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2021 GMC Sierra Elevation crew cab / 6.5' bed. 3.0L DuraMax / 10-spd.   It's only money.

This whole crossover craze has gone a bit too far....

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52 minutes ago, daves87rs said:

Man, I am hearing 80 degrees this week?

Going to be mid to upper 80s here this week. Now, if it would come without the mandatory humidity, that would be great lol.

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1 minute ago, daves87rs said:

What. IS. That? (YUCK!)

Toyota C-HR!!  As described on Toyota's site as 'Your Eccentric Match'.

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24 minutes ago, daves87rs said:

What. IS. That? (YUCK!)

That, my friend, is what's known as a 'hot mess'.

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'16 Malibu 1.5T. Have to say, this car is a huge improvement over the '09 that preceded it. It does 90 on the highway like it's doing 40. The power is also very good as is the handling/ride/steering. 

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12 hours ago, Robert Hall said:

Toyota C-HR!!  As described on Toyota's site as 'Your Eccentric Match'.

Ummmmm.....no.

 

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On 4/24/2021 at 8:30 AM, balthazar said:

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I "sort of" like it, but then I've got a weak spot for pop-up headlamps.

On 4/24/2021 at 8:35 AM, Robert Hall said:

^ hmmm. ‘61 full-size styling study? I’m guessing Olds going by the rear quarter

You may be onto something.  At first, I thought Pontiac, because it's more "out there" and the rear wheel skirts would be seen on so many of their standard sized cars going forward, even if sporty.

But, with the way the front grille is treated, plus some "rocket-like" styling cues along the sides, it could be an Olds.

I like it more than not ... for its day.

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3 minutes ago, trinacriabob said:

I "sort of" like it, but then I've got a weak spot for pop-up headlamps.

You may be onto something.  At first, I thought Pontiac, because it's more "out there" and the rear wheel skirts would be seen on so many of their standard sized cars going forward, even if sporty.

But, with the way the front grille is treated, plus some "rocket-like" styling cues along the sides, it could be an Olds.

I like it more than not ... for its day.

Some interesting details on that concept..definitely has the '61 B- and C- body A pillar shape, and a similar to the '61 C-body roofline.   The scoops in the fender and door, if reversed, are similar to what appeared on the '63-'65 Riviera. 

The rear quarter reminds me of a '61 Olds, with the skegs and bumper shape.  The roofline is similar to the prouduction C-body.  '61 Olds 98 for comparison..

 

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GM frequently used design cues from concepts on later production cars, regardless of Divisional badging between the 2.
So one can see cues that remind one of other RPO cars, but the concept here came out of the Pontiac Studio: 

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I stumbled onto this Curbside Classics vehicle.

A very basic '77 Malibu Classic in impeccable condition.

You scroll down and see a bullet proof inline 250 c.i. 6 and nothing much else except the automatic trans, power steering, and power brakes.

So, no A/C, no electric accessories, but nothing to spruce it up. either.  I think it could be much helped with (1) a set of thin whitewall tires, (2) some nicer wheel covers (like the "spirograph" ones of that era), and (3) 2 body colored exterior mirrors ... and (4) some blue seat belts.

This is basic, reliable motoring at its best.  I wouldn't mind having this.

https://www.curbsideclassic.com/blog/cc-for-sale/cc-for-sale-1977-chevrolet-malibu-classic-simply-good/

Pampered, it would be amazing how low this sled could last.

 

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Some good Jazz for Monday...

 

 

On the automotive front, would love to have been alive in the early 60's for those cars. Many of them are far better designs than even the later sixties cars. 

1 minute ago, trinacriabob said:

I stumbled onto this Curbside Classics vehicle.

A very basic '77 Malibu Classic in impeccable condition.

You scroll down and see a bullet proof inline 250 c.i. 6 and nothing much else except the automatic trans, power steering, and power brakes.

So, no A/C, no electric accessories, but nothing to spruce it up. either.  I think it could be much helped with (1) a set of thin whitewall tires, (2) some nicer wheel covers (like the "spirograph" ones of that era), and (3) 2 body colored exterior mirrors ... and (4) some blue seat belts.

This is basic, reliable motoring at its best.  I wouldn't mind having this.

https://www.curbsideclassic.com/blog/cc-for-sale/cc-for-sale-1977-chevrolet-malibu-classic-simply-good/

 

I miss seventies cars also. This could park in the library lot while I was reading inside as a kid...Neat survivor. 

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2 hours ago, trinacriabob said:

This is basic, reliable motoring at its best.  I wouldn't mind having this.

https://www.curbsideclassic.com/blog/cc-for-sale/cc-for-sale-1977-chevrolet-malibu-classic-simply-good/

Pampered, it would be amazing how low this sled could last.

Meant to say "how long* this sled could last."  As a hobby/second car, anyway.

* not into low riders ... no thanks.

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I think I've mentioned before; my buddy has a '77 Malibu 2-dr. It was a 250 CI I6, now it's a 454 V8. He was just asking me to help him find big block front springs for it this morning.
Neat to see such a well-preserved one as the blue job linked above, but there's a lot of details on these cars that just screams 'cheap' to my eye.

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3 hours ago, trinacriabob said:

I stumbled onto this Curbside Classics vehicle.

A very basic '77 Malibu Classic in impeccable condition.

You scroll down and see a bullet proof inline 250 c.i. 6 and nothing much else except the automatic trans, power steering, and power brakes.

So, no A/C, no electric accessories, but nothing to spruce it up. either.  I think it could be much helped with (1) a set of thin whitewall tires, (2) some nicer wheel covers (like the "spirograph" ones of that era), and (3) 2 body colored exterior mirrors ... and (4) some blue seat belts.

This is basic, reliable motoring at its best.  I wouldn't mind having this.

https://www.curbsideclassic.com/blog/cc-for-sale/cc-for-sale-1977-chevrolet-malibu-classic-simply-good/

Pampered, it would be amazing how low this sled could last.

 

That Malibu is neat, a bit too plain for my tastes..from the same model year, I'd rather have a Caprice coupe..always thought these were good looking.

 

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1 hour ago, balthazar said:

I think I've mentioned before; my buddy has a '77 Malibu 2-dr. It was a 250 CI I6, now it's a 454 V8. He was just asking me to help him find big block front springs for it this morning.
Neat to see such a well-preserved one as the blue job linked above, but there's a lot of details on these cars that just screams 'cheap' to my eye.

I recall that you might have driven from MI to NJ with someone in their Cutlass that had a 250 c.i. inline 6.  I didn't recall about someone you knew with a Malibu 250 c.i. 6, unless I got my facts crossed.  The reason I get so wigged out by ones like these is because I would actually roll up my sleeves and do the work, and how inexpensive they theoretically would be to maintain, especially if someone lived in a temperate climate.

16 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

That Malibu is neat, a bit too plain for my tastes..from the same model year, I'd rather have a Caprice coupe..always thought these were good looking.

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Right, as to its being plain, but, just like above, adding a handful of those things to its plain exterior could help.

As for the Caprice above, Chevy definitely did their own thing with the sheet metal, especially in that beltline at the passenger window and the creased back lite.

Now, if we're talking Chevy, as I've mentioned before, I'd like a hobby '94 to '96 Caprice with one of the plush interior set-ups and the smaller 200 hp V8.

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53 minutes ago, trinacriabob said:

I recall that you might have driven from MI to NJ with someone in their Cutlass that had a 250 c.i. inline 6.  I didn't recall about someone you knew with a Malibu 250 c.i. 6, unless I got my facts crossed.

I thought that Cutlass was the 3.8L V6, but can't remember; maybe you can save me the look-up time because you already know.
That was 1985, the car was a '76 or '77. In looking at pics just now, I didn't recall it was that larger generation; it seemed smaller to me then.

My buddy here has his '77 Malibu now, we did mention it once before here. Me no likey. 

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4 minutes ago, balthazar said:

I thought that Cutlass was the 3.8L V6, but can't remember; maybe you can save me the look-up time because you already know.
That was 1985, the car was a '76 or '77. In looking at pics just now, I didn't recall it was that larger generation; it seemed smaller to me then.

My buddy here has his '77 Malibu now, we did mention it once before here. Me no likey. 

Standard:

'75, '76 - 250 c.i. inline 6

'77 - 231 c.i. V6 (odd firing)

'78 through '87+ '88 RWD models - 3.8 (231 c.i.) V6 (even firing)

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Not surprised you don't like it! You weren't on board with my entertaining the purchase of a '77 colonnade I saw in the U.P. of MI that I posted pictures of.

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It's just not my era of appeal. I lived thru them, but they were never as good as the prior decade's same-segment stuff. 

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So the MI>NJ Cutlass must've been a '77, I'm fairly certain it was the V6.

... So I just looked the Cutlass guy up on FB- have not talked to him since we were in school together. He did work for Ford in Global Planning, now works for Hyundai's tech center. We were both going to automotive design, I have no idea if he went further than year 1; as I changed targets/schools after year 1.

 

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I can remember the mid 70s Collonades from childhood in the 70s, but by the time I started driving in the mid 80s most of them had rusted away or were worn out beaters.   Didn't see many in nice shape in Ohio or S. Florida then.

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2 hours ago, surreal1272 said:

Was a beautiful 78 degree day today so I sat outside with the camera (and 200mm telephoto attached) and caught some of the wildlife out and about. 

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Excellent!

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22 hours ago, trinacriabob said:

I stumbled onto this Curbside Classics vehicle.

A very basic '77 Malibu Classic in impeccable condition.

You scroll down and see a bullet proof inline 250 c.i. 6 and nothing much else except the automatic trans, power steering, and power brakes.

So, no A/C, no electric accessories, but nothing to spruce it up. either.  I think it could be much helped with (1) a set of thin whitewall tires, (2) some nicer wheel covers (like the "spirograph" ones of that era), and (3) 2 body colored exterior mirrors ... and (4) some blue seat belts.

This is basic, reliable motoring at its best.  I wouldn't mind having this.

https://www.curbsideclassic.com/blog/cc-for-sale/cc-for-sale-1977-chevrolet-malibu-classic-simply-good/

Pampered, it would be amazing how low this sled could last.

 

It’s a nice one!

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