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#1 Alc ONLINE  

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Posted June 09, 2011 - 08:13 PM

I always wanted to install late model running gear into an older vehicle . About 6 years ago I bought a 1982 Malibu Wagon with a bad V6 carb. motor . I picked up a 1988 Pontiac Firebird WS6 package that was wrecked . I swapped the 350 TPI motor ,trans , computer ,pretty much all the electrical system , steering box sway, bar springs wheels . The dash is a Buick (I think ) with the Firebird gauges installed . All emission equipment is there for Pa state inspection. For the body I removed the roof rack and some trim . Did some of the bodywork but when it came to a wavy panel a friend had to bail me out ! My cousin painted it for me . It's one of those projects that's never finished but fun to use anyway . P6060216.jpg

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Posted June 09, 2011 - 08:25 PM

Thats KEWL! First thing you need to do is go hunting for a car with a fart pipe and a wing and show em how it's done lol.

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Posted June 10, 2011 - 05:12 AM

It was a lot of fun , well except for trying to get that one body panel nice enough for paint ! My uncle and cousin had a salavage yard and would hunt through looking for different items to use , the battery tray is now on the left side , those upper fender supports where from another car too. Lots of little things when your doing something like this .

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Posted June 10, 2011 - 05:31 AM

I love it. Got one similar, '81 Malibu wagon w/ 4 bolt 350. These wagons launch real good.

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Posted June 10, 2011 - 07:33 AM

Looks like you've done a great job! Just looking at it, I'd never have known it didn't belong there! I'll bet that thing SCOOTS!

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Posted June 10, 2011 - 11:05 AM

Great looking car, but the real question is... why didn't I see it when I was up at your place? Was it in the under the house garage? Where is my test drive? :bigrofl:

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Posted June 10, 2011 - 11:16 AM

Casey , my son was using it that day , but your welcome to " test drive " it next time your up , my wife's 1988 Camaro convertible lives there under the house garage , that's her other " Baby " , the dog is her first , :smile1:, Al

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Posted June 10, 2011 - 11:25 AM

Well, I will definitely be looking forward to my next trip up, I keep learning I was shortchanged in my tour lol.

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Posted December 06, 2011 - 11:28 PM

You did a really fine job on that. I can't find one cobbled item in the photos. I'm getting on in years but I still have the desire to install an Isuzu diesel in an older PU. If it turned out half as nice as yours did I would be very happy.
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Posted December 06, 2011 - 11:54 PM

You did a really fine job on that. I can't find one cobbled item in the photos. I'm getting on in years but I still have the desire to install an Isuzu diesel in an older PU. If it turned out half as nice as yours did I would be very happy.
Congratulations

That is one good ambition. Go for it. I may have a Yanmar 3/66 out of the 4855. LOL
Actually I have 2 of those 3/66s. Taking the 4 cylinder out of the excel mower and having thoughts of making a self propelled chopper out of it with those 2 3/66s. Kind of like a 980 Claas with the 2 motors. Will God let me live long enough?????

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Posted December 07, 2011 - 06:14 AM

That's a nice looking wagon,and nice engine swap.

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Posted December 07, 2011 - 07:59 AM

Al, that looks great. How many qts of crisco and how many shoehorns did it take to get that in there? :D

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Posted December 07, 2011 - 08:25 AM

Found the pics of my '81. Thought I would put one here.
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Posted December 07, 2011 - 08:32 AM

How many qts of crisco and how many shoehorns did it take to get that in there?

Put the engine and trans in as one unit , there where guys installing 455 Olds in them without out problems.

Found the pics of my '81. Thought I would put one here.
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Kenny that's sharp !!! I like the single headlight grills like your better then mine , Al
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Posted December 07, 2011 - 08:35 AM

You could even put a 454/502 in them, if that's what tripped your trigger. This has a balanced 350, bored .030. I love to have an injection setup. Mileage is a bit low with the Turbo 350 and 3.23 posi.




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