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1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

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Build Points


  • Color: Black
  • Horsepower: 420
  • Drivetrain: RWD

Vehicle Overview

I've had this car since I was 15. My dad and I restored it together. I'm proud of this car and the journey it has led me on. In about 2004 we pulled the original L69 305 V8 and replaced it with a 350 bored .030 over, with 10.5-1 compression, a Lunati Cam, Edelbrock intake manifold and carbureter, we installed Flowtech headers and had a custom 2.5 inch exhaust installed at a local shop. We did the paint and body work ourselves. Soon after I installed an Auburn Posi unit to help the car put it's power down. The Edelbock carb ended up in the trash bin, replaced by a Holley 750 CFM and the suspension was upgraded with a full Level 3 Race QA1 double adjustable coil-over suspension kit. A few years ago I blew up the 355 and swapped in an LQ4 6.0L LS motor with an LS3 cam, stainless steel long tube headers, Trailblazer SS intake manifold and a 92MM throttle body. That combo made 352 HP to the rear wheels, I've since upgraded the cam to a Summit Racing Stage III which netted a roughly 70hp increase at the wheels bringing the power up to 420 and torque to 410 lb/ft. The front brakes were upgraded to four piston Brembos, as well as the steering gear and I swapped in a manual transmission in 2019. In 2020 the rear suspension went under the knife. I removed the factory triangulated 4 link and 7.5 inch rear axle for a Ford 8.8 rear end out of a 2013 Mustang which had been narrowed to 63 inches, upgraded with an Eaton Truetrac, 31 spline Moser axles and Ford 9 inch ends on the housing. I used a UMI Performance upper control arm from a Mustang and integrated custom mounting points into the chassis along with a panhard bar to keep the rear end centered and a Detroit Speed 1.125 inch rear sway bar helps keep the body roll under control. The car runs SCCA Solo, in the Classic American Muscle Traditional Class for autocross. You can follow me on Instagram As well as my build blog, on Summit Racing's Onallcylinders blog.

Completed Modifications

Engine Parts (3)
Exhaust (1)
Suspension/Steering/Chassis (3)
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