I bought this car 1) Because i have always loved first generation Monte Carlos, and 2) My Ford F150 is heading to the body shop soon to have all the body work done and get painted. I might lose the truck for 6 to 8 months. So i told my wife we need to get a second car and why not a '71 Monte :) The car had not been on the road since 1995, when i looked at it initially i felt pretty good about it, the interior had already been done except for the door panels which were'nt in terrible shape, frame was solid, trunk and floors were solid, definately needed tires and other mechanical repairs, but that's what i do for a living. 1971 Monte Carlo, original numbers matching 350 small block with a TH350 trans, Edelbrock Performer intake, 600 cfm Holley, now has Headers with an x-pipe, and a pair of chambered mufflers, and it runs like a raped ape. Can't wait to take it down to the track and see what it'll do!
I got this car because it was sporty looking, it was bright red, and it was CHEAP! When I bought this car, I was impressed by how rare it was... Then I found out WHY it was so rare! This car looked like it was in good shape, but that's only because it had an okay repaint over some real nasty rust repair. The interior was in good condition, but I could never get comfortable in that seat. It had no support any place it was needed. Then there's the little matter of performance - or what passed for performance. Some people swear by the Ford 2,3 Turbo, but I just swore AT mine! It leaked/burned oil at about a quart every 350 miles. At least there weren't many mosquitoes in the area after I drove past!
1971 Monte Carlo Numbers matching 350 V-8, 85K original miles, 350 Turbo trans, Edelbrock Performer intake, Holley 600, Just installed a pair of headers with an x-pipe and a pair of Summit racing chambered mufflers.
It did 0-60 in an honest 11 seconds, and the quarter mile in roughly 18. I never had the courage to check out it's top speed, because it shook like a wet dog at anything over about 90.
No a/c, No power steering, bench seat, column shift.
Mustang GT Turbo package.
New set of rally wheels and radial t/a's for it (245/60R15), new carpet, and seats reupolstered. new windshield, replaced rear shocks and springs. New fuel tank and sending unit, new front
brake rotors, calipers, pads, hoses, and wheel bearings. Hei distributor, 8mm wires, New master cylinder, proportioning valve,front brake lines, and several electrical repairs to get everything working like it's suppose to.
Sun Monster Tach
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