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#1 Prototype007

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 07:10 AM

This is my dads old Malibu.  His parents bought it new I believe and they drove it until he got old enough to drive.  He drove the car whenever he wasn't doing his Camaro and C-10 thing.  Car was sold to my uncle (The Legendary "You No Uh Touchie Kenny's Cuppy") at some point and he drove the car until something broke.  Then my dad purchased it back and it sat ever since.  I can remember burying my first dog as a kid and seeing the car sitting in the same spot that it is today.

Dad believes it has a piston broke in it, Uncle thought there was some cylinder head/valvetrain damage.  I don't know and don't care.  I'll be supplying my own drivetrain for it.

Car is a triple black SBC 400, th350 transmission, and 7.5 10 bolt rear as it sits.  I'd like to have a carbed. SBC/LTX w/ 1 stage plate kit or fogger, Powerglide, and 9" Rear, but it will be whatever it takes to just make it mobile.


This is what it looked like after spending a few hours with a Machete.  What you see around the edges of the photo is exactly how it was all grown up against the car.  Good thing I had an extremely sharp machete that wasn't flimsy.

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And here's a some closer photos.  From what I can tell is mostly surface rust, except for the driver side fender.

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Been a while since she's had tags on her!
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Check out the Datsun logo instead of Nissan!
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And the driver side
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Worst spot I could see without being under the car.
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Nothing is safe when I'm armed with this stuff lol!
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Now for the interior... makes me sad.
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After you make your pass, give it to joe to see what it's really capable of.

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 09:41 AM

Whooo.... This will be a good project. Keep posting pics this will be an awesome transformation/revival. lol

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 12:07 PM

Heard about this car for years, but never saw it. Be sure to check the rear rails they are known to rust. Welcome to the G Body Mafia buddy!
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Posted 06 May 2014 - 12:15 PM

Interesting build
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Posted 06 May 2014 - 12:33 PM

I told him the same thing, im gonna go look the car over for him to check the body side of it. id just put a wash job on it and drive it. be a good sleeper, car is pretty straight from the pics.

its also pretty rare to have a Malibu that's got a console and buckets, almost all the malibus ive seen are bench seat and column shift.

as big rod said.. welcome to the G-Body family!
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Posted 06 May 2014 - 03:29 PM

Dad said the only options that wasn't taken for the car was a 4 speed manual and something else I can't recall.

Getting ready to go back again and cut down some more brush and start spraying PB Blaster on everything again, including the brakes.
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Posted 06 May 2014 - 05:34 PM

GREG JR..........


Dash cracked or anything or is it just the seats that are destroyed?
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Posted 06 May 2014 - 05:37 PM

View Postdrummerdawg, on 06 May 2014 - 05:34 PM, said:

GREG JR..........

No.

View Postdrummerdawg, on 06 May 2014 - 05:34 PM, said:

Dash cracked or anything or is it just the seats that are destroyed?

I believe the dash is cracked in several places.  

Good thing about these cars they make carbon fiber or fiberglass replacements for reasonable prices and have the factory layout to them.
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Posted 06 May 2014 - 05:38 PM

Believe it or not, I've got the tires holding air.

More pics to come soon!
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Posted 06 May 2014 - 07:14 PM

I'm in the car!  Not a damn one of these keys work for anything inside or outside the car either lol!
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Posted 06 May 2014 - 09:05 PM

Pictures from today's progress.  None of the keys worked at all.

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All the numbers have worn off
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If I was still wearing contacts I'd totally be rocking these bad boys, broken or not!
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Posted 06 May 2014 - 10:22 PM

Nice and crusty lol
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Posted 06 May 2014 - 10:38 PM

Make sure you load up on allergy meds.
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Posted 07 May 2014 - 05:28 AM

View PostLacey J, on 06 May 2014 - 10:38 PM, said:

Make sure you load up on allergy meds.

Pretty sure I've already overdosed on them!
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Posted 07 May 2014 - 09:21 AM

LOL I wouldnt even wash those glasses. Id put them on just like that. The dirt looks rather stylish. LOL

Interior is pretty worn though. What's your plan? Replace it all?

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 09:41 AM

View PostKroric, on 07 May 2014 - 09:21 AM, said:

LOL I wouldnt even wash those glasses. Id put them on just like that. The dirt looks rather stylish. LOL

Interior is pretty worn though. What's your plan? Replace it all?

I just put the shades back up.

As for interior I'm going to see what can be saved and cost, versus cost of replacing everything.  The dash is junk, so I'll replace it with a fiberglass replica or carbon fiber version.  I'm all for reducing weight while I'm at it because these cars are heavy!
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Posted 07 May 2014 - 04:43 PM

Looks like there may be plenty of mold, surprised you are still alive.
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Posted 07 May 2014 - 07:41 PM

View Postdrummerdawg, on 07 May 2014 - 04:43 PM, said:

Looks like there may be plenty of mold, surprised you are still alive.

Oh I've been wearing gloves and eating allergy pills anyways.  If I can find my respirator, I'm going to start using it as well.

I found 5 more door/trunk keys and an ignition key and none of them worked.  Going to continue my search.
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Posted 07 May 2014 - 08:53 PM

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here is a good place to breakdown the vin number to see its build sheet
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Posted 07 May 2014 - 09:16 PM

Progress to report!

I had some things about the car I needed to ask and my uncle had owned and drove the car until it came to the end of its journey, so I asked him since it's at his place.

He explained some things, gave me some good laughs, and handed the keys for the car to me.  All 3 keys.  The ignition switch, the doors, and even the gas lid.  Where was these keys to be found at?  His current key chain...

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The rear tires are still holding air.  Fronts are flat.

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here is a good place to breakdown the vin number to see its build sheet

Damn I wish I would have seen this before I left.

Story goes that the instrument cluster was a mistake from GM and the car was bought as a leftover.
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