1978 Chevy Monza Spyder

Not a bad car, but it began to suffer from metal fatique: first, the clutch cable mount pulled through the fire wall, then the control arm mount broke off of the unibody. that was enough. I sold it when I got the El Camino

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She was actually a pretty good looking car. Nice profile. The optional alloys were pretty slick-looking as well, except for the absent center caps. This is a fairly early picture, before I found the factory alloy wheels at a swap meet. I made an air scoop out of 3/32" aluminum that actually was functional. Unfortunately, I smacked it on a steep driveway entrance and mangled it. Lousy picture from a lousy camera, sorry! I put tape stripes on the taillights in horizontal rows about a 1/4" apart. Made them appear white, but still function appropriately. Would have looked better when the rear was painted. The bumper covers were supposed to be white. The previous owner had painted the urethane without using a flex additive in the paint, and it cracked and was flaking. I stripped them down to the primer. Never did get around to painting them...
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The interior was all black, with brushed stainless-look inserts, not too bad looking. I added 6-1/2" coaxial speakers to the doors, and a Pioneer in the dash (that still works - I kept it!) Remember the "Ultra-Hot" craze? They were surf products, but everybody wanted the sticker for their back window... The Chevy emblem I striped myself. You can actually see the taillight striping in this one. Still hard to see the individual stripes on the taillights, but they're there. The Spyder package was an appearance package, and included the logo on the rear, a large spider down the hood (mine was in bad shape, so I removed it) and spider emblems front, rear, and the steering wheel hub. Actually quite restrained for the time!

All in all, I kinda miss this one. It got me through most of high school, and wasn't completely un-cool...

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