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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old Feb 12th, 17, 3:23 PM Thread Starter
 
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1968 Chevelle Malibu factory 327 4 speed

Been in the family since 1972. My sister had it restored last year and the shop she took it to did a horrible job. It looks great from 50 feet and pretty alright from 10 but up close her flaws are endless. It pretty much needs to be taken apart and put back together. I'll post more pictures tomorrow on my day off. We're looking for advice from chevelle guys on how to put this thing back together right and have a safe reliable car. This is the original color. The original 327 is sotting in my garage. The factory saginaw trans blew the guts out in Texas in the early 80's, its had a super T-10 in it ever sine. Factory 3.08 gears. I think the matching exhaust manifolds are on the car but the original 2 bbl carb and manifold is long gone. Thats the intake and Holley off of a 67 Camaro my dad ran in Super Stock in the early 70's and I believe that carb saw some use on a C econo dragster in the mid 70's. Its been on the chevelle ever since. The engine in the car right now is a 327 of unknown origins that came out of a truck we bought for 500 dollars. My friend we bought the truck from was told it had 30,000 miles since it was rebuilt. I drove the truck regularly for dump runs so we knew it was healthy. Anyway it runs, but it was butchered together everyway imaginable. Looking for advice on upgrades we can do as we go that wont be exotic. I'll post more pics tomorrow. Thanks.
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old Feb 12th, 17, 4:05 PM
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Re: 1968 Chevelle Malibu factory 327 4 speed

Welcome to the site Michael. Sorry to hear about the poor restoration. Hang around here for good advice and get it all fixed up.
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post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old Feb 12th, 17, 4:12 PM
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Re: 1968 Chevelle Malibu factory 327 4 speed

Welcome to Team Chevelle.

Your posting refers to the "original 2 barrel carb and manifold". As soon as I read this I knew this could not be so as (by my recollection) Chevrolet did not offer a 2 barrel 327 in Novas or Chevelles in 1968. Wanting to confirm this, I referenced Dale Mac's "Chevelle 1964-1972 Data and ID Guide" and I am correct. Only 4 barrel carbureted 327's, in 275 and 325 hp configurations, were offered in '68. And no 350's until '69. So the original engine was either a 4 barrel 327 or perhaps a 2 barrel 307.

As for your dilemma, so sad that a "restoration" shop would rip off a customer so badly. Any chance you could help your sister get some of her money back?
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post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old Feb 13th, 17, 12:41 AM
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Re: 1968 Chevelle Malibu factory 327 4 speed

1968 also had a low compression 250 H.P. 327, but it was also a Q jet.

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post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old Feb 13th, 17, 1:36 AM
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I have never seen any other than 275 HP and 325 HP 327's in a '68 Chevelle.
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Re: 1968 Chevelle Malibu factory 327 4 speed

Page from a 1968 Chevelle brochure.

According to Ark68SS there were 36,035 1968 RPO L 73 Chevelle's


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Re: 1968 Chevelle Malibu factory 327 4 speed

Welcome Michael, to Team Chevelle.....

Sorry to hear about your bad experiences. There are many good shops out there, as well as bad ones. The members here will be able to help you find a good shop in your area.

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I have never seen any other than 275 HP and 325 HP 327's in a '68 Chevelle.
Factory suffix codes for '68 Chevelle 327 (all 4 bbl):

250 hp L73 - EH, EI, EJ
275 hp L30 - EA, EC, EE, EO
325 hp L79 - EP, ES

I know where there's a fresh EI code engine sitting on an engine stand right now, but it has 3 deuces on it....

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Re: 1968 Chevelle Malibu factory 327 4 speed

I'm not positive without '68 specs but I'd think a '68 327 4 bbl in any form would've come with a Muncie 4 sp instead of a Saginaw. I base that on '69 specs which show the only V8 with a Saginaw was the 307 2 bbl.

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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old Feb 13th, 17, 9:20 AM
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I stand corrected. Also on Dale Mac's Chevelle Data and ID Guide, which does list the L73. I guess one can learn something every day. Thanks for the correction.....but the L73 does have a 4 barrel and not a two barrel, which was my original point...and I still can't recall ever seeing a 327/250 in a '68 Chevelle back in the day.
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I'm not positive without '68 specs but I'd think a '68 327 4 bbl in any form would've come with a Muncie 4 sp instead of a Saginaw. I base that on '69 specs which show the only V8 with a Saginaw was the 307 2 bbl.
One can "never say never" where old Chevys are concerned. Way back, a friend had a '67 Malibu equipped with a 327/275 HP. It came with a Saginaw 4-spd and a 10-bolt rear. Another friend had a '68 Nova, also equipped with a 327/275 HP. But the Nova had a Muncie and a 12-bolt. So who knows? My friend John Waag still owns the '67.
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One can "never say never" where old Chevys are concerned. Way back, a friend had a '67 Malibu equipped with a 327/275 HP. It came with a Saginaw 4-spd and a 10-bolt rear. Another friend had a '68 Nova, also equipped with a 327/275 HP. But the Nova had a Muncie and a 12-bolt. So who knows? My friend John Waag still owns the '67.
That is true. "Never say never" on what went out the GM door on these old cars.

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Been in the family since 1972. My sister had it restored last year and the shop she took it to did a horrible job. It looks great from 50 feet and pretty alright from 10 but up close her flaws are endless. It pretty much needs to be taken apart and put back together. I'll post more pictures tomorrow on my day off. We're looking for advice from chevelle guys on how to put this thing back together right and have a safe reliable car. This is the original color. The original 327 is sotting in my garage. The factory saginaw trans blew the guts out in Texas in the early 80's, its had a super T-10 in it ever sine. Factory 3.08 gears. I think the matching exhaust manifolds are on the car but the original 2 bbl carb and manifold is long gone. Thats the intake and Holley off of a 67 Camaro my dad ran in Super Stock in the early 70's and I believe that carb saw some use on a C econo dragster in the mid 70's. Its been on the chevelle ever since. The engine in the car right now is a 327 of unknown origins that came out of a truck we bought for 500 dollars. My friend we bought the truck from was told it had 30,000 miles since it was rebuilt. I drove the truck regularly for dump runs so we knew it was healthy. Anyway it runs, but it was butchered together everyway imaginable. Looking for advice on upgrades we can do as we go that wont be exotic. I'll post more pics tomorrow. Thanks.
The old 327 ci is likely a 307ci 2 Bbl

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Welcome to the site and sorry that it's on such bad circumstances. By the sounds of things, you may be hunting around a bit before you get the combination of stuff that you want, but if you're patient (or have money) you'll get there eventually! Good luck!
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