1st gen. info


From: "Stan K. Kulikowski, Jr." (iceman at redrose.net)
Subject: 70 Monte Info

        The first generation Monte was based on the Chevelle. There were 
4 inches added to the frame in front of the fire wall and four more 
inches added in front of the front wheels. 
        The Monte SS had 15x7 inch rally wheels, not 15x8, with G70 Wide 
Oval white stripe tires. 
        Some odd options were: 3 speed manual column shift, 4 speed floor 
shift, automatic ride leveler (SS only and very rare), fender skirts (not 
with rally wheels and they look kinda cool). It also had the typical 
power windows and locks. A light monitoring system that mounted on the 
fenders showed what lights were active or burnt out, also very rare. 
        If you are going for originality, many 70 parts are one year 
only. Your gauges should light up green. If they light up blue, 
then you have a 71-72 gauge unit. Also 70 is the only first generation 
Monte that you had to hold the door latch button in to lock the doors. 
All "knight" emblems are 70 only. The roman numbers for 1970 (also 1971 
but not 1972) are in the knight's shield. Front fenders, although not 
externally, supposedly bolt to the headlight frames differently. Speaking 
of headlight frames, they are also 70 only as are the headlight bezels. 
70 bezels are completely round and 71-72 are squared. On 70s, the 
distance from the headlight bezel to the outside of the car is wider than 
71-72. GM probably did this to ease the move of the parking lights in 72. 
        As for your clock, I had a quartz conversion done to mine and it 
works great. Unfortuneately my tach still doesn't. 

Stan "Iceman
70 Monte

From: Mike & Kay Drennan (mdrennan at mnsinc.com)
Subject: Re: 70 monte questions

Heres some info on the 1970 Monte taken from an article in Old Cars
magazine:  

The Monte was supposed to be Chevrolets answer to the Pontiac Grand
Prix.  Its interior was designed to convey a luxury image through the
use of high quality nylon and vinyl upholstery materials.  Though
controversial, the simulated burled elm wood on the instrument panel,
steering wheel spokes, and optional console added a tome of richness
seldom seen in most other cars, especially in the Monte Carlos price
class.

An electric clock was standard equipment.  A tachometer and needle-type
ammeter and temperature gauges could be ordered from a long option list.

The 350 cid 250 hp with two-barrel carb and 9.0:1 compression was
standard.

51.4% of 1970 MC buyers chose on of the four optional engines.  There
was a four-barrel, 10.25:1 compression 300 hp version of the 350. 
Bigger engines could be bought, such as the two-barrel 400 cid with
9.0:1 compression.  It was rated at 265 hp.  The four-barrel and 10.25:1
compression 402 cid developed 330 hp.  The ultimate MC engine was a 454
cid  V-8.  It had a four-barrel card and 10.25:1 compression to produce
360 hp.

The 9.0:1 compression engines could use regular gasoline, but the higher
compression motors required premium fuel.

A 3-speed column-mounted manual trans was standard with the standard
engine.  A floor-mounted 4-speed was available with the optional 350,
400, and 402 motors.  Chevys familiar Powerglide was a $174 option with
the 350s.  Turbo Hydramatic was standard with the 454.  It cost $201 to
$222 extra with the other V-8s.

The 454 was available only in the SS package.  The SS package included
the engine and its total price was $420.25.  Other items in the package
included a beefed-up chassis to handle the added stress of the big
block, automatic level control, wide oval white stripe tires, and modest
"SS 454" id on the bottom molding of the front fenders behind the wheel
opening.  Tailpipe extensions were a giveaway at the rear of the
SS-equipped cars.

Only 3,823 Montes were equipped with the SS option in 1970.  This small
number is attributed to Chevys lack of promotion concerning this SS
performance package.  Even in its second year, there were only about
half as many MCs equipped with the SS option.  For 1972, there was no SS
package available on the MCs.

As one would expect, the MC SS could go.  For example, it had a zero to
60 mph time of 7.1 seconds achieved by Tom McCahill in his Mechanix
Illustrated test.  Road Test magazine reported a quarter-mile time of
15.89 seconds at 89.2 mph.  Car Life claimed a top speed of 132 mph. 
Compare all that with Car & Drivers test of a 265 hp MC.  Zero to 60
was 8.8 seconds.  Quarter mile was 16.7 seconds at 82 mph, and 112 mph
was top speed.

Other options together with their popularity included: power steering,
98.3 %; whitewall tires, 96.8%, AM, AM/FM or AM/FM stereo radios with an
antenna concealed in the windshield, 94.6% (8 track stereo tape player,
8.2%); vinyl roof, 81.1%; tinted windows, 77% (tinted windshield only,
1.9%); AC, 69.4%; special wire or color-keyed wheel covers, 38.8%; rally
wheels, 20.6%; Strato-bucket seats, 16.9%; adjustable steering column,
16.2%; dual exhausts, 11.4%; limited-slip, 10.9%; power windows, 10.7%;
power seats, 0.8%; and cruise control, 0.1%.

Additional factory options a buyer could order on his or her 1970 MC
were power door locks, power trunk lid release, and fender skirts. 
Power brakes with front discs were standard.

There was just one body type - the two-door hardtop.  In its base form
it weighed 3,460 pounds and measured 206 inches from bumper to bumper. 
Wheelbase was 116 inches - two inches shorter than the Grand Prix. 
Total production of the 1970 MC was 145,975.  Chevy had hoped to sell at
least 185,000.

At the time of its introduction on Sept. 18, 19698, the MC had a base
price of $3,123.

Mike Drennan
1972 MC Super Pro Bracket Racer

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