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Author Topic:   Parts for 80 Monte Carlo
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 52
posted June 01, 2005 02:49 PM  
Are "crash" parts- control arms, axle, etc- for the earlier (1980) monte carlo very tough to find? Would it be a bad idea to buy one as a street stock to race as a newbie...that will probably do some damage eventually?

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 303
posted June 01, 2005 03:41 PM  
Not really difficult to find parts. RWD S-10 front A-arms and spindles are the same as metric 1979-1988 G-Bodies. The rear suspension should not get damaged as much as the front pieces. But most put a Ford 9" in the rear anyway.

You have to learn somehow, a metric is good as any. Parts for a metric are easier to find than a leaf car (Nova or Camaro), older A bodies (Chevelle, GP, Skylark, Cutlass). I've seen some T-Bird Stock Cars on a Crown Vic chassis, but not many in the hobby stock class, b/c they tend to bend easy. Some Mopars are out there too, but I would imagine parts for them would be next to impossible to find.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 217
posted June 06, 2005 12:08 PM  
I know here in Missouri...there are g-bodies sitting around everywhere. There is a crusher down the road that had has had two buick regals sitting out front in the last month. You can even pick them up free,sometimes. Look for the ones sitting in the weeds, no wheels,frame on the ground, or engine bad,or no engine at all. To most of these owners, these are nothing more than for the bees. They would love to have somebody haul them away. All you want is a frame and a GOOD body anyway.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 217
posted June 06, 2005 12:18 PM  
Body wise. I'm going to go with a 81-86 monte next time.I think there are more body parts around.Plus, the plastic racing noses go on easier(and look better) on these. I have a NEW 79 monte hobby that is almost done...but i know i'm going to have a harder time finding body parts for it when needed. I might try to fit on later model monte doors,hood and fenders when the front is thrashed. As far as the suspension, like he said , look for the s-10 stuff..or even the taller impala spindles. Some of the racing aftermarket catalogs even have stock metric A-arms and spindles. Speedway and JR Motorsports are two of them. Jr Motorsports has a NEW catalog too.


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