Back in the game after 10 years!! (lots of pics)

Coltrane

Apprentice
Jul 6, 2020
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Well, let me start off by saying I'm so incredibly excited to be back with a GBody again, specifically another Monte Carlo SS (lots of pics below!!). Let me give a quick overview of why this means so much to me.

My first car was a 1984 Monte Carlo SS that we got from my father's friend for a very friendly price. It had a ZZ4, 8.5 rear, and was CLEAN. Here is a pic of it (I added the cowl hood and wheels)

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I drove it through high school and college, and during those years I put in a cam, forged pistons/rods, switched over to a Holley 750dp, MSD ignition/distributor (so got rid of the CCC, etc.), 3.90 gears, and a 3400 converter. It ran a best of 12.3@110mph and was an absolute blast to cruise, race, and just have fun in.

Then on St. Patrick's day in 2011, I was hit by a drunk driver:

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After that, I basically lost all motivation and desire for the car, but kept it because luckily the motor and body (from the firewall back) were fine, and I thought I'd get another frame and fix it one day. I did end up getting another frame and front end, but it just sat...and sat...

Fast forward to 2020 - I figured it was time to get back in the game, and decided to just buy a car and then swap in my motor, rear, etc. I scoured the internet everyday for a quality car at a reasonable price, but nothing lined up. I went out and saw a few but they just weren't right.

I talked to the person who sold me my first Monte, and he actually bought an 85ss a few years back, and he said he'd be willing to sell it! 😮 So with that, I present you my new baby - a VERY NICE 1985 Monte Carlo SS!! It has 90k original miles, and get this - that's original paint! It's completely stock except he put an 8.5 rear in it with 3.73s. My plan is to get AFR 195 heads and a gnarly cam for the motor, drop that in along with my TH350C, and run some 11s - enjoy all of the pics!!!

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rfpowerdude

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Jul 15, 2013
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Damn, that is sweet. That year SS was my post high school dream car. I just couldn't afford it though. Awesome score and looking forward to seeing progress with the mods.
 

JAMCAR223

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Jun 6, 2014
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Houston, TX.
VERY clean. Welcome back to the game!
 
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PBGBodyFan

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Mar 3, 2009
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Wisconsin
Looks like a really nice one. So he kept it stock other than putting in an 8.5”? You still have your old car or just pulled the motor/drivetrain from it? Your 84’ sounds like it was well put together, sorry that it met that fate.
 

mclellan83

Royal Smart Person
Jun 27, 2017
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Pgh, PA
Welcome back to the dark side, very good looking clean car to get. Congrats
 

Coltrane

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Jul 6, 2020
54
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Looks like a really nice one. So he kept it stock other than putting in an 8.5”? You still have your old car or just pulled the motor/drivetrain from it? Your 84’ sounds like it was well put together, sorry that it met that fate.
Yup- this one only has a rear done to it. I do still have the other car (the pieces that aren’t smashed to bits) and will be using the motor/trans from that in this new one. I’m going to keep that other rear (same one I have in this except that has 3.90s and this one 3.73s) as a backup in case I grenade this one at some point, hahah.
 
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