1972 Montego GT 429 - December Updates
12-1 Received the new heater blower motor and fan
11-31 - 12-1 Stripped the firewall
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12-1 Primed with epoxy primer
12-6 Sealed the gaps
12-6 Right after spraying. This looks gloss, but when dried it is a satin black
12-7 Heater after redoing - new fan and motor
12-9 Repainted a new brake power boosted along with the brake pedal and steering column brackets
12-11 Disassembled the steering column
Prepped and painted the main parts
12-11 repainted the rag-joint and shafts
Week of 12-9
Starter installing firewall parts. New booster and master cylinder - throttle linkage, vacuum cannister
This car was built 12-71. All Montegos built in late 71 had black firewalls. They later went with the same color as the exterior.
Started installing the interior parts - heater- a/c, heater box, column support - pedals
New ignition switch, brake switch, NOS brake pad (not shown in pic)
12-11 took the column completely apart and redid it. The plastic sleeve was trashed. We reworked it. It along with the steel sleeve looks brand new. Also installed a new ignition switch and key cylinder. I looked over the turn signal switch and this seemed to be fine. So I will use the stock one.
12-12 Installed the column along with the new brake switch and NOS brake pad.
12-20 Started cleaning the dash
What the knobs looked like before I cleaned them and after. They look almost brand new
Although I didn't get a picture, both these parts were apart when I painted them.
The steel part (with the N code vin) was original. The pad is a very good pliable one that I bought about 5 months ago.
I sprayed the steel part 12-25 and the dash pad 12-27
Another pic of both
I ruined the "FASTEN SEAT BELT" light above the glove box, so I found another one.
I had taken compound to the red lens and it wore off some of the lettering
Before the dash went in.
Backside of the dash
12-24 The dash is installed!!!!
I also installed the plastic 2 piece sleeve around the column
12-30 Looks like the only pieces I need rechromed (besides the bumpers).
I may also end up doing the 1/4 glass crank handles, since these are shorter than the front. All the aftermarket handles like Dearborn sells, are the longer ones. Even though on their website, the picture shows the correct smaller handles.
I sent a pair back that I ordered. Hope they do have the short ones. If not, I'll have to get those chromed.
Last update of 2013. Happy New Year.
January 2014 updates (other monthly updates toward the top of the page)