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Weekly Whip Ep. 6: 2002 Monte Carlo SS

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2002 Monte Carlo SS

2002 Monte Carlo SS

Will Matthews

Will Matthews

2002 Monte Carlo SS

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This week we spoke to Anthony Reis, the owner of a highly modified Chevrolet Monte Carlo. This is a perfect example of someone taking a car that would be fairly unremarkable if left in stock, or unaltered condition, but it has been made special by an owner who cares about his ride and wants it to stand out.

What model/year is it?

It’s a 2002 Monte Carlo SS.

Is it manual or automatic?

It’s an automatic, sadly.

Is it naturally aspirated?

Yeah.

How did you get it?

After working for a couple of years, I decided to start my first project car, and I found this thing. It was originally white, and it looked really bad, but I’ve made it look really nice with a bunch of touch ups like new paint and a new bodykit.

How much has it cost you overall?

The original car was about $8000, and I’ve put about $5000 into it.

All that by yourself?

Yeah.

How much power does it make?

It makes about 315 horsepower.

Have you made any additions to it?

We’ve done a lot. We’ve added a front bumper body-kit, a cold air intake, custom exhaust and powder coated rims. The whole car has also been painted, it used to be white, and I got brand new blacked out headlights.

What’s your favorite memory with the car?

My favorite memory would be the first car meet I brought it to. It was a Cars and Coffee event in Morrisville. There were a lot of supercars, and I met a lot of people who are pretty good connections for car guys.

I notice that you have a fire extinguisher in the trunk, why is that?

Because drift.

Do you drift with it?

Once in a while, yeah.

Have you ever set your tires on fire?

I’m not so worried about the tires, it’s the brakes that I’m more worried about. The car would be ruined if the brakes caught fire. They can get really hot, because I use the e-brake when I’m drifting, and that can make them catch fire. There’s a lot of videos on YouTube of that happening. Just in case, I have my fire extinguisher.

We saw that you also have a 1977 Chevy Nova.

Yeah, me and my dad recently invested in a 1977 Nova. It’s got a 305 and we’re going to do a 350 swap. We already have the built 350, and we should be able to install it in the next few weeks. Right now it’s being worked on, we’re replacing brakes all around, and then I’ll start driving it to school sometimes.

What’s your favorite car in the Green Hope parking lot this year, other than yours?

I really do like Josh’s Eclipse, the convertible one. There’s also a 350z around here with a Furious 7 plate. I think my favorite car would be Gabe Buslov’s Camaro, which parks right next to me. He needs a louder exhaust though.

 

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