Retired Street Racer In The Barn

Opening the barn

From Jarrod L. – My dad knew the car from years ago. It was a street racer. In 1975 they stroked and bored a 454 for it. It didn’t hardly have any miles on it before it was parked. It has sat in this building on dirt for 28 years. We turned engine and threw a carb on it with a fuel jug and fired the car up. The brake lines weren’t even rusted. Inside of the drums were shiny like it just left the road. All the tires pumped back up. It has a Muncie 4 spd and 12 bolt rear.

Dusty Malibu

We pulled the engine and are freshening it up but internals looked brand new! I plan to paint it nice, not a full restore because we want to leave the character in the car since it was somewhat a legend around the county and a lot of people will remember it! 

Opening the door

We really do love seeing the finds you guys pull out of barns, sheds, garages or anywhere else a classic might be stashed away! It is great to see Jarrod’s Malibu and we wish him the best with it. Hopefully he will keep us updated as they progress through bringing this former street racer back to life!

Loading the Malibu upReady to head home

Watching your find being loaded on a tow truck is always an exhilarating and slightly nerve racking experience. Typically, it is the first time you get to see your find in the sunlight and it usually is the point when you start noticing all the dents, dings and flaws.

Jarrod has already dived into getting this Malibu back on the road. It’s great to see some up close shots of the engine and its internals! It looks like he could have gotten away just a good cleaning and a tune up, but with a high power engine like this, sometimes it pays off in the long run to do a rebuild.

Tinkering on the Malibu

If you have a cool find that you’ve dug out, please send us some photos!


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  1. MH

    That’s great. Nice car and a good story. I would live to read full length stories about cars being rescued.

  2. Robert R. Member

    I agree with MH.

  3. JW

    It helps to have connections for great barn finds which I don’t have. Great story and a nice find.

  4. piper62j

    He has done well…..

  5. G.P. Member

    That’s going to be a great car, with only little repair. I wonder if that pop machine only has pop in it ? Just looking around – looks like my kind of garage.

  6. RoughDiamond

    Congratulations Jarrod! Your job, should you choose to accept it, is to “maintain” the legend around the county and never let the people forget that ’66 Malibu.

  7. Jeff Myers

    Would love to see this wearing era-correct TorqThrust-style wheels.
    (NOT the modern reproductions…the curved spokes don’t look right.)

  8. Alan (Michigan)

    Dig that real Hi-Po block… 4-bolt main caps = no poseur here!


    Very nice find! Best of luck Jarrod.

  10. pontiactivist

    I would love to have this. Congrats on your find. Looks like it should be a rewarding project.

  11. Tundra/BMW Guy

    Wow!! The insides of that engine, after 40 + or – years, is beautiful!! As said earlier, four bolt mains, no joke!! Cannot wait to watch the rest of this unfold and then “re fold”! Looks like you are Blessed to have an amazing canvas with which to start!
    Thank you for opening up your world to us!! No small thing!

  12. GOldman

    This was my “barn find” 1957 Lincoln Premiere 2 door coupe. I’ve been looking for one like this since I was 14 years old! Finally a friend of mine called and said “what about a ’57” I said what about it “2 door coupe, solid California car” how much I asked $3800. The money was in his account the next day and the project started. Has every option available for the year and model including A/c, Power Luber and cruise control. A rare car indeed! The engine is totally rebuilt as well as the ignition and fuel system, brakes and steering. working on the suspension to have the car mechanically A1 so it can be driven reliably

  13. Alan (Michigan )

    Might take me quite a while to get comfortable with the color, but the car is otherwise a gem. Congrats!

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