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by prairiehotrodder
Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: drag race tips
Replies: 3
Views: 207

drag race tips

I'm just breaking new territory with my malibu this past weekend. This winter i stepped up my motor and now i have a new problem. This past Saturday the car did a huge wheelstand that scared me and damaged a few parts on the landing. I need to know what to do to prevent that happening again. The car...
by prairiehotrodder
Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Canadian with 82 Cutlass.
Replies: 10
Views: 202

Re: Canadian with 82 Cutlass.

sounds cool, where are you from in Canada ?
by prairiehotrodder
Sat Jun 01, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 80 Malibu
Replies: 7
Views: 313

Re: 80 Malibu

sounds cool, consider doing a build thread on maliburacing. We are trying to keep this place alive.
by prairiehotrodder
Wed May 29, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Drivetrain Technical
Topic: factory 8.5 30 spline posi?
Replies: 8
Views: 773

Re: factory 8.5 30 spline posi?

Auburn has a cheaper one and a better one. Not sure what differences there are besides price.
by prairiehotrodder
Wed May 22, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Drivetrain Technical
Topic: 8.5
Replies: 6
Views: 1609

Re: 8.5

seems like a waste to me and i've done it before. I put an 8.5 in out of a 77 cutlass many years ago. Simply chopped off the lower mounts and installed the stock 7.5 lower mounts on with a welder and a tape measure. Its a little wider but that can be corrected with the wheel offset as has been menti...
by prairiehotrodder
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 6 point cage pricing
Replies: 9
Views: 277

Re: 6 point cage pricing

another thing to consider is if you want to do any restoration work on your frame or install new body bushings. Do these things BEFORE a roll bar install. Afterwards there is NO getting the body off the frame.
Brian
by prairiehotrodder
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 6 point cage pricing
Replies: 9
Views: 277

Re: 6 point cage pricing

different companies roll cage kits differ in the style of halo bar they use. The CE kits use a bar that comes all the way from the main hoop, along the top of the door opening then down the front of the door to the floor. Then a short bar across at your forehead. This forehead bar needs to be bent i...
by prairiehotrodder
Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 6 point cage pricing
Replies: 9
Views: 277

Re: 6 point cage pricing

in a malibu you must cut a hole through the floor and weld all your down bars directly to the frame. Then fill in the holes with sheet metal when you are done. Its about twice as much work as a mustang. I've personally built three 6 point roll bars and one 10 point. Its an art that improves with pra...
by prairiehotrodder
Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 6 point cage pricing
Replies: 9
Views: 277

Re: 6 point cage pricing

I'd go right to a 10 point. Yes that price sounds high but i've always done it myself so i don't know what others charge.
by prairiehotrodder
Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stopped by to say hi, place is looking a little empty.
Replies: 27
Views: 582

Re: Stopped by to say hi, place is looking a little empty.

Hey Tom, good for you on taking steps for your health. You'll be around longer ! I kinda miss this site to but i guess it couldn't last forever.
Brian
by prairiehotrodder
Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Suspension Technical
Topic: Best bang for the buck front suspension?
Replies: 5
Views: 762

Re: Best bang for the buck front suspension?

i have the ultra cheap speedway upper front a-arms. They are junk. I welded a reinforcement bar across them to keep them from bending which works good but they require alot of shims to get the alignment right. DO NOT BUY THEM. I have the Spohn lowers. They seem to work good. I just ordered a set of ...
by prairiehotrodder
Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Drivetrain Technical
Topic: GEN V 454 Swap ?
Replies: 9
Views: 275

Re: GEN V 454 Swap ?

sounds like a fun project. Good luck with it and have fun.
by prairiehotrodder
Sat Mar 23, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Drivetrain Technical
Topic: GEN V 454 Swap ?
Replies: 9
Views: 275

Re: GEN V 454 Swap ?

Not sure on the oil pan because i don't know what you are using. You could just measure from the flexplate to the front of the oil pan sump, then measure your car from the torque convertor to the crossmember to see if it will fit. You can also notch your crossmember if needed. If its a street car an...
by prairiehotrodder
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Drivetrain Technical
Topic: GEN V 454 Swap ?
Replies: 9
Views: 275

Re: GEN V 454 Swap ?

i would save the GN driveshaft and just get a new driveshaft built with 1350 joints. I would also bit the bullet and get the hooker super competition swap headers that are made for the big block G-body. They turn up used occasionally if you can't afford new. I've tried cheaper A-body (chevelle) big ...
by prairiehotrodder
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Drivetrain Technical
Topic: GEN V 454 Swap ?
Replies: 9
Views: 275

Re: GEN V 454 Swap ?

you will need to move / modify or change the trans crossmember to use your turbo 400. You will need to shorten the driveshaft. You can use the same motor mounts. Depending on the valve covers on your 454, you may need to remove or modify the heater / AC box for clearance. I've had a big block in my ...