Recently, reader Jake contacted Paul. Jake is the new owner of the “Yenko” Malibu featured back in April of this year (here). The story hardly stops there.
Upon exchanging a few emails with Jake, I realized I knew who he was and we had had numerous conversations. Jake (his real name) works in the hospitality industry and I had met him during late 2011 while I was transitioning to a new work location. We had had numerous car related conversations at that time.
Jake had owned a ’79 Malibu as his first car. Upon finding this one, he was able to acquire it quite reasonably. He said it certainly reminded him of the ’79, despite the ’79 having been a four-door sedan.
I won’t say how he was able to acquire it, but here’s a hint. He keeps an eye on such things as he knows a bargain might present itself.
The interior does not contain the original seats; Jake and I both suspect they come from a later model Pontiac Grand Prix. Jake commented the previous owner had not bothered to connect the power seat motors to anything, thus the seats are fixed in position. He strongly suspects he’s about the same size as the previous owner as he has had no need to adjust the seats.
Jake said the first thing he noticed about the car, other than its color, is how the Malibu does not want to pull itself when the engine is cold. The choke has been disconnected and the EGR has been plugged. The Malibu’s 120 horsepower 267 cubic inch V8 likely isn’t helping matters, either.
Sadly, there is also some pretty recent body damage. As long as a decent fender can be found in the salvage yard, the repair should be fairly straightforward.
Jake is a trained automotive technician and I have no doubt the Malibu will be cruising around Jefferson City yet again.
As stated in the first paragraph, the story does not end here. Jake has multiple vehicles. Stay tuned for a full story on another car Jake has. The only hint is that it’s far less common than a 1980 Malibu.