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Old 05-28-2010, 11:48 AM
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1972 Monte Carlo

I have just purchased a 1972 Monte, and the interior is all but destroyed. I do not really know where to start.

Currently it has bench seats and column shifter and the interior is olive green. The seats are all covered in tape, the carpet has basically disolved, the door panels are cream colored and heavily worn. I think I would like to switch in buckets/console but everything I have found is very expensive so I have not made a final decision.

My plan is to take everything out of the interior (headliner/carpet/seats/EVERYTHING) and basically take it all down to bare metal and then prime and get it ready. Is there anything I need to know to do, or not do? I think I have to change the color as this olive is making me dizzy.

The dash is very work as well, steering wheel is beaten, basically nothing in the interior is any good at all. Right now the interior stinks of mold and mildew as the windshield has been leaking heavily.

Basically I am looking for advice....what the heck should I do first? Is there a place that caters to Monte's? ANyone know of a monte with a great interior being parted out?

I am new to all of this and I am sooo pumped! Thanks for any help you can give me.


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Your Monte Carlo interior is the same or at least interchangable with '68-72 Chevelle(just about everything except the "earmuff" pieces below the headliner behind the rear quarter windows), as is front and rear exterior window trim, back glass and windshield, package tray, and the trunk lid.

The 70-72 Monte is basically just an appearance redesign of the same A-body Chevelle car and chassis. All frame and chassis components interchange, along with many other sub assemblys like window regulators, wiper motor and linkage assembly.

There may be more I am forgetting right now.
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Eric is the expert on your particular car. As far as the smell and the mold and mildew, your first inclination is correct. Get the car's interior stripped down to bare metal, get the car INSIDE out of the elements in a dry garage, let it air out and dry out for 6 months, clean it, and then start over with whatever seats and interior you decide. If you don't have a garage, find a bone dry or climate controlled storage building to keep it in. If the interior is the same as a Chevelle of the same year, you should be in hog heaven, 'cuz there's a million places to get vintage Chevelle interior parts. Do what you can afford a little bit at a time, but look for value, not price. You'll be glad you did.

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Originally Posted by Chandler97
what the heck should I do first?
Find and fix that leak.
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