This one is for sale.
Here is a link to good images of this car.
My wife and I have owned this car since August of 2004. It was purchased to keep and upgrades were made with this forever plan in mind. Unfortunately, this car has spent many of the last few years sitting quietly in our air-conditioned shop. We drive it often enough, and maintain it meticulously, but we have decided it is the time for this Monte Carlo to find a new home.
What makes this car so unique and so fun to drive is the drivetrain conversion we completed back in 2010. The car is powered by a GMPP ZZ502 engine assembly, with the heavy-duty 4-bolt block, forged crank, rods, and pistons, aluminum cylinder heads, and a racy roller camshaft. This engine is SAE-rated at 570 ft/lbs of torque, and it easily makes a 3400 lb G-body jump. The engine is fitted with Sanderson raised-port silver-ceramic-coated 1 7/8" mid-length headers, feeding into a 3" exhaust system with an H-pipe, Dynomax Race Magnum mufflers, and Torque Tech stock-appearing (behind-the-tire) 3" tailpipes. The carburetor is a Holley 850 HP, mounted on a ceramic-coated Performer RPM intake manifold. A March serpentine system spins the Edelbrock water pump and the alternator and power steering pump. This car does not have functional AC, but none of the remaining AC parts on the car were cut or damaged so that AC can be reinstalled if desired.
This engine is backed by a Tremec TKO-600 5-Speed transmission We sourced an ultra-rare 697 GM G-body bellhousing, coated it in silver ceramic, and used it to house the McLeod 11" clutch. The clutch is activated by blueprinted factory-style mechanical clutch linkage, and a hard-to-find Pro 5.0 shifter selects the gears. The transmission is supported by a tubular chrome-moly Iceman crossmember powdercoated in gloss black. The driveshaft is an aluminum 3.5" unit from Inland Empire fitted with heavy-duty u-joints.
A RobbMC fuel pump pickup pulls fuel from a Spectra gas tank, and Fragola AN hoses and fittings connect the tank to the mechanical fuel pump and on to the carburetor. The factory gas gauge always reads full, and when the new fuel sender didn't fix the problem, we purchased a replacement gauge. This gauge will be included separately with the sale of the car.
An 8.5" Grand National rear axle was rebuilt with an Eaton posi unit, Moser axles, and a T/A Performance stud kit, and it is suspended with Metco Motorsports billet upper and lower rear control arms. The car uses Baer 13" brakes in the front, and 12" discs in the rear. Shocks are Bilstein units, with OPG springs in the rear and 2" spindles in the front. The stock front sway bar is bushed in polyurethane, and the rear sway bar is a solid 1" unit. I will mention that I now think this car sits too low for my middle-aged taste, especially with the 7 quart oil pan, but it has been this way for many years without issue on the fairly smooth roads we have here in South Carolina. The 17" wheels are custom-built, one-off Destructors from the real Boyd Coddington, and we have never, ever seen another set of these. These wheels were built specifically for this car, and allow a 315/35 rear tire to fit without rubbing anywhere.
The car was painted a deep blue by the previous owner, and the fact that the paint looks this good 16 years later is a testament to the quality of the paint work. The color appears to be a late 1990's GMC blue, and in the right light, the slightest hint of purple becomes visible. Some orange peel is present in just a few spots, and I've always thought some paint correction would make this paint perfect. The color change is thorough and complete, and includes the underside of the hood and trunk and the door jambs. The car is solid and clean, with a solid trunk floor and underside. Much of the original GM gray paint remains visible on the underside of the floor pan. There is some minor rust bubbling at one side of the lower edge of the trunk lid, likely from a clogged drain hole at one point, but it does not show up in pictures. This small issue has not changed in years.
The car has the factory blue interior in excellent condition. Of course, the carpet and headliner have been replaced, and are still like new. The steering wheel, dash bezel and gauge cluster have been upgraded with components from a 1988 Monte Carlo SS, and the car has a very, very rare 140 MPH speedometer. The steering wheel is off center by a few degrees, but it is marked and is not an issue. This car does have the typical G-body cracks in the dash, and the horn does not function. The stereo has been upgraded to a modern CD unit with satellite capability. Autometer Cobalt mechanical gauges were installed in a custom powdercoated plate where the ashtray originally was located.
We have never raced this car or abused it in any way. It has never been on a racetrack or a dyno. We don't have exact figures, but I would guess the body of the car to have 110-115K miles, and the drivetrain to have about 2500, likely less. Over the course of our ownership, this car has been driven almost exclusively by me, and a few times by my wife. No one has ever been in the back seat, and we have never smoked or eaten in the car.
We have contemplated selling this car on and off for the past several years, but until now have been unable to commit to the idea. This drivetrain conversion was my fantasy when these cars were available new, and letting this car go is not something I do easily. This car runs extremely reliably - it consumes no oil, leaks no oil, it starts eagerly, and it pulls like a freight train. I recognize that the car needs some finishing work, I have priced it aggressively. This car needs an excited new owner to give it what it needs and make this car as incredible as it can be.
I do not have access to a lift, so I cannot easily provide additional pictures of the car's underside, but it is my desire to represent the car as thoroughly and as honestly as possible. Because of the low ride height and the non-functional fuel level gauge, I do not recommend driving the car a long distance home. I will welcome any in-person inspections.
Note: The very last image in the picture link at the top of the text shows a Centerline Pro Stock wheel on the car. I purchased a set of (4) of these 1980's vintage Centerline wheels, sized 15x8 for the rear and 15x7 for the front, to use on this car as part of my previous plan to keep the car and return the ride height to stock. The wheels are in very good condition, and have been fitted with brand new BFG Radial T/A's, sized 255/60 and 215/65. I also have brand new Gorilla lug nuts and real Centerline center caps to complete the package. I will offer these wheels and tires to an interested party at a fair price. I will not separate this set of 4. Note: These 15" wheels will fit over the rear 12" brakes, but they will not fit over the front 13" brakes. A change to a smaller front brake rotor would be necessary to use these wheels.