1980 Malibu Wagon resurrection

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Good to see you making headway. Once the engine's in and running it will inspire you to continue on your quest to make it driveable once again.
Keep up the good work. (y)
 
Boglog

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Did a little bit this weekend but nothing too exciting... got the cluster re-installed. Installed battery tray and battery, set radiator in and overflow. There’s some cracks in the fan shroud so got stuck on that. Is there a good aftermarket solution for this that’s not too much $$$.
 

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danielcolin92

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It looks good. Well done.
 
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Did a little bit this weekend but nothing too exciting... got the cluster re-installed. Installed battery tray and battery, set radiator in and overflow. There’s some cracks in the fan shroud so got stuck on that. Is there a good aftermarket solution for this that’s not too much $$$.
Hmmm Interesting, at least I'll know what the inside of the Cluster looks like, but I am also noticing like my 81' Malibu Coupe that you do not have a Needle pointing to what gear it is shifted to on the column, I am wondering if that was common in these cars?
 
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Hmmm Interesting, at least I'll know what the inside of the Cluster looks like, but I am also noticing like my 81' Malibu Coupe that you do not have a Needle pointing to what gear it is shifted to on the column, I am wondering if that was common in these cars?
After almost 40 years, they're super brittle. Bumping them can break the needle off, if it hasn't already vibrated off form use/age

Same applies for the gauge needles on the "gauge package" cars, especially the speedo needles.
 
MalibuDavyou5

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After almost 40 years, they're super brittle. Bumping them can break the needle off, if it hasn't already vibrated off form use/age

Same applies for the gauge needles on the "gauge package" cars, especially the speedo needles.
Well that explains it, I was guessing that the needle had broken off but I wasn't sure entirely. Thanks (y) .
 
Boglog

Boglog

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Hmmm Interesting, at least I'll know what the inside of the Cluster looks like, but I am also noticing like my 81' Malibu Coupe that you do not have a Needle pointing to what gear it is shifted to on the column, I am wondering if that was common in these cars?
Now that you mention it I’m not sure where that needle is or how it would move about because I don’t see how it’d be connected to anything. However, it did seem like something could be missing in there. Lol, what can I do, it’s low on the priority list.
 
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