Thanks for the Mammaries - Early C-Body love

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  1. GJS

    GJS Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Found my buddies old C-Body site on The Wayback Machine today and was able to rescue some old photos of when I first fell in love with these girls. Nice trip down memory lane.

    This here is the first C I ever saw, let alone drive. I've told the story a million times; a friend of mine picked her up for 700 bucks off a farm, a 1967 Monaco 500 with a 318 Poly. Crappy trunk floor but overall pretty solid. Car changed my tune pretty good! I'll remember driving it as the absolute cementing of my adoration for these cars.

    She wound up pretty bad as you can see in the last shot. My friend got t-boned by a honda .. as I remember he still drove the car for a while thereafter.

    Check out that 1/2 vinyl roof! Still cant remember if that was a custom job or if that was ever offered .. or why if it was, if it was
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    After deciding that I absolutely needed a C body, I went out and bought this tank, a 1969 Sport Fury with a 318 LA. Funny, the first pic makes it look almost nice .. it was not. It'd been clipped pretty hard and the stub was bent and rotten, trunk was gone as was the rear window channel and the rear 1/4s.
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    Having gotten it for 400 bucks however, my friend and I decided to swap the frame out and drive it .. being new to the game, I grabbed a 72 NYR with a tired 440 but a decent frame for 375 and did the swap. We figured out shortly after buying that the 72 stub wouldnt work but the money was gone so we decided to get hacky about it .. cut the mounting tabs off the fury stub, relocate them on the NYR stub, fortify this, move that, bolt er up...
    It all went almost ok. We got her together and even drove her for a few days. Unfortunately, we miscalculated some damn thing and the steering coupling let go right at the box. .. thankfully at low speed. Fun build tho .. lots of measuring .. lots of beer!
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    Round the time I was still driving the Fury, before the stub swap, My buddy picked this girl up. A 68 Monaco 500. Her previous owner knew very little about cars and picked it up in rather good condition from its original owner. Unfortunately, he ran it dry of ATF and let it sit under a tree for a few years. We threw ATF at it, fired it off and made it *almost* home before the tranny ate itself.
    We then parallel parked it in front of my buddies apartment and shot out in the Fury to the Pick-A-Part for another 727. Came back, pulled the motor and tranny (parallel parked on 11th in Vancouver), figured out we took a BB 727, went back to the Pick-A-Part, got a SB 727, back to the car, bolt her up, slap her in on our way. I don't actually remember what happened to this car... I think the tranny quit again ... I know there was no metal behind that bright white vinyl or that shiny rocker trim ... that likely had a lot to do with it.
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    Anyway, Shortly after, I got this. My old 68. And the rest you all have read or will continue to read about.
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    Hard to believe its only been 18 years since I got turned into a C Body maniac... feels like something I loved all my life. I miss my buddy that I used to work on these things with often, we haven't spoken in a long time. Oh well, glad he was into it when he was and that he built that site so I could steal these little bits of memory.

    Anyway, hope you enjoyed the ramble.
     
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  2. MarPar

    MarPar Meat Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    cool stories, Gav! thank you for sharing them! :thumbsup:
     
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    Thanks for telling us the story. I liked the stub frame fabrication part. A lot of dedication for continuing on with the project! That 68 Monaco 500 is the mate to my car. My dad was the original owner and this car is responsible for giving me the car bug at an early age. Like you I get a combination of thumbs up and confused looks when I take it for an occasional drive.
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  4. GJS

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    Totally a sister car! Canadian car no less!
     
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    Great story and pics, but what's are the mammaries?:poke:
     
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    65sporty Old Man with a Hat

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    I thought about the stub frame swap before, putting a 73 stub into a older car so you could get the disc brakes but you found out why I wont try it. Not all the stubs are the same.
     
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    Well, at least I know what they are, what I don't know is where they are.
     
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    300rag Grumpy Old Man With a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    That 1/2 roof almost looks like T-top from that angle.

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    I have never seen a vinyl roof like that before.
     
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    Cool stories, The guy with the push mower brought me to another time, can almost smell the air. Thanks!
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    polara71 Old Man with a Hat

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    Once a C body guy, there is no going back to something else
     
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    Both 68 Monaco's look to be the same right down to the factory pinstripe. Being a Canadian car tends to bring a little less options. In my case, console delete and 318 LA. Still a nice highway car though. That 1/2 vinyl roof does look a little odd on a slab C body. Maybe a result of a roof repair below the vinyl?
     
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    Yea, that 68 was a 318 as well as the first console car I ever drove .. I really liked that. My 67 is also a console though since owning it, I have a little nostalgia for my column shifted 68.

    The half vinyl roof was quite possibly due to a repair. That thing had some goofy stuff done to it when my buddy got it. It had apparently spent many years as a farm vehicle, hauling dirt and poop in the trunk. At some point the good ole boy who owned it decided to fix it up and did some really ham handed stuff... pretty much all of it was reversible though. Too bad it got schmucked!!
     
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    That was up in an area in Vancouver called Point Grey. We did a lot of work on our cars out in the car port behind my buddies house. When we'd park em out front, the neighbors were REALLY not into it!
     
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    I'd actually forgotten about the 1/2 vinyl roof till I saw these pictures. Never got the straight story on that one. Doesn't look bad. But definitely not right either!
     
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    Yes, more work than its worth and I seriously think no matter how long I'd worked at it, I'd have missed something. It was fun to screw with for a summer and a blast to drive till the steering broke!
     
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    Hey man, this is a *family* site ... hahaha
     
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    Hauling poop, Interesting to hear how tough a life our cars lived back when they were just used cars. Your right it was a shame, I hated seeing that 500 trim twisted like that. My car was used as a year round daily drive for the first 10 years. Coated with grease and graphite though. Hasn't been undercoated in 35 years, but it is what saved it and to me still smells the same as when I was a kid.
    I always felt a little left out without the console. I think they looks a little classy, plus it gives a reason to try and track down a factory tach.
     
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    I love my console .. well, once i figure out why the damned thing sits at an angle to the floor, I'll like it a lot more .. the one thing is that with roll up windows, it's a hell of a lot nicer to roll your passenger side window up or down without the console.
     
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    Darned auto fill anyway! Where's! Ok... where's the mammaries.... lol