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General Information

Year
1970
Make
Chevrolet
Model
Malibu
Color
Cortez Silver
Packages
SS Tribute
History
I purchased the car in 2003, knowing that it needed a LOT of work. It was a running car, although it had not been registered since the late 80's or early 90's. The good: it was a 1970,it ran, it had no apparent frame damage, and it was complete. Bench seat, black interior, a bronze/brown repaint of the Gold which was underneath, along with a faded EDP coated driver's side fender. Wait- now it's time for the bad: there was rust and bad paint everywhere. The roof had been born with a vinyl top but it was long gone. In it place were holes in it's roof, the largest was about a 1/4", along with scale and corrosion from the moisture under the vinyl.
So, after having it flatbedded home, I drove it into the driveway, and within a week or so, I was stripping it down to the last nut and bolt. This took quite a bit of time, because everything that came off was evaluated, cleaned, painted, or marked for retention or sale. About the same time, I bought a basketcase '72 Chevelle which the owner could not find a title for. It was a bucket seat console equipped SBC400 car. I used it as a parts source and sold everything I wasn't planning to use.
By 2005, I had to vacate my rental property and lost my garage space. I moved the car to my friend's shop/business of sandblasting and restoration services. The car sat there for a year or more, while I helped him with a couple of vintage Chevy trucks. Once the shop had space, the Malibu had space for me to remove the shell from the frame, allowing the frame to be stripped, sandblasted, and painted. All new suspension component- bushings etc. were used, and the control arms were refinished and reinstalled. While this was going on, I was repairing rust in the floor and roof of the shell, which was on a rotissiere in the shop. To avoid weakening the structure, portions of the quarter panels were retained, while the damaged sheetmetal was repaired/replaced. Finally the body was sandblasted, then the remainder of the quarter panels were removed, along with outer wheelhouses.
The frame was rolled back under the car and reassembly began to take place. New Quarter skins were welded in, doors with rebuilt hinges installed, and basic alignment done. By now, it was 2012. The shell got epoxy primed and filler work done, paint was applied to the jams and underside of the trunk and hood. Glass was installed. By then, my friend needed the shop space, and I had purchased a home with a 2 car garage to complete the work. After dropping in the freshly rebuilt 355, the car was again moved to it's new home in my garage. Work continued off and on to complete as much as possible, while also doing things around the house
1970 Chevrolet Malibu (Cortez Silver)

Modifications

Drivetrain
SBC 355, approx 9.5:1 CR, SR Torquer Heads, (cast iron) Comp Cams,12-430-8 Hydraulic roller kit.
Interior
dash from a 1970 Monte Carlo donor, factory gauges purchased from ebay, which were sent out for rebuilding and calibration. New harnesses from M&H, LED lighting in the cluster. bucket seats cores from donor Chevelle, I rebuilt the seats- sandblasted frames, new foam, new black upholstery, repainted console. Floor repainted, Eastwood's dynamat-like product called thermocoustic barrier installed on floor, firewall and portions of the rear package tray, and wheelhouses.

Stay tuned, more coming
Exterior
New quarters, replacement used SS hood, floor pan sections as needed, some came from my donor car.

(Stayed tuned, more coming)
Audio
Stay tuned, more coming
Suspension
Stay tuned, more coming
Wheel and Tire
Currently 15x8 ralley wheels and used tires. Planning to install 15x7 (front) and 15x8 (rear) SS wheel and tires in the future months

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