|01-30-2013 06:03 PM|
1965 Malibu Z16
In February of ’65, at the GM Proving Ground in Mesa, Arizona, Chevy debuted the 396/325-hp V-8 and a 425-hp solid-lifter version for the ‘Vette.
The Chevelle lacked a big-block option, but one was actually offered via a “secret” program. The Z 16 “Malibu SS 396” was the official name of the hot 365-hp car. It was not promoted, since assemblies were extremely limited.
It was specially engineered at a high cost. On the surface, the Z16 looked like a Chevelle with a 396, but it went beyond that. It was more like a big car than a midsize car, and Chevy wasn’t ready to mass produce it. The coupe had an H.D. ragtop frame, reinforced rear suspension, and two added body mounts. “Big-car” 11-inch power drums brakes were fi tted, along with stiff springs and shocks. The L37 V-8 had special left- and right-side exhausts. It was linked to a four-speed. An 8.875-inch ring gear was specified. Features unique to the Z16 included and air cleaner
with metal crossed flags, “396 Turbo-jet” badges, a special taillight board with an SS emblem and a unique ribbed black molding. All Z16 Chevelles had a 160-mph speedo, an AM-FM Multiplex four-speaker stereo, and in-dash tach. Chevy made 201 of the Z16s.
Z16 was the RPO (Regular Production Option) code given to the 396 engine option in the 1965 Chevelle and was used internally by Chevrolet. The Z16 is the 1965 Malibu SS 396 and was almost never referred to by the Z16 RPO number except in a few non-public Chevrolet documents. But the Z16 was much more than just the big 396 in the Chevelle SS. It was a complete package with many special and heavy duty chassis components including: Heavy duty suspension, special heavy duty rear axle, 4 speed transmission, special frame, special heavy duty power brakes, and unique power steering components. The interior was very special too. A 160 mph speedometer was only available with the SS 396. Mandatory options included a tachometer, deluxe front and rear seat belts, AM/FM stereo radio, padded dash and remote mirror. The 396 engine specified for the Z16 was the L37 375 horsepower version. The L37 was a heavy duty engine with forged crank and pistons, 4 bolt main bearing caps, large port heads, an aluminum intake manifold with a Holley carburetor and an hydraulic camshaft. Other Chevrolets would also receive the 396. The full size Chevrolet got the 325 hp and 425 hp version, the Corvette benefited from the 425 hp 396. The Z16’s L37 375 hp and the potent 425 hp engines differed only in their camshafts: the 425 hp version received a more radical, mechanical lifter design. The new Z16 was promoted heavily by Chevrolet. Many automotive magazines road tested or reviewed the special Malibu in the late Spring and Summer of 1965. These include Motor Trend, Car Life, Popular Hot Rodding and Mechanix Illustrated. Celebrities were used for the Z16 promotion including Dan Blocker (“Hoss”) from the top-rated 1960’s television series “Bonanza”. Chevrolet was a major sponsor of the show and felt, apparently, that the muscular Z16 would be well touted in Dan’s hands. Blocker received a car to drive and was reportedly asked to share it with some of the other “Bonanza” stars. This very Z16 is in a collector’s hands today. Nott every dealer received a Z16 - since it was very limited in production - but they were spread out geographically around the country. New York, South Carolina, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Texas and California dealers all had the 1965 Malibu SS 396. While rare, a few dealers actually got more than one Z16! Naturally, some of the Chevy dealerships that specialized or would specialize in high performance, new Chevrolets would receive cars. Well known dealerships that sold a Z16 include Yenko Chevrolet and Armon R. Smith.
Total Chevelle Malibu SS 396 production was 201 cars with one reportedly a convertible. It is not known to survive. About 65 Z16 coupes in restored or unrestored condition still exist making them one of the rarest and most desirable muscle cars.
A few racers were lucky to get them on factory sponsored teams. It isn't on the list because its so rare and was never an option and I doubt if one's in his truck or is the used engine he found
|01-30-2013 01:25 PM|
|chevyboy97||mine are Hooker headers not sure about the size tho|
|01-30-2013 09:46 AM|
Headers on bbc
|01-30-2013 12:32 AM|
thanks cdminter59 but i have 1 set of headers already that i got with the 402 in the '74
|01-30-2013 12:09 AM|
|01-29-2013 11:58 PM|
|01-29-2013 11:43 PM|
Headers on bbc
chevyboy97, If you want to try a set of headers check these from Summit Racing. In case you don't like them the price isn't that bad. $129.95 1974 CHEVROLET C10 PICKUP Summit Racing® Headers SUM-G9011 - SummitRacing.com. The Hooker headers are 1 7/8" tubing but are $469.95 1974 CHEVROLET C10 PICKUP Hooker Super Competition Headers 2826HKR - SummitRacing.com. Compare both sets of headers I believe I would buy the Summit Racing headers. Whatever set you buy I would get some VHT Ceramic paint silver or black. If you have a way to sand blast them before painting would work better. After painting heat the headers with a propane torch. Don't put the flame directly on them about 6" away. If some paint pops off spray it again while hot. I know Advance Auto and Oriley's carry the VHT Ceramic paint. Flat black SP102 and flat silver SP106. If you know somebody that has a oven to bake them in would be super.
|01-29-2013 10:33 PM|
|01-29-2013 09:57 PM|
Headers on bbc
cheyboy97, I think that the light trucks had the 402 in them until 1972. In 1973 the light trucks were offered with 454 ci engines. These gen IV 454 engines have been in trucks until 1990. In 1991-1995 the Gen V 454 was used and in 1996 the Gen VI came out. Doesn't matter whether it was a Chevy or GMC.
|01-29-2013 09:23 PM|
|chevyboy97||O ya...and it's a GMC...|
|01-29-2013 09:19 PM|
|chevyboy97||Found out today when i went to look at it that that pickup is a '78 not a '68...could that be possible??Did they put 454's in pickups that year??|
|01-29-2013 12:40 PM|
It was a weapon, in my 68 Chevelle SS.
326-336 252-262 @.050 110 LSA 105 i-C/L .551" .551"
The GM 454-450hp LS-6 cam was a sweeter "Street Cam" 306-302 advertized, 284-284 @020" 242-242 @.050" .520" .520" 114
108in/120ex Made great street power and torque
The 1970 Canadian built Pontiac Safari could be had with a 396 or a 454 LS-5. All Chevy driveline.
Mine when like hell, even all stock. Best $600 car I ever bought. I got it cheap cause the 454 had a broken rocker arm and the
seller could not find the misfire. (I knew exactly what the problem was)
|01-29-2013 02:17 AM|
|chevyboy97||Ya the 402 i have came out of a 1971 and i think it was a car|
|01-29-2013 02:12 AM|
In case you read by my edit!! the 396 was actually only put in 68 and 69 trucks, after 1969 they didn't make any more 396 big blocks, they were all 402s marketed as 400s in trucks and 396s in cars!
|01-29-2013 02:08 AM|
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