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Post by 02GTFL on Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:40 pm

Hi there...

I actually joined this forum after finding it through Google, back in 2016, while searching for parts. I don't think I ever introduced myself, then.

Currently I own a 1974 Malibu Classic 2-door, with a stock small block (350) and a 4-speed. The car was originally a 3-on-the-tree. 7-years ago, my brother and I converted it to the 4-speed. This car was purchased new by my since deceased grand dad, passed on to my uncle, who passed it on to my now deceased younger brother (2016). Since I had helped him do a lot of work to it, he left it to me. My intention is to keep this car indefinitely and fix all the problems it has as a tribute to my late grand dad and brother.

This is my second 73-77 G body. I previously had a 73 El Camino with the original 454, for about 16 years. I sold that car back in 2014, as it needed way more work than I wanted to do to it.

I may not post up a bunch, however, I will definitely use this forum for references and technical help. I'll certainly chime in if I can help with something.

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Post by clanceman427 on Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:21 pm

Awesome a 4 speed! Pics please!
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Post by thatfnthing on Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:35 pm

Welcome!
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Post by fasrnur on Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:38 pm

Welcome. Great back story sir and I'm sure both your grand dad and brother would be of you for your intentions.

You said you and your brother converted it to a 4 speed? I bet it looks a little like this, but probably has buckets in it.
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Post by 02GTFL on Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:01 am

fasrnur wrote:Welcome. Great back story sir and I'm sure both your grand dad and brother would be of you for your intentions.

You said you and your brother converted it to a 4 speed? I bet it looks a little like this, but probably has buckets in it.

Yes... it actually looks a lot like that, except with a factory type shifter and not nearly as clean!

Thank you all for the welcomes too!

I'm trying to work out the pictures thing here. I've done a little searching for directions on how, but can't seem to find anything. I guess it's easier to ask for a link... LOL.
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Post by 02GTFL on Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:22 am

OK, I fgured it out. Here they are:






These were taken when I got the car out of storage a couple years ago. Appearance wise, nothing has changed since.

Things I've done, so far:
Completely new front brakes and metal brake lines
New quick ratio steering box and all power steering components
Oil Change
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Post by clanceman427 on Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:10 am

Looks cool, bench seat with 4 speed awesome!
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Post by SSTOOLMAN on Tue Apr 24, 2018 2:03 pm

02GTFL wrote:OK, I fgured it out. Here they are:






These were taken when I got the car out of storage a couple years ago. Appearance wise, nothing has changed since.

Things I've done, so far:
Completely new front brakes and metal brake lines
New quick ratio steering box and all power steering components
Oil Change

I am considering changing to a quick ratio steering box, which one did you go with and how do you like it?
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Post by fasrnur on Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:49 pm






Thanks 02GTFL but it hasn't always looked this way. It was a true barn find but was in decent shape. If you look closely at the number of pedals under the dash, you'll notice there's only two. Very Happy I have to point that out a lot when people tell me it's cool that I have a 4 speed. I've done a little work under the hood since I got it too.

Yours looks great sir.
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Post by 02GTFL on Fri Apr 27, 2018 1:21 pm

fasrnur wrote:
Thanks 02GTFL but it hasn't always looked this way. It was a true barn find but was in decent shape. If you look closely at the number of pedals under the dash, you'll notice there's only two. Very Happy I have to point that out a lot when people tell me it's cool that I have a 4 speed. I've done a little work under the hood since I got it too.

Yours looks great sir.

Thanks... the pictures do mine a lot of justice though!  Laughing

I didn't even notice the 2 pedals, just saw the shifter. By the way, this one still has the bench seat, too. I plan on keeping that!
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Post by 02GTFL on Fri Apr 27, 2018 1:26 pm

SSTOOLMAN wrote:
I am considering changing to a quick ratio steering box, which one did you go with and how do you like it?

https://www.rockauto.com/en/parts/bbb+/+vision-oe,5030104,steering+gear,7416

It's 2.5 turns lock-to-lock. Stock was 3.75 to 4 turns. It was a bolt-in affair, too.
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Post by thatfnthing on Fri Apr 27, 2018 2:09 pm

02GTFL wrote:
SSTOOLMAN wrote:
I am considering changing to a quick ratio steering box, which one did you go with and how do you like it?

https://www.rockauto.com/en/parts/bbb+/+vision-oe,5030104,steering+gear,7416

It's 2.5 turns lock-to-lock. Stock was 3.75 to 4 turns. It was a bolt-in affair, too.

Which currently reports as out-of-stock. FWIW, the stock G3 Monte steering box is also 2.5 turns lock to lock. Rumor has it the G3 Grand Prix one is also. So those might be options for you.
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