Re: 1970 Monte Carlo 402 4 speed
Davey,and others,I must relate how things were here in Baltimore back "in the day".Baltimore was a GM town.At one time,the GM plant was the second largest employer here.You either worked at GM,had a relative that worked there,or you knew lots of people that worked there,neighbors,etc.,it's just how it was.Anything and everything went on,on the assembly lines there.One of the perks of working for GM after ordering a new car was personally "walking" your car down the assembly line as it was being built,and adding options.My friends tell me that when a bosses car went down the line,EVERY option was added to it.Dealers got "special" orders.I still drink beer and bench race every weekend with my old car friends,whom lots worked on the line and can tell everything you need to know what went on at GM.If you click on my showroom and go to pic 010 of the back of my Chevelle,you will see a guy on the right walking towards my car.He's one of my best friends,went to school with him,and he went to work on the line starting in the late 60's.Always joke with him about the crummy job he did building my Chevelle,lol.
When some one in town got an LS-6,L-78 Camaro,etc.,all us hot rodders knew it.We'd go down to Capitol Raceway on Sat. nites,and all the new GM performance cars sold that week were making passes,lots with the window stickers still proudly in place.One of our hangouts was Marsden Chevrolet,in Towson,Md,a Baltimore suburb.Old mom and pop dealership,with a small showroom.One of my friends was a mechanic there and one night he took me in the showroom and showed me a new delivery.In the star location was a new 70 Monte Carlo,Gobi Beige,Tan top,tan interior,SS454,4 speed with console.Now I know everyone says these don't exist,but I saw it and sat in it.We were all 18 year old Chevy gearheads and were blown away at what we considered an "old mans car" with a 4 speed.Was a beautiful car,and I drooled over it for several weeks till it was sold,never saw it again.In my slightly older age I can't remember what I had for dinner last night,but back in those days I was pretty lucid,esp. when it came to GM muscle.
OK,all the experts now can come on here and tell me I'm full of it,it never existed,etc.,etc.Doesn't matter to me,I know what it was.I lived through these times in GM town,and it was pretty cool.