Nick's 1973 454 Malibu "Buff"

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Post by Showtime73 on Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:31 pm

That interesting, I'll keep a close eye on it make sure it's not causing any damage.  I don't plan to drive too hard until it's all settled.  Then we'll find out what breaks.
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Post by Showtime73 on Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:36 am

My car is almost complete, I can't wait to start tweaking and making the most out of it.



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Post by Showtime73 on Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:09 am

Slightly closer look. One more cut and buff and the paint is complete. Future plans after it's all back together is to carefully push the bumper in a little more, add the front lip spoiler, continue working on the rear spoiler design, and most likely add a bigger wheel and tire on the rear. Oh yeah, there's no a/c or radio in it, so I'll start adding those next month.

After reading all the vintage air post, I think might try to get the old system working for a while.

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Post by thatfnthing on Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:21 pm

Showtime73 wrote:After reading all the vintage air post, I think might try to get the old system working for a while.

Wow, that's not the first time I heard something along those lines since then.  That thread truly was not meant to scare anyone off from trying it.  It was intended as more of a how-to and what issues you might face and how to get around them. Smile

Nice work, BTW!
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Post by Showtime73 on Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:49 pm

The thread is very informative, which is what helped me make the decision. I want to enjoy the car for while, before I tear it down and I especially don't want to do it in the Florida heat.
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Post by Showtime73 on Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:28 pm

Better pictures coming soon, but she's in the garage now.
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Post by Showtime73 on Sun Aug 26, 2018 8:50 am

Well guys here she is, and I love it! Still a lot of work to do, but I'm off to a great start. I have tons of unconnected wires under the hood it seems and I want to do something with them. I also need to get my tach working. Many more weekend projects, but hopefully nothing major.
















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Post by Hawk03 on Sun Aug 26, 2018 11:41 am

Looks great! I think the wheels look good on it. I was thinking about that style of wheel but I was unsure how it would look on our body style but they fit in nicely.
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Post by REVINKEVIN on Sun Aug 26, 2018 1:40 pm

You have come a long way and it looks great. This is great inspiration to keep me going.
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Post by Showtime73 on Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:21 am

Thanks guys!
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Post by thatfnthing on Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:05 am

That is sweet!
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Post by Showtime73 on Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:29 pm

Anyone have 73 vacuum tube diagram or does such a thing exist?
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Post by Showtime73 on Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:21 pm

Hey guys I'm thinking about losing the A/C and Heater and all components that go with, any problems with doing this? Worst case, it'll make it easier to go with an aftermarket setup, right? I just want to yank it all out and start fresh.
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Post by Showtime73 on Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:38 pm

I've been really busy on the car the last couple of week. I have several unopened boxes in the garage that'll have to wait until the new year.

Here's the list:

New Gauges and electric senders and GPS speedo. Not tested just but I should finish it up tomorrow.



A/C Delete - Only blows on high right now, but i have a replacement resistor to install.




Rewired everything under the hood. May have posted this already.



I have several switched devices so I deleted the radio and install a switch panel.




Longer wheel studs because my wheel come off while driving. I was pissed and my wheel was badly damaged. I tested at a few wheel shops, then sanded, polished, and cleared.



Close up of the Front and rear disc conversion while I was installing the studs.



As I think of more I'll update the thread.


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Post by thatfnthing on Fri Nov 02, 2018 8:50 am

Nice work! I also like your creating wheel masking. Smile
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