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  1. #1
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    Project SicMonte

    I figured I might as well show off my project! It is a 1988 Monte Carlo SS and I have had it since 2001. I bought it for my 21st birthday! As with all of us and our projects this has been a love/hate relationship with this car. I recentlly bought a harley that I was planning on making a chopper. In July I messed up my back again so the Harley idea is now gone. Now all my attention is back on the monte. Here is a list of current mods:

    - 350 bored 060 over (various goodies inside)
    - Built 200R-4 trans
    - SC&C Stage 2 front end kit
    - SC&C front end brace
    - Bell Tech Drop Spindles
    - Vari Shocks on all four corners
    - Moog front springs, Bell Tech rear spring (soon to be CCP)
    - Rear frame notch
    - 6 Point Roll Bar
    - Nascar Boom Tube Exhaust
    - Racing Front seats with 5 point harness's
    - wheels/tires aren't worth mentioning.....yet. (see wheel/tire section)

    This is mainly a street car but it does see some autocross and road race events. Here are some pics.


    Fresh out of the shop at SC&C...with 315/35/17's out back.


    Gutting the firewall for a heater delete panel


    Boom Tube deer carnage!!!


    basic body work getting ready for the....


    Spray paint!! no joke...it turned out good.





    That is where the car stays. Parents house with a lift and a full fab shop. The lift is on "my side"..lol.

    Thats enough for now. I will get my new wheels in about four weeks. The car is currently on the lift getting a boat load of upgrades. Pics and description will be soon!!

    Thanks for checking out my project.

    Douglas Lutes
    1988 Monte Carlo SS

    "Never race anything you can't afford to set on fire and push off a cliff."


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    This car makes me proud to be a Monte SS owner. Seriously a sick car. Thanks for posting this up. I'll have some questions for you later on the frame notch.

    Also, do you mind sharing the part numbers for the Vari-shocks you are running?
    Andy McCatherine

    1982 Monte Carlo SS (clone)

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    welcome bro and its nice to see another g-body around here. Your monte looks sweet....i gotta say for a rattle can job its nice. would love to see other pics....you say you have a lift at the house now thats sick. theres a link to my gbody in my sig, check me out!

    83 Cutlass 96 LT1, 52mm TB, Electric WP,TH350, Hotchkis sways front/rear poly bushings 8.5 10 bolt 3.73's posi, boxed adjust rear arms, dual cat-back exhaust 2.5" x-pipe 40series
    http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2540200

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    Quote Originally Posted by youngdeezy View Post
    welcome bro and its nice to see another g-body around here. Your monte looks sweet....i gotta say for a rattle can job its nice. would love to see other pics....you say you have a lift at the house now thats sick. theres a link to my gbody in my sig, check me out!

    welcome......i've been on this board since 2005 lol. nice car btw!!

    we just got the lift installed this week. 10,000lb rotary lift! This opens up a wholw new window of oppertunity. We also have a mill, lathe, plasma cutter, tig, mig...etc
    Douglas Lutes
    1988 Monte Carlo SS

    "Never race anything you can't afford to set on fire and push off a cliff."

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    Quote Originally Posted by montessaj View Post
    This car makes me proud to be a Monte SS owner. Seriously a sick car. Thanks for posting this up. I'll have some questions for you later on the frame notch.

    Also, do you mind sharing the part numbers for the Vari-shocks you are running?

    I need to look up those part numbers. They were made for my application, with the ride height and suspension mods taken into account.
    Douglas Lutes
    1988 Monte Carlo SS

    "Never race anything you can't afford to set on fire and push off a cliff."

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    saweet!!! can't wait to see the ccw's on that thing!
    Kevin S. (overseas in Germany)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SicMonte View Post
    I need to look up those part numbers. They were made for my application, with the ride height and suspension mods taken into account.

    How much is your Monte lowered overall? Mine has 1" spring 2" spindles front, and 2" OPG springs rear.
    Andy McCatherine

    1982 Monte Carlo SS (clone)

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    Get rid of the cowl hood.... dont like it at all.

    Flat black paint looks awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bonecrrusher View Post
    Get rid of the cowl hood.... dont like it at all.

    Flat black paint looks awesome.

    I'll get right on it...........uummm...no.
    Douglas Lutes
    1988 Monte Carlo SS

    "Never race anything you can't afford to set on fire and push off a cliff."

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    Very cool!
    Andrew
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    spray paint turned out great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SicMonte View Post


    Gutting the firewall for a heater delete panel
    you did a great job with the ac delete.....my question is what did you use to remove all of the old sealer/silicone off the firewall. wire wheel and scrapper or what it looks good?

    as you can see I'm at that point right now and getting ready to pull my old eng/tranny, clean firewall and frame, then por-15.

    83 Cutlass 96 LT1, 52mm TB, Electric WP,TH350, Hotchkis sways front/rear poly bushings 8.5 10 bolt 3.73's posi, boxed adjust rear arms, dual cat-back exhaust 2.5" x-pipe 40series
    http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2540200

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    Quote Originally Posted by youngdeezy View Post
    you did a great job with the ac delete.....my question is what did you use to remove all of the old sealer/silicone off the firewall. wire wheel and scrapper or what it looks good?

    as you can see I'm at that point right now and getting ready to pull my old eng/tranny, clean firewall and frame, then por-15.

    I used a paint scraper mostly. I just took my time and made sure everything was clean. I had a small wire brush I used too.
    Douglas Lutes
    1988 Monte Carlo SS

    "Never race anything you can't afford to set on fire and push off a cliff."

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    I do not know why my pictures were deleted from photobucket...hhmm..

    Alot has been going on with this car since the last post...let's hope these pics stay up!!!
    Douglas Lutes
    1988 Monte Carlo SS

    "Never race anything you can't afford to set on fire and push off a cliff."

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    Lets see some pics man!
    Andy McCatherine

    1982 Monte Carlo SS (clone)

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    New front suspension/steering parts. 36mm F-Body hollow front sway bar...so lite!!


    The old stuff.


    New Jeep steering shaft vs the old stock one.


    New steering box.


    New steering box installed and a good look at my soon to be gone CRAPPY ps pump.
    Douglas Lutes
    1988 Monte Carlo SS

    "Never race anything you can't afford to set on fire and push off a cliff."

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    New JRP P/S Pump and pully. Best investment I have made in the car so far.




    36mm sway bar is a beast!!


    Everything installed..sway bar, drag link, tie rod ends, tie rod adjuster, SC&C Chassis Brace...ready to go!
    Douglas Lutes
    1988 Monte Carlo SS

    "Never race anything you can't afford to set on fire and push off a cliff."

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    Here they are...my new CCW Classic's!!


    BFG KDW2's...295/35/18




    old shocks...


    New shocks!
    Douglas Lutes
    1988 Monte Carlo SS

    "Never race anything you can't afford to set on fire and push off a cliff."

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    New shock put in place...set on 5.


    Good shot of my stock rear control arms...


    New Currie "curr-trac" upper control arms


    "Curr-Trac" adjustable uppers


    lowers installed
    Douglas Lutes
    1988 Monte Carlo SS

    "Never race anything you can't afford to set on fire and push off a cliff."

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