Last call, The 1983 Malibu wagon

Longroof79

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Oct 14, 2008
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Hey Bill,
Don't be discouraged. Sometimes you have to be in the right frame of mind to work on the car. If you have to walk away from it for a day or so, do it. I know where you're coming from. I think we all get to the point where we get pissed and feel we're not making headway. My patience isn't what it used to be. Then again I just turned 72...groan!:confused:
 
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Tack427

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May 26, 2015
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Hey Bill,
Don't be discouraged. Sometimes you have to be in the right frame of mind to work on the car. If you have to walk away from it for a day or so, do it. I know where you're coming from. I think we all get to the point where we get pissed and feel we're not making headway. My patience isn't what it used to be. Then again I just turned 72...groan!:confused:
I know. I did take a break and went back at it. Got my dash back together, wired my roll control to a dash light and some other miscellaneous stuff, but im probably going to order a new carpet at some point. So i didnt bolt the seats back in or anything
 
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Longroof79

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Oct 14, 2008
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Gainesville, Fl
I know. I did take a break and went back at it. Got my dash back together, wired my roll control to a dash light and some other miscellaneous stuff, but im probably going to order a new carpet at some point. So i didnt bolt the seats back in or anything
Don't worry, you'll gradually get to what you have to in good time. Even a little progress here and there is an accomplishment as minor as it seems. Hang in there.
 
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Bonnewagon

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Someone smarter than me once said "Just do a little every day- and one day it will be done."
 
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Woody1980

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Jun 3, 2022
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She looks better before the lights come on.

(Warning: Some of these Pic are Pictures of actual 4x6 gloss pictures. Because that's how things were done last century)

I bought this wagon, way back in 1998. With 4 mismatched bald and spitting tires, rotting off rear bumper, and hood with holes in it. Drove it 40 miles home with 3.8 liter/Th250/2.41open gears, screaming down the highway with plates from my fathers car attached.

First thing to go was the steel wheels with barely any thread, for a set of American racing tail gunner wheels from my recently departed 1984 Camaro




Next to go, the rotting rear bumper for a Lauren engineering fiberglass roll pan



Around the same time, I also swapped out the dash with a non cracked dash and started fabing a cluster of Autometer Phantom gauges, and adding bucket seat and a center console in place of the bench.


Kool story.. looks like mine a little
 

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