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Post by MarchingFalcon on Mon May 30, 2016 9:59 pm

Hello, I am 15 yrs old and I just bought my first car.. a sweet 1977 Malibu Classic Landau. It is a one owner survivor, awesome condition! It has the 305 2 Barrel with a Turbo 350 tranny. I am going to put duals on it and want to do it right. I just found a double hump crossmember off a 74 El Camino.. I have heard that they will fit, is this true? Thanks for the info and I will post pics of my new ride soon.
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Post by Joe73 on Mon May 30, 2016 10:06 pm

Yes, the 74 dual hump crossmember will bolt in and allow you to install dual exhaust easier.
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Post by Mcarlo77 on Tue May 31, 2016 12:03 am

Ummm...not so fast. El Camino dual humps are shorter. Not sure off the top of my head on length but, if memory serves, they are 2-3" inches shorter due to frame design. I do know the Chevelle/Malibu/Monte has an O.A.L. of about 52 1/2" and a ctr-to-ctr mtg bolt dimension of about 51 1/4". This is not to say it can't be modified with extensions to fit, however.
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Post by Limey SE on Tue May 31, 2016 12:08 am

NO El Caminos will be shorter due to the Boxed frame It will not in my Experience fit

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Post by Joe73 on Tue May 31, 2016 6:46 am

Good point, forgot about the caminos.
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Post by MarchingFalcon on Tue May 31, 2016 12:05 pm

That is what I thought!! I knew I read it somewhere. The owner of the cross member swears it will fit.. but I was suspicious. I guess I will end up notching my existing cross member..

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Post by Limey SE on Tue May 31, 2016 12:23 pm

I have a Friend in Wisconsin has on for sale for 175 plus ship if Interested, but you can notch it I did it to my Old car

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Post by Joe73 on Tue May 31, 2016 12:46 pm

If you can get the double hump for a good price, I'd mod that instead.
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Post by Limey SE on Tue May 31, 2016 12:55 pm

MarchingFalcon wrote:That is what I thought!! I knew I read it somewhere. The owner of the cross member swears it will fit.. but I was suspicious. I guess I will end up notching my existing cross member..

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Post by MarchingFalcon on Wed Jun 01, 2016 4:41 pm

They guy is asking $85.00 for the Elky cross member.. I will just go ahead and modify my original, as in the long run it will be easier. I will keep a lookout for the correct cross member and get one for the right price

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Post by MarchingFalcon on Wed Jun 01, 2016 4:50 pm

Here are a couple of pics of my 77 when I picked it up around Christmas

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Post by Joe73 on Wed Jun 01, 2016 4:52 pm

Very nice!!! I always liked the white interiors.
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Post by Mcarlo77 on Wed Jun 01, 2016 5:26 pm

Good looking car! I'm a little partial to red on white interiors, too. Looks like it's in awesome shape. Keep it out of the sun or that white plastic will quickly disintegrate.
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Post by 73ss on Wed Jun 01, 2016 5:48 pm

Nice to see the younger generation taking the torch. Wish my kid showed a little more interest. Great looking car.
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Post by MarchingFalcon on Wed Jun 01, 2016 9:40 pm

My dad's first car was a 77 Malibu 2 door as well.. he also had a 75 Laguna S3 that he restored (that he wishes he would have never sold) We are a 2 door Chevy family.. as dad's daily driver is a 2006 Monte SS with the LS4 5.3L...
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Post by thatfnthing on Thu Jun 02, 2016 8:41 am

Nice car!
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Post by Hawk03 on Thu Jun 02, 2016 9:47 am

Nice! Looks like my car I had in high school, which I still have - sort of since I replaced most of the metal with stuff from different cars. My interior is the same scheme except I have buckets instead of a bench.
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Post by JB2wheeler on Thu Jun 02, 2016 7:29 pm

G Force makes a fantastic crossmember. It's pricey, but worth the money if you can afford it. They were being sold on Ebay and at one of the major aftermarket transmisson places, last time I looked. JB
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Post by MarchingFalcon on Thu Jun 02, 2016 9:02 pm

Thanks for all the input, but I ended up finding and purchasing a correct double hump from one of the members here on the site..What a great group!! I have another question, is the cross member the same on the A body as the G body? As I have a friend with a 77 Cutlass that wants to do the same as me, purchase the correct cross member for duals.

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Post by ant7377 on Thu Jun 02, 2016 9:35 pm

The Cutlass was not a G until 78. I think those cross members are different. I know the one under a Buick is different. Good luck with your car looks nice.
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Post by Limey SE on Thu Jun 02, 2016 9:54 pm

Olds, Buicks, Pontiacs and Chevy from 73-77 will interchange the Cross members once you go up a year all bets are off I had a Buick stamped one under both my 76 Malibu and 77 Cutlass

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Post by Limey SE on Thu Jun 02, 2016 11:02 pm

JB2wheeler wrote:G Force makes a fantastic crossmember. It's pricey, but worth the money if you can afford it. They were being sold on Ebay and at one of the major aftermarket transmisson places, last time I looked. JB

Yup I have one going under the SE for Future plans hmmmmm  Is he at it again NOT YET

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Post by thatfnthing on Fri Jun 03, 2016 8:49 am

I have that same exact piece holding up my 200-4R -- it is well worth the money.
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Post by ant7377 on Fri Jun 03, 2016 9:03 am

I have one too, but from I think the guys name was Scott ,he had a white 73 Monte that drag raced. Have not seen him on here in a while. He did fabrication work.
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Post by Limey SE on Fri Jun 03, 2016 10:00 am

^^^ Yupper Scott aka Compucar racing I think was his Business name

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