1977 Monte Carlo, Pro-Touring, Fuel Curve

1977 Monte Carlo, Lost and Found Again

This is a feel-good story about a 1977 Monte Carlo.

Remember your first car, that freedom of not only transportation but also expression? It was special to all of us even though we had to give it up for various reasons, school, family, crashed it, or maybe just wanted to move on to something else. Whatever the case, we seldom get the opportunity to ever own it again.

1977 Monte Carlo, Pro-Touring, Fuel Curve

1977 Monte Carlo, Pro-Touring, Fuel CurveOh to have Chris Reynolds’ luck! Not only did he get his first car back, the exact same car we may add, but it was given to him by the guy he sold it too nearly 20 years earlier. The gentlemen passed away and left it to Chris in his will, although not in the same shape as he sold it. His 1977 Monte Carlo was pretty much a basket case at that point, so Chris did what any person would do when their first love came back to them but needed some attention. He did a full frame-off restoration. No easy feat with a large-and-in-charge Monty.

1977 Monte Carlo, Pro-Touring, Fuel Curve

First thing was to get the frame back in shape with blasting and powder coating. Once it was cleaned up and solid Chris added some Global West control arms and RideTech coil overs to make it ride and handle like it should. Fat Man fabrications cut down the rear end housing 3” to make way for deep lip 20” Foose wheels to match the 18s up front.



1977 Monte Carlo, Pro-Touring, Fuel Curve

With the foundation and suspension updated to Pro-Touring specs, it was time to get the body and sheet metal up to par with everything else. Bryant’s Classic Paint handled getting the body straight enough to lay down that deep black color, laser straight stem to stern. Under the hood sits a nice, dependable Edelbrock Crate 350 all decked out with polished and plated accessories.

1977 Monte Carlo, Pro-Touring, Fuel Curve

1977 Monte Carlo, Pro-Touring, Fuel CurveLike most projects it was already out of hand by this point, so Chris figured he might as well make the interior as nice as the rest of the car. JnG Creations stepped up to the plate, covering everything inside with soft black leather along with custom door panels and armrests, even finishing out the trunk to the same level as the interior. Some white face Auto Meter gauges and a B&M shifter help give the muscle-bound Monty a competition feel while Vintage Air keeps the heat from the black on black combo at bay. This car gets driven so air conditioning in steamy North Carolina is an essential item.

1977 Monte Carlo, Pro-Touring, Fuel CurveChris’s major mods meld together nicely forming the best 1977 Monte Carlo anyone could ever desire. Have you seen a better-looking one? Didn’t think so. If only Chris’s younger self could have seen the potential in this Monte Carlo the first time he owned it!

Born and raised in the racing-rich confines of Charlotte, North Carolina, Robert McCarter is a lifelong car nut. His life revolves around it. Best of all, he is self-taught in all of his disciplines. Creative photography came first. Automotive concept design came soon after. He also possesses old world hot rod craftsman abilities reflected in his hi-level upholstery work. Evenings and weekends are solely dedicated to driving, tuning and tweaking his homebuilt ’32 Ford roadster or his pristine ’66 Nova. His deuce roadster has traversed the country on numerous coast-to-coast hair-blowing boogies. He now adds story-teller to his repertoire with his editorial work reflected her on our pages.

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