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08Malibu

08Malibu

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Snapped a pic of the car outside work today. I know she’s a bit rough but I’m still cruising her. I’m hoping to start on the quarter seams this week. I’ll have to pull the rear glass to do it so it’ll put a dent in my driving it.
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08Malibu

08Malibu

Master Mechanic
Feb 9, 2014
345
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North Jersey
I was hoping to be making some progress with the body but that’s not the case. Lately I’ve been going through and tightening up loose ends. I welded up the header where it was leaking and made it fit better on the driver's side. I didn’t realize the passenger side was rubbing so I’ll have to take care of that. I also replaced the gaskets. I adjusted the exhaust where it was rubbing in the rear.
I also fixed something that I thought was a major problem but turned out to be my fault. No matter what I did I couldn’t get the valve train quiet on the passenger side. I kept adjusting and still noisy. Finally I looked closer at the valve cover and saw that 2 rocker arms were rubbing on the cover. Turns out that I bought 2 of the same side valve cover at the swap meet. I flipped it and noise gone. It’s been like that since 2008. All this time I thought the engine was completely shot. I felt like such an *ss when I found it. Time for a carb rebuild and maybe valve seals. No rush for an engine swap right now.
I also picked up a 2nd gen f body console. I was going to use the cutlass one but I think I like the f body better. What do you guys think?
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Streetbu

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Hey we all make mistakes. Glad you found it and figured it out though. I'd go with the 2nd gen console personally.
 
08Malibu

08Malibu

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Feb 9, 2014
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North Jersey
I’m definitely going with the f body console. I can get a dual gate shift plate for it and there’s room for 2 cup holders. Only problem is there’s a cut out in it for the power window switch, so I’ll have to address that. So the cutlass console is going up for sale.
 
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melloelky

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I’m definitely going with the f body console. I can get a dual gate shift plate for it and there’s room for 2 cup holders. Only problem is there’s a cut out in it for the power window switch, so I’ll have to address that. So the cutlass console is going up for sale.
a buddy of mine in high school ran the f-body in one of his car's,he reworked the switch hole to fit a coin tray/ashtray of some kind.it worked out.you're in and outta cars during the week I'm sure you'll see something on an interior get an idea off it.
 
08Malibu

08Malibu

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Feb 9, 2014
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North Jersey
a buddy of mine in high school ran the f-body in one of his car's,he reworked the switch hole to fit a coin tray/ashtray of some kind.it worked out.you're in and outta cars during the week I'm sure you'll see something on an interior get an idea off it.
I was thinking of the coin holder thing or maybe a spot to rest my phone.
 
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O. D. Showtime

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Just finished going through your thread...will be watching for updates. Car reminds me of the 81 my son and I built..

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08Malibu

08Malibu

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Just finished going through your thread...will be watching for updates. Car reminds me of the 81 my son and I built..

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Nice car. Right now the car is in a bit of a holding pattern. I’m enjoying just driving it so I’m really reluctant to do anything to it that will keep it down for even a little bit. My wife’s good friend’s mom has an all original fox body convertible that I may get. It’s been sitting for a bit so maybe I can get it running as a cruiser so I can tear into the Malibu a little deeper. I still want to do the Malibu as a rolling resto but right now I don’t even want the car down overnight.
 
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