Friday, January 19, 2018

Clean G: 1987 Chevy Monte Carlo LT1 Swap

In 2018 the number of two door coupes available from car manufacturers are few and far between, but back in the 1980s they were literally everywhere.  The General Motors G-body cars included the Chevy Monte Carlo, Buick Regal, Oldsmobile Cutlass, and Pontiac Grand Prix.  With the exception of the Grand National and T-Type, these were not particularly sporting or fast cars. However, they coupes are one of the last rwd body on frame designs which make them desirable to muscle car fans without a baller budget.  Starting about ten years after these cars were discontinued, V8 engines started making a ton more power stock than the roughly 140 hp wheezed out from the factory.  Today's Monte features a 300hp engine/trans swap from a 1996 Corvette. The G-body cars now also have a host of modern suspension components via the aftermarket that can turn these into a decent handling and much more modern feeling car.  Find this 1987 Chevy Monte Carlo for sale in West Babylon, NY for $6,000 via craigslist. 



The seller shouted out the entire listing here in ALL CAPS leading one to suspect he is far more likely to be a senior citizen than a teen.  The listing does not mention whether the seller performed the swap themselves or list the miles on the donor engine or chassis.


The details of the listing are here:

UP FOR SALE IS A CLEAN G BODY ORIGINAL PAINT CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN  
CUSTOM COWL HOOD
1996 CORVETTE MOTOR AND TRANS
RARE SUNROOF FACTORY
DUAL FLOW MASTER EXHAUST  
2 B COOL 4 CORE ALUMINIUMN RADIATOR
DUAL ELECTRIC COOLING FAN  
CUSTOM PULLEYS AND BRACE


The rear facing cowl induction hood looks pretty trick, but the air cleaner is located at the very front of the engine bay.  The aero style headlights were a very late upgrade to the G-body cars.  The aftermarket steering wheel is the right color and very meaty looking.


See a cleaner G-body Monte Carlo? email tips@dailyturismo.com

Cory is working on thinning his inventory of vintage Recaro seats and rare Mercedes W124 parts.

10 comments:

  1. Clean looking car (in fact, "CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN". But didn't the G-bodies still have a version of the SBC in 1987? If so, wouldn't it have been much less work to just build up a 350 then to do this full swap?

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    1. Because the top engine option that year was a 305. Other than the wiring, swapping in an LT1 isn't much different from a Gen 1 350.

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  2. "...leading one to suspect he is far more likely to be a senior citizen than a teen."
    If it were a teen it would be all lower case and no punctuation, and the spelling would be horrible.
    I really like the car and the modifications, but the hole in the roof is a deal breaker to me.

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  3. King Kong ain't got shit on me!
    You gotta be a wolf to catch a wolf.
    I have always like this one-
    [image src="https://www.carthrottle.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Training-Day-2001.jpg" width="400px"/]

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  4. Nice but is that hood necessary? Has lots of potential for further embellishment. Today is my big word day.

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  5. this is an old skool swap: nowadays, you'd put an LS motor with 400hp or more, since the cost of swapping is almost the same with either engine, and boosted LS motors can make over 500hp... the kid on you tube swapped an LS into a Chevy Colorado truck, and I think his total cost was $2,000, making it the perfect sleeper... http://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/a27540/regular-car-reviews-ls-powered-chevy-colorado/

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  6. How is it original paint with an aftermarket hood?

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