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1970 Monte Carlo SS454
Posted by guidematic on Wednesday, November 24, 2010 9:39 AM

In response to Repstock's excellent '73 Monte. 

I don't know if I have posted this one here before or not. A litrtle while ago I built this one and decided to do a COPO version of it. The only way you copuld get the 454 in the Monte was with the SS package, but you were limited to the LS-5 and auto. I wanted an LS-6 with a 4-speed. So I did it. The engine has full detail, including scratch built AIR componemets. I really wish they would at least include the air pump on these things which would make the job a lot easier.

 I also put on the halo vinyl roof.

You can see all the pics of the build here:

http://s273.photobucket.com/albums/jj233/guidematic/70%20Monte%20Carlo/

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Posted by guidematic on Wednesday, November 24, 2010 9:42 AM

 Mike

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Posted by guidematic on Wednesday, November 24, 2010 9:46 AM

 Mike

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Posted by henri1 on Thursday, November 25, 2010 5:20 AM

This is one very nice detailed build! I like it very much. It is very convincing. Thumbs up!Thumbs Up

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Posted by fury3 on Thursday, November 25, 2010 6:13 AM

Very nice build of a most unusual vehicle. Your attention to the details is outstanding! I wouldn't hold my breath hoping for an A.I.R. Pump system from the model manufacturer's. Many modelers simply don't bother with such components...leaving them off just as they did when these cars were fairly new. Besides, look at the challenge and fun you had scratch building your own system! You dutifully earned the bragging rights Wink Bow Fury3

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Posted by guidematic on Thursday, November 25, 2010 10:08 AM

I've done this a few times. And I'll have to do it for the Camaro too since all LT-1's came with this system. But you're right. Not many would do this sort of thng, but it adds greatly to the accuracy of the car. But it is fnny thet they chose to include the ALC compressor. How many model builders even know what this is, let alone know that the SS454 came standard with it?

 And, thatnks for the positive comments. This is a car I have loved since I picked up the brochure of the '71 Monte Carlo in the fall of 1970 when I was 10n years old..

  Mike

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Posted by chrispflug on Thursday, November 25, 2010 5:00 PM

 

The AMT LT1 Vettes have an AIR pump

Like how we can take liberties with plastic models that wouldn't work so well in real life- I've lost enough of those style center caps not to try running them with fender skirts LOL

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Posted by guidematic on Saturday, November 27, 2010 12:53 PM

Thank's for that tip. I have a couiple of these kits. I'll go and have a look see now.

As far as the centre caps, most all, if not all, the the SS454's I have seen run without the skirts. I just like the look of the car with the skirts. And it is a COPO too. 

 Mike

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Posted by mangodart on Wednesday, December 01, 2010 6:24 AM

Very nice build with outstanding engine details !!!!

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Posted by dimaxion on Wednesday, December 01, 2010 9:30 AM

   The MY 1970 required all Engines under 350 CID to have an Air Pump Emission Control . Chevrolet tried to hit the target and offer the 350 . The target moved from the 345 CID . Ford made the cutoff with a 351 , MoPar , not with the 340 . The 360 yes . MY 1971 , all Engines needed AIR pumps .

    You did well on this Monte Carlo . The dark blue is one of my faviorite shades on this car . "Where's the keys ?" Thanx ..

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Posted by nottheband on Wednesday, December 01, 2010 8:02 PM

I'm impressed with your engine detailing, guidematic, that is a very well done unit.

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Posted by guidematic on Thursday, December 02, 2010 10:10 AM

Again, thanks for the comments!

I don't think that engine size was any determining factor as to weather it was equipped with AIR or not. But rather it was a means of getting the engine to comply with HC standards for any particular model year. Also, California had its' own set of standards as set by CARB, which were more stringent than the federal standards set by the EPA. As such, you will find engines of the same displacement, over differant years and differant power levels that were or were not equipped with it.

The 1970 LT-1 certainly was, as was the LS-5 and LS-6 454's. However the standard 2BBL 350 was not, nor was the L-48 300 HP 350. But as standards became more stringent, by 1974 all 350's and 454's were equipped with AIR. 6-cylinder engines were not.

 Cadillac engines were another example. All 1968/69 472's were equipped with AIR, but the federal 472/500 for 1970 was not. They used another technology called Transmission Controlled Spark (TCS) that year, however California engines did use AIR. From 1971-1974 all federal and California engines used AIR. With the advent of the catalytic convertor in 1975, only California engines again used AIR. This remained through 1979 with the 77-79 425. beginning in 1980, all cadillac engines were equipped with AIR, and that would last through the HT4100, and 4.5 V-8's until the 4.9 was released in 1991, which did not have AIR. Fuel injection technolgy had come to the point where it was unnecessary.

 As a rule, so far as I have seen anyway, Chrysler used AIR only for the California market at least until the late '70's. Ditto for Ford.

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Posted by nells250 on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 10:38 AM

Oh, very nice!!  I love all the underhood hoses!!!  I have one of these kits but the engine will never be as nice as yours!  (shed a tear...)   I still wish they had a later kit like the Monte my dad had.  I think it was a '74-'76...

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Posted by SLUSHER on Thursday, December 16, 2010 7:29 AM

nice build on your monte carlo. my dad had a 72, he bought at nickey chevrolet in chicago. great detail. may i ask what paint you used for the woodgrain?? it looks so good. great engine detail...slusher

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Posted by eshaver on Thursday, December 16, 2010 8:02 AM

Very nice detailing in the Powerplant area ............ Ed Shaver

See ya on the road folks

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Posted by guidematic on Thursday, December 16, 2010 9:10 AM

Again, thanks for the positive comments!

The woodgrain is Testor's Rust, then sprayed over with Testtor's Glosscoat. Aside from the proper graining of the burled walnet, that is as close as I can get.

 Mike

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Posted by sjordan on Thursday, December 16, 2010 9:12 AM

Killer work, everything looks fabulous. Everyone has a different approach to doing a vinyl roof– how did you do yours?

 

 

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Posted by guidematic on Thursday, December 16, 2010 11:59 AM

I use masking tape.It's very similar in grain to the real thing. First I made thje moldings with rod styreen, gluing it carefullu top the roof. Then I filed it as flat as possible.

I laid a centre strip of the tape to the roofm then thje two outside pieces foeming it to the contour of the roof. Then I cut a thin strip of pape and laid it over the but joints of the tape which forms the seam.

 I bare metalled the trim, then painted the entire body with Dupli-Color sandable primer. Then I scraped off the edge revealing the thin chrome bead on the trim. Then masked off the top (using green painter's masking tape, then painted the body dark blue. That left the top in the black primer with the trim. Then I covered it all with Testor's Laquer clear.

 Mike 

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Posted by jimhowie2000 on Thursday, December 16, 2010 9:29 PM

 

A great looking model, and I like the skirts with the Rally Wheels. The original AMT 70 Motor City Stocker model had this setup with the skirts and Rally Wheels. I don't know how much clearance there is on the 1:1 car to know if the center caps clear the skirts but, on my 69 Impala convertible, I have these center caps on my Rally Wheels and have skirts as well, and there is plenty of clearance. What may seem an anachronism to some is that I run it with the Rallys, skirts and redlines. You'd think whitewalls and skirts would go together better but, on a Dusk blue car with white top and interior, the redlines look great. 
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Posted by guidematic on Friday, December 17, 2010 11:12 AM

I have seen the standard Monte Carlos with the Rally Wheels and skirts, so I assume that they will fit in the SS as well.

 The ''69 Impala is one of my favourites, especially with the Rallys and skirts. Add Hideaways and they are real stunners. I love those loop bumpers. I built a '69 SS427 many years ago from a bag of parts. It's still one of my favourites.

 I put on skirts, Rallys and made hideaways for it. And put in an L-72 427.

 Mike

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Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, December 19, 2010 4:06 AM

Excellent engine bay detailing and obviously you know what you are doing when it comes to the engines! Very nice build! CoolThumbs Up

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Posted by jimhowie2000 on Monday, December 20, 2010 11:52 AM

I have the hidden headlight system on my 69 Convertible as well. I also have a 69 Sport Coupe done up like an SS427 and it has the hideaways also.  Jim's 69 Impala Convertible

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Posted by 71cougar on Monday, December 20, 2010 12:40 PM

great engine and interior, stunning overall build.  BTW rumor has it that a few four speed cars did escape into the wild, but i've never seen or heard of one that had the build sheet to back it up.  i did however see a pic of a prototype that gm did as a convert, beautiful

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Posted by guidematic on Monday, December 20, 2010 10:50 PM

Jim,

I'd love to see pics of your '69's. Yoiu certainly are an avid fan of them. They sound to be a couple of pretty nice cars.

GM even toyed with a 4-door version of the Monte Carlo. I have seen pics of that car too. Apparently a few 4-speed cars did get out, but from what I understand they were in the standard coupe. The LS-3 that was available was the 402, and I think that a 4-speed could be had with that. Also with the L-48 350. But what is even more rare are the cars built with the standard 3-speed.

  Mike

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Posted by chevy3258 on Saturday, February 18, 2017 3:02 AM

A very nice, detailed and helpful build-up. Kudos Yes

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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, February 18, 2017 5:49 AM

Wow, very nice. When I first saw the engine pics, I thought you were posting a real engine fro reference to your model's engine. Well done.

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