Schwartz Performance Now Offers First-Gen Monte Chassis

Thanks to Schwartz Performance’s new bolt-in G-Machine Chassis, performance handling and a luxury-esque ride is now available for Chevrolet’s first-gen Monte Carlo.

When the Monte was introduced to the public as a 1970 model, the car provided a touch of luxury and style in a mid-size-car platform. The extra-long hood and classic two-door-coupe styling definitely provided a sense of sophistication over the Chevelle and other mid-size GM cars. Unfortunately, the car’s handling was fair at best.

The Schwartz G-Machine Chassis improves handling prowess by way of a frame that starts with a pair of heavy-duty mandrel-bent rectangular-steel frame rails that will bolt in place of the stock Monte frame. The factory body mount locations are utilized. No floor or body modifications are required.

first-gen monte chassis

The updated front suspension includes needle-bearing supported A-arms for smooth bind-free movement, along with separate caster and camber adjustments. Extra-long coilovers have been positioned at each corner to improve the handling and overall ride quality. A power-assisted steering rack-and-pinion and splined sway bars with billet connecting arms are provided as standard equipment.

When it comes to the rear suspension, you’ll find a triangulated four-bar system with bind-free, Teflon-lined spherical rod-ends coupled to a full-floating Moser 9-inch rearend. The rear section of the frame rails are narrowed enough to accommodate mini-tubs and a 355-section-width tire. The standard brake package includes a set of 13-inch six-piston Wilwood brakes on the front, and12-inch four-piston calipers grabbing the rotors on the rear. You can upgrade to larger brakes and systems which are also available.

The G-Machine Chassis is designed to accept nearly any Chevrolet drivetrain, and features an adjustable transmission mount. In fact, Schwartz Performance can even supply any engine you’re looking for. The choices range from a 2014+ LT1 and LT4, LS, or even an old-school small or big block. Go to Schwartz Performance to start building the perfect chassis for your first-gen Monte Carlo.

The Basics

  • Engineered to bolt to the factory body mounts with no body mods required.
  • Lighter, yet stronger, with reduced flex for a solid base to support high horsepower.
  • Designed with the longest coilovers in the industry to deliver the best ride.
  • Full floating 9-inch rearend is supplied with a new third member and Truetrac unit.
  • Splined sway bars with billet arms and bind-free nylon bushings assure flat cornering.

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Randy Bolig

Randy Bolig has been working on cars and has been involved in the hobby ever since he bought his first car when he was only 14 years old. His passion for performance got him noticed by many locals, and he began helping them modify their vehicles.
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