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This 2002 Monte Carlo SS
is owned by Christina Bauer
My Monte Story.....
While shopping for my Monte, I skipped the decision factor (because it was never a factor). I visited the all the local dealerships in the St. Louis area looking for the “ONE”. Then after seeing many Monte’s, internet searches, and many phone calls. I found it! When I arrived at the dealership it was raining. After driving through the lot I laid eyes on this Dark Green Monte Carlo SS and the sun began to shine. I knew then this is it (even before the test drive). It did not matter that it was not supercharged I wanted it and had to have it. After getting the keys for the test drive, I unlocked the doors and began to enter when I noticed black and leather too. It had every option for a 2002 and best of all I did not have to order it new, because I am way to impatient.
Now that it is all mine it’s time to make it mine. I loved my Monte just the way it was but it needed something. I wanted something different and unique a one of a kind. I had many visions of what to do to this MC. I wanted it to look like no other. It already did because I had never seen another the same color in the 6 months that I had owned it. However that was not good enough. It needed to be even more unique. So I began shopping for after market products. After shopping for several months I could not decide on a custom paint job or decals one stripe or two, the ram air hood or both. Even the little modifications to the appearance were tough decisions because I was unable to vision it.
While at work one day I was admiring some custom work to a 2003 competition yellow Monte Carlo SS with ghost flames. It was the most beautiful 6th generation Monte I had ever seen. While drooling, the owner returned to his vehicle and so what else do you do when you get caught? You ask lots of questions. I discovered that hey this guy owns a customizing shop with his son. And has a great looking MC! So I called, and over the course of a month I made a trip to the shop. While explaining what I wanted done but also being clear that I was undecided. A few weeks later I fell in love all over again. I knew that the black mirrors had to go, the windows needed tinted, and scripts had to be replaced with paint or decals. I had gotten the call that said “I can incorporate the hood with a stripe“. I took no time to see the design and set up the appointment.
Well the day came to take in the Monte for the major exterior mods and I would not see it for 5 days. Those were the roughest 5 days in my life. I was having serious withdrawals and was very anxious to see the finished product. I did not last a whole week I had to see it. Despite the daily phone calls to check up on her (as if she even knew the difference). I stopped by to take a peek after 2 days. All that had changed was the window tinting and the hood was removed along with the mirrors and window moldings, and then felt a little better. I promised my self that after that visit I would not go back no matter how hard it was. I also decided that whatever else to come (wheels, tires, carpeting, floor mats, and anything else) had to be done in one day to avoid future withdrawals When I picked it up on that 5th day I was speechless. I am still speechless. It is much better than I had ever imagined it to be, my Monte went from ordinary to extraordinary in 5 days. I love this MC and that is how it came to be.
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