NEW Project 1978 Malibu LQ9/4L65 Swap 4-28-11 Running Again

BoostedbuLQ9

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Dec 16, 2008
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Here we go guys,

We are getting started on our LQ9/4L65E Swap. 8.5 Grand National Rear (built) Gotta get the Car cleaned up a bit before we can start.

Non-A/C. We are installing a non-ac heater box. Got Brp Mid-Length Headers Ceramic Coated, Also Brp Mounts and not sure on trans crossmember yet.

Gonna use either Grand National Rad with fans or F-Body Radiator with fans. Gonna try and keep the LQ9 Oil Pan because its no diffrent if i was to run a deep sump pan.

Motor has 200 miles on it. Still working on locating 4L65E trans. Using Stock PCM with Hp-Tuners program. Surely going with nice cam swap and maybe a Victor Jr intake with wilson elbow for better flow rates.

Using a Monte Carlo SS interior swap with 2002 Firebird Cloth seats and not sure what wheels will be installed but something lightweight.

Here are the build details
Well Guys project is well underway.
2004 Caddy Escalade Motor 2,000 miles LQ9 Block
Stripped motor installed set of 243 Heads, new Valve springs
Tune Time Performance Cam Swap
BRP LH8 Oil Pan SWap kit
Double roller Timing Chain Set
Brand New LS6 Intake, Billet Fuel Rails, 42Lb Injectors
C5 Front Accessories SWap Alternator and Power Steering only
BRP LSX Swap Motor Mounts bolted to frame
TCI Full Built 4L60E (650 HP) 3200 10" Converter, Trans Cooler, Fluid
Mr Driveshaft Brand New Driveshaft and 1350 Yokes
Fully Built 8.5 Grand National Rear End 1/2 studs, Detroit Locker 3.73 Posi
SPohn FRont And rear Tubular Chrome moly Control Arms
1987 monte Carlo 4.3 Fuel injected Gas Tank
QA1 Adjustable Shocks
Fiberglass Front and Rear Bumpers
Full 1987 Monte Carlo Interior Swap with Grey Trans Am Buckets
Dakota Digital Full Dash Swap gauges
Painless LS1/LS6 Drive By Wire Wire Harness with fuse block
411 Factory Computer
Alumiinum Radiator Core Support
Iceman Chrome moly Trans Crossmember
Monte Carlo SS Tilt Steering Wheel, SS Steering box and Flaming River Intermediate Shaft
Racetronix 340 Walbro Fuel Tank
Racetronix Hot Wire Kit

Pictures to Follow.

BoostedbuLQ9
Ralph
 

BoostedbuLQ9

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Re: NEW Project 1978 Malibu LQ9/4L65 Swap

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BoostedbuLQ9

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Re: NEW Project 1978 Malibu LQ9/4L65 Swap

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Fully Built 8.5 GN Rearend HD Axles, Studs, Detroit Locker, 3.73, Girdle
 

blubaldmontess

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Re: NEW Project 1978 Malibu LQ9/4L65 Swap

OK, just a question, are you keeping it FI or going carbed on this one? Just wondering because I picked up a dbw lq9 but didn't have wiring harness or gas pedal or puter....thought I'd ask

As for the swap, i love those headers, just haven't had the fundage to buy them yet. I'm going to keep watching though because thats awesome progress.

Otis
 

BoostedbuLQ9

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Dec 16, 2008
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Re: NEW Project 1978 Malibu LQ9/4L65 Swap

Refer back to first post.

Stock PCM controls with HP-Tuners under control. THis motor also will be getting a full cam swap, rockers, push rods to give it bit moore than stock power.

Leaving the stock heads on it.

RAlph
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TOMS78BU

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Re: NEW Project 1978 Malibu LQ9/4L65 Swap

Nice looking Malibu. Where does the boosted part come in? Are you planning a supercharger or turbos? :twisted: Looking forward to updates on this one.
 

BoostedbuLQ9

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Dec 16, 2008
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Re: NEW Project 1978 Malibu LQ9/4L65 Swap

Some Progress! Only got a few days left to get the Whells on it and over to the shop for Motor swap and Super Chevy Mag to follow the story.

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BoostedbuLQ9

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454RAT

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Re: NEW Project 1978 Malibu LQ9/4L65 Swap(MORE PICS)

looks really good. that effort paid off. what control arms are those on the front?
 
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Anonymous

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Re: NEW Project 1978 Malibu LQ9/4L65 Swap(MORE PICS)

NICE F'IN job man!!!!

Love the clean up on the frame and underbody!!! Can you come do mine? hahaha
 

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