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'77 MONTE by zraclooc '77 MONTE by zraclooc
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organblower Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
In '76 I bought a used '75 Landau with swivel seats and the 454 cu in V8. It had Positraction, but with it's dreadful weight distribution, it left so much to be desired, living in the snow belt. I always drive on the top half of the gas tank, and put a couple of concrete corner blocks far forward in the trunk. Good snow tires rounded out the equation. My commute was 50 miles each way, 5 days a week. Certain modifications were made on it so it would use leaded gas which was way cheaper than that new-fangled unleaded crap. The catalytic converter went too, and the air pump. We got it up to 12 MPG -- far better than 10. Hubby had a '75 as well, also in silver-grey. I had a vivid dream one night that I had a big hole dug in the front yard and I buried it, to ensure one less guzzler on the road.
I was stopped at a stop light once and a guy in a big old T-bird was looking for some music and had taken his eyes off the road and rammed me at 30 mph, knocking me through the intersection. The bumperettes had to be changed on the Monte; the T-bird went to the junk yard. His car was the crumple zone lol
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zraclooc Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
I had a similar thing happen with MY Monte. A minivan took a left on a red light & cut me off. I had to turn left, into oncoming traffic. My front, passenger side bumper hit her rear fender. Her vehicle was towed away. I had to bend my fender back out & then drive home. My insurance company said the age of my car was the only thing that saved me from injuries ;P lolz
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organblower Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I think I remember it's weight being a bit over 5000 lbs which is way over what my 94 town car was. I could get 30 mpg on the hwy with the town car 4.6 V8. Another time I was in the Monte following a battered old van down a wide one way street he slowed and pulled to the right so i took the left lane. Just as I was coming along side him he made a left turn and my lovely curvacious front fender destroyed the side of his van which was 99% rust and 1% paint and metal.
I was guilty because the center marking was worn off the road so they considered it as me passing him on a 1 lane road resulting in a collision. He was a young guy too and was cool about it and said not to worry about his van as he would just get some sheet metal and pop rivet over the missing area. I had the front suspension raised and air shocks in the rear which gave me additional ground clearance in the snow. I miss that car.
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zraclooc Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
I only drove the Monte in the snow once. I just drove it around the block to get gas...and that's the last time I'll ever drive it in the snow! :iconomgscaredaceplz: lolz
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tawnypelt13 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
dude, nice car! i really like the older cars like that. my great-grandpa has a Harley Davidson Bug-Eyed Sprite, like this one: [link] . i liek it, but it's not as cool as your Monte
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zraclooc Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
Thank you! =D
I like his too, and it's probably worth a lot more money! :iconmoneyplz: ;) lolz
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tawnypelt13 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome! and i have no idea, i just know that it's cool-looking! but that sounds dense, doesn't it? *sigh*
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zraclooc Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
I'm guessing his is a lot rarer than mine, which makes it more valuable =D
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tawnypelt13 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ah, okay! i get it now!
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zraclooc Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
:icongoofygrinplz:
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tawnypelt13 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D (nothing fancy for me)
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zraclooc Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
lolz...try these ---> [link] ;)
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BatmanWithBunnyEars Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011   General Artist
I always liked the lines on the old Monte Carlos. The forward-leaning swoops in the side panels look very commanding and regal.
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zraclooc Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
YES...that's exactly what I love about it! :love:

Thanks for :+fav:ing! =D
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BrYry Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
Hoooho, nice ;)
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zraclooc Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
THANKS...& thanks for :+fav:ing! =D
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WelcomeToSkyValley Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
very nice;D
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zraclooc Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
THANKS!!! =D
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WelcomeToSkyValley Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
you're welcome:D
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zraclooc Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
;)
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RIVERKING Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
SHE'S PRETTY HOT.
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zraclooc Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
THANKS...I think so! lolz
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zanksworld Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
my brothers company restored a full sized Pontiac that had the same body style, if i remember correctly i did the quarters (meaning, i welded new quarter panels on it)it was painted a forest green and white, if i can find a photo i'll load it to show you
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zraclooc Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
Must have been a Grand Am or Prix...very similar...love to see it! And thanks for the :+fav: & :+devwatch:! =D
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zanksworld Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
i think it was a grand prix, i will pass the photo along as soon as i find it :handshake:
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zraclooc Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010
:highfive:
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mathew80 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
This model year of the Monte Carlo was perhaps the best ever produced and one of my favorites. I've always wanted one, but they are now becoming harder to find in such great condition as yours. I'm rather jealous. ;) It's nice to see there are still people who can appreciate a fine automobile. Hopefully, gas prices will drop soon so she doesn't have to sit on the sidelines.
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zraclooc Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
Thanks...I lucked out...the original owner went into a nursing home & the family didn't want it, so my bf (at the time) bought it cuz it was his DREAM car...2 months later he wanted a Hummer (no comments! lolz) & I bought the Monte from him =D
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mathew80 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
A Hummer *snicker snicker* lol.
I think you got the better deal, however.
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zraclooc Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
Oh DEFINITELY...I still HAVE the Monte! lolz
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nice sled!! and i mean that in a complimentary way
i like the 60s ~ 70s detroit beasts
:)
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zraclooc Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
hahaha...yeah, I LOVE the BIG ones! ;)
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JayDmitriev Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
wow... AWESOME CARS MAN!
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zraclooc Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
THANKS! Wish I could afford to put them back on the road! =(
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JayDmitriev Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
oh, thats bad, how much does it cost?
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zraclooc Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
The insurance & taxes & stuff are cheap enuf, it's the GAS that's the killa...they're both V8's...the Monte's a 305 & the Caddy's a 472...they're measured in gallons per mile instead of mpg! lolz
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Bammer-D Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
I've got a 76 Monte Carlo Landau. I know what ya mean about the gas. Mine is a daily drive, it has a 340-horse 350 with 4-barrel Edelbrock carb and 3.73:1 gear ratio. I get 10mpg in town. And I have to use premium gas. lol.
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zraclooc Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
I checked it out :thumbsup:
I envy you being able to afford to keep it on the road, but I couldn't drive mine year-round up here anyway...I took it out one day to get gas when it had just started snowing & I didn't think I was gonna make it home alive...talk about a lead-sled! lolz

I also Googled the album & saw the cover...AWESOME! =D
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JayDmitriev Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
omfg... yeah ive heard the prices are cheap over there. but with that much gas... well, no use.
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zraclooc Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
hahaha...YEAH, it takes $50 or more to fill them & it doesn't last very long, but hopefully things are gonna get better ;)
Gotta get to the animal shelter now...will "talk" to ya 2nite...have a GREAT day =D
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JayDmitriev Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
you to man! seya! XD
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zraclooc Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
;)
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