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We transform a 1987 Monte Carlo SS Aerocoupe in just five days using parts from Jegs’ extensive catalog of speed parts

HOT ROD logo HOT ROD 9/2/2018 Steven Rupp
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For those that might have missed all the web coverage, we started this Week To Wicked build with a bone stock 1987 Monte Carlo SS Aerocoupe from Jegs High Performance. What's an Aerocoupe you ask? Well, G-body fans already know, but for the uninitiated this car first appeared in 1986 when just 200 examples were produced. Why so few? Well, back then NASCAR was actually tied to real cars and 200 was the magic number required by NASCAR for a model to be considered a true production car. Based on the Super Sport, it had an extremely sloped (25-degree angle) rear window and a shorter trunk lid with a flatter-than-normal rear spoiler. With these changes, the shape was much more conducive to slicing through the air at a NASCAR race. Dale Earnhardt went on to successfully race this Chevy for years. Aside from the 200 examples built in 1986, GM also churned out just over 6,000 examples in 1987. After that the Aerocoupe was discontinued.

Nothing on the car we started with helped with performance, but the biggest culprit was the anemic 180hp carbureted 305-inch engine. And that 180 number was pretty optimistic in terms of our 30-year-old G-body. The mushy suspension, vague steering, and mediocre brakes took a lot of fun out of driving the Monte. So, on Day 1 we removed all the worn, tired, and underperforming parts from the SS and started with a clean sheet of Chevy sheetmetal.

This cool ride belonged to Jegs so the performance fix was easy. Every part we needed for this week-long transformation came from Jegs and what showed up included both name brand parts and Jegs branded offerings. Like any build, we had to adapt and overcome, but the overall process was drama free even if it did require a few late nights in our tech center.

It was a long build process, but once we heard that stroker V-8 rumble to life and saw the car move under its own power, the long days were completely worth it. So, follow along and see how we transformed a sluggish G-body into something more in line with its NASCAR-inspired styling. We're just going to touch on the big items, but if you want a complete rundown of all the parts, including fittings and specialty tools used for this build be sure to visit www.jegs.com/week-to-wicked.

More on our Week to Wicked 1987 Monte Carlo Aerocoupe Build!

Week To Wicked: 1987 Monte Carlo Aerocoupe: Introduction

Week To Wicked: 1987 Monte Carlo Aerocoupe Day One Build Recap

Week To Wicked: 1987 Monte Carlo Aerocoupe Day Two Build Recap Engine Install

Week To Wicked: 1987 Monte Carlo Aerocoupe Day Three Build Recap Wiring, Plumbing, and EFI

Week To Wicked: Jegs 1987 Monte Carlo SS Aerocoupe Day Four Build Recap

Week To Wicked: Jegs 1987 Monte Carlo SS Aerocoupe Day Five Build Recap It Lives!!

We transform a 1987 Monte Carlo SS Aerocoupe in just five days using parts from Jegs' extensive catalog of speed parts

Photography by Steven Rupp

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