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#572823 - 06/01/08 02:20 PM 83 Monte Build-Up Progress Thread UPDATE 10-27-11  
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I put a dent in progress. We took the body off the frame today and started welding in the delete panel for the heater box opening. Soon we'll but cutting the rear part of the frame to notch it for either a 295/65 or 315/60 tire. Right now, it's a 275/60, but to get it to fit right without rubbing, we would have to notch the frame rail, so if we go that far, why not go all out?
Any thoughts?


(and thats the 6.0L truck motor sitting on the frame. The 305 was sold for $250....More money for parts!)





Me welding and grinding



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#572849 - 06/01/08 06:01 PM Re: 83 Monte Build-Up...Progress Thread UPDATE 10/1/09 [Re: Monte83]  
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Lookin good!



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#572855 - 06/01/08 06:24 PM Re: 83 Monte Build-Up...Progress Thread UPDATE 10/1/09 [Re: Sixtoes1313]  
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Man, that's more than a "dent" in progress! Congrats to you guys!


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#572878 - 06/01/08 08:27 PM Re: 83 Monte Build-Up...Progress Thread UPDATE 10/1/09 [Re: TPI Monte SS]  
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How hard was it to get the body off the frame???


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#572883 - 06/01/08 08:48 PM Re: 83 Monte Build-Up...Progress Thread UPDATE 10/1/09 [Re: kp86IROCSS]  
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Front Clip and fenders from Firewall up is only a few bolts! Surprised me.


#572884 - 06/01/08 08:51 PM Re: 83 Monte Build-Up...Progress Thread UPDATE 10/1/09 [Re: crazyhorse1983ss]  
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Homemade 2X4 platform!!! Genius!!! I never thought I would see that! I feel motivated.


#572977 - 06/02/08 01:11 AM Re: 83 Monte Build-Up...Progress Thread UPDATE 10/1/09 [Re: crazyhorse1983ss]  
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Originally Posted By: kp86IROCSS
How hard was it to get the body off the frame???


Depends on how many people you have helping. Body mount bolts are a pain. After that, we used four people. Mom pulled the frame out with the tractor while my dad, brother and I lifted the body up and put it on the car dolly.

Originally Posted By: crazyhorse1983ss
Front Clip and fenders from Firewall up is only a few bolts! Surprised me.


That's been off for a while, but you're right, a few bolts...easy.

Originally Posted By: crazyhorse1983ss
Homemade 2X4 platform!!! Genius!!! I never thought I would see that! I feel motivated.


It comes in handy (besides the casters). This is the second car to use it on.

#572983 - 06/02/08 01:18 AM Re: 83 Monte Build-Up...Progress Thread UPDATE 10/1/09 [Re: Monte83]  
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kudos Brett, looks like you got it going on..
what's it onna be when your done,
race car or nasty street rod..?

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#573012 - 06/02/08 02:08 AM Re: 83 Monte Build-Up...Progress Thread UPDATE 10/1/09 [Re: SS402]  
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i love the platform :>


keep us updated as u go along

#573040 - 06/02/08 03:23 AM Re: 83 Monte Build-Up...Progress Thread UPDATE 10/1/09 [Re: jigsaw]  
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^^ x2, I'm taking notes too... for the next time around, I'll be making a platform like that..
Good work! thumbs

#573233 - 06/02/08 07:00 PM Re: 83 Monte Build-Up...Progress Thread UPDATE 10/1/09 [Re: 84 ZZ4]  
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Originally Posted By: SS402
kudos Brett, looks like you got it going on..
what's it onna be when your done,
race car or nasty street rod..?

George


I'll race it, but I'll drive it too.

Originally Posted By: 84 ZZ4
^^ x2, I'm taking notes too... for the next time around, I'll be making a platform like that..
Good work! thumbs


It's pretty simple. Just hang a line down from the front and back body mount hole and make a mark on the ground, take measurments and build it (with a spike/nail in the top with the head cut off, and one of the body mounts around it for the car to sit on)

#599886 - 08/26/08 02:23 AM Re: 83 Monte Build-Up...Progress Thread UPDATE 10/1/09 [Re: Monte83]  
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A little more progress now. I've had everything stripped off the frame for a while now. I'm just now staring to narrow the rear frame to fit some 315's(295's untill i sell my 8" wheels to get 9"). Tonight, I welded up some bracing for when I cut the section (to be narrowed) out. So far so good. The only part that went wrong tonight was when I cut my leg open pretty deep on some of the bracing. It didn't hurt till I looked at it...
Here are a few pictures of me cutting the square tube. I'll have the pictures of the frame tomorrow.






#600183 - 08/27/08 01:06 AM Re: 83 Monte Build-Up...Progress Thread UPDATE 10/1/09 [Re: Monte83]  
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Here's the frame:





#604947 - 09/12/08 12:58 AM Re: 83 Monte Build-Up...Progress Thread UPDATE 10/1/09 [Re: Monte83]  
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Here's where I am so far. I have everything all cut, and tack welded together. I have it all test fitted. Now we're waiting to get a pro welder here to finish it up. I took 3 1/2" out of each side. I re-used the diagnol braces from behind the LCA mount. I had to cut those up some to fit properly. There's a piece of 2x4" tubing on each side in the front. In the back, theres a 1/4" plate connecting the rails (I'm going to ct it so theres just what I need on there). Cutting out 2" inches wouldn't work because of the body mount right there, and where the tire would be. The spring pockets are cut out. I'm putting coil-overs in and maybe an anti-roll bar, keeping the 4-link. The Ford 9" will be narrowed 2 1/2". Thats all I can think of for now. Here's some pictures:




Test fit of rail:


Tacked together:



Diagnol brace:


1/4" plate:


Another test fit:



#604974 - 09/12/08 02:18 AM Re: 83 Monte Build-Up...Progress Thread UPDATE 10/1/09 [Re: Monte83]  
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those are gonna be some pretty fat tires popcorn

#605046 - 09/12/08 12:40 PM Re: 83 Monte Build-Up...Progress Thread UPDATE 10/1/09 [Re: jigsaw]  
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That's some nice work! I can't wait to see it rolling. smile



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#605166 - 09/12/08 09:01 PM Re: 83 Monte Build-Up...Progress Thread UPDATE 10/1/09 [Re: 1984Monte]  
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I want almost as fat as possible without going all-out pro-street.

And it'll be rolling soon. I might use the rolling chassis as a school project...

#606007 - 09/15/08 11:12 PM Re: 83 Monte Build-Up...Progress Thread UPDATE 10/1/09 [Re: Monte83]  
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Here's a picture I found in my dad's album of his pro street malibu. I'm in the front, my brother's in the back:


And heres a picture of my dads frame narrow, where I got the idea for mine:




#606082 - 09/16/08 03:21 AM Re: 83 Monte Build-Up...Progress Thread UPDATE 10/1/09 [Re: Monte83]  
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#606124 - 09/16/08 01:05 PM Re: 83 Monte Build-Up...Progress Thread UPDATE 10/1/09 [Re: BlueBoy84]  
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First of all, let me say you do some nice work and it's always great to have something to work from like your Dad's car. Surely the apple didn't fall far from the tree. Keep the pics and updates coming.


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#606133 - 09/16/08 01:53 PM Re: 83 Monte Build-Up...Progress Thread UPDATE 10/1/09 [Re: 86ttop]  
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It is very cool to see a hobby shared and passed down from father to son.

My Dad was real into cars as well and my 1st was a 1970 Torino that my father bought when I was 14 and he matched me $ for $ on the build. It taught me a lot about responsibility, cars, and my relationship with my Pops who was the best man at my wedding.

Keep the pics coming. Great job so far!!!!

#606249 - 09/16/08 09:31 PM Re: 83 Monte Build-Up...Progress Thread UPDATE 10/1/09 [Re: Dru1376]  
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Wow! nice workmanship, the bar has been set pretty high.


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#607618 - 09/21/08 03:35 PM Re: 83 Monte Build-Up...Progress Thread UPDATE 10/1/09 [Re: 84 ZZ4]  
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The 2x4" tubing was too short, so we put two together and made a 2x4 5/8" tube. Now it fits and the narrowed section is all tacked in.
At first, I was going to go with 295 series tires, but last night at a local car cruise, we met a guy who had some 315 series tires that he isn't using anymore (too many burnouts). He said we can try those tires on my 8" wheel to see if they work. Mickey Thompson's site says you need a 10" wheel for the 315's, but I already have brand new 8" wheels. So if the 315's don't work, I guess I'll stick with the 295's for now. (I narrowed the frame to fit 315's).

If anyone needs 275/60/15 BFG T/A Radials, I have some for sale. Brand new, never used (only mounted on wheel), still has the stickers on them.

Here's a picture of the "custom" tube:

#609157 - 09/26/08 05:55 PM Re: 83 Monte Build-Up...Progress Thread UPDATE 10/1/09 [Re: Monte83]  
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man thats some really nice work you have done and it makes it so much more enthusiastic that you show your progress and share it with us all. keep up the good work.JD

#609299 - 09/27/08 04:23 AM Re: 83 Monte Build-Up...Progress Thread UPDATE 10/1/09 [Re: wurx406]  
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