Monte Carlo LS Pics Page

Here are the Pics of the 88 Monte Carlo.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Specs:

  • It has a 350CID 240HP Engine.

  • Holly 770 CFM Street Avenger.

  • 700R4 transmission.

  • True Dual Exhaust.

  • Accel Ignition Coil.

  • K&N Air Filter.

  • High Performance Spark Plugs and Wires.

  • 18" Boss 304 Chromed Aluminum Wheels.

  • 245/45/18 Tires.

  • And a lot more... Read below.


History:

In the summer of 95 while looking for a second Car to replace an old Chevy Sprint, I ran into the 88 Monte Carlo LS for sale. The 88 LS had black exterior and gray interior. This car was Fully Loaded... V8 Engine, T-Tops, Landau Roof (also black), Bucket Seats, Power Windows, Power Door Locks, A/C, Cruise Control, Factory Alloy Rims and Spoiler. It was love at first sight, so I didn't hesitate to trade my old 81 Monte Carlo with a V6 Engine for this 88 LS.

At first, I didn't want to change anything on the Monte Carlo LS because I planned to keep it stock. As time passed, however, I decided to start making small changes to improve appearance, performance and comfort. As is inevitable, a small change led to another small change, then to bigger changes and once the changes started there was no stopping.

The stock V8-305-150HP was no longer satisfying my hunger for power, so I got the factory single exhaust replaced with 2 High Performance Ceramic Headers, 2 Catalytic Converters, 2 Mufflers and 2 "Stainless Steel" Tail Pipes (combination of Aluminized and Stainless Steel).

This modification together with a set of High Performance Spark Plugs and Spark Plug Wires, Accel High Output Coil and K&N Air Filter made a small improvement in its performance. Not a great improvement but a noticeable one nevertheless (just enough to make the wheels "smoke").

Then it was time to get a new paint job. Everything was removed including the doors, the T-Tops, headlights, rear lights, front grill, side markers, etc. before painting. All the chrome was polished and then everything was re-assembled. All the old door and T-Top seals were replaced with new seals.

Later, the original V8-305-150HP Engine was replaced with a small block V8 High Output 350-240HP. The Transmission was also replaced with a High Performance 700R4 with a Shift Kit and a High Stall Torque Converter. To keep everything running cool, a four core Radiator replaced the original two core, and a Transmission Cooler was installed. Also new Ceramic Coated Headers, along with new Mufflers and Catalytic Converters replaced the older ones.


The factory radio was replaced with a Radio/CD Player with a 12 CD Changer from JVC (a birthday present from my son). Sometime later, I also replaced the two factory rear Speakers with two 3-way Speakers and the Dashboard Speakers with two 2-way Speakers. The original antenna was also replaced with a windshield mounted one. At the same time I had this done, I also had an anti-theft system installed to protect the car and the equipment.

I also replaced the original Instrument Cluster with one from an SS. The original had no Tach and instead of Temperature, Battery and Oil Gauges, it had “Dummy Lights”. Also the Speedo’s maximum speed was 140Km/H where the SS Cluster came with a rare 120Mph (200Km/H) Speedo, a Tach and all the Gauges.

The automatic windows roll-up and the remote trunk release options were also included. I actually went crazy and had a microwave sensor installed to let anyone coming too close know, that the car was protected by an alarm system (it chirps when people come too close to the Car).

In 2005 I got the Monte Carlo LS Painted again and again I replaced all the Doors and T-Top Seals. This time I got a special paint job... Cherry Black, sprinkled with purple chips which sparkle when the sun shines on the Car and I also had some Flames added.

There was another upgrade that I had to make. The original Mechanical Cooling Fan was not keeping the Engine cool enough when in bumper to bumper traffic in hot summer days, so I had it replaced with an Electrical Fan.

Here are some of the 88 Monte Carlo LS Pics:

Monte Carlo Old Engine

Here is a small Pic of the Old Engine. See how ugly this "thing" was in comparison with the New Engine below. If you want to see a larger Picture of it, click on it to enlarge.

Here is a small Pic of the New Engine. To see it in greater detail, click on it to enlarge.

Monte Carlo New Engine
Monte Carlo Front

Here is a small Pic of the Monte's Front. Click on it to enlarge.

Here is a small Pic of the Monte's Rear. Click on the it to enlarge.

Monte Carlo Rear
Monte Carlo Side

Here is a small Pic of the Monte's Side. Click on it to enlarge.


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