Tuesday, December 10, 2013

15k: Madibu Cow Disease: 1982 Chevrolet Malibu Wagon with LY6 V8 Swap

The Chevy Malibu was a forgettable midsized sedan from the 80s and not worth a second glance...unless someone has shoved a modern fuel injected V8 under the hood, painted the bumpers body colored, tinted the windows and bolted on a set of Torque Thrust style wheels.  Today's feature has been transformed from Maliboring to Malibadass.  Find this 1982 Chevy Malibu Wagon with LY6 V8 swap for $13,200 in the middle of Missouri via craigslist.

Wagon...check.  De-badged...check.  Cool wheels (not too small, not too big)...check.  400+ horsepower fuel injected V8...check.  If you can live without shifting your own gears for a minute (we are talking directly to all the 2002Tii-slushbox haters), this is about the most badass 80s car on the block for less than fifteen large.

Pop the hood and you see a thoroughly massaged and ready to rock 6.0 liter Chevy V8 that is not described erroneously as an LS1 (yay for accuracy on the interwebs!!) and is correctly called an LY6 - which came from a 2007+ GMC truck.  Original power was rated at 360 horsepower, but with the sellers indicated modifications we'd be shocked if it was less than 400 hp. 

A brief glance inside had the staff at DT confused (why such a big brake pedal?) until we realized the left pedal was the foot e-brake as this thing is shifted by an automatic transmission - but a Malibu in any form won't win corner carving contests - it is a street/strip car at best.  This one could strip the street down to dirt with gnarly burnouts.

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  1. As a certified (certifiable?) wagon nut whose stable includes two 2005 Legacy GT wagons (one a Stage III 5MT the other a Stage II 5eAT) and a "massaged" '89 Volvo 745 turbo, I whole-heartedly approve of this message. The want is very strong with this one.

  2. Auto makes sense here as the car is built for straight line speed, the BMW is a perfect backroad machine or it was before that no talent a$$ clown ruined it.

  3. Thats one Big Anaconda Induction !


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