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Old 10-15-2012, 02:46 PM
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Did you know that there are 4 speed monte carlo SS's, (g-body, not the original) but only available in Mexico for some reason?

But anyways i was thinking about this while half-asleep; They really made alot of these a/g bodies. Every division except cadillac had one. This is amazing. Which GM division(s) designed it?
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Chevy probably built most of them. They also had some in Pontiacs. They are rare no mater which brand they came on. You could get a 350 and 4 speed in 78, in 79 the 305 was the largest engine. Over on the Monte Carlo SS BB they are converting G body cars to manual transmission with the brake and clutch pedals from a 3rd generation F body and using a hydraulic clutch. People forget you are moving less weight on the 78 and up El Caminos. I put a roller cam 305 in mine, I'm happy with it, it pulls good. I have some full length headers but I have not tried to see if they will fit . I had trouble trying to get some shorties to fit
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When GM designed them, they designed them so a dual exhaust could not be used without modifing them. The transmission cross member is made so a exhaust pipe will interfear with it on the drivers side. I cut a section out of the crossmember and braced it on top so I could run a exhaust pipe on the drivers side. Most of the aftermarket headers for a SBC say they won't work with the 78 and up 4 speed G bodies. They might after the cross member is modified.
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Second thought:

i think what would look great would be, for example, a 78-83 malibu coupe painted red and with corvette ralleys also painted red.

This would be a very cheap hot rod/cruiser.
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I kind of enjoy when these "threads from the crypt" get resurrected. It kind of shows that what was interesting to some of us 5 years ago is STILL interesting today.

What year was it (1980's?) that GM produced a boatload of Malibu's with manual transmissions and sold them to the Saudi's ????

It sounds like history is about to repeat itself, with sales of the Malibu up 160% in the first 3 month of production.
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The ones they made with manual transmissions have always been poplular. When they show up on Ebay there are always bids on them. There are some road test articles on the internet from back in the day. The only problem is they used a Saginaw transmisssion instead of something better. Some people have been using T5 transmissions for swaps. There is a night and day difference with the ST10 over the Saginaw.
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