carkhz316 Posted July 13, 2013 Report Share Posted July 13, 2013 (edited) EDIT 7-25-2021: BUMPING THIS BABY FROM THE DEAD. If you're stumbling across this thread and would like to see the missing pictures, I still have them saved locally. It's just that Photobucket required deletion of some to get under the "free limit" cap, lest it lock out all the pictures. PM me if you have any other questions or need pictures from broken links. THANKS! Hmmm, how to start. Well, here it is after almost 2 months of wrenching and cursing a few times. I just started it up tonight (5-12-13) and drove it down the street. There are a few things to take care of yet, namely my clutch master cylinder is leaking internally as it won't hold the clutch disengaged for more than a few seconds, but that's about it for major stuff. http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x349/Carkhz316/random/IMG_20130714_200206.jpg Firstly, I am not a expert in these matters, so please take that in to consideration. Secondly, everything from here on out applies specifically to a 98 Monte Carlo Z34; but most likely should cover 95-99 Monte Carlo and 95-2001 Lumina's. Also, I may forget certain things, and I got somewhat less detailed with pics towards the end, but it should still be pretty thorough. If you have any questions about a particular part or procedure, feel free to ask, but I'm going to gear the beginning of this thread towards a how-to to start anyway. I will also probably be editing things occasionally, or omitting others. But ya, on to pics and stuff. Firstly, this car is not a DD. So may I recommend not relying on a DD to do this project. The Monte hasn't been driven much, so it is nearly, exclusively a project car at this point. Here it is on day/ night one. Almost 2 months ago; May 13 2013 as it sits in my garage. (as a sidenote, my car has been top-swapped/ SC 3800 for 3 years now, so there may be slight minor upper engine things that are different between mine and your NA 3800 W-car.) http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x349/Carkhz316/HPIM2553.jpg I started with the interior side of things first, but it shouldn't matter whether you decide to swap the trans/ engine assembly first or tear apart the interior. http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x349/Carkhz316/HPIM2555.jpg Firstly, start with the 2 Phillips screws in the knee bolster and the 2 plastic phillips push pins in the bottom of the bolster. http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x349/Carkhz316/HPIM2562.jpg http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x349/Carkhz316/HPIM2564.jpg Then unplug the trunk release button http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x349/Carkhz316/HPIM2565.jpg The forward facing side of the shifter handle has the U-shaped clip that can be pulled out with a flat-head screw driver or a pick. Then the T-handle of the shifter can be pulled off. http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x349/Carkhz316/HPIM2570.jpg Pry tool or equivalent for the trim surrounding said shifter http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x349/Carkhz316/HPIM2569.jpg Unplug the lightbulb for the gear selection illumination http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x349/Carkhz316/HPIM2571.jpg Then the main trim/ cubby hole thing trim piece can be pried up and away http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x349/Carkhz316/HPIM2568.jpg Unplug the cigarette lighter and shift interlock plugs http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x349/Carkhz316/HPIM2572.jpg http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x349/Carkhz316/HPIM2575.jpg There is also a main plugin that can be disconnected a little further upstream behind the CD slots (after that trim piece is removed) http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x349/Carkhz316/HPIM2574.jpg (x4) 10mm lag screws holding the rest of the console to the floor here http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x349/Carkhz316/HPIM2578.jpg http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x349/Carkhz316/HPIM2579.jpg Console gone http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x349/Carkhz316/HPIM2580.jpgA few pics of the passenger side dash area. Here you'll find "Christmas tree fasteners" holding the kick panel/ bolster thing. Then there are some 7mm screws holding the glovebox in. You'll also have to unclip the glovebox light too http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x349/Carkhz316/HPIM2582.jpg http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x349/Carkhz316/HPIM2584.jpg http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x349/Carkhz316/HPIM2585.jpg Pulling my A-pillar gauge pod. That empty spot is for my future Wideband or Aeroforce interceptor gauge maybe http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x349/Carkhz316/HPIM2586.jpgThe dash surround is pretty easy. It just pulls off and you'll have to wiggle it around the steering column (unless you jumped ahead and already have the column unbolted I guess) After that, you'll find more 7mm's holding a lot of stuff: The radio, the HVAC switch, the gauge cluster and various spots of the dash panel, http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x349/Carkhz316/HPIM2566.jpg http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x349/Carkhz316/HPIM2588.jpg http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x349/Carkhz316/HPIM2590.jpg http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x349/Carkhz316/HPIM2592.jpg including 4 underneath the defroster vent http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x349/Carkhz316/IMG_20130606_100812.jpg Edited July 25, 2021 by carkhz316 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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