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Username Post: Introducing my Coupes        (Topic#308706)
Chevy Knight 
Forum Newbie
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Chevy Knight
Age: 35
Loc: Mexico
Reg: 02-23-14
02-25-14 11:48 PM - Post#2430569    

Hi guys, I just introduced myself on newbie's forum. Let me introduce my cars:

First, my absolute favorite this 1980 Malibu Coupe Landau. It rolled out the factory with a 350, 350 tranny and heavy duty suspension.

I bought it about 9 years ago and was my daily driver until 2010 when I decided to keep it in storage and drive a newer car. Through all this years I repaired the tranny, I put in a new Edelbrock carburetor,I rebuilt the suspension and last year it got a new paint job and upholstery. Next step is the engine, I want to rebuild it using performance parts to get some extra horses.

When I bought it was like this:



Now:

























In second place we have this car I purchased in 2011:

1981 Malibu Classic Landau wich is almost all original the thing I like more on this car is a factory 4 speed shifter mounted on the floor. It was an old lady's who bought it new. Since the car has less than 100k miles is in excelent shape but cosmetic details like paint dents rotten vinyl roof and cracked dash. It came like in the old times, just with a 350 and synchromesh tranny 2 pipes and w/o power options or A/C. May be it will need new shock absorbers and tires soon.



































I hope you enjoy guys!

--- 1956 Bel Air sports sedan (project) ---
--- 1980 Malibu coupe ---
--- 1981 Malibu coupe factory 4 speed ---

--- 2003 Chevrolet (Opel) Vectra


 
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junkman104 
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junkman104
Age: 60
Loc: Murphy N.C.
Reg: 01-25-14
02-26-14 05:31 AM - Post#2430590    
    In response to Chevy Knight

Nice cars, there is a Malibu section fr 78-83 down the page in the Chevelle section.

Hard to believe those cars are over 30 years old already, My first new car was a 79 El Camino that was sold many moons ago.



 
Richard Martin 
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Richard Martin
Loc: Davis Islands, Florida
Reg: 06-12-03
02-26-14 05:16 PM - Post#2430777    
    In response to Chevy Knight

Nice cars but... were Chevrolets built for the Mexico market different than US cars?
1980 Malibu Coupe:
"It rolled out the factory with a 350,"

Chevrolet sez the 1980 Malibu wasn't available with a 350 engine.
http://www.lov2xlr8.no/brochures/chevy/80mali bu8.h...

Ditto for the 1981:
http://www.lov2xlr8.no/brochures/chevy/81mal/ bilde...

Even the 1980 & '81 full size Chevrolets, except for the diesel engine and police package cars, were not available with a 350 engine.
1980:
http://www.lov2xlr8.no/brochures/chevy/80_7.html

1981:
http://www.lov2xlr8.no/brochures/chevy/81cap/ 10.ht...


Richard




 
Chevy Knight 
Forum Newbie
Posts: 8
Chevy Knight
Age: 35
Loc: Mexico
Reg: 02-23-14
02-26-14 09:23 PM - Post#2430883    
    In response to Richard Martin

Thank to you two guys.

  • Richard Martin Said:
Nice cars but... were Chevrolets built for the Mexico market different than US cars?




Yes indeed, they were different. Cars to be sold new in Mexico were produced in Mexico too but some 79s.

Since the emission controls and reglamentations were different and less severe here they could put a 350 on these cars. Base engine was a 250 c.i. straight six instead V6 which was not available, soon I could post a sample of a car like that.

See ya around guys!



--- 1956 Bel Air sports sedan (project) ---
--- 1980 Malibu coupe ---
--- 1981 Malibu coupe factory 4 speed ---

--- 2003 Chevrolet (Opel) Vectra


 
Chevy Knight 
Forum Newbie
Posts: 8
Chevy Knight
Age: 35
Loc: Mexico
Reg: 02-23-14
02-26-14 09:36 PM - Post#2430890    
    In response to Chevy Knight

Hey Richard by reading the brochures you posted I figured out there was no 4 speed transmission available for 81 models neither??

--- 1956 Bel Air sports sedan (project) ---
--- 1980 Malibu coupe ---
--- 1981 Malibu coupe factory 4 speed ---

--- 2003 Chevrolet (Opel) Vectra


 
Richard Martin 
Dedicated Enthusiast
Posts: 5568
Richard Martin
Loc: Davis Islands, Florida
Reg: 06-12-03
02-27-14 07:13 AM - Post#2430973    
    In response to Chevy Knight

Angel:

Thank you for the info on your cars. That's why chevytalk is so great. I learn something new every day.

Richard



 
nstlga 
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nstlga
Loc: Colorado
Reg: 12-01-05
03-02-14 10:58 AM - Post#2431944    
    In response to Richard Martin

I clipped this from this site:

http://www.g-body.org/history/c/over-c.php

"In Mexico, General Motors produced this generation in the Ramos Arizpe plant, and was sold during three years (1979 to 81). Mexican versions came in three trim levels (Chevelle, Malibu and Malibu Classic) and two body styles (Sedan & Coupe) with the 250-cubic-inch (4.1 L) l-6 as basic engine and the 350-cubic-inch (5.7 L) 260 hp (194 kW) V-8 as the optional; this engine was standard on Malibu Classic models, during the three years of selling. This was possible because the Mexican regulations about emissions were more flexible than in the U.S.A."



He who dies with the most toys doesn't necessarily win, but had more fun getting to the finish line.


 
DOC396 
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DOC396
Loc: ohio
Reg: 06-10-04
03-03-14 04:09 PM - Post#2432398    
    In response to nstlga

Really like the 4 speed. 260 net hp is pretty good for a car that size. How does it perform?



 
DOC396 
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03-04-14 11:23 AM - Post#2432624    
    In response to DOC396

I am thinking they must have used gross horsepower rating still? After checking around I could not find much info on Mexican built engine specs. But if the 350 was 260 net hp, that would put it up around 350 hp or more gross. Which is unlikely in 1981 with the rest of the Malibu drivetrain. doc



 
Chevy Knight 
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Chevy Knight
Age: 35
Loc: Mexico
Reg: 02-23-14
03-09-14 07:04 PM - Post#2434329    
    In response to DOC396

  • Richard Martin Said:
Angel:

Thank you for the info on your cars. That's why chevytalk is so great. I learn something new every day.

Richard



Anytime Richard!!! Yep I hope to learn new things in this site too.

  • DOC396 Said:
I am thinking they must have used gross horsepower rating still? After checking around I could not find much info on Mexican built engine specs. But if the 350 was 260 net hp, that would put it up around 350 hp or more gross. Which is unlikely in 1981 with the rest of the Malibu drivetrain. doc



I'm not sure that is the actual power. The engine was still in production until some years ago and was known as LM1 or Goodwrench replacement. I think actual power was about 180-200hp.

This 4 speed runs great, there are no much of these still out there, manual shifter was the main reason for picking this car up!

--- 1956 Bel Air sports sedan (project) ---
--- 1980 Malibu coupe ---
--- 1981 Malibu coupe factory 4 speed ---

--- 2003 Chevrolet (Opel) Vectra


 
Chevy Knight 
Forum Newbie
Posts: 8
Chevy Knight
Age: 35
Loc: Mexico
Reg: 02-23-14
03-09-14 07:08 PM - Post#2434332    
    In response to Chevy Knight

Here's a base '81 sedan for sale, you can see the in line six mounted under the hood. The car in the ad is an automatic but another difference between US-Mexican models was the availability of a three speed column shifter for this engine only, most of those 6 cylinder/manual cars were used as taxis or fleet cars.

http://auto.mercadolibre.com.mx/MLM-441493917-clas...

--- 1956 Bel Air sports sedan (project) ---
--- 1980 Malibu coupe ---
--- 1981 Malibu coupe factory 4 speed ---

--- 2003 Chevrolet (Opel) Vectra


Edited by Chevy Knight on 03-09-14 07:17 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
DOC396 
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DOC396
Loc: ohio
Reg: 06-10-04
03-10-14 08:16 AM - Post#2434461    
    In response to Chevy Knight

Thanks Knight, that makes sense on the 180-200 HP. Pretty cool at any rate.... doc



 
Charlie5280 
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Posts: 30

Reg: 01-12-14
04-05-14 03:44 PM - Post#2442233    
    In response to DOC396

I seriously want a Coupe now lol



 
VintageCarryall 
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Posts: 2634

Loc: Arizona
Reg: 10-08-06
04-06-14 06:32 PM - Post#2442539    
    In response to Chevy Knight

Def must've been a 'SoB' thing since no 1978 up USA Malibu came with the 250 Straight Six.

The drivetrain options for Mexico were def much more lenient than here in the USA or even Canada till ca. 1990 when full USA style emissions controls were finally mandated in the former nation.

I remember seeing a 1980-81 Dodge 'Dart' (Mx spec 2 door Diplomat) with a 360-4V with no smog devices to speak of except for PCV and possibly an evan system. NO catalyst, no smog pump, no EGR and no ELB but factory fitted with full dual exhausts with the tailpipes exiting side by side to the right of the gas tank.

1994 Dodge Caravan SWB 3.3L V6
1962 Studebaker Lark 4 door 350 Chevy/TH350



 
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