Inside and out, this is one of the best looking classic Malibus we’ve ever seen. From the black interior and deep red exterior, to the chrome and clean engine compartment, this car is gorgeous. More than just eye candy however, this car is built to drive, and it’s setup to fly!
The car belongs to Pat Stauner of Ravensdale, Washington, and he’s had it for 34 years! He bought the car when he was only 19 years old. “When I bought the car, I put a big-block in it,” Pat explained about the 427 cubic-incher he dropped between the front fenders. “It had an M21 four-speed and it was black on black.”
In its current iteration, the build was finished 5 years ago, and it took 6 years to build. “It only took so long, because it was in the body shop for a long time,” Pat explained. Pat did the mechanical work himself, but there was a father and son team out of Spokane that helped with a lot of the fabrication work.
A little lighter, a little smaller, and a little higher output than the old big-block that was in the Malibu before, the new LS engine does wonders for this classic car. While a 427 is a classic, tried-and-true engine, the blown, modern powerplant gives it just a little more oomph. It features a supercharged LS3, with a TKO-600 five-speed with a dual-disc clutch. Further drivetrain upgrades include an aluminum 4-inch driveshaft and a Currie 9-inch rearend, filled with a 3.25 geared positraction reared.
The whole build sits on a boxed, factory frame with Viking shocks all the way around and Global West A-arms up front. Stopping power is provided by a hydraboost braking system, and a hydraulic-assist makes using the clutch easier. A custom exhaust lets the Malibu breath easy, and a Rick’s Tanks custom fuel tank ensures proper fueling at all times.
The deep red color was the first thing that caught our eyes, but there are plenty of other subtle enhancements to the car that really make us love this Malibu. The door lock caps, for example, are lathe turned by the fabrication team Brad and Rich Gortsema.
Along with a full compliment of Dakota Digital gauges, this Malibu features a Vintage Air Gen-4 A/C system, push button start, power windows, and a RetroSound head unit for the stereo. The interior was all custom done C&B upholstery, and is top notch. It’s as beautiful inside as it is outside.
Beyond just being a really cool car that’s fun to drive, the Malibu means a lot to Pat. “I’ve had this car forever,” he said. “I bought it when I was 19, so it’s definitely got some sentimental value to it.” He’s had the car for more than three decades, and it’s been through a lot of change throughout those years. Although it’s going to stay like this for at least a little while, it’s going to keep evolving and improving as the years go by and Pat continues to drive his car.