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Post by FumiyoG3 on Fri May 17, 2019 4:04 pm

wow, never seen a factory swivel wagon. I asked for a pic of the cowl tag. I'll post if I get one. Too bad it's in Texas and not closer, otherwise i'd have to bid on it. BTW, there's another wagon parked next to it also.
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Post by Mcarlo77 on Fri May 17, 2019 6:44 pm

Ha...I wonder what was going thru the original owners head when he/she bought this with the swivel buckets and floor console? Probably reluctantly having to give up their sporty coupe due to need to haul a growing family...lol!

What's the going rate for a 454 motor, btw?
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Post by Limey SE on Fri May 17, 2019 6:47 pm

Rebuilder goes for around 250 and up from there a Good running one verified is 1100 and up
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Post by bigredlaguna on Fri May 17, 2019 8:35 pm

I took the steering column out of a factory console/bucket seat wagon way back in 1994 or so. I wasn't as up on the rarity of these things back then, and I don't remember if the seats swiveled or engine/trans option. It was in a junkyard and I just wanted the column. So more than one person optioned these wagons at least with the bucket/console. Probably about 5 a year or so.
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Post by g3chevy on Fri May 17, 2019 8:43 pm

I'm in the Houston area so I feel I'm obligated to bid on this car since its only about 3-4 hours away. It would make an awesome sleeper!
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Post by ant7377 on Sat May 18, 2019 12:59 pm

Wow,really deserves to be put back in action. You can see it was built that way by everything weathered the same. Really needs to be saved and get redone.
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Post by eboklund73 on Sun May 19, 2019 2:48 pm

Just checking, but fender emblem is 400.

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Post by Mcarlo77 on Sun May 19, 2019 2:57 pm

Good eye! I didn't catch that. Hope potential bidders are paying attention as this could come back to bite the Seller.
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Post by eboklund73 on Sun May 19, 2019 3:03 pm

Still a rare one. Don't remember ever seeing a BB 400 in 74 for the wagons.

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Post by g3chevy on Sun May 19, 2019 8:06 pm

eboklund73 wrote:Still a rare one. Don't remember ever seeing a BB 400 in 74 for the wagons.

Glad you caught that 400 emblem. I was bidding on this vehicle under the premise it's all original. Makes sense now, the seller is not responding to any questions. I guess I'll pass on this one.
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Post by 73ss on Wed May 22, 2019 6:21 pm

I looked to see what the vin said for engine size and that wasn't filled out. Something weird with this one. Maybe the 400 emblems were added at some point.

The BB sure looks factory, All the smog stuff & AC still hooked up.
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Post by Mcarlo77 on Thu May 23, 2019 1:05 pm

Interesting write-up on this car...and, comments made by readers at the end. Seems like everybody is confused by the "400" fender badges and the big block in the car.

https://barnfinds.com/1974-chevrolet-malibu-classic-estate-wagon/
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Post by 73ss on Thu May 23, 2019 5:22 pm

Mcarlo77 wrote:Interesting write-up on this car...and, comments made by readers at the end.  Seems like everybody is confused by the "400" fender badges and the big block in the car./

45 years later, people are still confused. GM refered to the 402BB as a 400 in the full size line and a 396 in the chevelle line. They did this as to not confuse confused  people. They didn't want to change the name of the "SS396", even though it was a 402. I guess it sounds better than "SS402".

In the full size models "400" fender emblems would indicate either a 400SB or a 402BB. You didn't know without lifting the hood. I still have a 402BB and the matching "400" fender emblems that I took from a '72 caprice many years ago.

I also have in my stash a 400SB that was pulled from a '70 Caprice many moons ago. (I paid $60 for the car and drove it home!!! The good old days)

1972 was the last year for the 402BB. It was 454 from there on out.

As far as the 1974 wagon listed, The emblems would indicate a 400SB. So either the engine was swapped or the emblems were at some point. Maybe the emblems were swapped to not draw attention to the car?
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Post by Mcarlo77 on Thu May 23, 2019 7:19 pm

Excellent explanation...thank you!
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Post by jerry46765 on Thu May 23, 2019 10:10 pm

Someone get the VIN and if the 5th digit isn't a 'Y' then no big block and analysis is complete.


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