MALIBU ON FIRE
Yet another American muscle car with special fire fighter features. This Chevrolet Malibu is hiding a stunning install with a full range of Kenwood audio gear kit.
A fire fighter’s dream is this Chevy Malibu with a worked engine that truly puts the meaning into the term ‘muscle car’.
The American design of this 1965 Malibu is one for the ages. This steel design that Chevrolet put together was made for people who wanted real power from the engine to the rear tyres. Owner Willy Giddings is the builder and one very happy owner of this ‘65 Malibu. Willy’s smile spans from ear to ear whenever he talks to people about his beloved muscle car.
It all started about four years ago when Willy found this 1965 Chevy Malibu for sale for US$5,000 and he decided it was time to jump at the chance and purchase it. Now Willy was the proud owner of a somewhat stock known-to-be American muscle car.
Harder work = more power
In order to accomplish the main objective on the 65 Malibu Willy decided to go with a focus on more engine power. He had to push himself to working on the car harder, making it as powerful as he could to make an impression on the US streets. So he enhanced the engine with a Chevy two-bolt main rebuilt Drag Motor rated at 650hp. Not bad kit, from engine builder Ron Thompson from a specialist shop called Bowtie Performance.
Flames were beautifully and precisely engraved on the valve covers along with the top of the air cleaner and then all was painted with the car’s matching exterior colour. This colour scheme was done mainly because of Willy’s occupation as US Firefighter and Paramedic. Of course he absolutely loves his job to the point of
dedicating his own personal car to highlight his occupation.
Venturing onto the Malibu’s exterior you immediately notice the excellent paint job on the car – bright like a fire. Willy decided to go with a modern Kia Volcanic red color that he fell in love with at first sight. The paint does accentuate the muscle car very nicely with its chrome spoke Foose 18-inch wheels which provide the finishing touch.
Here comes The Boom
A bit of a makeover was performed on this Malibu’s simple but classy interior. The car has a stock design but with an upgraded combination of glossy black leather and flat black cloth seats. It was made to match the exterior paint and even the stock dash was painted. Both door panels are in glossy black leather material. Mounted near both front door panels are the Kenwood 6.5 KFC-X133 front speakers flashing the sound to the Kenwood KFC-ST30 tweeters mounted up top on the dashboard, in each corner, and fully exposed. While the signal is handled by the Kenwood KDC-BT648V head unit which has been dialed in perfectly thanks to its unique features. The Kenwood unit is well-designed with its glossy black and chrome accents giving the device an impressive look. Willy couldn’t just stop there, further amplification was added with a Kenwood KAC-80405 which could be set up as a 4/3/2-channel congiguration to run the mid speakers alone. This gave the cabin a nice note of vocals while playing music.
Of course the big aim, and challenge, of the install was to create a custom audio system inside of this rather large muscle car trunk [boot]. Willy wanted to be able to normally use his trunk as he needed to get groceries from time to time. So he came up with a compact version as is displayed on