Well i didnt know where to put this so i thought this was the best place. I have recently picked up a couple of chevelles. The first, that im going to start with in the next few months is a 64 malibu ss. was told it was a 327 4 speed car. The 4 speed console and code is there so i know that is right. The engine and trans are long gone so who knows if it was a 283 or 327, maybe it was the mysterious 365hp 327......i kid i kid i dont for one second believe that
just messing with you guys. It is a claifornia car that has lived in the southeast for the last 40 years, still has california plates on it. Ill describe the car, then get to my decisions that i am truly struggling with.
It is a palomar red car, all orginal and every piece from the firewall back is there and original. Its got quarter panel rust but only right above the wheel well (like almost every chevy) rockers and doors are great, roof is great, and most of the car is in good shape, even the floors are pretty solid. The catch is the original front end sheetmetal is gone.....in its place is regular old 64 malibu sheetmetal, non ss trim fenders. It is a real SS per the VIN so there is no disputing that, but the frond end has been swapped with non ss AND its missing a fender, which i have learned is going to be fun to try to find a replacement.
The interior is original with every piece there, the seats will actually look nice with a good wipe down, carpet will be replaced. Console and gauges and all other interior trim is there, vent windows still work.
The real decision comes down to how/what to put in this car. I know what the owner had in mind, but at the same time dont want to mess up a good car. Im a nova guy, I have a general idea of what is OK to do to them and what is a sin! Im looking for similar guidance here. With this car there is a running 327, i will still go through it but its a solid engine. the muncie is also gone but there is a 4spd saginaw there. This option is the quickest way to a running and driving car. Eveything is there and can be put in and go. (im not just jumping in this, my first step is brakes and mandatory mechanical stuff)
The other option is a brand new stock 454. It is fresh out of the machine shop with mostly stock parts, stock low compression, and minor head work. This would require a new trans,mounts,etc.... more work.
The catch is this is a very sentimental car, the owner and I were very very close, and im taking the car to get it on the road because he ran out of time. When i first got the big block i got it for him to put in a 65 chevelle, which he was going to do. He never had a big block car and it was his plan to have one. We discussed in detail what he wanted to do to the 65 but not the 64.......the 64 is more saveable at this time and will require the least work to get it going. So do i big block the 64 per his wish as it may be the only car i have time to get to? or keep it "original" with the correct size engine even though its not original to the car?
I am very torn with this and I know that he would want me to do what ever i would want, but im trying to make a heartfelt and economical decision. Are these cars truly better off with the original engine or (since im not planning to sell it.....ever) does it really matter?
Ill say this Im leaning towards the 454 just because its what he wanted, and heck I think that would be a pretty awesome car. If i did I would probably go with a 5 speed just to make it a little more modern.
The rest of the plans are stock body and interior, maybe one day repaint, but as of now get it running and driving, then take care of the body. And find a passenger side 64 fender
Thanks for reading guys, I really do appreciate the time and thought, I just like to bounce ideas and see what others think that have the same interests. I have read and read on this site just to try to get some what up to speed on these cars, and as a nove guy I find myself becoming a chevelle guy too