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Dayton, Ohio
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Using Stainless in rust prone area

By Bradnick

The corners are alway rust prone on these vehicles. One side rusted out exterior the other interior.
Since stainless can be welded to mild steel, I am looking into making the corners stainless.

Thoughts? Comments?

Looking for suggestions for fill panel

By Bradnick

Well we know the first generation monte's are notorious for rusting out right rear window.

I am going to fabricate stainless for the corner... any thoughts?

Drop panel still not done

By Bradnick

Came close to finishing this evening when I ran out of acetyline.
So I moved on to the trunk rear sheet metal where it runs under the bumper to the light housing.

As before, everything fabricated has twists and turns.

I just started tacking this on and my mig welder started sending me burst of wire. Yeppie.

Quarter Panel Fit and Finish

By Bradnick

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I believe I'm on my way to getting the patch panel on without too much trouble. I just got is anchored tonight so I can keep taking it on and off until I finish fabricating the wheel wells. It's a rust-belt thing. If anyone has some pictures of the back of a first generation monte without the rear bumber I would appreciate taking a look.

Since a commercial trunk filler panel is not available I will need to fabricate something there as well...

Thanks, suggestions? Comments?

Little red wagon

By Bradnick

I love this country!

Chevelle outer fender on Monte Carlo, I cant see how.

By Bradnick

The chevelle fender is round not flat. The opening in the Monte is square.

Rear window removal

By Bradnick

I tried to remove the window before removing the Quarter. The pinwrench I had kept bending. I cut around the window with a cut-off wheel then finished with plasma from a save location.

Any suggestions to get this darn thing out while the quarter is in place would be appreciated.

Thank you

Left Quarter Off

By Bradnick

Now the fun stuff. I'll need a outer wheel well, of course they are not available for the first generation. I'll take a look at the Chevelle and see how much modification it will take to make it fit. We have plasma and are not afraid to use it!

Making cages for bolts

By Bradnick

Ya cant buy em, ya have to make em.

Moving the Trunk

By Bradnick

Nothing like doing things twice... NOT!

Was mounting the body back on the frame in prep to replace the first quarter panel... what do I see. The rear of the car floating 1/2 inch in the air. 30 minutes and 4-popcycles later. I pulled the mid trunk body mount out and lowered the car.... wamo.. it fits. Apparently I did not have the mount in when I installed the trunk, leaving the body brace 1/2" too low.

Cut the trunk loose from the inner wheel well, broke out the Mr. Spud-bar... now it fits. Less two caged bolts i need to move.

Last of the floor pan braces.

By Bradnick

Nothing like working upside down. Planned on 4-hours, took all night... but its done.

Drop-Top Monte Carlo

By Bradnick

I am serious... Finishing up the floors. Does anyone have any information about turning a first generation monte into a convertible?

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