I've been into anything mechanical since....ever. I'm a car guy through and through. I've spent my entire life balancing God, family, friends, and cars. It's a bit of a juggle sometimes. I joined this group because I bought a car I'm not completely familiar with yet I've always wanted, a 1975 Royal Monaco. Stone stock, 4 door hardtop, with 44067 miles on the clock. I quickly realized you can't just pick up a catalog or hit up a famous website to maintain it. I know exactly were to go to gets parts for my 70 El Camino. But, I was clueless on this one. I've never even seen one in person until I bought this one. I've got all the original paper work, the receipt from the check when the original owner paid 5105.00 for the car. The mileage ticket says it had 4 miles on it when she drove it away. I even have the thank you letter from the Waco Dodge to her for choosing them. The car is completely rust and damage free. I Love it. My 10 year old has claimed it for her own. I really hate to disappoint her. But, father\daughter projects are on the way I'm sure.Here's home. My El Camino is in pieces behind the two closed doors but, has since been completed. I sold the 1987 AeroCoupe to pay for my wedding. The 94 Impala SS is still here.
Here is the Goliath. I live in SW Virginia. My father drove to the middle of Indiana to check it over for me. I gave him carte blanche. He picked it over, and called me 45 minutes later and said "Well I guess you bought a car!" Three weeks later I flew to Lexington KY. One of my best friends from High school picked me up and we went to Indiana and drove it back. After giving it an oil change and swapping out the original ignition module and voltage regulator I called it good. I then discovered the wipers weren't connected to the motor or each other. I replaced the bushings, promptly sliced my right hand open down to the bone and met some really nice people in the emergency room. Two days later after visiting my folks. I dropped both original U-joints in Midway KY. Thank God again for great friends and Oreilly's for actually having the parts in stock. Try hammering in u-joints with stitches in your hand. After that, smooth sailing. 80-90 mph for nearly 500 miles home. She returned 13.5 mpg and a ride like it's 6 inches off the road.
The only issue with interior is the 12 o'clock position on the steering wheel, and one little crack in the dash right where the door shuts. The front floor mats aren't right but, the rear ones were put there by the guys in the plant. I'm currently looking for originals for the front.
This is the only real disappointment. It's all there. The battery cover is long gone and the voltage regulator has been replaced. But, everything is there and has Chrysler part numbers on them. This is my first vintage Dodge. Scratch that, it's my first Dodge. I know old cars, but I learning all new things with this one. The engine bay will be cleaned and detailed by spring. By summer it will be fuel injected and the Holley 2245 will be shelved. More to come folks. Merry Christmas, enjoy your family and friends. Don't forget the reason for the season. We all know our country needs it right now.