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Post by IndyG3 on Sat May 15, 2010 4:07 am

Alright, so I decided to break down and buy this wagon. Like I said before, it's in very good shape, and only really needs a couple things to make it practically perfect. It's a 77 Malibu Classic Wagon with around 43,000 miles on the clock and it drives like it's brand new (whether that's good or bad, you decide). What am I gonna do with it? I have no idea, but for now I'm gonna drive it a little bit and enjoy it! Smile





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Post by Malicruiser on Sat May 15, 2010 4:22 am

You should make a Laguna Wagon out of it, put some surf boards on top and Call it Laguna Beach Wagon! lol!
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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Sat May 15, 2010 8:07 am

Dude...that's awesome. I'd leave it just the way it is. HEY. It's the same color as your 74! Very Happy

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Post by HDHugger on Sat May 15, 2010 9:02 am

I like it. I haven't seen one in so lone that I forgot they existed.

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Post by Roadcaptain S3 on Sat May 15, 2010 10:27 am

Thumbs up


Not enough wagons around, a lot of cool potential there.
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Post by The Dude on Sat May 15, 2010 11:08 am

Shocked That's clean! From the way you were worried about the weatherstripping, I figured it was a project car or something. I say get some wire wheels & maybe a couple of minor upgrades. Leave it a cruiser.
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Post by 77malibu77 on Sat May 15, 2010 11:54 am

if you go with the laguna nose sell me the header panel and the grille !!! Very Happy Very Happy What a Face
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Post by 77malibu77 on Sat May 15, 2010 11:55 am

car loks really nice btw how much u pay for it???
im surprised it looks like its all there!
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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Sat May 15, 2010 11:59 am

about 16 years ago,there was a 77 mali wagon here by me that was the same color but with black swivel bucket seat interior.the guy bought it new and ordered it that way.it looked pretty cool.

there was a 73 SS bucket seat 4 speed wagon running around the internet. i think it was blue with blue interior.
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Post by The Dude on Sat May 15, 2010 12:16 pm

1973 454 MONTE wrote:

there was a 73 SS bucket seat 4 speed wagon running around the internet. i think it was blue with blue interior.

Shocked I'd like to see it.
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Post by IndyG3 on Sun May 16, 2010 12:33 am

74MonteCarlo wrote:Dude...that's awesome. I'd leave it just the way it is. HEY. It's the same color as your 74! Very Happy

It's hard to tell from the pics, but it's way more brown than my '74. The '74 is more of a metallic burgundy color. This one is more like a metallic brown that they would get from the factory I'm guessing.
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Post by IndyG3 on Sun May 16, 2010 12:36 am

Rago wrote:Shocked That's clean! From the way you were worried about the weatherstripping, I figured it was a project car or something. I say get some wire wheels & maybe a couple of minor upgrades. Leave it a cruiser.
Yeah, the weatherstripping was definitely in better shape when I examined it more closely, and it seems that the hatch seals are more universal than I originally thought, so I think I can make some made for trunks work pretty nicely.
As far as it being a cruiser, I'm actually gonna make it my daily driver. It's gonna get a set of rallyes (go figure! Very Happy ) and it'll be lowered a couple inches all the way around. So far I'm in love with this thing!!!
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Post by IndyG3 on Sun May 16, 2010 12:39 am

77malibu77 wrote:car loks really nice btw how much u pay for it???
im surprised it looks like its all there!

I got it for $3500. I figured it's a good deal since I will never see another one like it!
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Post by 77malibu77 on Sun May 16, 2010 12:50 am

IndyG3 wrote:
Rago wrote:Shocked That's clean! From the way you were worried about the weatherstripping, I figured it was a project car or something. I say get some wire wheels & maybe a couple of minor upgrades. Leave it a cruiser.
Yeah, the weatherstripping was definitely in better shape when I examined it more closely, and it seems that the hatch seals are more universal than I originally thought, so I think I can make some made for trunks work pretty nicely.
As far as it being a cruiser, I'm actually gonna make it my daily driver. It's gonna get a set of rallyes (go figure! Very Happy ) and it'll be lowered a couple inches all the way around. So far I'm in love with this thing!!!


nice i love your plans for it keep us updated post pics when you get the wheels on
i know how you feel i fell in love with my 77 malibu classic but ive kept my 76 elky classic as my daily driver not for long tho lol
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Post by 74Malibu383 on Mon May 17, 2010 4:27 pm

Man, this car is just begging for a giant motor. Talk about a true sleeper! Nice work.
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Post by 74chick on Wed May 26, 2010 4:31 am

I'd like to see it.

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Post by IndyG3 on Sat May 29, 2010 11:32 am

Ok, might need a little help here. Anyone have any idea where I could find a fuel tank sending unit for a wagon? It seems like it's pretty much a this-model-only kind of part. I've been searching for the last day or so practically everywhere and I can't find one Head Bang
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Post by dragons_lair59 on Sat May 29, 2010 2:53 pm

try northern auto parts in sioux city ia

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Post by IndyG3 on Sat May 29, 2010 4:54 pm

Nothing there...
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Post by Roadcaptain S3 on Sat May 29, 2010 8:30 pm

Wonder why it would be different than a Malibu or Elky unit?
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Post by jrsixx on Sat May 29, 2010 9:27 pm

The tanks gotta be shaped differently, didn't the wagons have a well at the far back?

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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Sat May 29, 2010 9:47 pm

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Post by dragons_lair59 on Sat May 29, 2010 9:56 pm

with northern may call cause they have part instock that you dont always find on there web site dont like there site but the guys are real good guys and should be able to help heck they have oem springs for our cars trust me i had them look it up

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Post by IndyG3 on Sat May 29, 2010 10:55 pm

Roadcaptain S3 wrote:Wonder why it would be different than a Malibu or Elky unit?

The tank is VERY different from the sedans, coupes, and El Caminos. The wagon's tank sits up in the back of the driver side panel and is a har-to-get-out pentagon shape. The sending unit itself is....certainly unique. It's about twice the length of the other cars' sending units. Absolutely no one makes them, and most places don't even acknowledge the station wagon as a body style. Head Bang

If anything, I'll see if I can replace all of the parts on it that I can, and see if that works.
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Post by Roadcaptain S3 on Sun May 30, 2010 8:58 am

If you can't find a unit, could you switch to a different tank altogether? I wonder if like a newer
small P/U truck tank might fit? A lot of them used to fit weird like that.
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