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#1042309 - 08/11/16 10:50 AM Do You Remember When They Came Out  
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Do you remember the mid 80's and the first time you saw an SS out on the street? I was just a kid and not driving yet when they started appearing on the road. They were different than the Mustangs and Camaro/IROCs and they looked cool. Seems like just yesterday for some of us, but it has been over 30 years. I was driving home from work the other night and saw a black one sitting in a driveway and in relatively good shape and it brought back a lot of memories.

#1042310 - 08/11/16 11:16 AM Re: Do You Remember When They Came Out [Re: Bandit395]  
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Think they were a mid year introduction and at the time was not really aware of them. Hot Rod done a road test around '86, tweaked the suspension and thought they looked a lot better with it lowered, so did Hot Rod.

#1042323 - 08/11/16 04:59 PM Re: Do You Remember When They Came Out [Re: Bandit395]  
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...and welcome to the site. addictive though....

#1042328 - 08/11/16 07:53 PM Re: Do You Remember When They Came Out [Re: Bandit395]  
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I was in college, my son was born and I was arresting bad guys in '83..I had no time to notice them.

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86 MCSS Notchback coupe, LS3, 4L65E, QP 9", Eaton Truetrac, 4 wheel disc, column shift, Dakota Digital, silver with maroon bench interior

#1042332 - 08/11/16 08:59 PM Re: Do You Remember When They Came Out [Re: Bandit395]  
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1983... where did I see these cars? Oh yeah, I remember now...

https://youtu.be/_dETBF5MwyQ?list=PLUUb0DQvCAgQKsy8WY1NTV7fxixLuORO2

Where has the time gone? And then in 86 when the Aerocoupe was released, I knew what I wanted.


Jeff

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#1042333 - 08/11/16 09:37 PM Re: Do You Remember When They Came Out [Re: Bandit395]  
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Those were the days before cell phones, internet and gps. If I was out of the house I was unreachable, if I wanted to learn something I read a book, if I got lost I was SOL.

#1042338 - 08/12/16 12:14 AM Re: Do You Remember When They Came Out [Re: Bandit395]  
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... and we still wouldn't stop and ask direction???

#1042344 - 08/12/16 12:52 AM Re: Do You Remember When They Came Out [Re: Bandit395]  
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I remember exactly when and where. '87-'88 school year.

I was still in elementary school. There was a covered waiting area to stand for the busses to show up. I was there waiting and a show-room gorgeous, brand new, black T-top SS rolled though the parking lot blaring Guns and Roses'- welcome to the jungle. The thing stopped right in front of me long enough to really look it over and a beautiful blonde hopped in and off it went. Said to myself right then and there, I WILL have one!


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#1042365 - 08/12/16 04:13 PM Re: Do You Remember When They Came Out [Re: Bandit395]  
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I was out cruising our main drag in my '68 Camaro convertible on a Friday night in the fall of 1984. Two blue '84 SS's pulled up next to me. I was instantly hooked. Sold the Camaro to a man that had been after me to sell for 6 months, and placed my order for a 1985 SS. I was 23 and in votech school for Instrument and Electrical.


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#1042382 - 08/13/16 02:25 AM Re: Do You Remember When They Came Out [Re: Bandit395]  
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Being a Brit, I first saw one when I started travelling over to the USA in the early 2000's. Though there are quite a few 50' and 60's, and some 70's American cars in the UK, I've never seen a MCSS over there. I'm pretty sure it was some time in 2002 I first set eyes on one, at a Friday night cruise in the Miramar (I think) area of SE Florida/ NE Miami. Back then, it was still pretty much 50's and 60's classics, and some 70's that attended classic cruises. 80's cars were all but non existent. However, a dude drove past in a black SS and I remember thinking that it just looked so damn cool. Then I heard the V8 rumble and I was hooked. I wanted one.

Though I had always lusted after a '69 Charger, I knew that realistically I could never afford one and that they'd not be suitable for a daily driver. A Monte Carlo SS though, it was the final evolution of the full frame RWD layout that harked back to the muscle car era. It was a close as I could get to the spirit of the classic muscle cars, albeit with reduced power (as standard). But it looked as cool as f**k as we say in the UK!

And now I finally have one of my own, 14 years after first setting eyes on one. One of my bucket lists ticked off!


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#1042501 - 08/17/16 01:19 PM Re: Do You Remember When They Came Out [Re: Bandit395]  
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my Friend's Dad Wayne got one of the first 83 SS out, from his dealer friend that he traded with every year , he would let us take it for little joy rides when he was not working ... that was the first one I saw, but when I saw the 84 SS with the bucket seats that my friend Doug got the next year was when I really fell in love with the gen 4 SS .

#1042506 - 08/17/16 08:07 PM Re: Do You Remember When They Came Out [Re: Bandit395]  
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It was the year 2000, I was in 8th grade. My girlfriend's brother had a black 85 SS hardtop all original, it was the first time I had seen one and I loved that car so much, my parents helped me buy a white 87 SS 2 years later. Sold mine, got rid of the girlfriend too, but I still see her brother around town in the same car that started my love for the SS!


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87 SS T-tops 383 stroker t5 5 speed (sold)
85 SS hardtop needs motor (sold)
#1042521 - 08/18/16 04:19 AM Re: Do You Remember When They Came Out [Re: Bandit395]  
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Saw my first one in 83. I said, Self you need to get one. So, in June of 84 I ordered one. The order just barely made the production cut off. Then I bought another one... 1 for and 1 for the wife. Then I saw Aero Coupe for sale and bought it. Then the wife totaled the 84 and I sold the other 2. But, a few years ago I bought #4.


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#1042535 - 08/18/16 07:45 PM Re: Do You Remember When They Came Out [Re: Bandit395]  
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Just out of curiousity, did anyone here ever actually see an 86 aero coupe new on the showroom floor? I wonder how much more they cost than a standard SS.


84 SS metallic blue 350/350th
87 SS T-tops 383 stroker t5 5 speed (sold)
85 SS hardtop needs motor (sold)
#1042542 - 08/19/16 01:34 AM Re: Do You Remember When They Came Out [Re: Bandit395]  
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I remember when I lived back in CT my friend Mike bought a white 84 SS in February of that year. Had the bucket seats and all the options. Being a NASCAR fan at the time I really liked the SS and after riding in my buddies car I had to have one. That Summer I tried to order an 84 but was to late so the dealership put me on the list for an 85. Had one of the first ones in New England in early October of 84. I knew 7-8 others that bought an SS over the next few years and we would go to the local car show every Saturday night together. Looked like the start of a NASCAR race when we drove up!

In late 87 or early 88 I remember the local Chevy dealer had an 88 MC SS in the show room with a $2500 markup because of the car stopping production was the excuse. Best one I saw was when I took my Dad's 87 Regal in for service they had a Grand National with a $12,000 markup. Earlier they had a GNX with a $40,000 added markup. Yes, no lie, 40 G's! This was in Danbury CT. Not sure if anyone was crazy enough to buy those cars with those "dealer extras". Yikes.

#1042582 - 08/20/16 01:59 AM Re: Do You Remember When They Came Out [Re: Bandit395]  
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I had already owned a '72 Monte in 1977(my second car) and '77 Monte in 1982. I've always liked them. I went to the dealer when they came out in '83 but couldn't afford one then (I was only 23 years old at the time). I bought my first SS a 1988 Black/Tan in 1991. I need another one now.


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#1042700 - 08/23/16 02:50 AM Re: Do You Remember When They Came Out [Re: Bandit395]  
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I was 13at the time. My mother caught a ride home from work with a coworker since her car was in the shop. She gets home, yells for me and my dad (knowing what car freaks the two of us are) to come check out the coworker's car. My mom says "it's a Monte Carlo Super Sport?" Me and my dad looked at each other like "a Monte Carlo?.........Super Sport???" We walked down the driveway to see a brand new black '85 MCSS w/red stripes. I stopped in my tracks and said to myself "that's the most bad xxxx new car I've ever seen!" Then I heard the exhaust. Dual exhaust. On a new car. In the 80's. And of course she obliged when I asked her to get on it when she left. Tires squealing, exhaust roaring. I've loved the MCSS ever since.


White '84 SS, original L69 and TH350C.
4th gen F body elec fans. L69 rebuilt. .030
over, 3 angle valve job, balanced, XE256H cam, flowtech ceramic coated shortys, stock CCC. 2" drop spindles, 1" spring. New profile coming soon.
#1042717 - 08/23/16 07:44 PM Re: Do You Remember When They Came Out [Re: Jeff L]  
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Originally Posted By: Jeff L
I remember when I lived back in CT my friend Mike bought a white 84 SS in February of that year. Had the bucket seats and all the options. Being a NASCAR fan at the time I really liked the SS and after riding in my buddies car I had to have one. That Summer I tried to order an 84 but was to late so the dealership put me on the list for an 85. Had one of the first ones in New England in early October of 84. I knew 7-8 others that bought an SS over the next few years and we would go to the local car show every Saturday night together. Looked like the start of a NASCAR race when we drove up!

In late 87 or early 88 I remember the local Chevy dealer had an 88 MC SS in the show room with a $2500 markup because of the car stopping production was the excuse. Best one I saw was when I took my Dad's 87 Regal in for service they had a Grand National with a $12,000 markup. Earlier they had a GNX with a $40,000 added markup. Yes, no lie, 40 G's! This was in Danbury CT. Not sure if anyone was crazy enough to buy those cars with those "dealer extras". Yikes.


I too remember the $40K dealer markup on the GNX. I was in the dealership drooling over the GNX. Looked over at the window sticker then next to it was the dealer markup, $40K. Back then a regular Grand National had a window sticker of about $18K in my area.

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87 SS, Harwood cowl induction hood, UMI trailing arms. Edelbrock TES Headers (Jet Hot Coated). Goodwrench 350, Ported TPI, Trick Flow 56cc alum heads, SLP runners, Comp Cams 260AH-12 cam, Trick Flow 1.5 roller rockers, Bilsteins, TCI 2400 stall converter, Ramcharger fans, Denny's 3.5" Driveshaft, GBodyParts GNX Wheels.
#1042727 - 08/24/16 01:46 AM Re: Do You Remember When They Came Out [Re: Bandit395]  
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I first saw an 83 SS in the May 1983 Car and Driver and while semi-impressed with the overall performance I didnít get the bug for one until I saw the March 1984 Hot Rod. They eked out a 15.39 Ė which I thought was impressive for such a big heavy vehicle and I had a 1981 at the time that I thoroughly enjoyed (rear-ended in 1984) Little did I know that had to be at a track in sub-zero weather and or they had tweaked the thing more than a little bit (I tuned and worked on 15 or so SSs from 1986 - 1992 and none ran any better than a 15.8 on the Vericom in stock condition with temps in the high 70s to mid 80s).

Those articles and more can be found here:
http://www.montecarloss.com/archive.html

Anyway, I had never seen an 83 or 84 in person, but my dad and I went to see his old high-school buddy that owned a Chevy/Buick/Olds dealership in his old hometown and I ordered a black 1985 with gray interior for $200 over cost. I was supposed to be getting one of the first in the state and was expecting it any day when I saw a kid driving a black 85 with maroon interior in my hometown. I knew right then I had made the right choice Ė it was absolutely gorgeous and remember thinking the gray interior was going to look killer since the black inserts on the 85 interior are outlined in gray.

The next morning I called the dealership to check on my order status and was told there was a production/order glitch and it would be another 6-8 weeks for delivery. I eventually found out the car came in and someone offered him sticker price and he took it and reordered mine, but left off the rear window defogger. I kinda understood him selling it at sticker price to someone else, but what really ticked me off was he left off the defogger.

I was so ticked off that I almost didnít take the car and we talked about ordering a 1986 Grand National since the orders could be sent for the GN in a few months and he said he could sell the SS tomorrow if I didnít want it. However, I calmed down and since I really needed a new car, I took it home and Iím glad I did. I probably would have enjoyed the GN just as much, maybe more, since they seem to be THE iconic car of that era and have really held their value. However, at that time I was a little intimidated by the EFI and turbo and knew so much more about carbs and the small block.

That said, I had some of the best times of my life cruising around, grudge racing the thing, and making it go faster and faster over the years. Iíve had numerous offers from people over the years, but have never parted with it and currently trying to wrap up a frame on restoration including the addition of a new EFI 406. That is if I ever heal up from the surgery I had on 6/28. Thereís been a number of post op problems, but I do believe Iím finally healing up and hopefully will be able to start piddling around on it in a few more weeks. I can hardly wait to get it back on the road. My daily driver is a Pontiac G8 GT so I can get a little bit of a speed fix with it, but nowhere near the rush I could get from the SS!!!


Original owner of 1985 SS black hardtop w/gray interior. Frame-on restoration - 406 sleeper w/ heavily ported FIRST TPI. However the 1.875" headers, 3.5" duals, TH400, Ford 9", notched frame, and 10-point cage w/swing-out bars might tip you off it's not a lil' ole 305 TPI. Other mods: 2" drop, 18" wheels, f/r disk brakes, and custom stereo system.
#1042744 - 08/24/16 02:29 PM Re: Do You Remember When They Came Out [Re: Bandit395]  
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I don't remember the exact first time that I saw a SS. I'm sure I was in my early teens when I did. I do know that I've wanted once since then.

My wife and kids have been a part of the dream since they've known me. Every time I would pass an SS I'd say "there's my dream car". I bet I've been saying that for the past 25 years. My kids thought I was nuts, saying "dream car, really?" Never looked at another vehicle with as much lust.

A couple of months ago I freed up some cash flow and decided to get serious looking for one. It didn't take long to find a white 88 with T-tops and only 40,000 miles to make the dream come true. I told my wife the other day that they say that money can't buy happiness and that they're wrong. 'Cause I'm pretty damn happy when I'm driving the Monte Carlo SS around.




88 MCSS, all stock except for the wheels
#1042860 - 08/28/16 02:18 AM Re: Do You Remember When They Came Out [Re: Bandit395]  
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Fresh out of high school summer of 1980.Was working at a garage that did stereos.Guy brings in a new 1981 monte carlo for stereo upgrades.i liked the size and power it had(V8)and the body lines.


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#1042880 - 08/28/16 04:04 PM Re: Do You Remember When They Came Out [Re: Bandit395]  
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This post makes me feel old again. Who remembers when the 64 Impala came out. A friend's father had a fresh black 64 sitting in front of his house, man what a pretty car, even though it was a six with three on the tree.

When the SSs hit the market place I wasn't paying much attention to new cars. My worked 72 SS Chevelle was the daily driver, young children, the house, work ate up the day. In 1989 my then 16 year old slid the Chevelle into a 10" curb, car shopping the next day. Knew it had to be a frame car, and have some trunk space, and a 3 year old SS was out of budget. Bought a real pretty gold 85 CL, 305, mush box trans. Didn't take long before I needed to buy something a little more performance wise.
Found a 1/2 dozens SS to test drive, two Aero, none fit what I was looking for. Working at a newspaper I had the car dealer advertising guys watching the car dealers for me. Sept 1990 a dealer 15 miles away had a black/gray, no t-tops sitting on it's showroom floor, 9200 miles, huh, must be nice. Dealer thought he needed to get close to original sticker for it, not. Car was traded by a car collector, never saw rain, like new condition, just broke in. I had to sell one of the kids to buy it but have had it since.

4th Gen Montes are pretty prevalent in my neck of the woods today, a dozen locally so what I missed out on in the 80s I see today. A good friend has a blue 84, my wife wanted blue when I was shopping in 1990, they were as hard to find then as they are today.
Bob


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