wheel wells moved in 2", narrowed framerails, etc. That had a TPI setup but that's as far as I got.....somebody wanted to pay more than I thought so it too went. Oh well, got another one now tho.

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#987656 - 11/11/13 11:36 PM Re: 1980 Monte build thread [Re: gmachinz]  
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That white one you sold looks dang nice, are those late model impala wheels?



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#987665 - 11/12/13 01:10 AM Re: 1980 Monte build thread [Re: gmachinz]  
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Yes, they are. I used B-body spindles and retained the b-body rotors in order to keep the bolt pattern 5 on 5. Then I re-drilled the axle flanges on a jig I made so I'd have 5 on 5 in the rear too-that way....they slide on like stock wheels. I thought I'd possibly take the car on a roadcourse so I ran a longer and stronger wheel stud 1/2" also all the way around.

At the time, a company called OE Wheel Manufacturers sold those Impala SS "take offs" and they were $640 delivered to my door from Canada. Funny thing, they made the original prototype ones for GM and after only building 300 or so sets, GM outsourced them to cut costs for their Impala SS line at the time. So, these guys were selling them as take offs but with a blank canter cap insert instead of the impala logo. Since they built them first anyway, I figured its still as good as a GM wheel, right? They looked awesome on that car imo....sat about 3" lower all around with a variety of suspension mods....Hotchkis upper arms, Howe lower ball joint mod, delrin lower arm bushings, Iroc Z front ant-roll bar and gearbox, Hotchkis tie rod sleeves, MOOG everywhere else up front, etc. the list goes on and on.

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#987669 - 11/12/13 01:28 AM Re: 1980 Monte build thread [Re: gmachinz]  
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Here's a steel gauge cluster insert panel I designed to replace the sweep speedo in the 66-67 Malibus for a customer...it allows you to install traditional size gauges in it and I built an integrated wiring harness for these, too-this gives you an idea of how the AutoMeter Nexxus gauges look-I'll be using these in my GP dash after I install my black woodgrain insert to replace the GP woodgrain on the gauge bezel-this will complete the blackout look I'm going for on the instrument cluster.

The Chevelle one I ended up painted a semi-gloss black-looked absolutely killer in that car!



Here you can see how I "added" custom features too....I used the warning lamp panels from a monte carlo to use on the Malibu/Chevelle cluster....it's the detail stuff that gets me motivated.


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#987691 - 11/12/13 03:27 AM Re: 1980 Monte build thread [Re: gmachinz]  
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A few more misc. pics of the car as I stripped the interior-when I drove this car home the heat only worked on the floor-the culprit was a broken pivot where the climate control cable actuates the main blend door...



Here's the firewall relieved of it's terrible factory dashpad...all of the wiring is in great shape I was happy to see...PO even splurged on some Infinity KAPPA reference 3.5 dash speakers, too! May have to use them...lol...



Pics of why I wanted this car for my next build...can't beat the look of a sunroof from the inside....t-top lovers don't hate on me....







Alas...rust near the sunroof opening....but have no fear for I have another complete, nice sunroof top as a donor...



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#1015926 - 11/17/14 06:28 AM Re: 1980 Monte build thread [Re: gmachinz]  
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Just wanted to bring this to the top-I have a lot of updating to do....lol


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#1015929 - 11/17/14 01:04 PM Re: 1980 Monte build thread [Re: gmachinz]  
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#1017973 - 01/06/15 02:06 AM Re: 1980 Monte build thread [Re: gmachinz]  
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keep the pics coming!!!!!! my first car was a 1980 monte, wish I still had it


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Hey you are supposed to be working on Aerocoupes only. Stop making your stuff awesome and start on it. poke

The console accent looks really good.


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#1018516 - 01/16/15 08:11 PM Re: 1980 Monte build thread [Re: gmachinz]  
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Lol.....I've not had much of a chance to work on it as I'd like to. I've got so much harness work for the truck guys that all I am doing is building restoration and custom harnesses as of late. Oh but I have a lot of parts waiting for the Monte....just gotta set aside the time....how's your Aero coming along?


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#1018552 - 01/18/15 01:48 AM Re: 1980 Monte build thread [Re: gmachinz]  
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this is a 140A alternator upgrade kit for a GM serpentine setup I thought about using on my 383. I have an 86 K10 for hauling around parts and such which served as my mockup for the bracket kits I ended up manufacturing using a Bystronic press brake. They are 11-gauge laser cut carbon steel.

There are factory 140A serpentine alt brackets out there but they aren't easy to find-I have two on hand-I figured I might as well make bracket kits so I can upgrade every serpentine kit I use at least.


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#1018553 - 01/18/15 01:51 AM Re: 1980 Monte build thread [Re: gmachinz]  
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Heres another shot of it-you can see the bracket offset-it took me 8 brackets (and at least 25 program changes on the press brake) to get the angle and spacing between clocking mounts to get it right AND be able to clear the massive CS144 cased alternator.


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#1018554 - 01/18/15 01:56 AM Re: 1980 Monte build thread [Re: gmachinz]  
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other side of the alternator. I also made a rear brace for it too. I designed a HD 4-ga charging system upgrade harness w/newer style pigtail & resistor to take full advantage of the alternators output.

On my truck, I have pretty much eliminated ALL voltage drop issues. Of course i also built a full replacement harness for the interior and exterior for the 80 Monte too so that helps. Im using a late model Audi power distribution center undressed for all of my electrical additions. It uses a combination of Molex HD power pole connectors for seriously high amp stuff, various 630-series Delphi weather-pack, J-case style fuses, MINI fuses and I'm manufacturing an epoxied 3-speed fan control unit too.


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#1018556 - 01/18/15 02:07 AM Re: 1980 Monte build thread [Re: gmachinz]  
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again, I tested this replacement front lighting harness on my truck before building one for the Monte-it converts to relay power for low and high beam. And, I added a delay module to it to allow me a few programmable settings for delay off to the low beams (like a newer car) so at night as I have it set, it'll provide a 20 second delay off. I can also integrate this into the interior courtesy lighting also. Once Im in the throws of installing my replacement GP dash, I'll add auto-on via a GM photoelectric switch so the headlights will be automatic.


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#1018557 - 01/18/15 02:12 AM Re: 1980 Monte build thread [Re: gmachinz]  
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Speaking of my GP dash-here it is restored and about 90% ready to install. I added very hard to find GP specific items like rear defrost switch, RH remote mirror and I trimmed the newer style gauge bezel for use with a 78-80 wiper wash switch since my Monte has the pulse/delay feature. These parts are GP specific but I'm re-wiring the under dash to be factory in appearance anyway so it should work.

I have all the correct GP AC ducting, lower dash sound canceling plastic panels, etc. I designed and installed a textured black woodgrain overlay to match the console shift plate also. Dash is completely restored now-I opt for an updated look but I try to retain a factory appearance-I don't care for gaudy modifications.


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Heres a pic showing the factory GM 140A brackets on the left and my stock serpentine bracket w/ my adapter bracket installed on it to show the differences. I also use the optional t-stat housing because it routes the upper radiator hose around the alternator instead of over the top of the serp. belt. It look much cleaner that way...notice also the factory rear brace which also serves to cradle the upper hose behind the alternator. Ive stocked a ton of these optional alternator kits over the years so I know a lot of the little differences.


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Wow, you have been busy! Lol! I've yet to install the harness you built for those LT1 cooling fans.


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Well, I have a few projects going on at the same time. The Monte has not been at the forefront like I would prefer-but, I'm keeping busy on my 86 K10 build and my dads V8 Jaguar. I've built complete harnesses for all of my projects and quite often, I'll add something to one and I end up liking it so I add it to the rest of my stable....lol sometimes itbfeels like its never ending....lol


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