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#1031319 - 10/27/15 12:48 AM 88 Monte Carlo SS  
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After religiously searching and looking for the right project car. On August 17th, 2015 I purchased a 1988 Monte Carlo SS for $1500 from New York. I found a hauler in the same town and had the car shipped to Virginia on October 21st, 2015.

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Before the cars arrival I researched places where I could have it in storage. I was lucky to find a self storage facility in my area that only charged $93 a month for outdoor parking in a very secure location. The staff were very helpful during this time.They did not hassle me about the car not being in running condition or about insurance. All that I needed was a drivers license and a bill statement showing my current residence. I could come and go as many times as I wanted and work on it.
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#1031326 - 10/27/15 02:22 AM Re: '88 Monte Carlo SS [Re: mvp]  
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Welcome aboard wave

Not sure of what condition rust wise or what you paid but silver on silver with tee tops is always thumbs thumbs

Whats the plans for it? driving


'87 Monte SS With a stock 11,000 mile '98 LS1/T56.

#1031327 - 10/27/15 03:02 AM Re: 88 Monte Carlo SS [Re: mvp]  
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Thank you ls1_monte wave

Its not in mint condition especially being a New York car. But will be fully restored and remain original. Lets just say I couldn't pass this one up. cool
Doing research on the best route to go as far as engine type, chassis, suspension etc.

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#1031328 - 10/27/15 03:11 AM Re: 88 Monte Carlo SS [Re: mvp]  
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I will be adding a new floor and removing all of the rust. My main focus is to make this a nice cruiser for the time being.

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#1031332 - 10/27/15 11:05 AM Re: '88 Monte Carlo SS [Re: mvp]  
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I would surly pull the seats and carpet to get a good look at the floors just so there arent any surprises. Nice crack free dash.


'87 Monte SS With a stock 11,000 mile '98 LS1/T56.

#1031343 - 10/27/15 03:26 PM Re: '88 Monte Carlo SS [Re: mvp]  
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Looks Like a really good starting point. Crate motor and good tranny and drive her for 100k trouble free miles. Good Luck

#1031399 - 10/29/15 02:04 AM Re: '88 Monte Carlo SS [Re: mvp]  
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Wow lovely dash


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#1031403 - 10/29/15 06:34 AM 88 Monte Carlo SS [Re: mvp]  
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ls1_monte will do! Thats the joy of a 27 year old restoration project, lots of surprises. Thanks grin

Appreciate it The_PC_Surgeon definitely will want to add more power to it. Thank you

Thanks tigerss I was surprised as well since I bought it sight unseen and just took a chance and voila.

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#1032161 - 11/18/15 09:59 AM Re: '88 Monte Carlo SS [Re: mvp]  
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Wow after looking at the pic's and the location you got it from I almost made an offer on this car. I ended up getting an 86 SS in livonia ny.

#1032222 - 11/19/15 04:39 AM 88 Monte Carlo SS [Re: Drewscruis]  
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Wow that's really interesting, we live in very small world. Hows the '86 looking?

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#1032223 - 11/19/15 07:09 AM Re: '88 Monte Carlo SS [Re: mvp]  
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It needs alot but I had an 84 with no title that I parted out, some of those parts will end up on the 86. but I got the 86 for $350 with a title but no drivetrain. my plans are to freshen up what I pulled out of the 84 and put it in the 86 just to cruze around in. my kids are super excited to help me with this. I will eventually do a frame off to this, prob start on it in the spring.

#1032292 - 11/21/15 12:51 PM 88 Monte Carlo SS [Re: mvp]  
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Oh ok that makes it easier. I think its a very good plan. Be sure to document the process which will be remembered for a long time. Sounds like a great project!!

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#1054942 - 12/22/17 01:17 PM 88 Monte Carlo SS [Re: mvp]  
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Its been a while just wanted to give a quick update to anyone who's reading this

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#1054946 - 12/22/17 03:39 PM Re: Project MVP [Re: mvp]  
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Anything been done to it thus far?


-86'SS 383 CCC QJet- BRF 2004r-8.5" 3.42 -313/344@RW - 13.35 @103
-87'LS 350 MAF/SD TPI- CRF 2004r-7.5" 3.42 -248/340@RW - 14.55 @ 96
-88'SS 350 CCC QJet - CZF 2004r-7.5" 3.73 Winter Beater/Future Parts Car?
-07'TBSS Stockish daily driver
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#1056643 - 03/27/18 09:58 AM Re: 88 Monte Carlo SS [Re: PB86SS/87LS]  
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Currently working on the engine and saving money for more car parts.

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#1057770 - 06/14/18 07:31 AM Re: Project MVP [Re: mvp]  
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I posted earlier in your thread but I ended up selling the 86 I picked up a few years ago to someone that wanted to put an LS in it. 3 weeks ago I picked up an all original 1986 SS with only 43k on the clock for a steal.

#1057807 - 06/17/18 02:12 PM Re: Project MVP [Re: mvp]  
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Stellar - hope the body is solid too. great when you find one like this. post your progress...

#1057836 - 06/18/18 10:02 PM Re: 88 Monte Carlo SS [Re: Drewscruis]  
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Thats awesome do you have any photos of your ride?

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#1057838 - 06/18/18 10:28 PM Re: 88 Monte Carlo SS [Re: mvp]  
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#1057966 - 06/26/18 11:22 PM Re: 88 Monte Carlo SS [Re: AkronAero]  
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Originally Posted by AkronAero
Stellar - hope the body is solid too. great when you find one like this. post your progress...


Thank you slowly but surely ill bring it back to its glory days. I will post updates and YouTube videos of the progress


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