1980 Chevrolet Monza (Experiment #2)
Last updated Dec 10, 2011
I was caught up in 'V-8 Monza frenzy' and having just about demolished "Experiment #1" in a driving mis-hap where I missed the railroad crossing sign on a late-night top speed run out in the countryside and jumped the tracks and came down nosefirst. My friend that was working on a Monza too found a car with good doors but the owner wouldn't sell just the doors. He and I went in half on the $50 price the woman was asking for the car. I stripped down "Experiment #1" for all the good new parts such as brakes, motormounts, radiator, and all the other new parts. I got it all together and drove it everyday, everywhere (even to Florida in Jan '91) and in all weather. It was a very fast, reliable, and easy to work on little car. It just couldn't handle the torque of that 350! I would watch the hood twist every time I'd get on it hard. I'd have to tweek the doors every once in a while so they'd close right. After breaking a couple left motor mounts, I put a chain from the frame to the exhaust manifold. Then I ripped the right frame-rail right off the floor-pan! Too much damage.
Freshly rebuilt 350 bored .030
Steel crank turned .010/.010
TH-350 w/ modified governor, valve body, TCI Saturday-Night Special Torque Converter, and shift kit
Erson Cam: .449lift 292 duration
Irrelivant after I got ahold of it!
Complete drive-line and suspension and brakes
Custom made parrallel dual exhaust
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