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Author Topic:   77 monte - 86 monte
Rookieracer76
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Total posts: 289
posted September 29, 2004 01:23 PM  
I have 77 monte that i race now and can get an 86 monte for next to nothin. my question is what parts if any can interchange between them? Thanks

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jay116
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Total posts: 428
posted September 29, 2004 04:34 PM  
What about shocks and springs? what exactly is a "metric" chassis? thanks

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racer17j
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posted September 29, 2004 05:10 PM  
The springs and shocks will fit. I had a '76 Monte that I swapped those parts over to a '79. They are racing springs and shocks. I did have to cut one coil off the front springs for ride hight and I had the short single pigtail springs on the back that I had to shim up a little also for ride hight. The double pigtail are a good hight for the rear without shims. The right side spindle and rotor from the '77 will bolt up and give you some additional camber gain on cornering be cause it is taller ball joint to ball joint.

Ego Racing
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Total posts: 724
posted September 30, 2004 08:27 PM  
The efective spring rate on the wheel is different on the A-arms and the rear. The springs will fit but may not be the right ones for the cars.

FlyNLoIMCA17
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Total posts: 753
posted October 02, 2004 12:18 AM  
correct me if I'm wrong but I know the metric car uses the 5.5" front spring, and doesn't the older model use the 5"??? I have a metric open wheel and used to have a chevelle. The chevelle used the 5" spring. They would NOT interchange. When you put the 5" in the metric car the spring seats in the lower control arm where to big on the inside diameter. You can get them to stay in but the problem you will find is that its possible for the spring to "ride" up the inside edge of the seat therefore completely ruining your setup until it falls back in place. This leads to a very inconsistent car. Might want to check on that before you just throw the older stlye springs in there.

x factor
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 34
posted October 02, 2004 03:51 AM  
'64-'72 used the 5". I currently am running a 70 Cutlass that uses the 5". '73-'77 uses 5 1/2"

Eljojo
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Total posts: 968
posted October 02, 2004 06:02 AM  
You have all winter, so...pull the frame out from under the 77....get out the torch and welder....clip it to 108 wheelbase....add 86 body
Moter setback in the older Monte's is awesome and the front end works great. I have a buddy that built one of these and it is unreal how well that car works!

racer17j
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posted October 02, 2004 12:59 PM  
Although I see that you are an athority on 99% or better of EVERY aspect of dirt racing, Racer 17J, do you race at 95% of the racetracks in the country?
You may think that Rookieracer76 is a complete idiot, but (give him the benefeit of the doubt) he probably can read the rulebook at the track(s) that HE plans to race at.
I offered a suggestion that he may not have known possible. That makes for a car that gets awesome rear percentages without adding a boatload of ballast.

racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 5390
posted October 03, 2004 09:08 AM  
LOL@ 17j....great comeback!

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