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1978 Dodge Monaco

Car was purchased 2-14-05 at around 7pm? Drove it home on 2-15-05 from Iowa..

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April 01 2005
Apr 1, 2005

Did some Bondo repair today, then painted the inside of the trunk, so Ben Jones can sign it tomorrow, and then went to the DMV and got it all plated and registered... cost twice what I expected.. ouch!

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April 01 2010
Apr 1, 2010

Working on removing the Bondo from the quarter panel.

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April 02 2005
Apr 2, 2005

Got my FIRST autograph on the Big Brown Dodge today.... Ben Jones... who played Cooter in the series.

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April 03 2005
Apr 3, 2005

OK, today I came back from meeting Ben Jones, and spent a few hours working on the roof... found more dents I didnt see before<LOL>, and removed MOST of the glue... after it got dark, I gave it a bath.. especially the roof. Tomorrow I will go back and work on the areas I bondoed on Friday, and the rest of the roof glue... just had ta wash it so that I could see what still needed doing under the dust!<LOL>

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April 04 2005
Apr 4, 2005

finished the glue removal, and primered the roof... now the REAL work starts!<lol>

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April 05 2005
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April 05 2008
Apr 6, 2008

Gave it a well needed bath today... and sen how many repairs it needs before Dukesfest.... ugh!!

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April 11 2005
Apr 11, 2005

did some bondo sanding today, thats about it.

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April 12 2008
Apr 16, 2008

Installed a DVD player in the Patrol Car.

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April 14 2005 Lightbar
Apr 14, 2005

Tested the lightbar... except a few blown bulbs, all appear to work.
Sent out payment for the mounts and NEW red Lenses on teh 15th.

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April 15 2005
Apr 15, 2005

Did some bodywork, primered the driver side doors, trunk, and used filler primer on the rear quarter. Also sanded a LOT on the baddest parts of the rear quarters and used the dremel to cut off some of the worst spots.

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April 15 2005 disk 2
Apr 15, 2005

WEnt to town, got more primer... took a few more shots whewn I got home after spraying more primer down.

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April 16 2005
Apr 16, 2005

Here it is.. the Big Bro.... GREEN Dodge!!! OK.. hood and area around grille is still Brown... but that is because that is basically the ONLY place that does NOT need to be restored in some way!<LOL>

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April 16 2005 disk 2
Apr 16, 2005

Did a photoshoot at work after I recieved my tail light lens.... wanted to shoot without tree shadows, so the car can be seen better.

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April 17 2005
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April 17 2005 disk 2
Apr 17, 2005

Tore apart the dash to install radio, discoved broken part in heater controller and wipers.

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April 17 2007
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April 20 2005
Apr 20, 2005

Got my Red Lenses today. so test fit the lightbar wtih new lenses and new mounts and gutter clamps... and then got out ym Rosco uniform for fun!<LOL>

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April 21 2010
Apr 21, 2010

first time it's moved under it's own power in over a year.

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August 23 2005
Aug 23, 2005

Turd wearing his new magnets, so I can legally drive him on the street. Also has his new Historic Vehicle tags on.

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August 23 2005 Nigh Shots
Aug 23, 2005

Test photoshoot for future shoots.

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August 24 2007
Aug 24, 2007

Storm Damage right next to my Patrol Car.

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December 03 2005
Dec 10, 2005

First real snow on Turd... as a Patrol Car.

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December 09 2005
Dec 10, 2005

9.5 inches of snow on the ole boy..

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December 19 2006
Dec 19, 2006

Trunk pics

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December 26 2005
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February 06 2007
Feb 6, 2007

Snow...UGH!!

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February 1 2005
Feb 1, 2005

Just waiting for my Income taxes to post to my checking account... and a couple of days off in a row.... then it'll be my Rosco Mobile!

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February 14 2005
Feb 14, 2005

Got my 78 Dodge Monaco tonight!! wohoo!!!

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February 15 2005

This was the day I drove it home from Iowa.... no wipers, but that rainex works incredible!! Rain, sleet and snow, AND tire water from the semis, and I could still see fine.

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February 16 2005
Feb 16, 2005

Lightbar arrived today... I test "fit" it. Drivers side lens was broken, but passenger side looks ok. Will put that on drivers side. "Borrowed" Plymouth Dog Dishes to test on The Big Brown Turd.... removing those rusty Kmart Special Wire rims was the best thing I could do for that car!<LOL> Would ahve drove it to work, but I can't find the dang keys!! <LOL>

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February 17 2005
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February 21 2005 set 1
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February 21 2005 set 2
Feb 21, 2005

Yanked off the trim today and gave it a bath... so I could take some photos. Also went to the tech school today, they will call me tomorrow with a estimate.

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Fleeting Meeting With Fame
Mar 28, 2006

Turd's Fleeting Meetings With Fame. Being signed, or working shows with cast, crew, and other celebrities.

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January 01 2006
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January 07 2006
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January 31 2005
Jan 31, 2004

Photos were sent to me today.

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July 04 2008
Jul 4, 2008

washed both cars today for a car show & parade tomorrow.

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July 07 2009
Jul 8, 2009

Bodywork is needed... :(

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July 12 2009
Jul 12, 2009

Today my friend Danny & I removed the front clip off of the Monaco, so I can work on the body work, and fix where the wheel well was damaged from the blowout, and do some undercoating and rust repairs. Dad helped get the fenders seperated from the header panel. Boy... do we have our work cut out for us!

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July 30 2006
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July 4 2005 engine pics
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June 01 2005
Jun 1, 2005

Sanded out a bunch of paint runs, and moved it to a easier place to paint it.

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June 01 2005 b
Jun 1, 2005

YYYEHAAAA!!!

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June 02 2005
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June 06 2007
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June 12 2007
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June 13 2005
Jun 13, 2005

Turd had a very bad day today.... a blow out at 60 mph is not kind to a car.... but got new tires and some fun later on.

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March 12 2006
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March 13 2006
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Engine Photos

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Mar 15, 2006

Degreased Engine Shots.. and the leak.

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Mar 15, 2006

"Light Show"

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March 15 2007
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March 20 2006
Mar 20, 2006

Photos of the Decals.

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March 22 2005
Mar 22, 2005

started rust repair..UGH!!!!

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March 22 2007
Mar 22, 2007

I GOT A REAR WINDOW TODAY!!!! yeah!!!
$50 and about 60 miles away, at a junkyard owned by 3 WOMEN!! Has about a inch of dirt on it, and lots of cauking to remove.... but I GOT A WINDOW! wohoo!! Only took 2 years after I bought the car.. to find one.

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March 24 2005
Mar 24, 2005

Today I sanded surface rust on the underside of the trunklid, and... REMOVED THE VYNIL TOP!!! And much to my relief..it was painted metal. Only a LITTLE bit of (hopefully) surface rust at the joints under the back window.. and of course.. the big dent in the roof and 2 smaller ones that I knew about already.

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March 26 2007
Mar 26, 2007

TURD HAS A REAR WINDOW!!!! :D

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March 27 2007
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March 28 2006
Mar 28, 2006

Installed the siren and light controller today, and the CB.. the CB is almost identical to the ones used on the series, only difference really is mine are 23 channel, and thiers were 40 Channel. This is only "mocked together".. as the screws for the bracket wasnt long enough, also only the CB is fully installed for now, until I find a siren to install.

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March 29 2005
Mar 29, 2005

Worked on the body a little today... couldnt find any hardner for the bondo... or a hammer for some dimples that needed fixed.. so didnt get far.

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March 30 2005
Mar 30, 2005

Worked on the dimples some more.. not having much luck.. guess it's time to ask a professional!<LOL> Drove it down to the car wash and vacuumed it out, lots of shattered glass in back.. and tiny nails! will need to pull the back seat and clean it really well. Next... cleaning the vynil inside!

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May 10 2005
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May 11 2005
May 11, 2005

Yeah.... I have a quarter panel fabricated, AND the rocker panel!! Now.. just need to grind down the bondo, sand it all nice and smooth, build up where needed... and then..... I can start on the OTHER side!! (Will need more Bondo!! Might be able to get it all done with LESS then 2 gallons... and I know people that used 3 in thier cars!<LOL>)

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May 16 2005
May 17, 2005

Created a new quarter for the passenger side, used up last of the gallon of bondo I had.. and then discovered a NEW Rust hole in front passnger fender that had been BADLY fixed with bondo or fiberglass.

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May 22 2007
May 22, 2007

New Magnets

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May 26 2005
May 26, 2005

We are in the home stretch!!! Should be painted by May 30th!! Got the paint gun today as a birthday present.

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May 31 2005
May 31, 2005

First coat of paint was put on today. I need to "fix" a few issues tomorrow, and then we head to Bristol Thursday!!

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October 04 2009
Oct 4, 2009

Pics of ole Rusty, taken today.

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October 11 2005
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October 14 2008
Oct 14, 2008

Started Restoration #2 yesterday. I start Autobody class in 2 days.

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October 29 2008
Oct 29, 2008

Went into storage today for the season at my cousin's house.

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Mar 23, 2007
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September 08 2005
Sep 8, 2005

painted my 2 old lenses white, so I can run it that way, versus the black cloth and bungie cords.... also will aid in not scratching the car hopefuly.. and looks better going down the road.. unless you look at the passenger side lens close... its COVERED in tape, to hold it together and cover holes!<LOL> Anyone got a better spare?

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September 28 2007
Oct 16, 2007

Getting a brand new windshield... thanks to a gravel truck coming home from Canada in August.

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