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I am looking at a 86 Monte Carlo SS with original 305. Is there anything I should look for that was a problem on these. I want to make a sleep. Any help is appreciated/

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About the only bad thing about these cars is the puny 7.5" 10-bolt rear end, it isn't up to taking a lot of power, or using sticky tires at all. About 350 hp/400ftlbs tq, anything more will blow it up. Worse is that there is no inexpensive upgrade, most people who do upgrade use a 9" Ford built to fit the stock suspension.

There is a bolt-in 8.5" 10-bolt rear(much stronger) that fits these, it comes from the Buick T-type and Grand National with the Turbo V6 and from some Hurst Olds and 442's built on this same chassis, but it is rather rare and prices reflect this. People who have this rear know what they have usually.

Pluses are these a relatively light cars, have a good suspension handling-wise,a nice quick ratio steering box, and virtually any engine and trans fits including big blocks. Parts are even available to do a manual trans conversion if you wish. Lots of available handling or dragstrip upgrades.

Plus they look cooler than a standard Monte does due to the aero nose, lower skirting, and rear spoiler they have.
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About the only bad thing about these cars is the puny 7.5" 10-bolt rear end, it isn't up to taking a lot of power, or using sticky tires at all. About 350 hp/400ftlbs tq, anything more will blow it up. Worse is that there is no inexpensive upgrade, most people who do upgrade use a 9" Ford built to fit the stock suspension.

There is a bolt-in 8.5" 10-bolt rear(much stronger) that fits these, it comes from the Buick T-type and Grand National with the Turbo V6 and from some Hurst Olds and 442's built on this same chassis, but it is rather rare and prices reflect this. People who have this rear know what they have usually.

Pluses are these a relatively light cars, have a good suspension handling-wise,a nice quick ratio steering box, and virtually any engine and trans fits including big blocks. Parts are even available to do a manual trans conversion if you wish. Lots of available handling or dragstrip upgrades. .



Thanks for the information. I go to look at it tomorrow. What Trans are in these? I can not seem to find that info posted

Plus they look cooler than a standard Monte does due to the aero nose, lower skirting, and rear spoiler they have
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First two years of production(83-84)have a TH-350 with lock-up converter, the rest have a TH-200R4. The Monte SS versions of the 200R4 have a better valvebody calibration than most common 200R4's.
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First two years of production(83-84)have a TH-350 with lock-up converter, the rest have a TH-200R4. The Monte SS versions of the 200R4 have a better valvebody calibration than most common 200R4's.

Great thanks for the info. Any other areas to look at, problem areas?
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If you want lots of info on the 4th gen Monte you may want to google MonteCarloSS.com and join up over there;
http://www.montecarloss.com/
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