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Old 11-02-2010, 08:14 AM
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Well, Here it is...My 78 2 Dr Malibu. My son and I were out joyriding one day (isn't that how all good finds happen?) and came across this car. After talking to the owner who was in need of cash to help out a friend, I picked her up for $475. The former owner wasn't sure if she would make the 20 mile trip to my house, but she did, with no problem, aside from a real soft brake pedal.

Here is was when I got it.







Cleaned her up a bit, and decided to look at the engine code. The VIN said it was supposed to have a L6 in it. The prior owner thought it was a 305. the engine code under the alternator said SUF

Turns out its a L69 305HO from a 84 Monte SS. I wondered why it seemed so good of a runner. I think for once I made out. I am a bit puzzled on the Holley carb, as I never worked on them. I have a friend who says they are a good carb. I personally am thinking TPI on it...

Then I started cleaning her a bit...looks better now for sure...











I have done some more work, and this is what we have now. I think the mirrors are wrong. I took the Holley off and replaced it with a quadrajet.











Found a replacement dash in the local pick n pull for 25 bucks. Also got most of the trim.




There will be much more to come...

Shawn
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Old 11-02-2010, 11:28 AM
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Old 11-02-2010, 02:02 PM
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Great find! There were only 2 styles of mirrors back then and you have the sport style. Here are the other ones. I'll trade if you were looking for these.
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Old 11-02-2010, 05:45 PM
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Good luck with your build !!!! Keep posting progress pic's...
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Old 11-02-2010, 06:24 PM
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Looks like a pretty decent starting point!
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Old 11-02-2010, 09:27 PM
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Well, I like the sport mirrors, but for some reason they don't seem to look right. Maybe they are too low, I don't know...Just somethings not right.

I like the aero style the newer montes had, but I'm sure they wont bolt up.

Shawn
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Old 11-03-2010, 01:22 PM
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Well, I like the sport mirrors, but for some reason they don't seem to look right. Maybe they are too low, I don't know...Just somethings not right.

I like the aero style the newer montes had, but I'm sure they wont bolt up.

Shawn
You would need to drill holes.
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Old 11-03-2010, 01:49 PM
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Nice start, father son projects are a good experience.
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Old 11-03-2010, 07:57 PM
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78FLMalibu,
Your Bu looks like a very good starting point for your father/son project! good luck!

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Old 11-06-2010, 06:34 AM
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Gonna keep my eyes on this build, can't wait to see how it turns out!
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Old 11-06-2010, 03:15 PM
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Old 11-12-2010, 04:46 AM
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nice ride ,,i am a fan of the yellow ,,below is a pic of my old 1 other than different year it looks almost a clone to yours ,,,,, not that this matters but looks like yours has 79 style rear lights and a 78 style grill ,,,,none the less looking foreward to seeing progress nice find and GL
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Old 11-26-2010, 09:57 PM
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Here's a quick update...it's 11/26/10.

Been tinkering with the engine bay. Went to a swap meet here (its every month) and found a few things...



Grabbed this rebuilt Q-jet off a guy who was packing up for the day...Got it for only $40. Not too bad on that.



In the picture, you can see the new distributor with super coil, the Mallory wires, and My son acquisitioned the chrome air cleaner and valve covers for his 3rd gen camaro. The alternator is High output and the sport mirrors came off a 79 Malibu wagon. Grand total of all this...135.00. I should call this a budget build...



All my interior parts from a donor Monte Carlo...I think it was a 87. All I need now are the seats and the carpet.

Much more to come...

Shawn
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Old 11-27-2010, 08:49 AM
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It's a great buy for what you paid for it.............I'm sure you guys will enjoy the project together..btw, how are the floors and rear frame rails???
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