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Shelbina, Missouri
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Millbury, Massachusetts
United States


1988 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Super Sport

“The SS”

1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS

“Dad's Stupid Car”

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About “The SS”

This car is my baby, she gets what she wants all the time LOL.

My wife was actually the one that always wanted an SS as a friend of her family had one years ago and she always wanted one.

We bought this car with the stock engine in it and it didn't take long for me to take care of that.

I did the TPI swap on this car myself with a custom engine harness and chip. When I did the TPI swap I added a stock L-98 350 roller cam nad lifters to the stock engine to add a few ponies to the car.

While doing the TPI swap I also converted to a serpentine belt setup which switched the alternator and AC compressor side to side which meant finding AC lines which would allow me to keep the AC.

I know I don't need the cowl induction hood with the TPI, but the hood was on the car when we got it and I love the way it looks on the car.

About “Dad's Stupid Car”

Garaged winters by original and current owner. A true rust-belt survivor. Doors, floors and quarter panels were spotless.

The car was off the road for four years while undergoing an extensive transformation. The inspiration was a '77 Nova Rally that I owned in the early '80's. Silver, maroon interior, 350/Q-jet, factory 4-speed and A/C. The Monte is intended to be reminiscent of the Nova but with modern upgrades like fuel injection and a 6-speed tranny. Gotta love double overdrive!


Specs for “The SS”

Fully loaded 1988 Monte Carlo SS hardtop.

Black exterior, grey interior

16x8 ZQ8 S-10 wheels

8.5 Posi 3.73 rear

Bucket seats

World Class T5 trans swap

355 TPI ZZ4 clone engine, 375hp fiberglass hood

Specs for “Dad's Stupid Car”

Originally equipped with column shift, split bench w/ power driver's seat. Maroon over maroon until being stripped to bare metal.

L69 (HO 305) and 200-4R tranny are long gone.
See Modifications...


Factory Options for “The SS”

Fully loaded with:

Bucket seats
Power windows
Power locks
Air conditioning
Power trunk release
Cruise control
Tilt wheel
Floor shift

Factory Options for “Dad's Stupid Car”

Air conditioning, T-tops, Posi, power windows and locks, tilt wheel, cruise control, remote trunk release and all the usual SS goodies...


Mods for “The SS”

I myself did most of these mods.

TPI swap
World Class T5 swap from 90 Camaro RS
F-body serpentine belt setup
SLP intake runners
Air Foil
Pollished Cold Air Intake
Aftermarket hood from like 98-02 Camaro SS hood)
Dynomax shorty headers(85098)
2.5" aluminumized exhaust(true duals)
Flowmaster 40 mufflers
4" aluminum driveshaft
Jegster true dual crossmember
Bell-Tech 2" drop spindles
Monroe Sensa-trac shocks
Rebuilt front suspension with all MOOG parts
Swapped the factory Laydown style spoiler for the older standup style.
'02 S-10 ZQ8 wheels with 245-50-16 Hankook tires
Panasonic CD player
Kenwood speakers
Cavalier stearing wheel
White face guages

New for 08 355 SBC engine bored .030, steel crank, double roller timing chain, "Powdered metal" rods, ARP bolts, ZZ4 roller cam, Sealed power forged pistons, moly rings, Trick Flow "195" aluminum heads, hardened pushrods, "Bowtie" 1.5 roller rockers, ported TPI intake manifold, SLP runners, Accell ignition parts.

Mods for “Dad's Stupid Car”

L98 (Tuned Port 350) from '89 Camaro
Flat-top Speed-Pro pistons +.030"
Edelbrock Centerbolt Performer heads
ZZ4 camshaft
Edelbrock Hi-Flow TPI baseplate
Siamesed SLP intake runners
Ported plenum
52 mm throttle body w/ air foil
Hooker headers
Howell engine wiring harness

Borg-Warner T-56 from '95 Camaro
LT4 clutch from SLP
Speedometer drive conversion by JTR
Crossmember modified by Advanced Welding
Driveshaft shortened 4"
Clutch pedal by John B.

ZQ8 front brakes
Del-A-Lum lower front bushings
36mm hollow front sway bar from Camaro
Grand Prix core support and fender braces
SC&C lower chassis brace
Kirban rear seat brace
Refinished 16" '89 IROC wheels
Stainless steel fuel and brake lines
Turbo Buick 3.42:1 Posi rear axle

'87-'88 rear bumper & tail light swap
Painted 6th gen Galaxy Silver Metallic
'87-'88 stripe kit for white SS
One-piece composite headlights
Emboidered hood insulator (from a vendor not worthy of a plug)

'87-'88 115 mph speedometer / P RND21 deleted
Bucket seat swap replacing split bench
6-way power driver's seat / Cadillac Cimarron switch pod
Power windows and locks
Buick Regal Concert Sound II lower door panels
Pioneer head unit with iPod interface
7 speakers (!) including subwoofer
Manual trans steering column w/ key release lever
Reproduction upper door panels


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