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(Hot Rod)   1978 Chevy Monza + 5 leaf blowers = "Let's go land speed racing, boys"   (videos.hotrod.com) divider line 31
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2013-06-01 10:05:20 AM
Hey! Watch this!
 
2013-06-01 10:52:20 AM
Watched it.
 
2013-06-01 11:25:45 AM
In High School (early 80s), my best friend's brother had a 1977 Monza Mirage

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He had replaced the engine with a 350 he had built, 4:11 posi rear end... it pushed over 500hp and he boasted he could crank the engine to 10k rpm -  and the car was FAST. He would race motorcycles down at the local racing hangout in Flint (St. Johns st). Unfortunately, it had a small issue... he had gotten the car from his sister, who had busted the front air dam in a parking mishap. At about 180mph, the front end would start lifting up.

My buddy would sometimes borrow the car from his brother.... always an interesting ride, particularly when you have a blow out at 160mph.

Good times....the car was legendary around these parts.

/I miss car cruising, too.
 
2013-06-01 11:31:03 AM
At about 180mph

I call shenans. Not with 4.11's, and probably not ever.
 
2013-06-01 11:47:29 AM

MFAWG: At about 180mph

I call shenans. Not with 4.11's, and probably not ever.


Call all you want, I witnessed the car doing some amazing things. We couldn't go into the neighboring county because he had been involved in too many run ins with the cops (outrunning them on the country roads - no Dukes of Hazzard style jumps, though).

Late in the car's life, after somebody (not the brother or my buddy) had put the car into the ditch, with the passenger door wired shut with baling wire, we went out one night and lit it up on some fresh asphalt, spinning in place... rather surreal, the interior lights flashing off and on because of the loose door, and headlights flashing against the trees.

It got to the point that nobody would race him on St. John's street... until somebody new showed up. They always underestimated the car and ignored the warnings of others. The engine ended up in a Nova body eventually.  By then, my friend had joined the Air Force, and I joined the Marines, and his brother moved to the U.P.
 
2013-06-01 11:50:08 AM

MFAWG: At about 180mph

I call shenans. Not with 4.11's, and probably not ever.


Don't be so quick do doubt. There may well have been 7 or 8 leaf blowers in that bad boy. Perhaps a little extra boost from a weed whacker impeller, too.
 
2013-06-01 11:50:53 AM
Wow, the first few minutes of that brought back some HS memories (early 80's for me too LE...).  Just listening to the engine rev caused quite a few flashbacks to Friday nights cruising the blvd. (back when gas was cheap enough that you could afford to drive in long circles for hours at a time...).  I'll have to watch the rest of that just to see what they did with that car.  Sitting here awash in memories, it makes me sad that my kids won't know the fun of getting together with a few friends, a low budget, & some fairly simple tools & being able to work on & really improve a basic car.  The cars these days just can't be worked on like that any longer & for the most part they just don't bother.  Sad really.

/also almost had an brain cramp trying to match up YT's closed captioning with what they were saying.
//funniest shiat I've seen/read in a loooong time
 
2013-06-01 11:57:04 AM

LesserEvil: MFAWG: At about 180mph

I call shenans. Not with 4.11's, and probably not ever.

Call all you want, I witnessed the car doing some amazing things. We couldn't go into the neighboring county because he had been involved in too many run ins with the cops (outrunning them on the country roads - no Dukes of Hazzard style jumps, though).

Late in the car's life, after somebody (not the brother or my buddy) had put the car into the ditch, with the passenger door wired shut with baling wire, we went out one night and lit it up on some fresh asphalt, spinning in place... rather surreal, the interior lights flashing off and on because of the loose door, and headlights flashing against the trees.

It got to the point that nobody would race him on St. John's street... until somebody new showed up. They always underestimated the car and ignored the warnings of others. The engine ended up in a Nova body eventually.  By then, my friend had joined the Air Force, and I joined the Marines, and his brother moved to the U.P.


The early 80s were a different time. You could buy used cars with muscle car bones for very little, swap in a 400hp small block or 500hp big block off the $2/hr after-school job, and bribe the smog shop with $40. My buddies and I build V8 Vegas and big block Darts with engines so powerful they bent the unibodies to the point the windshields leaked and the doors didn't open and close right. Good times.
 
2013-06-01 11:58:27 AM

MFAWG: At about 180mph

I call shenans. Not with 4.11's, and probably not ever.


Aw, come on... you can do 180 with a 4.11 rear if gears 2 and up are all overdrive.
 
2013-06-01 12:03:27 PM

LumberJack: MFAWG: At about 180mph

I call shenans. Not with 4.11's, and probably not ever.

Aw, come on... you can do 180 with a 4.11 rear if gears 2 and up are all overdrive.


Exactly.
 
2013-06-01 12:07:03 PM
what a stupid looking beard.

the cap isn't helping either
 
2013-06-01 12:09:20 PM
Pretty cool.  I like those guys, they tried something, it didn't quite work, but they really seemed to enjoy it.
 
2013-06-01 12:17:45 PM
Good stuff- These guys know how to have fun
 
2013-06-01 12:50:19 PM

LesserEvil: In High School (early 80s), my best friend's brother had a 1977 Monza Mirage

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He had replaced the engine with a 350 he had built, 4:11 posi rear end... it pushed over 500hp and he boasted he could crank the engine to 10k rpm -  and the car was FAST. He would race motorcycles down at the local racing hangout in Flint (St. Johns st). Unfortunately, it had a small issue... he had gotten the car from his sister, who had busted the front air dam in a parking mishap. At about 180mph, the front end would start lifting up.

My buddy would sometimes borrow the car from his brother.... always an interesting ride, particularly when you have a blow out at 160mph.

Good times....the car was legendary around these parts.

/I miss car cruising, too.


This is a Mazda Mirage. The car in the video is a Chevrolet Monza.
 
2013-06-01 12:52:56 PM
That turned out pretty well. I was afraid that once they had a decent 350 instead of the tired 305 that they would then break the transmission or rear end (to the best of my knowledge, it would have come from the factory with a Saginaw four speed, and they aren't too strong). The goal was to make an entertaining video, and they did.
 
2013-06-01 12:53:07 PM
I havent ever watched this show, but i am certainly going to now. very entertaining!
 
2013-06-01 12:56:01 PM

porcelainmonkey: LesserEvil: In High School (early 80s), my best friend's brother had a 1977 Monza Mirage

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He had replaced the engine with a 350 he had built, 4:11 posi rear end... it pushed over 500hp and he boasted he could crank the engine to 10k rpm -  and the car was FAST. He would race motorcycles down at the local racing hangout in Flint (St. Johns st). Unfortunately, it had a small issue... he had gotten the car from his sister, who had busted the front air dam in a parking mishap. At about 180mph, the front end would start lifting up.

My buddy would sometimes borrow the car from his brother.... always an interesting ride, particularly when you have a blow out at 160mph.

Good times....the car was legendary around these parts.

/I miss car cruising, too.

This is a Mazda Mirage. The car in the video is a Chevrolet Monza.


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Look again.

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2013-06-01 01:49:43 PM
I enjoyed that. That beard guy reminds me of someone but I can't figure out who.

It was a nostalgia boost too. I had a Buick Skyhawk hatchback. The sister car to the Monza shown. No V8 though. But the V6 I did have was pretty good.

Also good to see Hot Rod is still around. For about 10 years just after high school I never missed an issue of either Hot Rod or Car Craft.
 
2013-06-01 03:20:53 PM
Bummer, HS early eighties, no Monza CSB.
 
2013-06-01 04:15:00 PM
My dad has/had a 75 Monza with a stock 350. Bought it new off the showroom floor. That thing was a beast - absolutely amazing. We keep talking about restoring it as a father-daughter thing...(one can only hope).
 
2013-06-01 04:35:46 PM

LesserEvil: porcelainmonkey: LesserEvil: In High School (early 80s), my best friend's brother had a 1977 Monza Mirage

[img2u.info image 575x400]
He had replaced the engine with a 350 he had built, 4:11 posi rear end... it pushed over 500hp and he boasted he could crank the engine to 10k rpm -  and the car was FAST. He would race motorcycles down at the local racing hangout in Flint (St. Johns st). Unfortunately, it had a small issue... he had gotten the car from his sister, who had busted the front air dam in a parking mishap. At about 180mph, the front end would start lifting up.

My buddy would sometimes borrow the car from his brother.... always an interesting ride, particularly when you have a blow out at 160mph.

Good times....the car was legendary around these parts.

/I miss car cruising, too.

This is a Mazda Mirage. The car in the video is a Chevrolet Monza.

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Look again.

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Here's a bit of trivia that makes his confusion strangely coincidental:

Chevrolet initially intended the Monza to be the first production car powered by its Wankel engine. Since that engine never made it into production a V8 was one of the available powerplant options used in place of it.
Carrera Chevrolet Dekon Monza - IMSA 1977
 
2013-06-01 06:31:42 PM
Judging from the video the insurance on that shop must be insane.
 
2013-06-01 07:37:11 PM
1) I enjoyed the video--would love a visit to "Texas Mile" or "Ohio Mile" just to let one of my cars (bone stock family stuff) wind itself out fully.

2) Hot Rod magazine these days is putting out some special issues with photos from their files (lots of 50s-early-60s), including lots of unpublished stuff. Good reading while your wife wanders around Target!

3) And I hereby endorse what notabunny said about early-80s cheap horsepower, when you could do a lot of wrenching on your own cars. I was a witness more than a participant, but will vouch for it all.

4) I should've bought more "speed parts" back then when they were (relatively) plentiful in the boneyards. When space is tight, you can still put a bunch of cool parts in the back of your garage, when "deep storage" for a whole car is impossible.
 
2013-06-01 08:28:22 PM
5 Leaf blowers and I thought of this.

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2013-06-01 09:06:02 PM
Monzas are H bodies, same chassis as the Vega. A few years ago, Jeff Schwartz built a Vega coupe for the Car Craft Real Street Eliminator contest. Here were the specs:
What: '72 Chevy Vega
Engine: Stock all-aluminum '04 5.3L with an LS1 intake, NOS 150hp Fogger kit, and custom Schwartz exhaust
Transmission: TH350 with B&M 10-inch 3,000-stall speed converter
Rearend: '99 S10 8.5-inch 10-bolt with 3.42:1 Truetrac limited slip


It didn't win, but it did pretty well.

And here it is tearing it up at an autocross. Sadly, I understand the car was wrecked.
 
2013-06-01 09:33:15 PM
Okay, I learned what a Monza was and Chevy did produce a 5.0 motor.  Now onto something new.
 
2013-06-02 12:52:37 AM
That was pretty entertaining.  Kind of like Mythbusters meets Dukes of Hazard.
I kind of want to trick out a car now....but my '94 Toyota looks like a rubber jellyfish having sex with an aluminum octopus under the hood.  I wouldn't know where to start.
 
2013-06-02 04:04:32 AM

Two_Noodles: That was pretty entertaining.  Kind of like Mythbusters meets Dukes of Hazard.
I kind of want to trick out a car now....but my '94 Toyota looks like a rubber jellyfish having sex with an aluminum octopus under the hood.  I wouldn't know where to start.


Cut the springs and put some go fast stickers on that shiat.  Then get a non functional wing and a fake blow off speaker.
 
2013-06-02 01:36:34 PM
I like the Roadkill series.  The episodes where the hosts have to pull off some sort of challenge on the cheap are the best.  It's like Top Gear but with two guys who can actually fix their own cars.
 
2013-06-02 08:46:48 PM
That guy is an idiot.  I wouldn't take that car over 90 w/o a cage.
 
2013-06-02 08:47:47 PM

lewismarktwo: Two_Noodles: That was pretty entertaining.  Kind of like Mythbusters meets Dukes of Hazard.
I kind of want to trick out a car now....but my '94 Toyota looks like a rubber jellyfish having sex with an aluminum octopus under the hood.  I wouldn't know where to start.

Cut the springs and put some go fast stickers on that shiat.  Then get a non functional wing and a fake blow off speaker.


Don't forget the beer can exhaust.
 
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