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Cars > Challenges > “#Grocery Grabber” Vs “The SS”


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Downingtown, PA
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1978 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Landau

“#Grocery Grabber”

1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS

“The SS”

Photo of: 1978 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

No longer owned

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Head to Head


About “#Grocery Grabber”

I bought this car for two hundred dollars. I am the 3rd owner of this car. It was orginally sold to an old couple in FL in 1978. When they where done with it they gave it to there son and he let his son drive it. When I bought it off of them in 2000 the kid had put 3 big dents in the passenger side door and fender. I put twelve hundred dollars into it to get it road worthy. I had to put in floor boards but the frame was in great shape. I drove the car for a year when I was putting in a new door hinge and got my hand cought and went to hit the a-piller and missed and took out the windsheild. So now it sits in my back yard being pulled apart for a total restoration. I miss driving her. But I will make due with my other Monte. I figure it will take me about 10 years to do the project. Oh yea by the way it took Best in class at MM04 and 2nd place in work in progress at the same show. And at th NJMCC BBQ it took Best Work in Progress award.

May She Rust In Peace!!!

About “The SS”

This Monte Carlo was family-owned from 1987 until 2000, when it was traded in on a Torch Red 2000 Monte Carlo SS. It was repurchased at the end of 2003 but in sorry condition. The paint, which was redone in 1999, was scratched and even missing in a few areas. The entire left-rear quarter panel was crushed in due to an inept tow truck operator. The t-tops leaked very badly, causing a major (albeit common) rust problem for the a-pillar and passenger floor. The dashboard was badly cracked, the carpet and floor mats were stained, and the upholstry was riddled with cigarette burns.

A full restoration which included rust repair, new weatherstripping, the removal of everything forward of the firewall, and the refurbishment of the interior soon followed. The car currently has approximately 168,XXX miles and the restoration took place at 165,558 miles.


Specs for “#Grocery Grabber”

305 I beleive it is the LG4, TH350and 2:89 peg-leg

Specs for “The SS”

305HO L69 engine mated to a TH2004R automatic transmission with overdrive and 3.73 rear gears. The modified V8 makes approximately 300 horsepower.


Factory Options for “#Grocery Grabber”


Factory Options for “The SS”

T-tops, cruise control, power windows, center console, bucket seats, driver's side remote mirror, AC, AM/FM radio with cassette


Mods for “#Grocery Grabber”


Mods for “The SS”

Exterior modifications include the deletion of the stock stripe package, wheels painted a metallic dark grey, a shaved radio antenna (antenna moved to the windshield), and a Goodmark steel 2" cowl induction hood.

The engine was bored .30 over and the computer controls and emissions systems were totally removed. Added parts include a new HEI ignition system, an Edelbrock AirGap intake, and stock heads port matched to the intake. The exhaust system includes Dynomax ceramic-coated headers, 2.5" aluminum exhaust, Flowmaster mufflers, and factory-replacement tail pipes.

The suspension is stock other than Bilstein 2" drop spindles up front and Bilstein 1.5" rear drop springs. The shocks were also replaced while the car was apart.

The interior features a new-old dashboard, PUI replacement seat covers, the black trim was refurbished, the carpet was replaced, the headliner was replaced, and the high-end Delco cassette player with equalizer commonly found in the Buick GNX replaced the factory AM-FM/Cassette player. An auxiliary amplifier was added with provisions for a direct-input for MP3 players found in the centre console.


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Cover photo of Restoration 2 album
Restoration 2
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Cover photo of Finished SS album
Finished SS
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