1971 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Project

1971 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Base for sale in Zion, Illinois, United States

Condition: Used
Item location: Zion, Illinois, United States
Make: Chevrolet
Model: Monte Carlo
Trim: Base
Year: 1971
Mileage: 80,257
VIN: 138571L192522
Engine size: 350 Small Block bored .030 over (fresh rebuild)
Number of cylinders: 8
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Automatic (350 Turbo hydra-matic)
Drive type: RWD
Vehicle Title: Clear
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Description for Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1971

Losing my workshop and need to sell my beloved project. Comes with most parts needed to complete!Rebuilt engine, chassis, and suspension! Lots of new parts!
This 1971 Chevy Monte Carlo comes with a rebuilt engine, chassis, suspension, and more! I've put a ton of time and money into this project already, so you will be getting a great deal and a massive head start.
Completed Work:
  • I put in a new driver floor pan, quarter panel patch, and trunk floor, but as you can see from the pics they need some finishing work. I stripped the underside, primed it, then coated it with schutz undercoating (the closest I could find to original). One rust spot remains next to the driver A pillar--I have an exact replacement piece for it. Firewall was stripped and painted black with high-temp paint.
  • I stripped and painted the chassis and suspension parts. New suspension bushings, fasteners, shocks, and springs (2" lowering springs). I rebuilt the front disc and rear drum brakes--new rotors for the disks and new springs and slave cylinders for the drums.
  • I rebuilt the engine: crank machined by a shop in Chicago, new bearings, cap bolts, piston heads and rings, and gaskets. Cam in good shape so reinstalled as is. The engine had a head gasket leak, so I cleaned the heads, cleaned and replaced rods and lifters in their original order, re-seated the valves by hand and installed new valve stem seals. I stripped the block and painted it with black high-temp engine paint. I honed the cylinders smooth. Reinstalled the heads with new gaskets. Cleaned and painted the oil pan, reinstalled with a new gasket. Cleaned and reinstalled oil pump. Starter cleaned and reinstalled. New oil filter. I have not attempted to start the engine yet, as I don't have the electricals or vacuum installed. Crank spins freely.
  • New engine mounts and trans crossmember mount.
  • New headers, h-pipe exhaust (2.5"), and mufflers installed. New exhaust hangers
  • Transmission ran great so I didn't touch it except to clean it and paint the oil pan. New transmission cooling lines installed.
  • Drive shaft stripped and painted. Rear diff drained, stripped, and painted, and gear oil replaced (probably needs topping up).
  • I installed new steel fuel and brake lines. I refurbished the fuel tank (no interior rust) and straps. All are installed on the car but not connected.
Missing parts (if it's not listed, I have it, but feel free to contact me about specific parts):
  • Hood ornament
  • A/C system (this was an A/C car, but it wasn't installed when I bought it. I inherited a compressor that I think is correct for the car, but haven't tested it).
  • Connecting decorative stripes between front and rear side moldings.
  • Head liner
Parts I have but that should be replaced
  • Upholstery. I kept the original seat upholstery and accessories to use for patterns, but I would not reuse it. Seat springs (bench front seat) and cushions are still good, the springs just need some surface rust removal.
  • Wiring. I planned to replace it, so I wasn't careful during removal. You might be able to use the fuse boxes.
  • Rubber. I kept all rubber body seals and the engine belts, but I'd replace them all. Engine vacuum hoses may still be good.
  • Tires. Good enough for sitting in place only.
Parts I have that need repair (more than just cleaning)
  • Heater box was torn in half during removal. I was planning on to repair it with fiberglass.
  • Moldings and trim. All the metal trim needs some TLC, but some more than others. Drip rail trim was bent during removal.
  • Dash pad. Small tear that should be easy to repair.
  • Steering wheel. Several large cracks. I was going to try to repair it with epoxy.
  • Wheels. They're Cragars, and they need to be refurbished, but they work fine.

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