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Post by JB2wheeler on Sat Jan 29, 2011 5:03 pm

Here I am 70 years old and everyday I learn something new. Yesterday I learned the differance between a 1962 Impala 2 door hardtop and a 1962 Bel Air hardtop. The differance is the Impala has the formal roofline and the Bel Air has the bubble top roof line. I did not even know the 62 bubble tops existed until about 10 years ago. They did not sell any of them around here. Today I learned that in 1974 they had 2 seperate models of 2 door greenhouse, they are dependant on the style of the side/back window. See picture for details. JB [img]Always learning something 1974_c11[/img]
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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Sat Jan 29, 2011 6:39 pm

Yes, in 74, all base Malibu's had the full triangle, and Malibu Classic had the coach winders!

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Post by The Dude on Mon Jan 31, 2011 10:37 am

Yup. Pretty much what I've been preaching for years. All 73 models & all 74-77 base models got the larger rear quarter window. All 74-76 Lagunas & 74-77 Classics got the opera window. Also ONLY 76-77 Classics received quad headlights. The base models still sported single round ones like mine & Badtemper's cars.
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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Mon Jan 31, 2011 10:53 am

I have seen a few 75-77 base Malibu's with opera winders. Maybe the header panels were changed? Maybe a factory flub? Mmm...

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Post by The Dude on Mon Jan 31, 2011 11:15 am

Maybe. They weren't supposed to be though. My first 76 had a Malibu Classic dash & I purchased it from an old lady that bought it new. That dash was blue like the rest of the interior & definitely in poor shape so I doubt it had been changed out. I think GM was at a point in the 70's that they would throw anything onto anything as long as it got the car down the assembly line. Like I said though, Opera windows weren't supposed to be on base models.
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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Mon Jan 31, 2011 11:16 am

Though I do like Malibu Classics and the opera windows, I like the base Malibus and full windows much better.

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Post by Malicruiser on Mon Jan 31, 2011 2:38 pm

74MonteCarlo wrote:Though I do like Malibu Classics and the opera windows, I like the base Malibus and full windows much better.
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Post by JB2wheeler on Mon Jan 31, 2011 2:44 pm

Rago wrote: I think GM was at a point in the 70's that they would throw anything onto anything as long as it got the car down the assembly line.
Very true. The Olds rear end assembly in my 74 Elky (bought new by my dad) proves that. JB
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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Mon Jan 31, 2011 2:50 pm

A few base Malibus with coach winders.

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Which, aren't 100% right...ask me how I know.

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Post by The Dude on Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:25 pm

Brochures not always correct? SURELY NOT! Laughing

I have a book with a 75 Elky brochure at home that shows 74 headlight bezels, but until I get it scanned tell me if there's something wrong with the green Laguna:

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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:39 pm

74 Monte Carlo brochure states you CANNOT get 15x7 Rally Wheels on a Landau. Came up in discussion before on another forum, until I scanned in a picture of my build sheet showing ZO3 MC Landau and ZJ7 Special Wheel option. ZJ7 is 1974 RPO code 15x7 Rallys(except Chevelles, Camaros and Novas). Then they shut up about Rallys not being available on a Landau Razz

Better, Rago? Lol.


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Post by The Dude on Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:07 pm

Uhhhh........ well actually....... here's RPO ZJ7 on a 74 Malibu. Maybe ZJ7 stood for something else on Monte Carlo, but this is what you got with that RPO on Chevelle, Nova, & Camaro:

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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:15 pm

We already hashed this out, remember? Lol.

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Post by The Dude on Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:27 pm

Razz Just giving you crap buddy. It's all good, but would kind of make sense if the Monte had 15" Rally wheels. I mean, it was the premium intermediate car classified as a "Personal Luxury Vehicle" so having :cough: :cough: premium wheels vs what all of the others were running sounds about right.
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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:32 pm

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Post by The Dude on Mon Jan 31, 2011 6:10 pm

Just found a 1975 Chevelle brochure. Look at the headlight bezels. You can clearly see they are for a 74. I'll also scan the 75 Elky with the 74 front when I get a chance. Tell me this ain't strange! (RIGHT CLICK & VIEW IMAGE if you can't see the whole thing. Wink )

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Post by pila on Mon Jan 31, 2011 6:23 pm

Changing that rear glass in a Classic might be a project, since it's the full sized window with metal & filler around the opera window opening. I discovered that when I did my Malibu after removing (permanently) the vinyl top.

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Post by The Dude on Wed Feb 09, 2011 12:38 pm

Well this sucks. My scanner quit working so it might be a while before I can scan the picture that I referenced earlier. Anyways, it's a 1976 El Camino with the base grille & 74 headlight bezels & bumper! It also has a white vinyl top on beige paint & full hubcaps. This is supposedly brochure photos from back in the day so if anyone has any 1976 El Camino brochures lying around you should be able to see what I'm talking about.
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Post by pila on Wed Mar 16, 2011 12:59 am

My parts book for 1971-77 shows that the headlight bezels for '74 and the'75 standard are the same, P/N 385509 and 385510, while the '75 classic and the '76 and '77 standard, P/N 345385 and 345386, are the same. In other words,'74 & '75 are different than '76 and '77 with the single headlights.

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