1984 Monte Carlo SS
This car is an on-going project for Rick & Kristi. It has been through several iterations over 13 years of ownership, and the latest is the most fun by far.
The 17" wheels are custom-built, one-off Destructors from the real Boyd Coddington, and we have never, ever seen another set of these. Brakes are from Baer, with 13" discs in the front and 12" in the rear. The car is lowered with drop-spindles in the front and OPG springs in the rear, and Bilstein shocks are used at all four corners. The 1.25" front sway bar is bushed in polyurethane, and the rear bar is a high-quality 1.0" solid unit.
The 8.5" Grand National rear axle was rebuilt with Moser axles and a T/A Performance stud kit, and it is suspended with Metco Motorsports billet control arms.
The car is powered by a GMPP ZZ502 engine assembly, backed by a Tremec TKO-600 5-speed transmission. The engine is fitted with raised-port Sanderson ceramic-coated 1 7/8" mid-length headers, feeding into a 3" exhaust system with Dynomax Race Magnum mufflers. The McCleod 11" clutch is housed in an ultra- rare 697 G-body bellhousing, and is activated by blueprinted factory-style clutch linkage. A hard-to-find Pro 5.0 shifter selects the gears. The transmission is supported by a tubular chrome-moly Iceman crossmember powdercoated in gloss black. The driveshaft is an aluminum 3.5" unit from Inland Empire fitted with heavy-duty u-joints. The carburetor is a Holley HP double-pumper mounted on a Performer RPM Air-Gap manifold. A RobbMC fuel pump pickup pulls fuel from a Spectra gas tank, and Fragola AN hoses and fittings ensure that there are no fuel leaks. The aluminum radiator is from Griffin. Exterior trim parts and various underhood items come from GBodyParts. The car was painted in 2003 by the previous owner, but it still shines like new thanks to many coats of polish and wax applied by hand.
The interior is mostly original and in excellent condition. Of course, the carpet and headliner have been replaced, and the dash and gauge cluster have been updated with parts from a 1988 Monte Carlo SS. The car sports a very rare 140 MPH speedo. Mechanical Autometer Cobalt gauges have been added where the original ashtray once resided.
Much of the work performed on this car is done at a leisurely pace in our own driveway. Fortunately, Kristi is on the board of our homeowner's association.
A few more pics...
Interior snaps, 10/2016: (cut-n-paste)