1971 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu (Green Monster)
Last updated Jun 29, 2009
In the winter of 2002, I stored my Trans Am in a friend's garage and I noticed he had this 1971 Chevelle in there that one of his friend's owned. The guy apparently bought it in the early 90's from a little old lady. One of those stories you hear, but never actually think could happen.
The car was bought new by this lady and driven only a few miles to and from stores, doctors, etc... Her sight ended up deteriorating so bad that she could no longer drive so the car sat in her garage for about 8 years and never driven.
She decided to sell the car in the early 90's and asked a family friend to look at it and get it running for her. The guy couldn't believe she only wanted $1,000 for the car. He gave her $2,000 and took it home.
The new owner was my friend's friend. He was fairly young and had lots of money to waste. The car was mint with only 35K miles on it, but had a couple tiny rust bubbles around the rear wheel wells. So instead of just patching it, he put two new rear quarters on it. He also built a blown, injected and fogged out of the stock 350 engine, bought a Jasper racing TH350, installed disc brakes (front and back), shaved the door handles, added door poppers and had the whole car repainted the original color. He even bought a new vinyl top to replace the old one.
All this took a couple years to complete and was a beautiful car when it was finished.
Then in 1997, the guy took his car out while he was drunk, hit the nitrous and lost control and hit a telephone pole in the front end. He towed the car to my friend's garage and there it sat ever since.
I asked the guy what he was doing with it and he said he just wanted to get rid of it and said he just wanted $5K. I went to the bank the next day and got a loan and bought the car.
Since I already had my Trans Am, I only worked on the car here and there. Pretty much just buying parts to someday put it back together. I owned the car for about 3 years and only managed to get the front frame & firewall painted and installed the front suspension, fenders, hood and grille.
Finally in the fall of 2006, I decided to sell the car to pay for a wedding. I know, I know - don't give me grief. I get enough from my friends for letting this one go. I ended up selling the car to the guy who's garage it was in when I first saw it. I got $5K for it, but kept the motor. I have a deal with the guy that if he ever wants to sell the Chevelle, he'll give me first dibs.
8 months after selling the car I ended up buying my dream car - a 1972 split bumper Camaro so the Chevelle engine will now go in that. I miss the Chevelle, but everything seemed to work out in the end.
World Sportsman II heads (2.02/1.60)
1.6 roller rockers
B&M 144 Supercharger
B&M Superjection (fuel injection)
MSD 6A ignition box
MSD programmable timing computer
NOS Powershot kit
Jasper racing TH350 tranny
10 bolt rear
boxed control arms
disc brakes front and back
original grandma green with matching vinyl top
shaved door handles and rear side tail lights
remote door poppers
This car started life as a plain Jane Chevelle Malibu painted grandma green. Actually the color grew on me over time. You always see red, black and silver Chevelles, but hardly any like this. It really was a cool car.
TH350 column shift tranny
green exterior with matching green vinyl top
Jade green interior
manual locks and windows
drum brakes front and back
Please see Specs section.
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