BUILD THREAD Malibu T-Top Conversion


Doug Chahoy

Royal Smart Person
Nov 21, 2016
Gotcha, 315 is a HUGE tire. Gonna be awesome. I’ll be paying attention to how you make 275s work in the front.
Malibu ST

Malibu ST

Jan 19, 2019
These pics are about 10-12 years old.
Maybe it will give you an idea or something just to compare it to.

Is that a Malibu you have or had? I just recently got a nose like that for mine. Any completed pics


Master Mechanic
Apr 15, 2014
More progress! This guy showed up at work today. Challenge number one is figuring out how to get it out of the truck. Then off come the accessories, exhaust manifolds, etc.

I have a 10% off coupon for summit, so I’ll order up the trans, motor mounts, headers and whatnot to mount it on the chassis. When that all arrives, I’ll go into self quarantine.


Master Mechanic
Apr 15, 2014
Engine and trans are pretty much ready for install. I bought a -4 fitting instead of -3 for the clutch MC so I have to wait to bleed out the clutch system. Dammit! Started piecing the hydra boost together and am reading the Dakota digital gauge instructions to prep for install. If it ever stops raining I can get the chassis back home and start putting it all together.

This quarantine stuff makes it easy to get work done!



Master Mechanic
Apr 15, 2014
Starting to almost look like a car!! The only issues I ran into were an incorrect pilot bearing and a fuel line I ran right into the passenger header. I spent what I thought was too much money on the Holley engine mounts and headers, but I must say it all fits awesome! It’s got as much clearance as you’re going to get with 1 7”8 primaries. Almost like they designed it to work;)

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Royal Smart Person
Supporting Member
May 22, 2011
Central NY
Wow, gorgeous! Did you grab the bolt that fell onto the ground? Looks gold color.
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