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My new 76 Malibu

Post by Brainstain on Mon Oct 07, 2013 11:41 pm

I picked this up yesterday along with a 75 Laguna.



I've really been trying to build something fast that handles well and people keep giving me more money than I have in things and I can't keep a project. lol! 

So my 74 wagon and my bagged Suburban is for sale so that I can continue building my .030 over 6.0 LS engine and hopefully build this quickly so I can drive it by spring.

It's a 44,000 mile 76 Malibu with NO options and I'm the 2nd owner. I already have some parts that I collected for the wagon that I'll be putting on this. Hoping to make a Autocross style build with a little 70's NASCAR influence.

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Re: My new 76 Malibu

Post by JB2wheeler on Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:04 am

Sounds great. JB
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Re: My new 76 Malibu

Post by DiscoMalibu on Tue Oct 08, 2013 3:46 am

Looks like you have your work cut out for you. Get to it! It appears to be decently solid, is that so?
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Post by 77mali on Tue Oct 08, 2013 8:09 am

Does it have the 6 banger motor? It does look pretty solid, good luck w/ it.
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Re: My new 76 Malibu

Post by Hawk03 on Tue Oct 08, 2013 8:59 am

Sweet dude! Looks like a winner.
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Re: My new 76 Malibu

Post by dynchel on Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:18 am

Base model, a somewhat rare find.  nice  cheers
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Re: My new 76 Malibu

Post by ratnfested on Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:07 am

cool. More pics please. I love the G3.
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Re: My new 76 Malibu

Post by driveit on Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:34 am

Any specifics on your plans. I love to hear about what people plan to do with their cars?
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Re: My new 76 Malibu

Post by Brainstain on Thu Oct 10, 2013 12:02 am

Thanks guys! It's pretty clean. It was in a field and the rear wheel lips have a little rot but not too bad.

Plan:
Engine
.030 over 6.0 LS. Heavily worked heads, 12.5:1. Shooting for 475hp or so. Should be right at it.
4L80E with a stall and a shift kit
9" axle
coilovers on all 4 corners
Fiberglass everything. Gutted interior, caged, sheetmetal dash, lexan side windows..
18x12s in the rear with 335/30s and 18x10 in the front with 285/30s.

If I sell the Suburban soon this will happen rather quickly.



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Re: My new 76 Malibu

Post by driveit on Thu Oct 10, 2013 7:30 am

Somebody, buy the Suburban. I want to see this build.
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Re: My new 76 Malibu

Post by Hawk03 on Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:30 am

Might have to venture down & check it the progress. I get the shakes when I can't work on mine.
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Re: My new 76 Malibu

Post by pila on Thu Oct 10, 2013 11:04 pm

A nice project there. Do you think you need a 4L80 for strength ? or because of being tough, and
with an overdrive ?

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Re: My new 76 Malibu

Post by Brainstain on Thu Oct 10, 2013 11:54 pm

Both really. A 4L80 will handle around 700hp with a shift kit and a servo. My friend has a standard cab short bed '04 Chevy 2wd that we swapped a 6.0 into. He has a $2,400 Stage 6 4L60 and he's having problems with it holding. The top of the ladder is a stage 7 that's fully billet and is in the company's 7 second drag car.

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Re: My new 76 Malibu

Post by pila on Sat Oct 12, 2013 7:12 pm

The 4L80 is a tough box alright......not sure how much it weighs. Would have liked to use one behind the 507 inch Caddy engine in my Elco.....

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Re: My new 76 Malibu

Post by Brainstain on Thu Oct 17, 2013 10:30 pm

Hopefully I can actually look at this thing this Sunday. I bought it at sun down and the trunk had no key so I'm not too not too sure what kind of shape it's in. I know it's not too nice to cut up and make fast though. I was a little worried about my plan for tires but when I measured I found out these cars will swallow wide tires. Is anyone running (and tucking) a super wide tire in the rear without tubs?

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Re: My new 76 Malibu

Post by onedayjake on Wed Oct 23, 2013 2:08 pm


This is a 295/50R15 on a 10" wide ralley, they have never rubbed and I've had six people in the car driving around one night! I can get better pics tonight if you want.

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Re: My new 76 Malibu

Post by Brainstain on Wed Oct 23, 2013 2:47 pm

Can you look and see how much room you have if it was about 5" lower please? I know my wagon would swallow them but the wheelwells are more square than a coupe.

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Re: My new 76 Malibu

Post by onedayjake on Wed Oct 23, 2013 3:02 pm

I've bounced it to full compression and they didn't hit but I'll snap a underneath pic tonight.

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Re: My new 76 Malibu

Post by driveit on Wed Oct 23, 2013 3:49 pm

Nice ride onedayjake!
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Re: My new 76 Malibu

Post by onedayjake on Wed Oct 23, 2013 4:45 pm

driveit wrote:Nice ride onedayjake!
Thanks! My wife hates it but my 15 year old daughter loves it! It will be her "cool" car to drive when it's nice out.

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Re: My new 76 Malibu

Post by dynchel on Wed Oct 23, 2013 4:54 pm

My daughter (6 years old)  loves to ride in the chevelle.  Probably a lot has to do with the fact she can ride in the front ..no air bags.
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Re: My new 76 Malibu

Post by dynchel on Wed Oct 23, 2013 5:00 pm

onedayjake wrote:
This is a 295/50R15 on a 10" wide ralley, they have never rubbed and I've had six people in the car driving around one night! I can get better pics tonight if you want.
Car looks nice, but what happened to the 1/4 panel?  That is some weird looking damage.
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Re: My new 76 Malibu

Post by 1973montec on Wed Oct 23, 2013 5:23 pm

lookin good

welcome
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Re: My new 76 Malibu

Post by onedayjake on Wed Oct 23, 2013 6:06 pm

The car got backed into many years ago in a parking lot and the guy that ran into it tried to remove the dent for my great, great aunt who originally owned it. He didn't do a good job at all but it must not have bothered her enough to make his insurance pay.
Here's another view of it.

I have a buddy that does bodywork that thinks he can get it to look way better without paint.

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Re: My new 76 Malibu

Post by 74Malibu383 on Wed Oct 23, 2013 6:10 pm

315/35/20's tuck with the proper backspacing and no body work.
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