I have been influenced by Monte Carlos for over three decades. When I was two years old, my Dad bought a brand new Gold 77' Monte. A few years later my parents starting teaching me how to drive in that Monte. My uncle had a chocolate brown 74' Monte with swivel buckets. Our neighbors had a hot rod orange 73' Monte with a 454, t-tops and swivel buckets. A friends older brother had a burgundy 73' Monte with cragars and right before my family moved to Colorado my older brother got an identical burgundy 73' Monte for his sixteenth birthday.
I remember being with my dad in his 77' Monte right after we moved to Colorado. We had pulled up to a light behind two mid-seventies Montes that were both hopping up and down. Ha! .. For a kid from Iowa it was amazing to make the connection between those cars and my families car. We had always been and... my family still is a hot rod family so other than a few Cheech and Chong movies, that was the first time I had seen hydros, that was 1986. In the years that followed i got deeply involved in the local culture 028.gif 11071.gif and the lowrider scene through my friends and their family cars.
What many of you may not know is much of my build is inspired by the semi trucks of the seventies. I come from a huge family and all my uncles on my moms side ran a trucking company back in the seventies. Truck driving music and love for the open road play a big part in my personality to this day. When I was introduced to the lowrider scene I realized that the same tuck-n-roll and diamond tucked interiors that were used in the cabs/sleepers of my uncles PETERBILTs and MACKs were the same interiors that were installed in lowriders. Custom paint, steering wheels, sleeper panels(trunk panels) and a gang of chrome were also all traits that both scenes had. When air bag suspensions started getting installed on lowriders, shit.. that was just another connection I made with the semi trucks that i grew up around. Air has been used for brakes and suspension on semi trucks for as long as I can remember.
Since I bought it I have replaced and/or rebuilt the
-turbo 350 trans
-brake lines, calipers, master cylinder
-77' Monte exhaust manifolds
-duel exhaust with 18" Smitty's
-PowerMaster alternator-Yellow top Optima battery
-a dozen other little things to make it road worthy
-Firestone bags with 2-480 VIAIR compressors, 5 gallon tank (3rd set up)
-five factory GM ordered cross laced Zenith wire wheels
-even had lake pipes on it for a while..
Before the air set up.
Welding up the bumper.
First air set up-Trunk panel job and tire cover-