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#982191 - 09/04/13 06:11 PM "Tighty Whitey" Dave's 1987 Monte Carlo LS  
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Dave's 1987 Monte Carlo LS

(The name "tighty whitey" stems from a conversation with my dad and a few friends the night I brought the car home about how nerdy the car looked)


Picked up a new daily driver (Yes, I'm selling my WRX for another Monte...Crazy? Maybe!) on 9/1/13.


Bone stock (Well, except for the replacement exhaust) LS with almost no options other than A/C.

- 125,xxx miles
- LG4 5.0L V8
- Blue split bench/column shift interior
- Manual windows and locks



Story behind buying the car:

I previously owned a stock '88 SS that I picked up for $1500 that I used as a daily driver in college. Great car, and I missed having a stock G-body to cruise around in. My WRX is higher mileage (175,000), and I came across this car while on craigslist late last week.


Labor Day morning, I left with my buddy Bryan to go look at the car and we brought it home that night.


Anyways, on to a few quick pics that I took last night:


Exterior:












Trunk sticker:



Interior (PERFECT dash and headliner):






No gauges though...




Crank windows! (Is it weird that I'm excited about this?)




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#982192 - 09/04/13 06:21 PM Re: "Tighty Whitey" Dave's 1987 Monte Carlo LS [Re: SS Ninja]  
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Engine bay










Now for some of the interesting historical stuff:


When we went to go look at the car, both Bryan and I were shocked by how rust-free the car was (Other than a little bit on the inner lip of the driver's rear quarter, the car is in fantastic shape, especially for having lived in New England its entire life).

Well, after opening the glove box and finding this HUGE mound of paperwork, now I know why!





Aside from literally every receipt for maintenance that the car has ever had (No, really):





I also found the original bill of sale and maintenance book, which was filled with copious notes (On a side note, the same woman seems to have owned the car from '87 until the early 2000s, which is cool)









Body mounts were replaced in 1999 (Among other things)



The "lifetime" anti-rust plan (Think it's still valid? smile )



Anyways, I also found 3 receipts for body work that was performed on the car throughout the years (Mostly in the late 90s to early 2000s). Guessing the car was hit a few times, but having sheetmetal replaced would explain the lack of rust!


Receipts for bodywork:








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#982193 - 09/04/13 06:28 PM Re: "Tighty Whitey" Dave's 1987 Monte Carlo LS [Re: SS Ninja]  
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High level plans for the car

Short Term:

- Leave the drivetrain stock
- Install my old B-body 12" brake setup and Eibach springs from my SS
- Install Bilstein shocks
- Install F41 sway bars (At a minimum)
- Install SS gauge package
- Install SS spoiler
- Replace wheels and tires with ZQ8s (All-seasons) and soft-8s (Snow tires)
- UMI rear control arms with roto joints


Long Term

- 4.8 or 5.3 LS swap
- Rear disc brakes
- ???


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#982200 - 09/04/13 07:47 PM Re: "Tighty Whitey" Dave's 1987 Monte Carlo LS [Re: SS Ninja]  
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Nice purchase, my kind of style. I also had plans of daily driving my LS but it was too clean wink . It's a slippery slope modifying a daily driver or becoming a toy. Not many cars maintained that well anymore, if ever that much in detail. Pretty impressive.

Some nice benefits of newer cars for daily's and all but still, I miss daily driving a g-body many times.

I also had a recent pipe dream of getting a Malibu wagon and doing a cheap LS swap to use as a daily. Still tempting but the time is something I find myself with less and less of as I get older.

Your short term plans are pretty reasonable and budget friendly.

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#982204 - 09/04/13 07:56 PM Re: "Tighty Whitey" Dave's 1987 Monte Carlo LS [Re: SS Ninja]  
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Very nice looking LS Dave! Good luck with the plans.


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#982206 - 09/04/13 08:37 PM Re: "Tighty Whitey" Dave's 1987 Monte Carlo LS [Re: SS Ninja]  
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Nice car, I always like seeing another ls on here.

#982207 - 09/04/13 08:40 PM Re: "Tighty Whitey" Dave's 1987 Monte Carlo LS [Re: SS Ninja]  
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That's cool when you find all the original paperwork ! Almost never find that.


87 Pro Street MCSS. 800 plus HP 555 Engine By Scott Shafiroff & Reher Morrison Racing Engines, 400 Shot Capable Nitrous System, Full Comp Transmission, Trans Brake, 5000 Converter, 4:30 gears. MT Rubber, with 15x4 Frt & 15x15 Rear Polished Centerline Convo Pros. Custom Factory Dash, Autometer Guages, Adjustable Racing Buckets, Roll Cage.
#982234 - 09/04/13 11:38 PM Re: "Tighty Whitey" Dave's 1987 Monte Carlo LS [Re: SS Ninja]  
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When can we get a "like" button. I'm too lazy to type out how cool this car is!! Nice grab, especially for a northeast car!!



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69 Cutlass S Convertible
70 Chevelle Malibu (Second owner, grandma car)
12 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon
#982253 - 09/05/13 02:36 AM Re: "Tighty Whitey" Dave's 1987 Monte Carlo LS [Re: SS Ninja]  
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Awesome car Dave. It's kinda too nice to daily imo, but I'm sure it will perform well. Not too many LS in that kinda shape, have fun with it.

#982258 - 09/05/13 02:54 AM Re: "Tighty Whitey" Dave's 1987 Monte Carlo LS [Re: SS Ninja]  
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I likey!!!


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#982262 - 09/05/13 03:23 AM Re: "Tighty Whitey" Dave's 1987 Monte Carlo LS [Re: SS Ninja]  
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"Tighty Whitey" looks pretty clean! I dont see any apperant skidmarks left behind, so thats a good deal smile


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

#982287 - 09/05/13 01:27 PM Re: "Tighty Whitey" Dave's 1987 Monte Carlo LS [Re: SS Ninja]  
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Thanks guys!



Car was registered yesterday afternoon, so I put on the new plates, washed the car, and drove it to work this morning.

The car is SOO quiet compared to the SS in regards to both the exhaust note and rattles/shakes going over bumps. A big part of that is how much stiffer the suspension is on the SS (And how much more beat up it is couch )

Here's a list of things that need to be done ASAP:

- Tuneup (Oil change, check the air filter, spark plugs, fuel filter, etc)
- Replace the factory radio as it doesn't work

Longer term things to fix:

- Recharge A/C (I haven't had working A/C in a Monte in YEARS)
- Figure out why the defroster works but not the dash vents
- Passenger tail light has a chip in the bottom corner
- Driver's upper door hinge is missing the stop, so it swings wide open
- Replace the battery tray as the head of the bolt for the battery hold down is snapped off
- Replace the missing cover on driver's door pull


1987 Monte Carlo SS: The toy
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#982295 - 09/05/13 03:10 PM Re: "Tighty Whitey" Dave's 1987 Monte Carlo LS [Re: SS Ninja]  
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So cool!!

I wanted to get another Monte for a daily driver but the ol' wifey said it has to be safe (read... air bags, abs, esc, crumple zones, etc) Such a fun hater lmao

#982296 - 09/05/13 03:13 PM Re: "Tighty Whitey" Dave's 1987 Monte Carlo LS [Re: SS Ninja]  
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Crumple zone? You mean the 8+ feet of engine bay between me and the next car? lmao


Luckily my wife is fine with the car; with the bench seat it reminds her of riding on a couch!


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#982297 - 09/05/13 03:17 PM Re: "Tighty Whitey" Dave's 1987 Monte Carlo LS [Re: SS Ninja]  
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I need to figure out what size to use for snow tires.

I have some really nice Nokian Hakkapeliitta R's in 195/60/16 with a ton of tread left. They're currently mounted on 16x7 Subaru wheels, but I found a set of 16x7 soft 8s with 4" backspacing for $75 each on Summit.

They're roughly the same height (And are the same width) as the factory wheel setup for this car, which is 195/75/14.

Think I should go wider (205 or 215), or does that size seem ok?


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#982306 - 09/05/13 04:52 PM Re: "Tighty Whitey" Dave's 1987 Monte Carlo LS [Re: SS Ninja]  
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When I purchased my LS the stock muffler/tailpipe was removed for whatever reason and I couldn't get over how quiet the car was even under throttle.


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-87'LS 350 MAF/SD TPI- CRF 2004r-7.5" 3.42
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Nice car and even nicer documentation of the service records

#982736 - 09/10/13 12:55 AM Re: "Tighty Whitey" Dave's 1987 Monte Carlo LS [Re: SS Ninja]  
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Only been a week of ownership and I already started buying parts for it... lmao


Bought a white laydown spoiler from Ron (rdm85ss) today. So besides drilling two holes for access (Since the LS trunk doesn't have them), do I need to seal the spoiler to the trunk when bolting it down to avoid any trunk leaks?


1987 Monte Carlo SS: The toy
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1987 Monte Carlo LS: Daily Driver
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#982743 - 09/10/13 01:41 AM Re: "Tighty Whitey" Dave's 1987 Monte Carlo LS [Re: SS Ninja]  
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I didn't, but it might not be a bad idea to add a little gasket around each spoiler stud. Never noticed any water sneaking in and the car was parked outside for several years after purchase.


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-07'TBSS Stockish daily driver
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Add a nitrous plate and go beat on Lohnes' Buford.

2004R and 2.41 gears....Bonnevile ready!


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#982765 - 09/10/13 01:20 PM Re: "Tighty Whitey" Dave's 1987 Monte Carlo LS [Re: PB86SS/87LS]  
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Originally Posted By: PB86SS/87LS
I didn't, but it might not be a bad idea to add a little gasket around each spoiler stud. Never noticed any water sneaking in and the car was parked outside for several years after purchase.



Good to know, thanks!


Originally Posted By: 200kSS
Add a nitrous plate and go beat on Lohnes' Buford.

2004R and 2.41 gears....Bonnevile ready!



Oh, it's crossed my mind!

The car is already like a mini-Buford given that it has the same exterior and interior colors. Haven't had a chance to drop by Lohnes' house with it yet given that he's been traveling the last week for Bangshift.


1987 Monte Carlo SS: The toy
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1987 Monte Carlo LS: Daily Driver
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#983315 - 09/16/13 11:22 PM Re: "Tighty Whitey" Dave's 1987 Monte Carlo LS [Re: SS Ninja]  
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Scored a set of wheels for a great price this weekend: Four front fitment '86-87 IROC wheels. All the wheels have already been cleaned up and sandblasted. I'm planning on polishing and painting them black like the factory did.

After that I'm going to mount some 245/50/16 All Seasons on them. I also bought a set of wheels for my snow tires, but you're just going to have to wait to see those. Here's a hint: I had a set of them on my SS about 8 years ago, and they're not stock SS alloys . smile

Here's a quick cell phone pic of the IROCS:





Is it a bad thing that the SS has been relegated to parts hauler for new stuff for the LS? lmao


1987 Monte Carlo SS: The toy
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1987 Monte Carlo LS: Daily Driver
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#983421 - 09/18/13 12:12 AM Re: "Tighty Whitey" Dave's 1987 Monte Carlo LS [Re: SS Ninja]  
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Dave, that's a nice find. That kind of documentation is rare. I keep a diary for my Monte and record everything I do to it. Enjoy your new ride.


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#983431 - 09/18/13 01:17 AM Re: "Tighty Whitey" Dave's 1987 Monte Carlo LS [Re: SS Ninja]  
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Got my first SES light while driving home. Off to find a paperclip...


::edit:: And after restarting my car after getting gas it is gone. Weird.


1987 Monte Carlo SS: The toy
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1987 Monte Carlo LS: Daily Driver
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#983486 - 09/18/13 02:34 PM Re: "Tighty Whitey" Dave's 1987 Monte Carlo LS [Re: SS Ninja]  
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Is that the regular 305? I bought an ls exactly like urs only in worse condition for parts. funny thing that after seeing ur engine bay it has the smaller v6 fan shroud as mine does. different a/c conpressor than the ss. kind of weird why gm would do that to the ls imo

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