BUILD THREAD budget-minded '79 malibu street & strip build

truckdoug

truckdoug

Not-quite-so-new-guy
Dec 23, 2018
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#1
Hi all, I came over here from Ls1tech after Motorhead Mike suggested I reach out to g-body enthusiasts.

My name is Doug and I run a small fabrication business (very small haha) in Portland Oregon.

A short time ago I sold my long-term project to help finance a move to a new house with a bigger garage and shop, and I immediately started the search for a new project.

Before we even had all the financing for the new place go through, I picked up this low option brown & camel malibu. Originally a v6/th250 car, someone had put in what turned out to be a cammed 305/th350 combo and some 40 series FM's

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Here she is the day I brought it home. Look that those centerline Prowlers! If you look closely, you can see the awesome chrome skull lock knobs :)


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she's got some lumps, but mostly complete and very little rust.


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truckdoug

truckdoug

Not-quite-so-new-guy
Dec 23, 2018
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I wanted to dig right in of course, but I needed to keep it a roller since we were selling our own house at the same time. So I worked on replacing the open highway geared 7.5" with something that could handle power.

I am fond of the Ford 8.8" and in this build I decided an upgraded fox body 8.8 was my best bet to get 31spline axles, discs and limited slip.

here's the axle I picked up. it came with the parts to upgrade it to 28 spline 5 lug drums using two short side ranger axles, but I needed 31 spline

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apart it came for stiffening and straightening.

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added pads to attach the front truss, zapped the axle tubes in place and straightened the housing itself

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front truss hoop

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31 spline tru track from an exploder with 3.73 gears

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abs tone ring does not fit in the fox housing

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added 31sp axles from motive gear

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truckdoug

truckdoug

Not-quite-so-new-guy
Dec 23, 2018
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next up was to add some LCA axle side bracket extensions

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threw on some discs from an SN95 by swapping the backing plates side to side and cutting them to fit inside the axle flange.

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at this point I could pull the 7.5 and start eyeballing for the frame side UCA boxes

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it's under there!

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truckdoug

truckdoug

Not-quite-so-new-guy
Dec 23, 2018
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I had momentarily contemplated a back half 4 link set up..but I want to stay budget friendly and most importantly...race this year

so I cleaned everything up for a trick chassis style frame side UCA bucket.

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got as much of the undercoating off as I could before I started zappin

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and then used up the rest of my stock of axle side LCA extensions to fab the buckets

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mocked in there.....downside of this set up is the LCA's end up really short...like 9" long hoepfully the added adjustability is worth all the effort

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zapping em in

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added a little horizontal gusset for some reason....it made sense at the time haha

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truckdoug

truckdoug

Not-quite-so-new-guy
Dec 23, 2018
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#5
next it was time to create the control arms. ordered some heims, bungs and adjusters from barnes 4x4 house and some dom from the steel yard

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lowers are easy. cut, weld, rinse and repeat

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uppers took a little work

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assembled and sprayed


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truckdoug

truckdoug

Not-quite-so-new-guy
Dec 23, 2018
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#6
I decided against coil over on this car for, again, budget reasons. Some used SA QA1's and some circle track weight jacks and springs

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my homemade press brake


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thats the lower spring bucket

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the upper bucket holds the end of the jackscrew

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and you can add spring preload like so

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truckdoug

truckdoug

Not-quite-so-new-guy
Dec 23, 2018
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after that was all in, I could swap on some new wheels.

amazingly, someone wanted the prowlers immediately after listing them on CL and I snagged some cheap dual bolt pattern rally reps

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oh I forgot about this gem...looks like fisher carriage co's aim was off on this lap weld

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so that needed to be ground out and repaired. guess I didn't take any pics of it though
 
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shoedoos

Greasemonkey
Jul 3, 2012
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loving your work....great to see it being all done at home.....
 
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