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#1068051 - 09/20/20 04:01 PM 87 monte carlo ss aero  
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I have only posted a few times, So I guess I will let you all know what I am working on my black with gold stripes aero coupe. I finally got my qa1 suspension delivered and working on installing front and rear coil overs, tubular upper and lower control arms, upper/lower trailing arms attached to Moser 12bolt 3.73 reared with wilwood 4 piston disc brakes. Once I get all that installed I have to find a above average shop to install an ls3/6l80 combo into my SS. I have the engine, transmission, aeromotive fuel tank, proform radiator, and dakota digital gage cluster already to be installed. It's an ambitious list to be tackled so any local shops in east TN that anyone knows of let me know.

#1068065 - 09/21/20 01:12 AM Re: 87 monte carlo ss aero [Re: CM1SCW]  
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Sounds like some good plans. Im from Friendsville in Blount County. Ive came to the cars and coffee 3 or 4 times in Lenior City this year. Ive seen quite a bit of work from atomic speed shop in oak ridge and been to a cruise in there. Seems like they do good work. They have cruise ins there all the time. Really nice facilities.

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#1068069 - 09/21/20 11:05 AM Re: 87 monte carlo ss aero [Re: 88ssBrent]  
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Thanks, I hope to have the suspension finished for Lenoir City fall festival on 10 Oct 2020. Then work on the engine trans. swap.

#1068085 - 09/21/20 10:40 PM Re: 87 monte carlo ss aero [Re: CM1SCW]  
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If you see this car come say hi. Me and the wife are usually nearby in lawnchairs under a tree taking it all in. I will keep an eye out for your aerocoupe.

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#1068090 - 09/22/20 07:44 AM Re: 87 monte carlo ss aero [Re: 88ssBrent]  
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Originally Posted by 88ssBrent
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If you see this car come say hi. Me and the wife are usually nearby in lawnchairs under a tree taking it all in. I will keep an eye out for your aerocoupe.

That one's totally neat and nice!

#1068091 - 09/22/20 11:36 AM Re: 87 monte carlo ss aero [Re: CM1SCW]  
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Thanks, merky45. I was trying to post a picture earlier in the thread but couldn't figure out how so I tried again and figured it out. Then It was to late to edit my previous post.

#1068095 - 09/22/20 04:57 PM Re: 87 monte carlo ss aero [Re: CM1SCW]  
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Looks good I'll look you up then.

#1068101 - 09/23/20 06:29 AM Re: 87 monte carlo ss aero [Re: 88ssBrent]  
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Originally Posted by 88ssBrent
Thanks, merky45. I was trying to post a picture earlier in the thread but couldn't figure out how so I tried again and figured it out. Then It was to late to edit my previous post.

Share some photos of the interior if you can!

#1068105 - 09/23/20 02:35 PM Re: 87 monte carlo ss aero [Re: merky45]  
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Not trying to take over CM1SCW thread. Here is one of the interior.[Linked Image]

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#1068111 - 09/23/20 05:17 PM Re: 87 monte carlo ss aero [Re: CM1SCW]  
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Very nice!

#1068113 - 09/23/20 09:30 PM Re: 87 monte carlo ss aero [Re: CM1SCW]  
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If I would have enough posts I would post mine . It looks as good as yours only black with gold stripes and camel interior. Today just finished with front suspension, ready to put in Moser rearend and QA1 coil over suspension. Then bleed brakes and get alignment. Moser rear is 3.73 33 spline Tru trac.

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#1068117 - 09/24/20 01:51 AM Re: 87 monte carlo ss aero [Re: CM1SCW]  
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Yes. The picture posting is tricky. I waited til I got 31 post and tried to post. I did not have any luck with the members host. All of my pictures are to big and would not post them. I use imgur. Copy the url and post it in my reply. Can't wait to see it. Sounds like a nice car.

#1068119 - 09/24/20 03:39 AM Re: 87 monte carlo ss aero [Re: CM1SCW]  
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The interior looks totally awesome!

#1068212 - 10/06/20 08:23 PM Re: 87 monte carlo ss aero [Re: CM1SCW]  
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All the suspension is in. Got driveshaft u joint switched out to 3r/ 1350 u joint. When engine trans swap occurs I'll have a different driveshaft made, moser rearend has 1350 yoke. Took car out today to break in Moser rearend gears and also check/run in the brakes, everything seems fine. Alignment will be next but is drivable for now, no long trips or road races. Also gave her a bath,she got dusty from sitting almost 5 months.

#1068226 - 10/08/20 09:47 PM Re: 87 monte carlo ss aero [Re: CM1SCW]  
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Alignment done. Car is ready for the fall festival Saturday, calling for a little rain, but still planning on going. Just have to clean up afterward.

#1068312 - 10/19/20 01:39 AM Re: 87 monte carlo ss aero [Re: CM1SCW]  
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Looks great! Helping my dad rebuild his from the ground up. We assembled the UMI suspension on the frame this past weekend. New upper and lower front control arms, sway bar, Viking coil overs, and 6 piston Wilwood brakes. The rear was a new Quick Performance Ford 9 inch, upper and lower control arms, sway bar, Viking coil overs, and 4 piston Wilwoods. Next up is the LT1 and 8L90e from a 2018 Camaro. Lots of work to do but really looking forward to it!

#1068336 - 10/21/20 08:15 PM Re: 87 monte carlo ss aero [Re: CM1SCW]  
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Just an update, almost had an awesome s*** moment today. I took my car out for a spin and heard something hit the undercarriage and front brake started making noise got back to house and found a caliper mounting bolt missing. No other damage found. Ordered bolt set today. Just a reminder use lock tight on the bolts and check that they are tight/torqued properly. The brakes are wilwood 4 piston 12 inch dynalites. This is what I get for getting In a hurry after waiting 4-5 months on suspension parts. Giving everyone my advice take your time and double check everything.

#1068487 - 11/07/20 01:41 PM Re: 87 monte carlo ss aero [Re: CM1SCW]  
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Just an update replaced missing bolt on caliper locktited it and checked all others and added locktite to them also. All good to go. Heading to Smokey Mountain Harley Davidson today for car and motorcycle show for honor air.

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#1068491 - 11/07/20 11:55 PM Re: 87 monte carlo ss aero [Re: CM1SCW]  
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I really hated missing the honor air and the lenior city cars and coffee. I had to work so I wasn't able to go.

#1069180 - 01/12/21 03:58 PM Re: 87 monte carlo ss aero [Re: CM1SCW]  
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CM1SCW saw your car on Facebook today. Looks like it is coming along nicely

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#1069183 - 01/12/21 06:27 PM Re: 87 monte carlo ss aero [Re: 88ssBrent]  
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Yeah I saw it also. Thanks for the post on here. I am still not say with posting photos here.

#1069184 - 01/12/21 06:37 PM Re: 87 monte carlo ss aero [Re: CM1SCW]  
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Originally Posted by CM1SCW
Yeah I saw it also. Thanks for the post on here. I am still not say with posting photos here.


Posting photos is not easy. I use imgur and then copy the url from there and paste in the reply here. Its a real pain.

#1069199 - 01/13/21 06:49 PM Re: 87 monte carlo ss aero [Re: CM1SCW]  
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Update went to shop today, they have the engine and transmission installed. Surprisingly no tunnel mods required it fits like it was made for it.

#1069205 - 01/13/21 09:38 PM Re: 87 monte carlo ss aero [Re: CM1SCW]  
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That would be the 6L80 trans? For what I know that trans is a little bigger than a 200R. The trick is to maintain the driveline angles so they are good drivers again. Less engine/trans down angle is usually better. About 3 1/2 degrees is stock.
When installing a T56 into a G to get good angle it needed some tunnel massaging. Would suspect that big 6L80 would need a fair amount of "clearancing" also.

As that a rack and pinion that you can almost see under there.
More pics when you get to it.
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#1069207 - 01/13/21 09:55 PM Re: 87 monte carlo ss aero [Re: CM1SCW]  
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I met up with him last night to get a few of his old parts to try and make a dual snorkel air filter. He did say he was doing rack and pinion. Not sure the setup. That thing is going to be super nice.

#1069210 - 01/13/21 11:10 PM Re: 87 monte carlo ss aero [Re: mmc427ss]  
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Yes it is unisteer rack and pinion installed. The engine and trans (6l80) is installed with no tunnel mods, the shop is checking all angles. It is looking good. I have problems posting here. Gbody has photos there.

#1069211 - 01/14/21 12:08 AM Re: 87 monte carlo ss aero [Re: CM1SCW]  
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Originally Posted by CM1SCW
Yes it is unisteer rack and pinion installed. The engine and trans (6l80) is installed with no tunnel mods, the shop is checking all angles. It is looking good. I have problems posting here. Gbody has photos there.


You have a link to the gbody forum? I couldn't find it. What is it under?

#1069213 - 01/14/21 12:15 AM Re: 87 monte carlo ss aero [Re: 88ssBrent]  
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Gbodyforum.com under monte carlo ls3/6l80 swap

#1069216 - 01/14/21 01:43 AM Re: 87 monte carlo ss aero [Re: CM1SCW]  
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https://gbodyforum.com/threads/ls3-6l80-swap.80495/

Man, thats a rough crowd over there. Everything is looking good!

#1069226 - 01/14/21 11:43 AM Re: 87 monte carlo ss aero [Re: 88ssBrent]  
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Yeah they can be rough if you don't have photos. But they have some that are helpful. Most don't believe it is fitting without tunnel mod. pictures show otherwise and I took them so I saw it for myself and am impressed.

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#1069326 - 01/21/21 10:32 PM Re: 87 monte carlo ss aero [Re: CM1SCW]  
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Not much else to update shop working on wiring and dynomat floor prior to reinstall of carpet and interior. Drive shaft being made. That's about it.

#1069327 - 01/22/21 12:07 AM Re: 87 monte carlo ss aero [Re: CM1SCW]  
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Originally Posted by CM1SCW
Not much else to update shop working on wiring and dynomat floor prior to reinstall of carpet and interior. Drive shaft being made. That's about it.


No matter what, any progress is a step in the right direction.

#1069375 - 01/27/21 08:36 PM Re: 87 monte carlo ss aero [Re: CM1SCW]  
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Another update dynamat installed carpet back in, electrical run inside cabin. Waiting on drive shafts being made and lokar dipstick oil and trans. Delivered corsa mufflers to shop for exhaust to be made. That's about it.

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That is super clean mine has a bench front seat?

#1069461 - 02/03/21 10:52 PM Re: 87 monte carlo ss aero [Re: CM1SCW]  
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Driveshaft in, angle good. Working on exhaust install.

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Exhaust installed. Ready to finish final wiring and initial startup.

#1069621 - 02/20/21 03:03 PM Re: 87 monte carlo ss aero [Re: CM1SCW]  
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Exhaust looks good, saw it on Facebook. Thats a nice setup.

#1069622 - 02/20/21 03:11 PM Re: 87 monte carlo ss aero [Re: 88ssBrent]  
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Thanks, can't say enough to kevin and his shop, he has done excellent work. I am glad I found them.

#1069852 - 03/11/21 12:08 PM Re: 87 monte carlo ss aero [Re: CM1SCW]  
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Another update, they car lives fired up yesterday. Small hiccup Monday mass flow senor bad. Shop taking car to chevrolet dealer to scan engine today. Hopefully get her back next week. Ready to try her out. List of upgrades; ls3/6l80, moser 12 bolt rearend (3.73), wilwood 4 piston disc brakes all around, rack and pinion steering, proform slim radiator, qa1 coil over suspension, aeromotive stealth gas tank and dakota digital gages. Also getting alignment checked. Cannot say enough good about kevin's shop they have done excellent work and thankfully no tunnel mods. Forgot to added new driveshaft. Again ready to get her out with warm weather starting to get here. Also forgot stainless steel dual exhaust with corsa mufflers going out back in original location. From the outside she looks pretty much stock.

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#1069874 - 03/12/21 03:11 PM Re: 87 monte carlo ss aero [Re: CM1SCW]  
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I got some photos posted in the album section

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Everything looks good!

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Finally able to downsize photos to album. Still trying to figure out how to transfer them to posts. Hopefully when I get the car back we can meet up to see it in person.

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Engine/transmission swap completed. Picked up car today drove her home. Drives great, gas pedal is a little touchy so is the steering with the rack and pinnion. But overall runs and drives great, ready for some cruising and car shows.

#1070025 - 03/23/21 01:33 PM Re: 87 monte carlo ss aero [Re: CM1SCW]  
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Just updated my album on here. Still trying to figure out posting here. I am not that computer savy.

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Completed 500 mile breakin changed oil and filter. I 've been to a couple cruise ins and knox sheriff's DARE car show yesterday and had a lot of complements on the car and swap.

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Continue going to car shows here in east TN, car is running great. Just a small change swapped out rear upper trailing arms for adjustables. Pinion angle was a little off and gave a vibration above 70 mph. Got corrected with the swap. Been very happy with everything.

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Continue going to car shows here in east TN, car is running great. Just a small change swapped out rear upper trailing arms for adjustables. Pinion angle was a little off and gave a vibration above 70 mph. Got corrected with the swap. Been very happy with everything.

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