1980 malibu LS swap project

lt4malibu

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Feb 22, 2004
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figured id start a thread for my little project, here's a basic rundown:

car: 1980 2 door malibu with 60,000 miles(found it in an old lady's basement)

power-train: 2000 camaro LS1, 4l60E, factory GM harness(modified by me to be stand-alone unit)

swap stuff: BRP hotrods motor mount kit & transmission crossmember and headers, LH8 oil pan, and modified G-body fuel tank

basically the goal is pretty simple: to have a reliable, fun, daily driver/sleeper/cruiser - the motor is stock and gonna stay that way for now, trans has a fresh rebuild with a few upgraded parts but nothing to break the bank. trying to do this on a budget of $3500-4000 and have it running by February so we'll see how that goes. i went with the BRP kit mainly because after much debate i want to keep the A/C and since im building this in my garage under my garden apartment i dont have access to a welder to modify the front crossmember (their kit allows you to keep the low-mount a/c compressor).

here's the start of the tear-down:
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first test-fit with the transdapt setback plate kit i had laying around:
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for some reason i had oil pan clearance issues with these and the f-body pan, i did a 78 malibu a few months ago with this exact same setup and it fit perfect so it figures on my car the cheaper route wouldnt work ](*,)

had an air intake kit from my silverado laying around, looks like it should be a good fit:
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test fit with the BRP kit:
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today i pulled out the stock 7.5, hopefully ill come across a good 8.5 for a decent price
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EFI fuel tank mounted, corvette filter/regulator mounted and plumbed, currently in the process of bending a new steel line from the filter all the way up to the firewall but my tubing bender is a plastic POS so i ordered a sturdier one (which i hopefully wont break this time!)
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blubaldmontess

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Very nice looking project! Good luck on everything, its a blast to have the LSx and the goals you've set are pretty reasonable
 

79loserbluebu

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Nice job been waiting on a swap thread from you for a while. How do you like the trans crossmember? I went with an Iceman instead.
 

lt4malibu

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Feb 22, 2004
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crossmember is nice, kinda awkward to get in i also have an iceman crossmember i might try but unfortunately the project may be on hold for a couple weeks because someone decided to break into my truck and stole my cell phone, Ipod, cd's, and a few other things :x
 

Roller406Bu

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Sep 10, 2003
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I had to put some dents in my pacesetters with the transdapt mounts back years ago on the pass side.....I want ceramic coated headers now, you think your brp's would work or not? Looks like there motor mounts are def farther back then mine....let me know your thoughts...
Landon
 

LIVE4RDO

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If you ever decide to sell this one, I'd like to be first in line. Good luck. Nice build.
 

79loserbluebu

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Jun 15, 2009
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Roller406Bu said:
I had to put some dents in my pacesetters with the transdapt mounts back years ago on the pass side.....I want ceramic coated headers now, you think your brp's would work or not? Looks like there motor mounts are def farther back then mine....let me know your thoughts...
Landon

I don't think that will work out too well. The BRP mounts lift the engine up a little bit compared to the Trans-dapts
 

pmgm

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Nice build....
 

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