Friday, June 29, 2007

1986 MONTE CARLO SS PROJECT

I found this little jewel sitting in the woods behind a body shop. The owner of the shop bought it from it's original owner several years ago with the intention of painting it for a keeper. As you can see, he never got around to painting the car. I talked to him about this car 3 years ago and he would not even consider selling it, but yesterday, he said "It don't look like I'm ever gonna do anything with it, so if you want it, I'll sell it to you." So I bought it.

As you can easily see, the paint has completely disappeared from the top, flat surfaces. It has also accumulated a nice collection of live oak branches, as well as a fine patina of surface rust. Other than that, the body is strait and solid. The interior is near perfect with the exception of dirt, mildew, and a cracked dash (But I know how to fix that).

From this view it clearly seems to be saying, "Garry! Pleeese take me home with you." What kind of Christian would I be, if I hardened my heart and ignored such a pitiful plea?
Can you tell that it has the wrong wheels on it? Those are Camaro IROC wheels. Don't get me wrong, they are okay wheels, but they don't belong on a Monte Carlo SS. Have no fear, though. The original Monte SS wheels are inside the car.2 in the trunk, 2 in the back seat.

Today, I hope to charge up the battery, pour in some gas, and bring it home so it can have the love and attention it deserves. From time to time I'll be posting pictures of this '86 Monte Carlo SS as it progresses toward restoration...or gets sold.

BTW, I also intend to continue offering the unmatched, award winning wit and wisdom that my readers have come to expect from this blog, so stay tuned. But for now, I'm headed for Tennessee to hang out with my boys and grand younguns.

21 comments:

stauf46 said...

You and I both know that that's not old enough to be seriously cool, but it's cool enough.

Check out the Reggie Jackson '69 Camaro's engine at www.edmunds.com/insideline. GM will soon be offering a LSX crate motor that would be just fine in that thing. It'll only cost about 10g too!

BTW, Buggy drives an Oldsmobile van, so he can't be that bad. Dealers used to sell those things with Chevys.

Kim said...

My van is a Chev Venture. Does that mean I'm cool?

You have a good visit with your grand younguns.

stauf46 said...

Oh, my mistake Kim and Neil! I thought I saw an Olds in one of your house pictures (the GM vans are all the same save for badges and grilles). That makes you cool, yes.

BugBlaster said...

She drives a Venture and I drive a Silhouette. We frighten the neigbours with our rebel ways.

stauf46 said...

Ha! I knew I saw an Olds in an old picture. Whew. Now I can sleep tonight.

Hey Garry, you see what happens when you go away and leave your blog untended?

Next thing you know we'll be comparing shopping carts.

BugBlaster said...

Garry, I've never won any awards for wit nor wisdom. Under no circumstances do I wish you to grant me one.

ThirstyDavid said...

stauf46 is right, it's not old enough to be really cool. '69 is the cut-off for cool (sometimes I stretch that to '70). Still, it can be plenty fun.

Wait, it's a Chevy! Wow, I must be turning ecumenical. At least it's not a Camaro (pardon my french). I'd have to break fellowship, then.

garry weaver said...

Terry,
Thanks for commenting, but you lost all moral authority in the automotive debate when you bought a rice burner.You had insurance money with which to buy any vehicle you would choose, and you didn't buy a Chevy. To be honest,as I write this, I am weeping.

BTW, Buggy is too all that bad.

Kim,
The only cool Chevy mini-van was the Astro which they don't make any more. So, the answer is no.

Thanks. I am having a wonderful time with the grandpoopers.

Buggy,
It's probably your "geeky" ways that terrify your neighbors.

I fell for the "Under no circumstances" bit once, but not this time.

Thirsty,
No matter what year, if it's a Ford, it ain't cool.

ThirstyDavid said...

Aw, don't be that way! I'm actually looking forward to watching your progress, even though it's definitely not a Reformed machine ... more seeker-sensitive, actually.

Gordon Cloud said...

Yeah, David, I noticed how Garry was willing to meet that car where it was in response to its felt needs. He also expressed a know-how of fixing the things that were wrong with it.

Sounds kinda seeker-sensitive to me, too.

ThirstyDavid said...

Gordon, I also noticed that he found the cure for one of the cars problems within the car itself. That points to some serious theological problems, in my opinion. Very synergistic. Looks like Garry's on the road back to Rome.

Rose~ said...

My brother used to have one of those - it was black with orange and red stripes.

Crusin_eagle said...

The 67 is my all time favorite. Nice choice. You want to hold on to that one - never let it go and happy crusin. The Monte Carlo SS is great too as a daily driver and will someday be appreciated like the 67 is today.

monte 85 said...

hi i was wondering if you still have the iroc wheel and if you do would you like to sell them and how much

thanks

Garry Weaver said...

Monte 85,
Yes I still have the IROC wheels. I put them on an S10 pickup. I am going to sell the pickup though...

chris said...

that monte looks pretty good and i am interested in seeing more. send pics to my e-mail chris_mustang_cameron@yahoo.com

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