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Classics 733 HP 1970 Monte Carlo with 502 Crate Engine

10:13  07 february  2020
10:13  07 february  2020 Source:   hotrod.com

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733 HP 1970 Monte Carlo with 502 Crate Engine . See all 50 photos. Chris imparted: "Taking the car to a Super Chevy Sunday and winning First Place for Modified Monte Carlo , then placing Best Monte Carlo of the entire show was the most memorable thing that happened with it.

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Look here. Somebody dared to defy convention and lived to tell happy stories about it. We are appreciative to Chris and Rebecca Walters for not being lemmings, for not clinging to the legions of Camaro/Chevelle/Nova adherents.

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This big-ass 1970 Monte Carlo makes well over 700 horsepower and runs 9.39/144 on a 175-shot in the quarter-mile.

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They aren't bothered by the fact that their car is in the same unpopular book as say the B-body Impala or Biscayne. They know that people are apt to remember these shunned sleds with a lot more enthusiasm and clarity than the usual suspects.

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"The first time I saw my Monte Carlo was at Union Grove Dragway in 2002," Chris said with a brightness spreading across his face. "I had the luxury of racing against it in my supercharged Mustang. Back then I said how beautiful [the Monte] was." He wedged that thought in a corner of his head.

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He soon broomed the Mustang. He bought a 1965 El Camino with a Fast Times 509 from his pal Bob Murdach. But Chris' family was growing and he needed more room than the one-seat El Camino for Rebecca and their sons, Anthony and Nicholas. He plucked the 509 and sold the roller to a friend. He felt empowered.

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See Chevrolet Monte Carlo color options on MSN Autos. This 733 hp 1970 Monte Carlo roars with a 502 crate engine .

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"I started looking for a nice car that I could race and show. My friend Claudio told me about the Monte being for sale. At first I wasn't sure it was the right car, but it was the same one. I put the hydraulic roller 509 in the Monte and went low-11s immediately. We put an NOS plate on it and began racing True Street in a 10.20 class."

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But by this time Chris was through just having fun. He got serious. So did the engine. Automotive Engine Specialties (AES) over in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, upped the tune-up, ported the heads, and stuck it with a bigger hydraulic cam. Chris got the car to go 9.80s, but before too long the tedium crept back in. For deeper breathing, AES adapted big-port Dart Pro1 heads and changed the camshaft for one with finer timing events as well as mechanical lifters. Chris ran NMCA True Street and was cleaning up in the 10-second class.

A few years hence, Anthony at AES made some more changes. The 3,900-pound Monte went 9.39/144 on a 175-shot. This combination is still extant, though Chris informed that a new fogger that AES developed had yet to exploit the engine.

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By using an automatic transmission and conservative tire width, the chassis didn't need a whole lot of reinforcement to get the Monte to bite down hard without a four-link conversion or even traction bars. A judicious spring rate and the proper damping frequency in league with the soft hit of the automatic make anything else superfluous. Likewise, there was no need for Pro Touring-size brakes, either.

As you might suspect, the Chevrolet marketing suits saw the Monte as a luxury/personal performance car, one that was clearly a step above the Chevelle. It was founded on the same 116-inch wheelbase as the Chevelle sedan, but its frame was 8-inches longer to accommodate the Monte's six-foot-long hood. They designed it so a lot of Chevelle/Monte Carlo parts were interchangeable. Track dimensions are 60.2 and 59.3 inches, front and rear, respectively. Though the Monte was available with big-block options, the big-boy 454 could only be had with the SS 454 package.

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"Toughest part of all this was keeping the car from being scratched in spite of all the engine swapping we've done. It was painted in a Chicago garage in 1999 by John Kolb. To do it over again I would have put up some mini-tubs for a 9-inch axle." Likely this is an indication that the project is never really finished and that this improvement will transpire before much longer.

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See Chevrolet Monte Carlo exterior photos on MSN Autos. Request a dealer quote or view used cars at MSN Autos. This 733 hp 1970 Monte Carlo roars with a 502 crate engine .

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Official acknowledgement, even if it only occurs one time, makes worthwhile all the angst, money, and time put into this life. Chris imparted: "Taking the car to a Super Chevy Sunday and winning First Place for Modified Monte Carlo, then placing Best Monte Carlo of the entire show was the most memorable thing that happened with it.

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"This car has brought a lot of good memories to me, my friends, and family. I met lots of people racing the car and showing it as well. I couldn't have had it ready to race were it not for some good friends: Bob Murdach for always being ready to help on a moment's notice; Rocky Sardo for always being there to help; Ed Romanowski to get the parts I needed right away; Phil Stoll for help at the track; and my wife, Rebecca, for putting up with me all these years. I would love my older son, Anthony, to be more involved and possibly racing the car next year. I plan on this legacy being handed over [to him] so he can enjoy it as I did."

It's a given that hot rodders are a step away from the civilian world. And we celebrate that a scant few of them have the courage to step out and march to the beat of their own drum. CHP

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Tech Check

Owner: Chris and Rebecca Walters, River Grove, Illinois

Vehicle: 1970 Monte Carlo

Engine

Type: Chevrolet Performance 502 crate engine

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See Chevrolet Monte Carlo interior photos on MSN Autos. Request a dealer quote or view used cars at MSN Autos. This 733 hp 1970 Monte Carlo roars with a 502 crate engine .

Its a 1970 Monte Carlo with an out the box Blueprint engines 632 crate motor. The engine straight from blueprint makes a little over 800 at the crank, in the car around 600 to the wheels all motor. A Stock 502 BBC Crate Engine with Nelson Racing Engines , Alian Intake Manifold Uprade=610 Hp

Displacement: 509 ci

Compression Ratio: 11.0:1

Bore: 4.500 inches

Stroke: 4.000 inches

Cylinder Heads: Dart Pro1 345, 121cc combustion chambers, 2.30/1.88 valves, aluminum/bronze valveguides

Rotating Assembly: GM forged steel crankshaft (polished), Eagle forged rods, JE pistons, Speed Pro HellFire ring packs, King bearing inserts

Valvetrain: Comp stainless rockers 1.7:1 ratio, Isky 550-lb/in valvesprings

Camshaft: Comp solid roller (0.739/0.746-inch lift; 267/275-deg. duration at 0.050; 112 LSA), Morel lifters

Induction: Edelbrock Victor Jr. intake, Holley 950-cfm carburetor, Automotive Engine Specialties (Elk Grove Village, IL) custom nitrous fogger system

Ignition: MSD Digital 7530, MSD 8mm primary wires

Exhaust: Hooker Super Comp, 2.0-inch primaries, 3-inch system, Flowmaster 40 Series mufflers

Ancillaries: Wiring by Chris Schmidt at Auto MD (Elmwood Park, IL), Tuff Stuff 140-amp alternator, Edelbrock water pump, Be Cool radiator, Flex-A-Lite fan

Machine Work: AES

Assembly: Anthony Schroeder at AES

Output (NA only): 733 hp at 7,200 rpm, 598 lb-ft at 5,200 rpm

Drivetrain

Transmission: Turbo 400 by Andy's Performance Transmission (Bensenville, IL), Auto Trans Design 4,100-stall converter, Hipster transbrake

Rear Axle: GM 12-bolt, spool, 4.11:1 gears, Strange Engineering 35-spline axles, Suburban Drivelines chrome-moly prop shaft

Chassis

Front Suspension: Stock spindles, OE control arms w/ Global West offset shafts and Del-a-lum bushings, Moroso coil springs, Koni single-adjustable shocks

Rear Suspension: Strange Engineering double-adjustable shocks, Moroso drag springs, Competition Engineering antisway bar; built by Ed at Roman Performance and Fabrication (Addison, IL)

Brakes: Wilwood Drag Racing 10-inch rotors, two-piston calipers, front; OE drums, rear

Wheels: Weld Alumastar 15x3.5 front, Bogart Force 5 15x8 rear

Tires: Mickey Thompson Sportsman 28x7.5 front, Hoosier Drag Slick 29x10.50 rear

Interior

Upholstery: Factory GM

Material: Vinyl

Seats: Stock bench, Simpson six-point harness

Steering: Stock, Chevrolet vintage wheel

Shifter: Cheetah SCS

Dash: Stock

Safety: Six-point Chris Alston-installed chrome-moly rollcage

Instrumentation: AutoMeter

Audio: Sanyo head unit, Kenwood amplifiers, Kenwood speakers installed by owner

HVAC: N/A

Exterior

Bodywork: John Kolb (Chicago)

Paint By: John Kolb

Paint: Single-stage PPG Black

Hood: Glasstek 2-inch cowl

Grille: Stock

Bumpers: Glasstek fiberglass

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