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Since I don't have as many unfinished cars as other members, I bought another one. 

This is a '79 Malibu.  It spent it's entire life in the California desert and Las Vegas.  It has a 305 v8, & auto.   63k original miles. Factory AC, Power steering, power brakes, All original paint and original interior.  It is still in Las Vegas, so I haven't seen it yet.  A friend checked it out and bought it for me.  He did give it a thorough "test drive" as seen below.  It is parked at his house until we figure out how to get it home. 

I am kind of thinking I should replace the cracked dash pad, and leave everything else alone.  Except, of course, for the drive train.  I am thinking of a big cubic inch small block and 200R4.  My dilemma is the differential.  The few postings I have found say to use a diff from a Buick GN, or a Monte Carlo SS, but they seem to be pretty much gone.  A few aftermarket companies make new assemblies, but they are so expensive.  I would appreciate any input: either where to find a factory unit, what else would fit, or the best source for an aftermarket unit.

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Larry L.

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Cool!

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Derek Kiefer - Mantorville, MN

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If it's reliable, airfare to Vegas is dirt cheap. Fly in, drive it home...nana



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Mitch D.   River Falls, WI

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The seller said he wouldn't hesitate to drive it cross country, but he is not the one doing it. But I do have AAA.

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Karl just brought home an elky with four speed pedals and transmission hump that would fit right in that thing.



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Nice.  I miss my 78 Cutlass every once and awhile.  It had a 305 and I put a 350 from my Chevelle in it. Was a fun sleeper type car. 



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Rear end option 

https://gbodyforum.com/threads/8-8-in-a-g-body-pretty-much-step-by-step-enjoy.17317/ 



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67ss wrote:

Karl just brought home an elky with four speed pedals and transmission hump that would fit right in that thing.


 You mean 5-6 speed pedals...stirpot



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Mitch D.   River Falls, WI

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To take up where I left off:

My grandson and I drove the car a few hundred miles, and put it in storage a couple of winters while I thought about plans and worked on my ’64. Plans turned out to be more than I originally thought.
My dash was the standard “idiot light” one. Since I didn’t want to stick a gauge pod under the dash, I bought a complete Monte Carlo SS dash. I bought a dash cap and slipped it in place. And took it off and trimmed and sanded and heated and molded for hours to get it to fit. When I glued it on, I used just about every clamp I own, along with countless zip-ties, and got it to fit pretty well. For some reason, GM changed the pins between lights and gauges, so I had to move a bunch of wires in the connector. While I was doing all that, I cleaned and painted everything. The dash had been cut to install a radio, so I had to replace some metal. I think it is done now.

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A member of this group wanted the transmission, so he came over and we had a good time pulling the engine and trans together. When we got it out, he discovered it wasn’t the one he wanted. I took the brackets and accessories off, sent the rest to the scrapyard, and cleaned up all the trans fluid we had spilled.

Since I wasn’t getting around very well, I put a stool in front of the car and started disassembling, cleaning, and repairing damage. The header panel was pretty nice, but had a few cracks, so out came the die grinder and JB Weld. I coiled up the wiring and cables, and tied them out of the way. Pretty soon the fenders were off, and the inner panels cleaned. I cleaned and painted the frame and firewall. I found cracks in the A/C housing, which I fixed. I used a lot of JB-Weld

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These are not bad looking cars except the bumpers and door handles. I bought fiberglass bumpers that match the fenders. They only come with mounts on the ends, so I will have to build structure under it. This is from the internet since I forgot to take pictures of mine. About all I can do with the door handles is sand them down so they don’t stick out so far. Enough of the mechanism is pot metal that it would take someone much more skilled than I am to re-make them.

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I rebuilt the front suspension using S-10 Blazer spindles and brakes. I cleaned up the rear suspension and installed an 8.5” 3.70:1 posi from a Buick National

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The interior was a sickly green color, so I fixed or replaced all the plastic pieces and dyed them all black. I bought the seats from a Monte Carlo SS. They are a medium gray, so will go well with the rest of the interior. The rear seat frame and foam is slightly different than the Malibu, so I carefully removed the upholstery from the Monte seat and installed it on the Malibu foam. Fred said he can match the fabric and fix the tear.  This was a column-shift car. I had Vanz rebuild my column eliminating the neutral safety linkage and shift lever mount. I bought a charcoal carpet set.

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I bought a used Monster Transmission 22 4R and lock-up torque convertor with a 2500 RPM stall speed.

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I had an 87 350 short block including the roller cam set-up, and a set of Vortec heads. They are in getting machined.



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WOW, ALL very nice work, Larry !!!
Guess you haven't been just sitting on your butt all this time...notworthy

Hope you are feeling better all the time and we can actually SEE you soon.



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Mitch D.   River Falls, WI

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Wow, quite the update, great progress

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