Staying The Course With A Road/Drag ’87 Monte Carlo SS

I like G-body automobiles from Normal Motors; they’re elegant and boxy, but pleasing to take a look at from all angles. The 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS is considered one of my favorites, and this one’s been made even higher by its proprietor, Scott Bylsma.

Scott‘s introduction to automobiles got here at a younger age. Having been born with a bleeding dysfunction, Scott wasn’t in a position to do lots of the issues that almost all youngsters do rising up, so his father Tim typically took him out to basic automobile reveals or to look at some drag racing at Grand Bend Motorplex in Ontario, the place his uncle raced a Chevy S-10. Through the durations that Scott was unable to depart the home, muscle automobile magazines helped move the time.


And it was solely a matter time earlier than Scott began occupied with the kind of automobile he’d prefer to personal and construct, and picture taking it down the strip. The Chevy Monte Carlo at all times sprung to thoughts, partially attributable to the truth that the Bylsma household storage housed a ’71 automobile in want of a restoration.

Finally, father and son fully rebuilt the Monte Carlo collectively, however Scott needed one thing he might name his.


Though Scott initially had his coronary heart set on a G-body Malibu, he wasn’t capable of finding one in his price range. What he ended up with was an ’82 Monte Carlo, which was bought as a rolling chassis (with drag radials on the rear) from the Canadian classifieds web site Kijiji.


Over the course of the following few years, Scott and his father labored on the automobile, taking the physique off its body and swapping in 350ci SBC V8 with a 200-4R transmission. Not unhealthy for a primary undertaking automobile, and one which Scott nonetheless owns at this time.

For his final Monte Carlo construct, nonetheless, Scott began with an ’87 SS – the automobile you see above.

Scott picked up the Monte Carlo SS in 2011 for simply CA$600 (US$450), and once more spent the following few years constructing it up into the street-legal quarter-mile machine it’s at this time.


Whereas it’s apparent that the Chevy is geared for drag use, Scott needed it to stay trying like a avenue automobile. Aside from the enormous hood scoop and the Weld Draglite wheels, it largely retains its manufacturing unit look exterior.


Inside, the identical pondering was utilized. After all, there’s all the security and performance-related tools you’d anticipate to see in such a construct, however the trim – together with the sprint, seats, door playing cards, carpets and roof liner – is all there too. Scott says that this made becoming the 6-point roll cage fairly a problem, however you may’t deny how good it appears.


Underneath the hood, the Monte Carlo beats to the drum of an LS-based 6.0L LQ9 Gen III V8 engine lifted from a stolen and recovered ’04 Cadillac Escalade. Initially it was run with a carburetor and TH400 transmission, and in that naturally aspirated configuration charged down the quarter-mile in a finest move of 10.91-seconds at 123mph.

As you see it now, although, it’s supercharged with an LSA blower setup. The engine can also be operating Gen IV 823 rectangle-port cylinder heads with BTR valve springs and a customized BTR cam, a 2.45″ higher supercharger pulley, 3-inch mandrel-bent chrome steel exhaust with x-pipe, a methanol injection equipment and many extra.


The driveline contains a GM 4L80E automated constructed with components from Sonnax and Jake’s Efficiency, a 258mm triple-disc torque converter from Circle D and a Ford 9-inch rear finish operating a Fast Efficiency heart part, 4.11 gears and 31-spline axles. For suspension, there’s QA1 double-adjustable shocks and UMI tubular higher and decrease rear trailing arms with an adjustable anti-roll bar.


Scott is understandably fairly pleased with the automobile and the place it’s at now, particularly provided that it was basically home-built with the assistance of his father Tim and buddies. You gotta find it irresistible when a plan comes collectively – particularly when it’s a Monte Carlo SS-shaped one.

Cody Beedie
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