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82 Malibu wagon with caddy 500

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82 Malibu wagon with caddy 500

Postby pyrofenix on Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:59 pm

I just picked up a Malibu wagon with a big block Cadillac 500 already swapped in. The front suspension is a little low (don't think the previous owner did anything to the suspension when dropping in the extra weight).

I don't want it to sit real low or anything but not at stock height and I'm not sure what I should get for the front suspension - 550# springs? More? :?: I'd welcome all suggestions!

I'll post pics tomorrow.

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Re: 82 Malibu wagon with caddy 500

Postby green79gp on Thu Nov 10, 2011 1:35 am

pyrofenix wrote:I just picked up a Malibu wagon with a big block Cadillac 500 already swapped in. The front suspension is a little low (don't think the previous owner did anything to the suspension when dropping in the extra weight).

I don't want it to sit real low or anything but not at stock height and I'm not sure what I should get for the front suspension - 550# springs? More? :?: I'd welcome all suggestions!

I'll post pics tomorrow.

would love to see it
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Re: 82 Malibu wagon with caddy 500

Postby Longroof79 on Thu Nov 10, 2011 8:29 am

I'd also love to see this wagon. I knew of one other 500 cu.in. Caddy powered Malibu wagon. It was painted a flat rootbeer color with black painted wheels. It was very sinister looking. I think the guys name was Chris...I can't recall.
But the last I heard, this car was for sale.
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Re: 82 Malibu wagon with caddy 500

Postby pyrofenix on Fri Nov 11, 2011 5:33 pm

Sorry, took longer than I expected with work. Here she is, my $900 purchase!
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Re: 82 Malibu wagon with caddy 500

Postby Longroof79 on Fri Nov 11, 2011 5:58 pm

Nice score, man! I like it. It must be a blast to drive. Thanks for posting up pics.
What plans do have for it?
You might also want to consider a fan shroud or electric fans. Also, as far as front springs. MOOG #5660 S-10 springs might work nicely with a heavier Caddy motor.
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Re: 82 Malibu wagon with caddy 500

Postby pyrofenix on Fri Nov 11, 2011 7:08 pm

It had several small radiator leaks so I have already purchased a new aluminum radiator and will be going with a pair of electric fans to help keep it cool.

Other than the going through the front suspension, it's just got a bunch of small things that need to be done. Once I have those, i'll re-address my plans.

Gotta keep the plans small until after the girlfriend becomes a fiance/wife.

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Re: 82 Malibu wagon with caddy 500

Postby Bonnewagon on Fri Nov 11, 2011 7:42 pm

Cool car! A super-sleeper. When I put a Pontiac 400 in my 81' Malibu wagon the front end scraped the ground. I used 77' TA springs with 3/4 of a coil cut off. Without cutting, the nose pointed to the sky, like there was no motor at all. I cut a 1/4 coil at a time and watched how she sat. At 3/4 of a coil, it was about 2" taller than stock, and a VERY firm ride, yet compliant. A lot of work to do it incrementally, but worth it. As I always say, you can cut more off, but you can't add any on. And there is no formula for "this spring will give you that height" because every car/motor combination is different. Good luck with the car and the wife!
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Re: 82 Malibu wagon with caddy 500

Postby Peter on Fri Nov 11, 2011 7:47 pm

awesome.
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Re: 82 Malibu wagon with caddy 500

Postby pyrofenix on Fri Nov 11, 2011 9:46 pm

Thanks, I definitely want to keep the sleeper feel.

I really love having the big block under the stock hood. No cowl to give anything away. A stock looking fiberglass hood would be nice to shed some weight would be good too though! So many ways to go...

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Re: 82 Malibu wagon with caddy 500

Postby Blake442 on Sat Nov 12, 2011 5:37 pm

Sweet wagon! :banana:
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Re: 82 Malibu wagon with caddy 500

Postby khan0165 on Sat Nov 12, 2011 5:51 pm

that's one of the most badass sleepers I've seen, ever... :notworthy:
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Re: 82 Malibu wagon with caddy 500

Postby 1980PontiacWagon on Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:31 pm

deffinatly keep the stock hood. Everyone tried to convince me to get a cowl because it would look cool...cool is blowing the doors off a mustang gt and gettting a :wtf: look at the next light.

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Re: 82 Malibu wagon with caddy 500

Postby JBreu on Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:37 pm

Now that's a really sweet grocery getter!!!! One hell of a price as well, great score!!!
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Re: 82 Malibu wagon with caddy 500

Postby sleepycutlasscruzer on Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:39 am

nice looking wagon!
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Re: 82 Malibu wagon with caddy 500

Postby dogshit on Mon Nov 28, 2011 12:50 pm

I have put the 500 in two gbodys. See my pics. There is also another thread on here with great pics etc where he put one in a Elcamino. The 500 is a lot lighter than a 454 but non performance gbodys had stupid soft springs. Moog springs are cheap & available at any autoparts. The 5660 as mentioned would be ideal & drop right in & only set a 1/4 to 1/2" lower than factory ride height. No offence but screw cutting coils. The Edelbrock aluminum intake saves 22 pounds! And frees up some HP in the middle upper rpm range & costs you no torque down low. It is taller but if the motor was set in right read low close to crossmember it will still work under a stock hood especially if you trim out some hood braceing.

Here is a good link for performance Cad parts and hot rodder advice. The owner Marty is a stand up guy & very helpful. His engine builder John is also helpful & very knowledgable. Even competed in an engine masters competition with a Caddy he built. http://WWW.500cid.com

Having the bigger g body front sway bar also helps handling a lot. Or even better the 36mm hollow from an early 90s WS6 equiped Trans Am or 1LE Camaro. Last I knew you could still get that bar at GM parts direct or a dealer fairly cheap. But you may need the Caddy 425 angled oil pump base to mount the sway bars without washers or spacers to clear the oil filter.

You can also get heat & your factory AC hooked up if you want. The 80/81 368 came the R4 compressor that we have on the gbody so brackets & pulleys make it easy to mount. Plus no smog and all lighter sheet metal pulleys for a quicker rev & less parastic loss. Finding an 80/81 in the salvage yard is the trick though. Last the other caddy vendor out west has headers for a gbody depending on what you want out of this beast.
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