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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 13th, 19, 2:02 AM Thread Starter
 
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Confused ‘71 owner

Hello all. Original owner (my dads and mine) ‘71 Chevelle Malibu coupe. Currently all original. Looking to convert it to a manual and upgrade the 350. But after searching and reading lots of posts not sure which route to go. Any advice and direction would be greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 13th, 19, 2:31 AM
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Re: Confused ‘71 owner

Welcome to Team Chevelle.

What are your ultimate goals? You want a nice cruiser, quarter mile car, or nice handler like auto cross or canyon carver? Or is your game originality??? Take a second to fill in your profile so we know your name and your general location.

Installing a 4 speed behind the 350 is not that difficult. Reproduction parts are available and for the most part workable. Ask for recommendations in the transmission forum and we'll set you in the right direction.

Upgrading your 350 is pretty easy too. We'll want to test the current condition of the engine or you could pick up a crate engine that is ready to go. Ask in the engine section and you'll get lots of opinions and advice.

If you post your questions in the specific forums you'll get more info. Here we pretty much get to know you and welcome you aboard.

Some pictures of your car will help us see where you're starting from.
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 13th, 19, 8:55 AM
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Welcome to Team Chevelle.....

Excellent advise from Al . ^^

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Welcome to the team. A family car is always special. The history and sentiments are more valuable than the steel and paint. Please follow Al's advice to show and tell us more. It sounds like a cool project.

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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 13th, 19, 5:25 PM
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Welcome to the site.

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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 13th, 19, 6:43 PM
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Re: Confused ‘71 owner

Welcome sly.

I converted my 72 Malibu coupe from auto (3 speed on the column) to a 4 speed manual. I ordered most parts from OPGI for the swap and found an M20 locally. Make sure you get a hurst shifter specific to your car. Pretty straight forward, still ironing out the kinks with the linkage.

I did swap the trans and engine at the same time. Maybe pull the 350, freshen it up and do a cam and then do the trans swap at the same time? Dont forget you will have to chop the floor and add a hump for the shifter. Mine is just riveted in, didnt feel like welding it up.

One thing I wish I did was lay down some sound deadening material while the bench seat and carpet were out.

Is your car console or non?

Feel free to PM me if you have any specific questions.

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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 16th, 19, 12:54 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hello all and thanks for the input so far. Yes it has sentimental value for sure. But feel it is time to do some upgrading. I’m attaching some current pictures. Looking for a fun run around with a little more power. My next 3 cars I had after this one we’re all stick and I miss that aspect of driving so that’s why I’d like to turn her into a manual. Like to try and keep it close to original. It currently has the bench seat and hoping getting my hands on buckets isn’t too hard.

I don’t have the place or the tools to do the job myself. And even though I consider myself pretty handy I’ll be farming it out I think. I do have a very trusted mechanic but want to nail down my direction before I bring the project to him.

Thanks again all and loving this site!
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 16th, 19, 1:58 AM
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Lookin good Sly, you've got good bones to start with.

Hope to see you post your specific questions in the specific forums.
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 16th, 19, 11:21 AM
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Re: Confused ‘71 owner

Welcome Sly from another '71'er. Sharp looking Malibu.

I have some pedals and a Z bar and maybe some other 4 speed things I will be listing in the classifieds (still digging them out).

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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 18th, 19, 10:19 AM
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Welcome to the site. If you are going to do the conversion I would suggest you investigate the manual overdrive transmission choices. There are plenty of Muncie transmissions on the market. However they are 50 + years old and many have case issues as well as need rebuilds. One could have significant $$ in making a 50 year old trans sound. Plus unless your rear end is low numerically the 1:1 4th gear ratio is not really highway friendly. With an overdrive one can have off the line grunt and good highway rpm. Plenty of info on this site about trans choices and conversion info.
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 19th, 19, 11:40 AM
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Re: Confused ‘71 owner

I converted my 68 Chevelle from an auto to a Tremec TKO 600 5 speed. I used a mixture of OEM and reproduction parts for the clutch linkage. The Tremec required some fab work to the tunnel, but it was easy to do and is not noticeable with the carpet installed.

I finished the car just in time for the 2019 Hot Rod Power Tour and I love the overdrive. I was able to average 18 MPG with a 430hp 350 and 3.73 rear gears. The car is a blast to drive and it can comfortably cruise 75mph at 2200 RPM.
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