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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old May 25th, 20, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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Finally Bought a 1970 Chevelle Malibu

Whats up Guy and Gals! My names Andres but everyone calls me Andre.

After years of searching I finally got a 70 Chevelle. Took a 3 hour drive to the high desert and found a virtually rust free Malibu.
It came with 2 folders of documentation since new! Even the window sticker! And I found the build sheet in the coils of the front bench seat. I know it's not an SS but it's just cool to me to add it to the documentation(I hope it doesn't disintegrate when I unfold it it's very brittle).

I'm pretty sure she's got her original 350. It had a TH350 but it was swapped for a TH400 some time ago. She runs and drives but I'll keep it non-op until she's good enough to cruise.
She not pretty at all but give me a year or two, and I hope to make this a good looking driver with restomod upgrades.

I plan on the build up in this order (subject to change).
1. Brakes and steering
2. Body mounts
3. LS engine and trans swap.
4. Paint and Body
5. Interior
6. Start cruising!
7. Audio
8. Suspension Upgrades
and more.

I've been a dedicated family man for over 27 years. Now that the kids are doing their own thing, time to get back to my roots.
I don't have many close friends that are gear heads so looking to make new friends that can help with information or resources that can help me with my project here in San Diego.

Appreciate any advice on getting my project done.
Wish me luck.
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old May 25th, 20, 1:32 PM
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Re: Finally Bought a 1970 Chevelle Malibu

If the car has sat a long time/doesn't drive I'd put #3 above in front of #1 above. I've seen a few LS conversions that were never completed go up for sale (since its your first one). so I would recommend puling out motor and tranny and doing the LS conversion first.
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Great looking car. Keep it the same color also.
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post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old May 25th, 20, 1:53 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Finally Bought a 1970 Chevelle Malibu

Thanks 64tempestwagon for the Tip. I'm considering that. Alone the same lines of projects that never get completed, I'm thinking of getting an entry level LS engine just to get it moving the right direction. Maybe something out of a Tahoe 5.3L with transmission that would be much easier on the budget.

Or would that be a waste of time?
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Re: Finally Bought a 1970 Chevelle Malibu

@elco68 Thanks Man. But I always wanted a black Chevelle with White or Red SS stripes. So when I got the car home, we found it was infested with black widows. My wife said you better take of of "Black Widow" before you start working on it. So I parked it the garage and bombed it with foggers. After I did that twice in a week, there gone.

So it's gonna be Red Stripes.

And that's how she got her name.
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@elco68 Thanks Man. But I always wanted a black Chevelle with White or Red SS stripes. So when I got the car home, we found it was infested with black widows. My wife said you better take of of "Black Widow" before you start working on it. So I parked it the garage and bombed it with foggers. After I did that twice in a week, there gone.

So it's gonna be Red Stripes.

And that's how she got her name.
Black is a good color. Welcome to Team Chevelle.
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Thanks 64tempestwagon for the Tip. I'm considering that. Alone the same lines of projects that never get completed, I'm thinking of getting an entry level LS engine just to get it moving the right direction. Maybe something out of a Tahoe 5.3L with transmission that would be much easier on the budget.

Or would that be a waste of time?
Depends on what YOUR realistic HP goals are. A all aluminum engine (LS1) is lighter and takes off some front end weight. A LS2 adds another 50 HP. An LS3 way more HP. Depends on your age and need for speed. I was looking for a spirited driver, thus opted for a factory controlled (ECM) LS1 transplant. I wanted a turn key , no fuel smell, classic that ran smoothly like my newer cars and got 24 mpg highway doing 65-70 mph.
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Welcome Andre, to Team Chevelle.....
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@elco68 Thanks Man. But I always wanted a black Chevelle with White or Red SS stripes. So when I got the car home, we found it was infested with black widows. My wife said you better take of of "Black Widow" before you start working on it. So I parked it the garage and bombed it with foggers. After I did that twice in a week, there gone.

So it's gonna be Red Stripes.

And that's how she got her name.
I don't know about your final choice but I love my triple black. Yes AC is necessary. Do it your way! Welcome
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Re: Finally Bought a 1970 Chevelle Malibu

Not to start a p*ssing match, but I'd do the LS swap dead LAST.

You have a running 350 and a working tranny. Why not get those to work first, fix everything else, and then do an LS swap...with something making over 450 HP?

IMHO, the OP has way too much to do before attempting to swap in one of the world's weakest LS motors into a car that needs.....everything else. The juice just ain't worth the squeeze, IMHO.

Personally, I'd get everything else sorted out and the car running and THEN put in a much nicer/bigger LS motor.

Now, it's still a Free Country and as Patrick Swayze said...."Opinions Vary".
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post #13 of 19 (permalink) Old May 26th, 20, 8:30 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks augy!
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post #14 of 19 (permalink) Old May 26th, 20, 8:31 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Freedy!
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Thanks Billdini!
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