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1980 Malibu LS Engine And 4L60E Tranny Swap - Light, Swift... And LS Powered?

We Modernize A 29-Year-Old Malibu With Some Electronic Goodies, Including An LS Powerplant And TCI 4L60E Trans.

By Mike Ficacci, Photography by Mike Ficacci

Available from TCI as a complete kit, the transmission arrived with a 3200-rpm stall lock-up torque converter, transmission control unit, TCU wiring harness, 12-quarts of fluid, dipstick, polyurethane transmission mount, and performance trans cooler.

We then installed the supplied polyurethane transmission mount using the supplied bolts. We faced some issues while mocking up the transmission crossmember and are in the process of getting the correct one.

Installation of the engine and transmission was the first step in getting this hot rod back on all fours and ready for the street and drag strip. To button everything up, we obviously have to slap the nose and fenders back on the car and then get the wiring harness all figured out. One way to go here is to use TCI's stand-alone harness for the 4L60E and do away with the wiring from the stock harness for the trans. We will be posting updates on with our progress and some video at the drag strip. Stay tuned as this is sure to be one bad Malibu.

BRP Hot Rods
5849 Rogers Rd.
GA  30040
Tune Time Performance
TCI Performance Transmissions
By Mike Ficacci
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