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Cars > QuikZilver’s Garage > Blog > 1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo (MC SS)

 

Interior restoration

By QuikZilver

Filed under: 1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo (MC SS)

Interior has been completely restored. I gutted the entire interior, replaced from the headliner to the carpet, dash to the rear deck. I still need to take pictures of the new interior. The next part is the body work...which will start shortly.

Rear End and 100hp Shot of Nitrous Added.

By QuikZilver

Filed under: 1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo (MC SS)

So, to get the Monte Carlo ready for drag racing, I didn't want to take a chance with the factory 7.5 rear end. That has been ditched in favor of a Strange Engineering S60 rear. Rear drum brakes were upgraded as well to Wilwood disc brakes. The nitrous is ZEX 100hp Perimeter kit with dual tanks in the trunk. To help heat up the MT ET Street Radials, a Hurst Line Loc has been installed as well. I am hoping to get into the 12's with the setup.

Additional work in progress

By QuikZilver

Filed under: 1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo (MC SS)

With me retiring my Daytona R/T from drag racing, I am concentrating on making my Monte Carlo SS and my Corvette into my drag cars. For the Monte Carlo, to be a stronger contender in the GM Challenge at Moroso Motorsports Park, the shop is finishing up the installation of a Strange bolt-in rear end with 3.73 gears and a 100 shot of NOS using the ZEX perimeter kit with dual bottles. I am hoping to be able to run mid 12's on Nitrous with the Monte Carlo. April 19th, will be my first run down the track in it.

B&M Hammer Shifter Installed

By QuikZilver

Filed under: 1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo (MC SS)

Due to the factory cable separating, it was a good opportunity to install the B&M Hammer shifter I had purchased previously. Originally, this project was going to be done when I did the interior. The Hammer shifter allows for ratcheting action from Drive to 1st gear. Installation isn't too hard. Most time consuming parts are adjusting the cable correctly and making sure the reverse light switch was properly alligned.

Suspension Mods Completed

By QuikZilver

Filed under: 1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo (MC SS)

Just got my SS back from the shop. Suspension work is now done, as well as new steering components and rims and tires. Updates to the suspension:
Eibach Pro Springs on all 4 corners
Edelbrock Rear Lower Control Arms
Edelbrock Rear Adj. Upper Control Arms
Bilstein Shocks
Hotchkis Sway Bars - Front and Rear
Steering:
Moog Inner & Outer Tie Rods, Center Link and Idler Arm
Edelbrock Tie Rod Sleeves
Tires:
Cooper 275/40/17's in the rear, Cooper 245/45/17's in the front
Wheels:
SLP Performance 17x8 ZR-1 Replicas

Suspension Mods - Updated

By QuikZilver

Filed under: 1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo (MC SS)

4th of July weekend looks like a busy car weekend for me. July 1st, in the evening, is the 6th race of the season for the Corvette Challenge I run my Z06 in, at Moroso Motorspeedway Park in Jupiter, FL. Of course, the weather guys are calling for rain that day, so please keep your fingers crossed that it will be a dry day.
As for my Monte Carlo, I also plan to get a lot of stuff done Saturday and Sunday on it. I have a lot of new parts on order and will somehow shove them all in my Z06 on Friday (my SS currently has a thorn, aka Screw, in a rear tire that needs to be patched on Saturday morning). My list to get done:
Rear Suspension:
Edelbrock Adjustable Upper Control Arms
Edelbrock Boxed Lower Control Arms
Edelbrock Trailing Arm Braces
Eibach Springs
Bilstein Shocks
Energy Suspension Sway Bar Bushings
Front Suspension and Steering:
Moog Idler Arm
Moog Inner and Outer Tie Rods
Moog Centerlink
Edelbrock Tie Rod Sleeves
Eibach Springs
Bilstein Shocks
Energy Suspension Sway Bar Bushings & End Links
Once all of this is on, then it is off to the tire shop, hopefully on Monday morning, for an alignment.
I also have ordered new rims...SLP Performance Hyper-Black 17x8 ZR-1 Replicas. So, next weekend, it will be back to the tire shop for all new rubber, mounted and balanced and installed. Should give a whole new look to the MC SS.

Update: July 5, 2006
Well, went out in first round at the Corvette Challege...lost by .1114 seconds. Getting better, hopefully Sept I will get to round 2.

As for the suspension work...I spend 8 1/2 hours and got the rear springs and lower control arms in the rear replaced. After spending that much time under the car, I came up with a couple of issues I was having:
1. Couldn't get the car up high enough
2. Didn't have all the tools I need to do suspension work
3. I am not as young as I thought I was
Due to these 3 reasons, I have made an appointment at my shop for next week for them to do the rest of the suspension work when they mount the new tires. Pictures will be coming soon...

AC Work Done - Updated

By QuikZilver

Filed under: 1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo (MC SS)

After a compressor failure, I have the AC back up and operational. I converted it to R-134a. I think it is cooling better now than it ever did with the R-12. My AC temp gauge was reading 34 degrees last night. This morning on the way to work it was at 38 degrees (just over 90 degrees outside). It was so cold that the area around the vents had condensation building up. Now to get the windows tinted...will be nice and cold inside then!
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