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Cars > Challenges > “Silver Bullet” Vs “Super Slow”

 

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85MonteSS

M–40
MonteCity, IN
United States

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SSninja

M–30
Stoughton, MA
United States

 

1985 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS

“Silver Bullet”

1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS

“Super Slow”

 
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About “Silver Bullet”

Bought July 2005. All factory and didn't plan on many changes. That changed real quick as it starting burning oil (valve seals were dried up). It was repainted in 1987 due to Hail and have many records and receipts for it from the original owner. About 150,000 miles and in pretty good condition. It's gonna need paint but figured I'd get everything else up to my standards first. Steering, Suspension, Engine, Interior, Wheels, Tires, and Trans all needed some sort of attention, better looks or handling or worn out. Beside the Mods already done, these r ordered and waiting for install real soon ATS Spindles with C5 Brakes, SC&C Adj UCA, Edelbrock Adj. Rear UCA, Currie LCA, LS1 Rear Disc, New Body Bushings, Elec. Cooling Fans, Higher HP SB, 5 or 6 Speed (pedals r in), Hydroboost, Rear Control Arm Braces, Bilstein Shocks, Custom Rear Shock Mounts. Trans prob this Winter.

About “Super Slow”

I bought the car in 2002 after seeing it at a garage that my friend's dad's friend owned, and drove it daily for about a year or so.

It was originally a southern car, so it has almost no rust on it (except for the driver's floor where a t-top leaked), but the non-original motor (which I was told was a 305) was beat. The car had 80,000 miles on it, and was black with a grey 60/40 split bench and column shift interior.

In 2005 I decided to go with the 350 HO deluxe crate motor from GM, and have my transmission rebuilt as well to handle the extra power. I also swapped in bucket seats, a new dash, and 15" Firebird rims around the same time, as well as replacing all the T top metal plates and weatherstripping.

I put about 1000 miles on the motor the summer of 2006, and then took it off the road for the TPI swap.

Finished up the TPI swap over the summer of 2007, as well as swapping in an 8.5 rear that I had rebuilt with a new Eaton posi and 3.42 gears. An electric fan, tranny cooler, driveshaft loop, and B&M megashifter were installed as well. I also did a few interior tweaks and bought a set of GTA rims, which will be going on the car once I buy new tires.

In 2008, I finally installed a 12" front disc brake setup, rebuilt the front suspension, and got the car back on the road.

I still need to do a couple of small things, but I'd like to say that it's "done"...yeah, right

 

Specs for “Silver Bullet”

Factory 305 HO
180 HP
13 MPG

Rplaced with 350
300-350 HP-Still needs dynoed.
Still getting 13 MPG
No 1/4 mile time, yet. Sorry. More of a Road Course kinda guy.
All New Steering/Suspemsion

Specs for “Super Slow”

5.7L V8 rated at 330 HP, 380 TQ
*Need to get new figures with the TPI setup

 

Factory Options for “Silver Bullet”

Silver Exterior Lacquer Paint
Oxblood Cloth Interior
AM/FM Cassette Player
F-41 Suspension
Posi-Trac 3.73 Rear
T-Tops
305 H.O. Bolted to 200-4R
Bucket Seats w/ Console Shift
Rear Defrost
Air Conditioning
Power Windows
Tilt Steering Wheel
Tachometer
Cruise Control
Dual Remote Mirrors

Factory Options for “Super Slow”

T-tops
A/C
Power windows/locks
Split bench/column shifter

 

Mods for “Silver Bullet”

Engine:

350c.i.d. Bored .030
Crane Gold Roller Rockers
Ported Cast GM Heads
Screw-In Rocker Studs
Flat Top Pistons
Perf Q-Jet
MSD 6AL Ignition
MSD HEI Coil
Edelbrock Performer Intake
Billet Double Roller Timing Chain
Edelbrock TES Headers
DynoMax Cat-Back Pipes
Flowmaster 40s (DynoMax Ultra Flo Welded weren't aggressive enough)
Hollow Cat
*Soon - Elec. Cooling Fans
*Soon - 400-450 HP SBC


Steering/Suspension:

Bell Tech 2" Spindles
Moog 5660 Springs
Bell Tech Rear Springs
All new Steering Components
All new Suspension Bushings
New Quick Ratio Gear Box
*Soon - ATS Billet Spindles
*Soon - SC&C Adj. Front UCA
*Soon - C5 Front Brakes
*Soon - LS1 Rear Disc Brakes
*Soon - HydroBoost
*Soon - Bilstein Shocks
*Soon - Rear Control Arm Braces
*Soon - Adj. Rear UCA
*Soon - Currie Rear LCA
*Soon - Custom Rear Shock Mounts


Drivetrain:

Clutch Pedals R In
Clutch Master/Slave is Here
*Soon - 5 or 6 Speed. Have a T5 already but want 6 Gears


Interior:

White Face Gauges
Alpine CD Player
Infinity 3.5" Fronts
Infinity 6x9" Rears


Other:

SLP ZR-1 Wheels - 17x8 Wrapped with BFG G Force Sport 255-45ZR17
*Soon - Urethane Body Mounts


*All But the New Engine are on Order or in My Garage Waiting on Install.

Mods for “Super Slow”

Motor

- 350 ci "HO" crate motor rated at 330 HP, 380 TQ
- Stock TPI runners/plenum with Vortec intake base
- 22# injectors, Walbro 255 lph pump, -6 AN braided steel fuel lines
- Speed density harness with custom tune
- Hooker Long-tube headers into mandrel-bent 2.5" x-pipe exhaust
- Ramcharger dual electric fans

Transmission/Axle

- 1987 Monte Carlo SS spec 2004r rebuilt with a B&M shift kit 2200 RPM stall and a few other goodies
- B&M Supercooler transmission fluid cooler
- Stock Buick Grand National driveshaft
- Grand National 8.5" 10-bolt axle rebuilt with 28 spline Eaton posi, Moser axles, TA Performance aluminum cover, and Richmond 3.42 gears

Suspension

Front
- Stock F41 swaybar with new endlinks, bushings
- Stock lower control arms with new bushings
- New TRW tierods, centerlink, idler arm
- Edelbrock solid tie rod sleeves
- Hotchkis tubular upper control arms
- Chevy Camaro 1LE rotors mounted on Caprice spindles
- Belltech 1" S10 drop springs (~ 2" drop on a Monte)
- Bilstein shocks

Rear
- Stock F41 swaybar
- UMI tubular upper and lower control arms with poly bushings
- Moog cargo coil springs (~ 1" lift over stock)
- Bilstein shocks

Interior

- Stock SS interior dyed two-tone grey/black
- Autogage oil/water temp gauges in custom heater delete plate
- B&M Megashifter


Exterior

Body

- Stripe delete, 85-86 style "Monte Carlo SS" decals
- GTS blackouts

Rims

- 16" GTA rims with 245/50/16s all around

 

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