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Post by trudust on Wed Mar 18, 2015 1:56 pm

Hi All!

I've yet to join any forums with this car and just hopped on ChevyTalk and now the G3 forums. I've owned this car for about 6 years and now I'm able to finally start fine tuning it. Luckily, it was a family car and has low mileage (50k), but like a majority of 41 year old cars, it needs some love... I'm sure I'll be asking too many questions, so, thanks in advance!












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Re: Oklahoma City 1974 Malibu Classic

Post by Hawk03 on Wed Mar 18, 2015 2:10 pm

Welcome! Nice looking '74.

You're late to the party, your car has already been discussed Very Happy

http://www.g3gm.com/t9189-anybody-seen-this-top-before
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Post by trudust on Wed Mar 18, 2015 2:30 pm

Hawk03 wrote:Welcome! Nice looking '74.

You're late to the party, your car has already been discussed Very Happy

http://www.g3gm.com/t9189-anybody-seen-this-top-before

Ha ha! That's awesome. I'm trying to round up any photos of it from my father. He thinks that's the same style top that's always been on it, but we'll see what we can find. Who knows...

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Re: Oklahoma City 1974 Malibu Classic

Post by thatfnthing on Wed Mar 18, 2015 2:40 pm

Welcome!
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Re: Oklahoma City 1974 Malibu Classic

Post by pila on Wed Mar 18, 2015 3:49 pm

Welcome to a great place ! Great looking Malibu Very Happy The vinyl top on my '74 had those same edge strips on it when I bought it in 1990, so maybe they are stock etc...

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Re: Oklahoma City 1974 Malibu Classic

Post by 77mali on Wed Mar 18, 2015 5:19 pm

Welcome. Great looking 74.

Give that car all the love it needs Very Happy
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Re: Oklahoma City 1974 Malibu Classic

Post by Roadcaptain S3 on Wed Mar 18, 2015 7:05 pm

There you are! Thought you might show up.

Welcome.

Glad we ain't talking behind your back anymore. Smile
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Re: Oklahoma City 1974 Malibu Classic

Post by Dinomyte on Thu Mar 19, 2015 9:18 am

Welcome, and nice ride, I like the top, certainly unique.
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Re: Oklahoma City 1974 Malibu Classic

Post by Limey SE on Thu Mar 19, 2015 9:19 am

Very Nice car for sure Thanks for Joining up
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Re: Oklahoma City 1974 Malibu Classic

Post by Wallyuph on Thu Mar 19, 2015 9:47 am

Great looking car
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Re: Oklahoma City 1974 Malibu Classic

Post by trudust on Thu Mar 19, 2015 11:12 pm

I don't know if this helps on the vinyl top determination, but here are some closer photos. Even though it seems the consensus is that it is an after market addition, whether it was a dealer option or factory edition, I'm not sure, but I'm pretty confident this is how my grandad purchased it from the dealer.






I'm thinking about scrapping the whole top and going hardtop depending on how bad the rust is underneath....

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Re: Oklahoma City 1974 Malibu Classic

Post by knightfan26917 on Fri Mar 20, 2015 12:01 am

trudust wrote:I don't know if this helps on the vinyl top determination, but here are some closer photos. Even though it seems the consensus is that it is an after market addition, whether it was a dealer option or factory edition, I'm not sure, but I'm pretty confident this is how my grandad purchased it from the dealer.

Hey ... welcome ... glad you joined us here ... woo hoo!

As for the top, I'd bet it was a dealer added top. I would think that, if it were factory, we would've seen at least one, if not a few, more like this. That noted ... it is very cool & unique!


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Re: Oklahoma City 1974 Malibu Classic

Post by trudust on Tue May 05, 2015 8:23 pm

Updates on this weekends adventures with the Malibu. The original 2 barrel carb had to go into storage for a while. I replaced it with a new Edelbrock 600cfm and intake manifold. While I had it all torn apart, I repainted most the brackets and valve covers with factory high temp Chevy orange. It's not the most beautiful, but it's definitely a step up (aesthetically and functionally) for now. Hopefully this is the kickstart to a cleaner engine bay...






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Re: Oklahoma City 1974 Malibu Classic

Post by Roadcaptain S3 on Tue May 05, 2015 8:27 pm

Lookin' good!
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Re: Oklahoma City 1974 Malibu Classic

Post by Dinomyte on Tue May 05, 2015 9:47 pm

Very nice, this is the first thing I did to my 305 which evolved into a rebuilt 355.
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Re: Oklahoma City 1974 Malibu Classic

Post by BlackChevelleSS on Tue May 05, 2015 11:04 pm

Hello from another okie, sure are quite a few of us on here.

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Re: Oklahoma City 1974 Malibu Classic

Post by Tom77 on Thu May 07, 2015 9:54 am

Hope you okie's are OK down there!
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Re: Oklahoma City 1974 Malibu Classic

Post by Limey SE on Thu May 07, 2015 10:43 am

Tom77 wrote:Hope you okie's are OK down there!

x2 here wishing y'all the best and prayers sent !
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Re: Oklahoma City 1974 Malibu Classic

Post by trudust on Mon May 11, 2015 6:20 pm

Limey SE wrote:
Tom77 wrote:Hope you okie's are OK down there!

x2 here wishing y'all the best and prayers sent !

Thanks guys! All is well on our homefront. Lots and lots of rain, but we were clear of the tornado stuff this go around.

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Re: Oklahoma City 1974 Malibu Classic

Post by trudust on Sat Aug 15, 2015 5:56 pm

Spent the week putting longtube headers on the Malibu. Had to go scrub the dirt and grease off, but she cleans up pretty good!


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Re: Oklahoma City 1974 Malibu Classic

Post by 77mali on Sat Aug 15, 2015 7:04 pm

That's a nice looking Mali'bu.
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Re: Oklahoma City 1974 Malibu Classic

Post by Mcarlo77 on Sat Aug 15, 2015 11:50 pm

X2! Looks like that photo could pass for a new car brochure. Awesome!
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Re: Oklahoma City 1974 Malibu Classic

Post by knightfan26917 on Mon Aug 17, 2015 2:51 pm

WOW ... looks WONDERFUL!!!


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Re: Oklahoma City 1974 Malibu Classic

Post by thatfnthing on Mon Aug 17, 2015 3:41 pm

Yeah, that looks like it just rolled off the showroom floor!
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Re: Oklahoma City 1974 Malibu Classic

Post by cutlassguy on Wed Aug 19, 2015 7:52 pm

Car looks absolutely stunning! Could you post a picture of the long tube headers installed if possible ?
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