Staying The Course With A Road/Drag ’87 Monte Carlo SS

I really like G-body automobiles from Basic Motors; they’re elegant and boxy, but pleasing to take a look at from all angles. The 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS is one among my favorites, and this one’s been made even higher by its proprietor, Scott Bylsma.

Scott‘s introduction to automobiles got here at a younger age. Having been born with a bleeding dysfunction, Scott wasn’t in a position to do plenty of the issues that the majority youngsters do rising up, so his father Tim usually took him out to traditional automotive exhibits or to look at some drag racing at Grand Bend Motorplex in Ontario, the place his uncle raced a Chevy S-10. In the course of the durations that Scott was unable to go away the home, muscle automotive magazines helped go the time.


And it was solely a matter time earlier than Scott began serious about the form of automotive he’d wish to personal and construct, and picture taking it down the strip. The Chevy Monte Carlo all the time sprung to thoughts, partly resulting from the truth that the Bylsma household storage housed a ’71 automotive in want of a restoration.

Finally, father and son fully rebuilt the Monte Carlo collectively, however Scott wished one thing he might name his.


Though Scott initially had his coronary heart set on a G-body Malibu, he wasn’t capable of finding one in his finances. What he ended up with was an ’82 Monte Carlo, which was bought as a rolling chassis (with drag radials on the rear) from the Canadian classifieds web site Kijiji.


Over the course of the following few years, Scott and his father labored on the automotive, taking the physique off its body and swapping in 350ci SBC V8 with a 200-4R transmission. Not unhealthy for a primary challenge automotive, and one which Scott nonetheless owns right now.

For his final Monte Carlo construct, nevertheless, Scott began with an ’87 SS – the automotive you see above.

Scott picked up the Monte Carlo SS in 2011 for simply CA$600 (US$450), and once more spent the following few years constructing it up into the street-legal quarter-mile machine it’s right now.


Whereas it’s apparent that the Chevy is geared for drag use, Scott wished it to stay wanting like a avenue automotive. Aside from the large hood scoop and the Weld Draglite wheels, it principally retains its manufacturing facility look exterior.


Inside, the identical considering was utilized. In fact, there’s all the security and performance-related gear you’d count on to see in such a construct, however the trim – together with the sprint, seats, door playing cards, carpets and roof liner – is all there too. Scott says that this made becoming the 6-point roll cage fairly a problem, however you may’t deny how good it seems to be.


Underneath the hood, the Monte Carlo beats to the drum of an LS-based 6.0L LQ9 Gen III V8 engine lifted from a stolen and recovered ’04 Cadillac Escalade. Initially it was run with a carburetor and TH400 transmission, and in that naturally aspirated configuration charged down the quarter-mile in a finest go of 10.91-seconds at 123mph.

As you see it now, although, it’s supercharged with an LSA blower setup. The engine can also be operating Gen IV 823 rectangle-port cylinder heads with BTR valve springs and a customized BTR cam, a 2.45″ higher supercharger pulley, 3-inch mandrel-bent stainless-steel exhaust with x-pipe, a methanol injection equipment and lots extra.


The driveline includes a GM 4L80E computerized constructed with elements from Sonnax and Jake’s Efficiency, a 258mm triple-disc torque converter from Circle D and a Ford 9-inch rear finish operating a Fast Efficiency middle part, 4.11 gears and 31-spline axles. For suspension, there’s QA1 double-adjustable shocks and UMI tubular higher and decrease rear trailing arms with an adjustable anti-roll bar.


Scott is understandably fairly pleased with the automotive and the place it’s at now, particularly on condition that it was primarily home-built with the assistance of his father Tim and buddies. You gotta find it irresistible when a plan comes collectively – particularly when it’s a Monte Carlo SS-shaped one.

Cody Beedie
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