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What did U do to your G-body today??

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Re: What did U do to your G-body today??

Post by 78elk » Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:25 pm

I put a new battery in my 78. The old one was 9 and 3/4 years old. The new one is the same brand Interstate.

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Re: What did U do to your G-body today??

Post by StreetBu » Thu Oct 31, 2019 1:31 am

I've got an Interstate in mine, but have a draw somewhere and it'll kill the battery in about three weeks if I don't drive it. Been meaning to find the source and fix it but just haven't made time this year.
'78 bu, 350/380hp, M-21. Now with a GN 3.42 rear and Detroit Tru-Trac, 18x9.5" wheels on all four corners with 275/35/18's, grey bucket seat Monte interior

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Re: What did U do to your G-body today??

Post by LS6 Tommy » Fri Nov 01, 2019 6:26 pm

I didn't really do anything "to" the Malibu, I got a delivery today of correct NOS wheel well trim screws and labelled the package and put it with the rest of my "for later" parts.

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20k mile '80 Malibu, currently undergoing long term (aka no money) factory style install LS6 454, Cowl Induction, Legend LGT 700 5 speed. Full Global West suspension, 17" N90 wheels, 12" front/11" rear disc brakes, 9" 3.70 Auburn Pro posi.

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Re: What did U do to your G-body today??

Post by Doober » Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:44 pm

LS6 Tommy wrote:
Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:30 pm
Doober, Madge is still a "Driveway Eliminator". Things have been slim for us. I lost my job a year ago last June, then lost the new job last July. Normally I do a Holiday Club with my bank and it's my total car budget for the year, but this year it might just go to pay bills.

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Ditto on the driveway thing... I haven't done much with it, but I start it every once in a great while to circulate the fluids... the tires are pretty old (some old Yokohamas that were on the Irocs I'd traded for some Camaro/Corvette wheels), so I don't want to risk driving it too far/fast and a tire coming apart.

It still needs basically all the interior besides the dash (mint '81 Lemans dash, Slimbo said a long time ago he'd shoot me for cutting it up, lol). I have a floor-shift auto column, but want to get the bucket and mechanical parts to make an authentic stick-shift column with the key release lever. The body still has some love needed, not as bad as many, but still some stuff needs to be fixed... firewall above the HVAC box has rusted through (I've never seen anyone else talk about this, anywhere), so that will have to be patched, and there's some pinhole rust in the passenger floorboard (likely windshield/HVAC box/heater core related) and the trunk.

I have a used T5 I was planning to rebuild with a G-Force set (~$1500 I think for the hard parts, plus rebuild parts + misc.), but I think I've changed plans to do a T56. It seems the used units are worth their weight in gold now, don't see many under the $2000 range that aren't cores or needing added parts/work... a brand new Magnum unit is something like $3200 +tax/shipping/etc., I think by the time I bought a used unit and had it rebuilt I would be past that for a transmission rated at 2/3 the power/torque of a Magnum, so I've started saving.

I have a B-Body 8.5 to swap in, but haven't touched it besides finding the gear ratio. I'm going an alternate route there and keeping the original width, which - if I measured correctly - happens to line up with the offset/backspacing needed for the high offset wheels of the 4th gen F-Body/C4+ wheels. This I can rebuild at home, and probably get the shock mounts close enough to work properly (they're on the front of the housing vs. the rear for G-Body). SSM makes a set of swap bars for a B-Body into a G-Body. The front suspension has a couple companies that make extended length a-arms, so I can move the front spindles out the same 3" as the difference for the rear, but I haven't been able to find much explanation online about changing arm length vs. suspension geometry/handling... I would think it can help in the camber department, but I'm like 95% noob when it comes to geometry. With the wider rear/front I'm hoping to be able to run some late model GM wheels (and big brakes to match), was thinking of some C5+ wheels, but we'll see where that goes when we get there.

While the engine is still the mild 350 I built about 13 years ago, I eventually want to build a 6.0 with L92/LS3 heads... I like the idea of 500+hp with mostly factory parts, and being able to spin it harder than most production small blocks of the old days. This would be the cherry on top, it's still fun to drive with what it has.
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Re: What did U do to your G-body today??

Post by StreetBu » Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:46 pm

If you look at the big picture, it seems like an overwhelming task to get accomplish. Wars are won with little victories. Pick a small project to do on it. Save $ a couple of dollars at a time and when you have enough, complete that one small project. It happens quicker than you think IF you want it to. I save all my change every day and throw it in bucket. It adds up much quicker than you think. Save $10 per week and don't touch it. Next thing you know you'll have a several hundred.
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Re: What did U do to your G-body today??

Post by 78elk » Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:22 pm

I pulled and painted the plastic brackets around the headrests. I used SEM Light Oak paint. The brackets were red. I had red headrests and we are changing them to match the door panels. I'll put up pictures when I get them installed.

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Re: What did U do to your G-body today??

Post by 78elk » Sat Nov 09, 2019 5:15 pm

I put the newly covered headrests on today.
New headrest https://imgur.com/a/ME0qrjH

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Re: What did U do to your G-body today??

Post by remmons » Sat Nov 09, 2019 11:40 pm

I drug a 1982 Monte Carlo home today. It has no motor or drivetrain, and no interior. But it does have a cowl hood and T-tops, so this will make for a nice cruiser. I'll be making a list of parts and to-do's and begin the build process.

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Re: What did U do to your G-body today??

Post by 78elk » Sun Nov 10, 2019 2:14 pm

I painted the plastic bracket that surrounds the center armrests on my 60/40 bench seat. We are in the process of changing the covering to match the rest of the interior.

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