Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Jefferson County, WA
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?