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Old 09-12-2003, 11:27 AM
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my 65 malibu

I just got my 65 Malibu for $600.00. It has 50k original miles, the original owner (a close friend) hardly used this car. The car is in good shape. He installed a Isky 280 just around the 50k miles and stored the car. He said during those days it was normal to do a motor overhaul when installing a cam, so he actually overhauled the motor, installed the cam, and put it to rest. Through the years he said that he would remove the plugs and squirt lube in the cylinders and start the engine once in a while, drive around a bit, and store it again. this went on for around 30 years. I plan to start it up this weekend. I will dump all the fuel in the gas tank, install new fuel filter, and lube the cylinders. Any comments would be greatly appreciated, I am a rookie, and I need guidance.

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Old 09-12-2003, 11:59 AM
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Well for one thing....GREAT BUY!!!
That is a great car for that price.

He seems like he took care of the Chevy pretty well, better than most that leave a car sitting around for that length of time. Your rubber and bushings will probably be shot, unless he payed attention to them. Where does he live? If you are in the North and lots of moisture, check the frame for deep rust. It will have surface rust, but make sure that the frame can withstand the drive.

Also the carb, it will probably be dried out and don't be suprised if it doesn't work. Go for a rebuild, or just replacment (QJET).

Good luck and have fun!

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Old 09-12-2003, 12:16 PM
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Sounds like you have everything covered on your first time trying to start it. When you pull the plugs to squirt the oil, check the plugs and clean em if needed. Other than that, you should be set. Good luck! Post some pics as well!
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Thanks for the responses guys! I live in Hawaii, and I will try to figure out how to post some pictures. Oh...I also scored some goodies at a garage sale from a neighbor (before I bought my car). Items include: Torker 2 Edlebrock intake, rebuilt starter (small block), 4160 Holley, Carter AFB, timing light, and a new (sealed) power valve for the Holley, all for $25.00. If I came earlier he said he would have given me a 350 SB with 4 bolt main, all fixed up. He said he just dumped it at the recyclers . I hope I can use this stuff on my 1965 Malibu 283.
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Well, I don't think you would want to use the Torker II, unless you 283 has a healthy cam in it. It's made for upper rpm use. You'll probably be driving your malibu mainly on the streets where you need lower rpm torque, and it won't be there with that intake. Sorry to tell you that, but for the deal you got it for, you'll be able to make some money if you throw it on ebay...
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A little engine information of my 1965 Malibu. It has a Isky 280 cam, Carter AFB, and 350 trans. This is the original 283 motor. And it has been overhauled at 50k when the cam went in. I have hopes to slap the Torker 2, and the 600 cfm Holley on. Later I'd like to slap some headers on. What do you think? Would this work for a grocery getter?
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Torker 1 will work better and is more period correct -use 600cfm or smaller.
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Use it!

The Torker II should work fine with the cam you have and the AFB, RPM range is 1500-6500 for the Torker II.If you have any jetting issues with the AFB you may want to switch to the Holley you have as a backup, as Holley accessories are easier to come by.
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I just got my 65 Malibu for $600.00. It has 50k original miles,
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