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Post by 77mali on Sat Jun 04, 2011 7:59 am

Hello to all
My name is Paul (77mali) and just joined up after discovering this site. Happy to be alongside fellow enthusiasts of these beautiful Gen 3 A bodies. I had a 77 Cutlass Salon in high school and loved that car. Oh the memories! I've always been an enthusiastic gear head and my current project is a 77 Malibu Classic which I found last November. I'm currently in the midst of a restoration & customization and plan to take her to a high driver quality level. She was born w/ the 305 (long gone) but retains her original TH350 and Posi rear end. The plan is to drop in a 1970 LT-1...if I can ever find a good one! Saving the engine bay for last...lots more work to do....
Best regards to everyone.
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Post by Mcarlo77 on Sat Jun 04, 2011 9:05 am

Welcome aboard, my friend! You should find this site to be very helpful and plenty of friendly advise and ideas.

By the way, I always loved those '77 Cutlasses, too. Swore when I graduated college back in the day that I'd own a new one. Unfortunately, that never happended...but, never forgot how much I liked all those mid-70's "A" bodies.
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Post by 77mali on Sat Jun 04, 2011 9:54 am

Thank you. This is a wonderful site. Personally, If I had the $$$$...I'd buy one of each 73-77 A-body from all the divisions. Love-em all.
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Post by JB2wheeler on Sat Jun 04, 2011 11:11 am

Welcome 77Mali. JB2wheeler
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Post by bigredlaguna on Sat Jun 04, 2011 11:59 am

Welcome to the site, Paul. You gonna keep it yellow? The avatar pic looks good.
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Post by 77mali on Sat Jun 04, 2011 1:16 pm

Thank you JB & Big Red....
Not leaving it yellow...just not my cup of tea but thank you for the compliment. Car has a real solid body. That was the main reason I decided to buy...no cancer at all, even after removing the 2 vinyl tops...Going with a theme of flat black w/ matte finish clear coat, a more sinister look. I'll post some pics but it'll be a while, still working on the roof and body.
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Post by pila on Sat Jun 04, 2011 11:56 pm

Welcome to the fun!! Mid 70s Malibus and El Caminos are my favorite cars.

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Post by 77mali on Sun Jun 05, 2011 9:46 am

Thanks.
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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Sun Jun 05, 2011 1:55 pm

welcome aboard.

we like pictures Very Happy
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Post by 77mali on Sun Jun 05, 2011 7:07 pm

Thanks. I like the pics on the site also. Will post some when I figure out how. Question
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Post by 77mali on Sun Jun 05, 2011 7:58 pm

After removal of 2 vinyl tops...the last guy was LAY-Z

This was a pain

Not too much Cancer though, really lucked out!...one more year and would have been much worse.
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Post by Mcarlo77 on Sun Jun 05, 2011 9:26 pm

Never heard of anyone putting a new vinyl top over the old one. Guy must have been afraid of what he might find under the first one.
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Post by 77mali on Sun Jun 05, 2011 11:06 pm

I know I breathed a sigh of relief after all was said and done. Here's what I had on the roof too...but no holes. Worst place was up under the window trim in two spots in the lower right side and upper left side...go figure.
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Post by 1973 Buick Century on Mon Jun 06, 2011 3:33 am

Wow, that is solid and clean in compare to what I have seen that has been found by others on here. Two tops? Man, people do some strange stuff. "A little duct tape here, some expanding foam here, and I that beer can looks good too.....and they will never know know its a rotted panel" (rolls eyes).
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Post by 77mali on Mon Jun 06, 2011 8:08 am

Yes...in my opinion, if you going to do it at all, do it once and correctly. Pays off in the long run. This is still "roughed in". But little by little w/ patience you do get there eventually. Very Happy
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Post by abajc3 on Mon Jun 06, 2011 8:58 am

nice malibu! Matte black is one of my favourite colors! The previous owner roller painted mine black. It aint no show car,but i like that 'i dont care what others think of it' look.

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Post by 77mali on Mon Jun 06, 2011 12:12 pm

Thanks. I agree, they look very dark & sinister Twisted Evil
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Post by JB2wheeler on Mon Jun 06, 2011 1:29 pm

Please, no flat or satin black, Popular Hot Rodding meassed up a real nice project car by doing that. My 2 cents worth. JB
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Post by 77mali on Mon Jun 06, 2011 2:41 pm

I know the one too....the "Nascar" Laguna tribute....LOL.
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Post by The Dude on Mon Jun 06, 2011 3:56 pm

It looks better now though.


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Post by The Dude on Mon Jun 06, 2011 3:59 pm

Could still do without the "12" graphics & the aluminum panels, but not as bad as it did look with those hideous orange wheels.
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Post by 77mali on Mon Jun 06, 2011 4:02 pm

That's what I'm talkin' bout.....nice. Like the Kragar wheels. Same color I'm looking to do. It really does take some skill to pull off a finish like that. Is that an "update" to the story? I remember more orange in the color scheme.
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Post by 77mali on Mon Jun 06, 2011 4:04 pm

LMAO...we were remembering the orange at the exact same time Beer
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Post by The Dude on Mon Jun 06, 2011 4:28 pm

The wheels are Year One reproductions of the factory Z/28 - Chevelle wheels but in 17" diameter. They put them on & removed a lot of graphics back in the January issue this year. I think that was the last mention of Project Talledega. Actually they have been calling it just "The Laguna Project" for nearly a year, so maybe they are going to drop the NASCAR theme all together in a future issue?
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Post by The Dude on Mon Jun 06, 2011 4:35 pm

I had a flat black one several years ago. Primered black, but I'm with you. Very menacing look to it. Twisted Evil




I liked it so much that I even done some renderings in PS.



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