What would have happened if GM built the Monte Carlo with the same mindset as they had done with their Corvette’s of the same era? Possibly some extra twist from a higher horsepower mill, an advanced frame with adjustable suspension options and some extra bite with more room underneath to facilitate larger rubber. Unfortunately, a Monte Carlo like that was never built. Until now…
Yes, for the time, the mid-’80s Monte was a decent performer. However, there was room to grow. Years later, the aftermarket has finally caught up with the G-body and it’s now possible, with some homebuilt ingenuity, to add bolt-on parts for a complete transformation.
This is the G-body GM should have built. Beginning with a mostly-factory Monte Carlo SS, the Monte was gifted with a Schwartz Performance ’78-88 G-body frame for a complete chassis overhaul for some serious track-duty.
The Schwartz frame include rack and pinion steering, coilover suspension with upper and lower tubular a-arms, splined front swaybar and even an adjustable transmission crossmember to facilitate a wide range of transmissions. Also, a set of large cross-drilled brakes were included to round out the package.
Inside, the cockpit was outfitted with a Be Quiet sound kit to keep the decibels down and a complete VHX Dakota Digital Dash was wired in and installed.
Aside from planting the body onto the new, Schwartz chassis, the paint and body was a key element in the process of this build. Luckily, with some friends in the paint and body scene, the rear wheel tubs were taken care of with a widening project to house some additional grip.
The Monte was also completely repainted along with the core support and underbody. Wheels of choice were a set of XXR 18 x 8.5-inch up front while the rears were widened by another 2 inches by Weldcraft.
Although we don’t have finish build images or information, go ahead and hop on over to pro-touring.com for updated posts on this particular Monte Carlo. This Monte has clearly set the bar for other aspiring G-body owners. We can’t wait to see what’s on the table for this Monte. If you like this Monte, be sure to check out the rest of the vehicle builds around in pro-touring.com.
We assure you, there’s one that will catch your eye. Back to the Monte, we’ve literally got so much to show you, we can’t fit it all in this piece of edit. To see more of the Monte, scroll down a bit to gander through our gallery of images. Enjoy.