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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old Mar 25th, 01, 2:52 PM Thread Starter
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I just found a malibu wagon near me with a 4 speed.... looks to be a 78. It has a 6cyl, and is 500 bucks. I heard a 4-speed malibu from this era is rare, but how rare? Is it even more rare that this is a wagon?

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old Mar 25th, 01, 3:00 PM
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How rare...Very rare. I think something like 1500 total that year had manual trans. I could be wrong on that tho.

Best thing would be to buy the wagon and then sell the linkage and pedals...worth 500 on its own.

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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old Mar 25th, 01, 3:26 PM
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A wagon with a four speed, sounds to me.

Do I see an engine swap in the future?



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If the body isn't to bad and you have the time and money I would go with the engine swap idea. A 4 speed wagon would be way cool.

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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old Mar 25th, 01, 4:33 PM
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Andy is right on the money. I have paid $500 for the linkage for that swap alone. If you decide that you don't like the car, then sell the linkage, and then sell the car for $200, and you've made a profit.



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Sounds good, Im gonna try to check out the car sometime this week, if I buy it I'll sell my buick

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A 4 speed car is rare indeed.....how rare I am not sure though. I have a 78 2 Dr. Malibu with a factory V8 and 4 speed that came with No A/C and No PS, and I have been trying to find production numbers on them and as of yet, Nothing. Sounds like a keeper to me!!! OPG is reproducing the pedals, so the parts are not worth as much as they used to me

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I went to look at the car today, it was sold..... for 100 bucks. I saw no rust, and the interior looked perfect. I could have cried....

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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old Mar 26th, 01, 4:37 PM
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I have everything to switch a Malibu over to a 4 speed, took it off my car a long time ago and then sold the car as the guy didnt want a stick. If you hear of anyone looking I will sell the stuff. Have it all including the bellhousing, fork, frame braket, z-bar, pedal assy., floor hump and bezel. I think even the boot. New pedal covers etc.

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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old Mar 26th, 01, 4:43 PM Thread Starter
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I may go back tomarow and ask to speak to an adult. The kid was a real @$$. I heard him mocking me as I left. The car may still be for sale after all, the kid is probably just a ***** .

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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old Mar 27th, 01, 6:21 AM
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The 4-speed option is rare no matter what body style it is in. I have seen this combination in Malibu 2 doors, Monte Carlos, and El Caminos. A wagon with a factory 4-speed would be a really rare car......and very neat.
I can add a good story to this topic. In 81 I ordered a new GMC Caballero loaded with all possible options including V-8 4-speed. The only options that I could not get were cruise control and strange as it may seem positraction!!!! I submitted the order two times trying to get the posi but it was rejected both times! I had a lot of fun with this truck but being the fool I am sold it in 83. The 3rd owner still owns it. He worked for a GM dealer and did a little research on production figures.......he was told that there were only TWO 81 Caballeros produced with 4-speed transmissions!!!
Since then I acquired another 81 El Camino that was a V-6 3-speed out of Arizona. It is now powered by a TPI Vette 350 with an original 4-speed behind it! DEJA VOU!!!!!
By the way, I have a friend looking for a complete manual transmission set up for one of these G-body cars. He needs all of the pieces.
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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old Mar 27th, 01, 8:53 AM
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I have a tan (Pastel Sandstone) '81 GMC Caballero with a 4 speed, no posi, A/C, buckets, console, and some other goodies that I bought, in poor shape I might add, from a guy in Springfield Virginia. I love it!

I'm still looking for the OE shifter knob, but otherwise its all there! But I think there's more than 2.

And it's NOT in poor shape anymore!

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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old Mar 27th, 01, 5:11 PM
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There isn't really much difference between the 3 & 4-speed setups. There were both Saginaws, and even used the same shift lever (even the mechanisms were almost identical). The consoles used on these rare manual trans late A-bodies were the same whether it was a Malibu Classic, Monte Carlo, Grand Am, Grand Prix, Cutlass or Regal. I don't have the production figures, but they are certainly rare.
I have a road test from a 1979 Motor Trend of a '79 Grand Prix SJ with a 301 / 4-spd. I later read in High Performance Pontiac that only 50 such GPs were made in '79. My brother missed out on a '78 Monte Carlo back in the early eighties that had a 231 Buick / 4-spd. All the makings were there. Also in 1981 GM Canada built a batch of '81 plain Malibus that were sent to Iraq as taxis. Iraq reneged and the cars were shipped back to Canada and sold cheap the following model year. They were all the same option-wise (ac/, blackwalls, small hubcaps, bumper guards, tinted w/s, am/fm stereo, 229 V6 / 3-spd.) I haven't seen a good one in years; there was a junker in my neighborhood that disappeared suddenly 2 years ago (so much for grabbing the parts).
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Re: Malibu wagon 4-speed.

Hello all, I'm new to this site, just found it tonight. Anyway I have a 78 malibu landau factory 4 speed. I have the original wheels and tires. I put in a 327 and dual exhaust, and a paint job, but everything else is original, and was wondering what you guys might think this is worth? and if any of you would be interested in it? I'm in the process of building a chopper and already have one too many cars than my landlord allows, and the malibu has been sitting in my drive for 5 years, so I need to let it go at least someone will enjoy it.
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