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#1033547 - 12/24/15 06:24 PM First lap around the block!  
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The last time this car was registered was in 2000, when it was only 16 years old. For the next 15 years, it rotted in neglect under various ownership, including at least one salvage yard, until I bought it from a hobbyist who was giving up on it and dragged it 40 miles to my house strapped to a U-Haul trailer.

In the three months since I bought it, I've washed it, cleaned out the engine compartment, removed some lighting mods, got new wheels and tires, replaced the front brakes and bearings, cleaned the rear brake hardware, and last night a friend came over and we replaced the old brake fluid. Once we had all the old fluid out, and with one headlight and one taillight working, we took it for a spin around the block.

Maybe it was just the adrenaline from finally getting to drive this thing, and we didn't go faster than about 25, but I thought that little 305 had a mighty roar like nothing I've ever heard outside of a race track. It drives straight, it feels good, and--SURPRISE!--the transmission works the way it's supposed to.

This was exactly what I needed over my Christmas vacation. I still have a long way to go with this car before I can even get a safety inspection, but last night all the work I've done finally translated into real results, real progress. I'm so glad I started this project. I love this car.

#1033550 - 12/24/15 07:28 PM Re: First lap around the block! [Re: JesusCPenney]  
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Congrats man! That will get you motivated!
Get it past the inspection, and enjoy it!
Check the tires for age, after 8 yrs they deteriorate fast, and can blowout at high speeds when they get hot.


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#1033551 - 12/24/15 07:29 PM Re: First lap around the block! [Re: JesusCPenney]  
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awesome job, its nice to see the work you put in start to come together thats for sure.


'87 Monte SS With a stock 11,000 mile '98 LS1/T56.

#1033556 - 12/24/15 10:19 PM Re: First lap around the block! [Re: JesusCPenney]  
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Congrats!!!


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1985 Monte Carlo SS Street Car
#1033558 - 12/24/15 11:33 PM Re: First lap around the block! [Re: JesusCPenney]  
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we will enjoy watching your project in whatever way you take it. Keep us posted and pics when you can....

#1033623 - 12/27/15 10:56 PM Re: First lap around the block! [Re: JesusCPenney]  
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Congrats. Keep us up to date on it.


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