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Old 07-17-2008, 03:25 PM   #1
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Accrdwgnguy : 1983 Chevrolet Malibu Wagon

Well guys here is my project car. Its still in pieces right now but I should have her mostly back together by the end of the summer.



>>>Drivetrain<<<
Stock 229 (3.8L) V6 :
TH350 w/Lockup converter
Coming Soon - Built TPI 305; V8 T5 5 Speed swap
3.73 Non-Posi rear from 87 Monte SS

>>>Exterior<<<
NO RUST
Bodywork almost done, in primer
Deleted Roof rack
Deleted side moldings
Factory spoiler added

>>>Interior<<<
Bench seat up front (love it)
Converting to Black from factory blue
Clean (gotta love low mile granny cars)
Factory A/C (the only option on this thing)

>>>Suspension<<<
Ordered and on its way!
PST Front end poly kit
PST rear control arm bushings
Moog 5660 Front springs
Moog cargo coils in the rear
F41 OEM frame braces
Monroe Gas-matics

>>>Wheels<<<
14" Olds Cutlass rally wheels, painted black (for now)
Future -
15" Camaro RS 5 spoke alloys/ BF Goodrich Radial T/A's
15x7" Steelies and 60's sleeper caps

>>>Audio/Electronics<<<
1993 Buick Century AM/FM/Tape player

>>>Future Plans<<<
Many

Maybe if you guys are nice I'll let you in on my engine build plans. Lets just say it'll be good for 300-350 hp and 17-22 mpg (with an overdrive tranny of course) BTW I know you guys are cool I was just kidding. On to a few more pics!






Why you should wax your car. The clean line at the top is where the pinstripe was.


Yes i stripped it bare, the paint was in bad shape.

More pics here -

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Old 07-17-2008, 03:26 PM   #2
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Old 07-19-2008, 12:19 AM   #3
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I like the wheels.

Get an exhaust cut out valve jus for shits and giggles.
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Old 12-23-2008, 11:02 PM   #4
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Thats awesome dude! I love those old malibu wagons...and pretty much any chevrolet for that matter. What EFI set up are you going with? TPI 350 or LT1 maybe?
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Old 12-23-2008, 11:50 PM   #5
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That's really funny - I saw the title of the thread and I'm thinking, "Whats the likelyhood it's the same color blue as my dad's..?"

My dad bought it brand new, first new car we got since I was born. The only thing different where you have dark blue we had the woodgrain vinyl covering, with trim. The whole back of the wagon was always coated in armor all so when we rode in the back we'd slide all over. I think there's a big trap door where the spare tire is underneath?

Nice find, brings back lots of memories.
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Old 12-26-2008, 04:43 PM   #6
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Just curious, but do you really think that car hasn't rolled over its ODO? I mean, its only 5 digits.
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Old 12-28-2008, 09:51 PM   #7
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Hey someone bumped up this thread! Good to know there are other Chevy guys on this site

It's really a great car, much simpler than the Hondas. I plan on using a TPI or TBI setup on the 350. I like the TBI setup because it can easily be disguised as a carb setup for the old school look, But TPI's are pretty slick looking as well.

It's possible the odo rolled over, but the always garaged, grandma car story seems to make sense. The frame is still very solid(these cars are known for the rear frame rails rotting out) and had very little thru rust except for the smashed up doors.
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Old 12-28-2008, 10:09 PM   #8
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lovin the plates..you could make that wag scream down a track..im curious to see where you go with it..
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Old 12-28-2008, 10:25 PM   #9
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another Chevy/Honda guy here, hmmmmmmmmm

my toy





83 with a fresh 350 w/ TH350 trans,headers-dual exhaust. TPI waiting to go in just need the cash for the stand-alone harness.
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Old 12-29-2008, 01:09 AM   #10
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Wow this is cool...I didnt know there were so many other Honda/Chevrolet guys here!

Yeah TBI is good for the old-school carb look, but as far as performance and efficiency, port injection is definately the way to go. I'm still trying to decide what my next bowtie project will be. But whatever it is, I'll be packing a LT1 or LS engine thats for sure!

I've even been toying with the idea of stuffing a LS2 in my S2000. If I do, I'm gonna change my license plate to "LS2K"
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Old 12-29-2008, 01:17 PM   #12
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Bobby- Nice project man! Malibu wagons are harder to find than Accord wagons, looks like you got a good one too. So you're going for the standalone harness? I was told by a few people that I can use the camaro engine harness and it would plug right in to the Malibu's dash harness. But a nice new harness is very nice to have. Keep me updated on your project man!
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gonna go to the locker tomorrow and take some fresher pics
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Would the El Camino Choo Choo Customs SS nose bolt onto the Wagon?

I know that there was some work to get the Monte SS nose onto the El Camino, but I feel like that nose on the wagon would really make it stand out.
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Old 01-04-2009, 12:03 AM   #15
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Would the El Camino Choo Choo Customs SS nose bolt onto the Wagon?

I know that there was some work to get the Monte SS nose onto the El Camino, but I feel like that nose on the wagon would really make it stand out.
It would, as the El Camino shares its front sheet metal with the Malibus. But I'm not really a fan of the SS nose, so I'm going with a classic look by keeping the stock plain bumpers.

Of course I have many different options, thanks to Lauren Engineering. There are fiberglass stock bumpers, front fiberglass flush fit bumpers, rear roll pan, many ground effect kits, etc. http://www.laureneng.com/
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You really ARE a "wgnguy"

I love that gen Malibu. A guy at work has a 79 coupe with a 350 and 232(?) gears AND AC, lol. He's thinking about putting a 9" rear end on it and maybe doing an LS1 swap out of a mid-90s TA, the turboing it. Either that or he's gonna sell everything, 350 and LS1 for like $5500.

Its not a bad little car. Body and INT are in really good shape too. I love how both you and bobby have wagons.

I may not own a Chevy, but working for GM, ive started to kinda take a liking to domestics. Im gonna keep my eye on this. Im really curious to see how it turns out.
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Old 01-04-2009, 09:55 AM   #18
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I never seen this yet. You should throw some 22's on it. You wanna trade plates. I would love to have that plate on my wagon.
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Old 01-06-2009, 12:23 PM   #19
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Does this wagon have similarities in powertrain/drivetrain to 1987 Pontiac Safari wagons? My grandpa had one, it was that burgundy color inside and out. It had a 305 ci motor in it. Great car, lasted him a while. The body actually started to rust out before anything else really gave up. He ended up fixing the body, had it repainted, looked immaculate and then took it to AZ with him. Got into an accident, it's totalled now. That wagon was a tank. I remember getting into an accident running into back of someone (grandpa driving) at like 25-35 mph and it only put a wrinkle in the front fender.
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Does this wagon have similarities in powertrain/drivetrain to 1987 Pontiac Safari wagons? My grandpa had one, it was that burgundy color inside and out. It had a 305 ci motor in it. Great car, lasted him a while. The body actually started to rust out before anything else really gave up. He ended up fixing the body, had it repainted, looked immaculate and then took it to AZ with him. Got into an accident, it's totalled now. That wagon was a tank. I remember getting into an accident running into back of someone (grandpa driving) at like 25-35 mph and it only put a wrinkle in the front fender.
Yes similar in drivetrain, alltho my wagon has the V6 version of the 305. Yup RWD GM's are hard to kill, they just screwed up switching to FWD.

The thing I like about the 80's GM's is that they are like legos, such as I can use the 12" front brakes from the Caprice wagons and cop cars to replace the puny 10" fronts on mine, by switching the spindle, upper control arm, and master cylinder form the Caprice, and rotors from a Iroc Camaro (to keep the same lug pattern).

And a little update, I found a TPI 350 from an 88 F-bird, seized needs a rebuild, and a 1985 V8 T5 Camaro 5 speed, needs 2nd gears. Waiting to hear back about my offer on both. Yeahhhhh

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