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Old 02-02-2013, 11:28 AM   #1
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Default 1988 Monte Carlo LS Street Car Build Thread

As some may remember I bought a 79 Malibu 2 door. Well it lasted less then the about of time it took to bring home as I sold it to a man at a car show in town. So in a effort to replace it, I scored a very clean but needs some work 88 Monte Carlo LS. It took 2 weeks to get with the seller Dan to make this deal happen due to both of our schedules but we are both very pleased with the outcome. So as stated before in what was deleted, I had a emphasis on a complete car with AC and overdrive to cruise in. The car will get a 350 small block, suspension work, brake and be kept as clean and stock appearing as possible. Work has already started with the addition of a factory rear sway bar, rear frame tie bar and new lower arms with poly bushings. Up next is the front sway bar upgrade to a 34 mm hollow unit, dual piston blazer brake upgrade, front frame bar (under the core support) and some wheels. Here are some pictures of what was sold quickly and what has replaced it.













And no, I dont plan to make it to fast as I still have this. My 87 Blazer.

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As for wheels, I have a set of these bad boys going on this weekend once I get my tires from Firestone. I am going for the stealth stock and ugly look. I picked up a set of four with caps for 100 bucks at my local salvage yard off a 94 blazer. I think I am going to paint the centers gray. With some 215/65/15 Firestone FR710 tires they should do well. I have had a few sets of these tires and they are well worth the price.



I also got a set of complete spindles and 2 piston calipers from a 98 blazer to upgrade my front brakes. These were 100 bucks or 50 a side. When I do the brakes, I will also do a quick ratio steering box from my old GTA Firebird and a 34mm front sway bar with the frame stifner bar that locates under the core support.
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Well I picked up my wheels and brakes on Thursday. Here is a quick mock up and a how they will look photos.









The centers might get painted silver or something similar.
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Well what started as a attempt to simply swap everything from the spindles out to do the brake upgrade turned into a complete front end rebuild. The ball joints were toast and the bushings have seen their day so off came the arms for a rebuild. While I am in there, I placed a 34mm sway bar in place under the bars and also will swap to a quick ratio steering box, both from my old 87 Firebird GTA.





I hope to have parts soon and my tires will be on the wheels on Sunday. On Friday evening, I ordered upper and lower balljoints and bushings along with some sway bar bushings from rock auto for 94 dollars. All Raybestos brand parts in either service or professional grade. They claim 3 to 5 days shipping time. We will see since I will be in the hospital with my wife this Friday to have our second son. Progress will slow but not too badly.
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Wow that malibu was super clean. I did that brake swap on a GN. Its a improvement for sure.
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I had these same brakes on the front of my 05 Blazer and they were great. Im considering swapping the rears to factory Blazer discs also but am unsure about what to do about the master cylinder. This too will only happen if the rear comes out for gears and a posi but lets not lets this project snowball too soon.
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Is that the ls1 brake swap?
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No, the brakes and spindles are from a second generation Blazer, a 98 four door to be exact. The front suspension and its geometry is identical and interchangeable to g body cars all the way back to 78. This swap provides 2 piston calipers, removable rotors off the hubs and vastly improved braking. Even better, is with common available kits, these brakes can be upgraded to accept Corvette parts for 13 inch rotors and factory calipers. It really is a great upgrade and one that should be done more often. I am considering swapping in the rears off a blazer for 4 wheel discs which I think should do wonders for this car.
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What did the spindle/brake setup cost?
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100 bucks at the junk yard for the spindle, rotor, hub, brake line with frame bracket, caliper bracket and caliper with pads. 50 a side. I have seen them go for 250 on ebay for some reason. I can rebuild to all new status with about 250 dollars in parts form rock auto if needed but the blazer they came off of was real clean and looked nicely maintained and was in supposedly for a blown motor at 125k.
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Well my wife, 2 son and I have survived the hospital and came home as a family of four. We returned home on Sunday and I managed to get my quick ratio steering box and 34mm front sway bar installed on Monday. (YES I have the greatest wife in the world who still allows me to play cars the first day we are home) I picked up the upper and lower control arms on my way home this afternoon and will get to the completion of my front suspension rebuild. I will post some pictures in a little while. Today I got the passengers side done and if the weather holds out, will do the drivers side tomorrow.
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Went from this...... to this.







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Got it on the ground! All I need to do now is bleed the brakes, lube the front end and take it to the tire shop for a alignment.



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I would like to thank TRZ Mike for moving my thread to this section. I will continue to update it now that the audience is here for it.
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Old 01-29-2014, 10:27 AM   #15
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ok 2 questions

first one. how fast is the blazer I love those things

2. You doing any performance upgrades to the Monte Carlo
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