<VV> My Own Barn Find

Mark Durham 62vair at gmail.com
Fri Oct 7 19:08:04 EDT 2011

Ken, with the car sitting that long I would suggest pulling the
distributer and turning the oil pump before turning over the engine. I
did my engine by hand and a big screwdriver, took about 14 turns to
start to build pressure, did it a couple of times and even got the
lifters and rockers oiled before startup. But, sounds like a good find!
Mark Durham

Sent from my Windows Phone From: Ken Pepke
Sent: Friday, October 07, 2011 2:52 PM
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Subject: <VV> My Own Barn Find

My own barn find?  Well, it was actually a garage find!  A 1965 Monza
2 door hardtop sedan, 110hp. and a 4 speed transmission, that had
stood in this garage since sometime in 1976.  Not too bad overall
condition. Good front valance, good trunk and trunk floor, good front
fender 'heels', all good floor pans but missing the long center pan,
good quarter panels even below the bumper corners.  Both doors have a
small amount of rust in the front corners but the hems are good all
around, The left 'A' pillar is good but some rust on the right side.
There is a small hole in the quarter panel above the left rear tire
and the lower part of the windshield frame is starting to go.  The
interior is very good except a bit of a stain on the front carpet.  A
wrench on the crankshaft bolt easily turned the engine.

I was told there were no tires on it but they were under the car.
Actually, there was one tire on it and two under the car ... no spare.
 Nooo problem, I have extra wheels.  OK, loosen up one stuck brake
drum, tires on, down off the jack stands and turn it around in the
garage, hook up the tow bar ... down the driveway and into the street;
it followed me home like a puppy on a leash!

The plan; drain the oil, pull the pan and clean out the sludge,
reinstall the pan and add a new oil filter and modern oil.  Disconnect
the gas line and hook up a remote gas can.  Install a battery then
crank the engine till the oil pressure comes up.  Add gas to the can
and snort some down the carbs, key on and start.

The odometer is reading 19828 miles and the pedal wear makes me want
to add a 1 in front of that number.  Well, maybe.  The car came with
lots of extra parts [all wrapped in 1976 newspaper] and included was
an instrument cluster that was missing the speedometer.  Mileage is
now anybody's guess.  Still, I predict the engine will start right off
and run like I had used it yesterday ... even if it takes some time to
pump up the lifters.

All those that know me will realize there are two VERY BAD things
WRONG with this car ... 1.  It is NOT a convertible, and 2. it is not
a Powerglide!  After all, coupes are for chickens and any car that
cannot shift for itself can't be worth much.  Oh well, pictures to
follow ... someday ...

Ken P
Wyandotte, MI
Worry looks around; Sorry looks back, Faith looks up.

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