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Author Topic:   81 monte bodies
mrutrac
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 18
posted October 07, 2002 08:55 AM
I'm reskinning a 81 monte but need some advise from the pros.

Are all monte bodies the same 81 - 88?

If not, what years should I search for....

Thanks

Mrutrac

MissTwenty
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 18
posted October 07, 2002 09:47 AM
The one I re-skinned was an 83, I used the back half (cut through the windhshield posts and through the backseat floor) from an 81 and my Front end & doors were from an 80.

I was halfway through figuring out "the hard way" when I finally realized, "hey, I work in a Salvage Yard -- why not pull out a book and look it up so we know for sure."

What I found in the Hollander Interchange Books, in a nutshell was: basically, a rear clip will bolt-on and be pretty much the same from 78 to 88 (taillight holes are a little different, but it'll fit), but the front end (hood/fenders) is a little different in 78-80 and has to match with the doors for that body crease to line up -- so if you use a front end that's 78-80, you'll have to use 78-80 doors -- the back edge of the door will match up okay with the other years.

Best of luck...
D


quote:
Originally posted by mrutrac:
I'm reskinning a 81 monte but need some advise from the pros.

Are all monte bodies the same 81 - 88?

If not, what years should I search for....

Thanks

Mrutrac



mrutrac
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 18
posted October 07, 2002 11:41 AM
Very nice!

Thanks a ton!!!!

MruTrac

PEDDLER
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 298
posted October 09, 2002 07:59 PM
We used an 83 Monte front and doors on a 82 Cutlass. Looked OK. Use the 30 ft rule. If it looks ok from 30 ft ,,,go for it.

The Peddler

MissTwenty
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 18
posted October 11, 2002 02:54 PM
Hee heee! Yeeeaahh! The 30ft rule! That's pretty much what my Brother told me -- "In second gear at seven grand, they'll never see it from the stands, now shake me up some more spray cans..."


quote:
Originally posted by PEDDLER:
We used an 83 Monte front and doors on a 82 Cutlass. Looked OK. Use the 30 ft rule. If it looks ok from 30 ft ,,,go for it.

The Peddler



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