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The Fixer
01-07-2012, 06:08 PM
My Monte Carlo addiction started before I got my license in November of 1990 - my first car was a rusty 1976 Monte Carlo that I bought in August of '90 to drive while I was on my permit. I bought my first SS in December of 1991; it was a high-mileage white/gray 1985 SS that ran well but had a lot of mechanical issues. I wound up selling it in December of 1993, and then buying it back in the spring of 1997. My friends and I did a TPI conversion on that car in 2000, a 12" front brake swap in 2002, and converted it to 5-speed in 2003. We discovered some serious floor rot and body mount issues while doing that work, so I set out to find another Monte to swap the drivetrain.

My wife wound up buying this '88 SS for me in November 2003 as a gift for my 30th birthday. The previous owner was going to turn it into a big-block drag car, but lost interest with the project so we bought it as a roller. We swapped all of the mechanicals from my rusty '85 SS into this car and then parted out what was left from the old '85.

I drove it for several more years, and sold it February 28, 2011. I have no idea what the new owner has done with it since then, and I honestly don't want to know either. Hopefully it's in good hands and being taken care of.

Mods List

Engine and engine management:

- 355 ci. 2-bolt main 1-piece RMS. stock crank turned and polished, ZZ4 8" balancer, resized rods with ARP bolts and SpeedPro hypereutectic pistons, double-row timing chain, ZZ4 cam, World Products 58cc heads with 1.94/1.50 valves, aluminum roller rockers
- stock TPI baseplate with SLP runners and ported upper plenum (all ceramic coated), 52mm throttlebody, and LT1 injectors
- polished aluminum tall centerbolt valve covers
- 4.3L Monte Carlo gas tank and sending unit with TPI pump
- factory '87 F-body TPI harness with '165 MAF ECM
- F-body dual electric fans
- F-body serpentine brackets
- F-body aluminum radiator
- Ceramic coated Edelbrock TES headers
- 2.5" Hooker cat-back exhaust with GN style tailpipes

Drivetrain:

- 1984 F-body V8 bellhousing, 1981 G-body clutch/brake pedals, SpeedDirect upper/lower adjustable pushrods
- Rebuilt 1988 World Class T5
- factory nodular iron 16lb. flywheel, Ram clutch, Hurst short shifter
- Overhauled 7 5/8" rear with factory 3.73s and Powertrax No-Slip unit, TA Performance diff. cover
- Factory driveshaft shortened 3" and rebalanced

Suspension and Brakes:

- F-body lower front A-arms with 1LE bushings
- Howe Racing tall lower balljoints
- UB Machine front upper control arms
- B-body front disc brake swap with Powerslot rotors and Hawk HPS pads
- 34mm F-body hollow front swaybar
- F-body power steering cooler
- Eibach springs front/rear
- Bilstein shocks front/rear
- Moog tie-rods, centerlink, idler arm
- Jeep steering shaft
- Edelbrock adjustable upper rear arms, BMR tubular lowers
- G-body straight rear swaybar
- 17x8 Coys C55s with Continental 245/45 ZR 17s

Exterior:

- bright white base/clear paint
- Chevy Celebrity headlight conversion
- 2007 Monte Carlo SS badges

Interior:

- stock burgundy interior
- PUI upper door panels and headliner
- window switches relocated to lower door panels
- C5 Corvette shifter boot, Hurst leather shift knob, custom cupholder in the OEM center console trim
- custom 3-point rear seat belts

Here's a few pics of how it looked when I sold it -

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh190/TPIMonteSS/Monte%20Updates/IMG_0854.jpg

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh190/TPIMonteSS/Monte%20Updates/88SS_billet_vcs.jpg

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh190/TPIMonteSS/1988%20SS%20For%20Sale/IMG_1723.jpg

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh190/TPIMonteSS/1988%20SS%20For%20Sale/IMG_1692.jpg

Here's a few pics of the interior mods -

Doorpanels with relocated window switch -

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh190/TPIMonteSS/Monte%20Updates/IMG_0183.jpg

C5 shifter boot with Hurst leather knob and cupholder -

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh190/TPIMonteSS/Monte%20Updates/IMG_0947.jpg

Rear 3-point seat belts -

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh190/TPIMonteSS/SS%20Rear%20Belts/IMG_1144.jpg

greenformula92
03-06-2012, 09:34 PM
I always liked this car. If I had the money at the time I would have bought it in a heart beat.

chrisfrom nj
03-06-2012, 09:37 PM
it was a nice car i remember seeing it on cl for a while

BonzoHansen
03-06-2012, 09:38 PM
I wanted to buy it. So nice.

91chevyz28
03-06-2012, 09:48 PM
Steve I loved that car and I still cannot believe you sold it after all that work you did to it.

WildBillyT
03-06-2012, 09:48 PM
I wanted to buy it. So nice.

So did I. Love that car.

greenformula92
03-06-2012, 09:50 PM
well look at the trend I started :lol:

maroman88
03-07-2012, 09:22 AM
best monte everrr lol

LuvMyF8LWS6
03-07-2012, 02:31 PM
That car was awesome!

The Fixer
03-08-2012, 08:11 PM
Thanks for all the compliments guys!

And just to show how it was built - right in my driveway. :) Here's a few more pics - this is when the motor, trans, and suspension went in when the car was first put together after stripping my '85.

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh190/TPIMonteSS/P1010014.jpg

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh190/TPIMonteSS/P1010056.jpg

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh190/TPIMonteSS/P1010062.jpg

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh190/TPIMonteSS/P1010075.jpg

And here are two of when the 355 was built a few years later - this is the motor on a stand in my garage. Like my homemade crank turning device? :)

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh190/TPIMonteSS/007.jpg

And here's the motor going in - middle of a rain storm at about 9PM, but it was the only day I could get it done. My neighbor loaned me the 10x10 tent to cover us up. I wish the weather was like those pics from the first swap. :)

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh190/TPIMonteSS/355_going_in.jpg

chevyt454
05-14-2013, 09:56 AM
I miss her & she wasn't even mine