Bryan M 1980 Chevrolet Monza 2+2 Sport 2dr Hatchback Coupe

When was the last time you saw a Monza?

My first car was an '80 Monza Coupe. Worst car ever, leaked a litre of oil a week, rotten front end, just not something to be proud of, till I learned the Monza came in a Sport Hatchback. Love at first sight. Despite the experience of my first Monza, the second was everything I hoped for, but little did I know, Canada's climate and salt had already sunk her claws in it. I swore I would always get another one, one that wouldn't rot out from under me ... and a Spyder. 2001 came along and the hunt began. Found a dusty, tired old '80 Monza Spyder sitting in a parking lot in Torrance, CA via the internet. A one-way ticket, a rebuilt carb, and I was ready to drive this dusty old thing 4,000 kms home. Half an hour into the trip, the rad blew, not a positive start. Next day, the historically low oil pressure of the old 231 V6 rears it's ugly head and doesn't want to keep the car running at idle, which is a real pain during hours of stop-and-go cottage traffic in southern Wyoming. But despite the early setbacks it made the trip, crossed the country and the border and became a Canadian. The rebuild and restoration took about 2 years, with a lot of blood, sweat, more blood, lots of cursing and more blood and tears and threats of crushing, drowning and dismantling. Looks like it was worth the effort. Everyone and their Mother has a Mustang or a Camaro. Walk into any decent part's store and you can build one from a catalogue. Not so with a Monza. I had to scour the internet to find everything used and rebuild/restore it for use in the Spyder. A true rebuild, in every sense of the word. The best part, it never sees the winter so it should last far longer than the others I had previously. The engine is the original 3.8. I have always wanted an 8-cylinder Monza but the V8 was dropped in 1980 and I wanted to keep this Spyder as original as possible, so the 3.8 stayed. A little bored out, a little stronger, and the necessary high pressure oil pump and she runs as strong as ever, with a few more HP for fun. Like the title says, when was the last time you saw Monza on the road, 5, 10, 20 years ago? Nothing like owning a true original ... 1980 Chevrolet Monza Spyder.

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