1974 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Classic
1979 Pontiac Trans Am Special Edition Y84 SE
Head to Head
I got this car in the autumn of 1983. I was actually trying to get my uncle's '75 Monte Carlo, but he wouldn't sell it to me because he said it had too many problems. so I kept looking. Mom found this car! Wasn't exactly what I was looking for, but if Mom thought it was cool, I HAD to have it! It needed a lot of interior work and had some (a lot) of rust bubbling out on the bottom of the doors and some on the front parts of the 1/4's. My Uncle Raymond helped me with the bodywork and sprayed the white stripes along the bottom. That was just the beginning of the project ahead of me. I spent the next 6 years learning how to work on cars by basically tearing this one apart and replacing or modifying every piece as I went. I was getting it close to what I wanted it to be when I had my girl-friend run out on me. I was stupid enough to go out looking for her at midnight on a Saturday. A drunk driver found his way into the passenger side, spinning me into oncoming traffic, then leaving the scene! My baby was done for. It was crushed like a can and bent like a banana. I had another '74 that was traded off for another car. I had a chance to buy a really nice '73 from a friend until he left the gas cap off and the car caught fire. I'd like to find another someday!
My brother told me about this "black Trans Am" he saw on Hwy 64 in AR. on his way to work. I told him the last thing I need right now is another car as I had too many projects going already. He said this one looks pretty good and the sign said runs good ! It turned out to be a true Y84 SE well long story short I "had to" buy it. I have owned this car since May 2007. REBUILT the transmisson in 2009 and the engine in Sept 2010.
Specs for “Mychevelle”
Bought it with a 350 that had a truck 4 bolt main block. That went bad on me to be replaced with a 307 from a '72 Nova, which was replaced with a 305 (temporarily) until I got another 350 built for it. The 305 was bad pretty much from the beginning. so I put new bearings in the 307 and put it back in waiting on the 350. Original rear-end was changed out because of a twisted or bent axel. Had Black-Jack headers, turbo mufflers, dual 2-1/2" exhaust out the rear
Specs for “bandit”
403 6.6 Liter V8 , Automatic Trans , Posi trac rear
Factory Options for “Mychevelle”
Standard Brakes (non-power)
Chrome Trim out the ying-yang
Factory Options for “bandit”
Cold Air conditioning, T Tops, Black hobnail cloth deluxe Int. Cruise Control, electric windows and door locks, tilt wheel, Y84 SE Package.
Mods for “Mychevelle”
First thing to go was that ying-yang chrome and vinyl top
Dual Exhaust with Headers And Turbo Mufflers
Rear-end from a '77 Malibu Classic
'73 LeMans 1/4 windows with louvers
Gas shocks all around
B F Goodrich Radial T/A's
and just about every nut, bolt, & everything they held on!
Mods for “bandit”
This car was bone stock when I purchaced the car. I recently rebuilt the engine, the 403 now has #5 olds high compession heads, cloyes high performace timing chain, melling high output oil pump, all new clevite 77 rod bearings and main bearings. Stock pistons but with a set of chrome rings.The heads have been ported and polished. New fuel pump,water pump,oil pump.Completely painted under the hood and detailed. I have the original #s matching heads and they can go with the car.
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