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post #1 of 91 (permalink) Old Dec 29th, 12, 4:48 PM Thread Starter
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Bought this car about 2-years ago, its a #43, 1972 malibu. Spotted it parked in a field, came with the GM Cowl Induction hood, ralleys, stock hood and some other parts. Funny how the color choices have changed with the years. This gulf green reminds me of "avacado" colored kitchen appliances in the 70's. 350/4 barrel, auto, air, interior is toast. Thinking about putting an SS hood on it and cloning, 1972-Heavy Chevy, Mulsane Blue w/ white decal. Anyone have any restored "Gulf Green" photo's?
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Well I don't think the colour is that bad...Ok it's not the best that ever came off the assembly line, but not that bad at all...I agree it's a good candidate for cloning, but why not clone it into a "Heavy Chevy", but keeping it the same color? I think it's unusual color would suddenly turn the car into an "interesting" rarely seen combo that would have people talking!

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I like that color, it is different. Many people get tired of all of the same ole same ole nice to see something else.
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Bought this car about 2-years ago, its a #43, 1972 malibu. Spotted it parked in a field, came with the GM Cowl Induction hood, ralleys, stock hood and some other parts. Funny how the color choices have changed with the years. This gulf green reminds me of "avacado" colored kitchen appliances in the 70's. 350/4 barrel, auto, air, interior is toast. Thinking about putting an SS hood on it and cloning, 1972-Heavy Chevy, Mulsane Blue w/ white decal. Anyone have any restored "Gulf Green" photo's?
The '70 SS I bought new in 1970 was #43 "Baby Sh!t Green" -- It looked decent with black stripes and Cragars. This is not a pic of my SS.

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Re: Hideouse Gulf Green Chevelle

I'm looking but I don't see anything wrong with it

From about 68 & most of the 1970s green was very popular. Some cars just become wallflowers in those sort of colors, but clean and detailed they can really be jewels. Have you ever seen Bill Rose's Grecian Green 68 SS396? A snoozer color, but his car is outstanding in person. I applaud him for sticking with the stock color and presenting a stellar specimen to the Chevelle crowd. I wouldn't have ordered it in that color, but if Bill's car were mine I wouldn't want to change a thing.

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Bruce, I like that paint,... alot! If this was an original GM color in 1970, #43 would have been a "Citrus green poly". Canada #43 cars were a "Lime green metallic". Kinda reminds me of some of the Heavy's that came out with that Green-yellow color. Really appreciate the photo, looks sharp with the black strip.Good looking combo. I'm reconsidering paint choices for this car.
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The '70 pictured above looks like one of the special order paint Citrus Green Chevelles.. there was a guy on here restoring an LS6 that color, some dealer placed an order in Texas for a few of them that color, and some other color, IIRC..

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I like the color. I have always been a fan of the more subdued colors on these cars. You don't seem them much anymore because most of them have been painted red. Not saying red doesn't look great on them, just that after awhile you get a little tired of seeing red cars, and when you finally see one that isn't it stands out in the crowd.

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OK, I'll have to go against the grain here and agree with the OP, your title obviously describes how you feel about this color, and you are the one that has to be happy with it. My car was originally a #43 triple green, and the privious owner did a frame off and made it into an SS clone. Only he painted the car white with deep green stripes to go with the green vinyl top and green interior. I really like the Mulsanne blue as one of my stepsons is planning to paint his Nova this color. Atleast if you are going to change color, it's still a color that was offered from GM at the time. You say interior is toast, but if you change to blue exterior, and you happen to have a green interior like mine did, then you will not be able to use any of the green interior parts either and could be a more costly resto.


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In 1970 I bought a new Forest Green Nova SS 350. The lighter color greens on GM models seemed to be rare and really didn't do anything for me. A few years back I noticed a 71 or 72 Chevelle at car shows that was a light green and it just caught my eye. This past summer I was looking to get back into another old car and came across a Cottonwood Green 71 Malibu that I felt would make a nice cruiser show car. It didn't do it for me by the way it was set-up but I felt I could turn it into something nice and have a rare color instead of a red, blue or black car. I feel I'm on the right track just by changing the look of the car with a set of wheels and plan on cleaning and detailing the car out even more to have a nice rare color car at the shows and cruises this summer. https://www.chevelles.com/forums/atta...4&d=1347846101

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Gary, good point on the interior. Its a black interior car and I have everything on hand to recover seats, door panels and carpet. So it's one of those easier to build around as opposed to a red interior car, with green paint (wonder if you could have ordered that from the factory?) It will be fun to tear this car down and discover the hidden mysteries, coins, kids toys, old french fries, build sheets etc. I'm with Bill and Dave, really starting to like the other #43 paints. Done well, these cars do stand out in a crowd of Cranberries. (no offense # 75's). The regular "Gulf Green" left something to be desired. The other # 43's mentioned above kinda got my intrest. I really like the SS in the photo above, looks as Todd Hoffman of Gold Rush would say: "Friggin Great". All in all it's makin me reconsider some of the choices and direction to take with this build. SS clone or Heavy clone.... oh boy, thought I was pretty much decided... "NOT".
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Just losing the white wall tires would make a huge difference in that car.

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The '70 SS I bought new in 1970 was #43 "Baby Sh!t Green" -- It looked decent with black stripes and Cragars. This is not a pic of my SS.
That is Citrus Green.
A Canadian Colour ONLY in 1970. We did this car in 2009/2010.

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Just losing the white wall tires would make a huge difference in that car.
agreed Jim, these came with the car as described in the OP. This car has not been started in 10 years and these tires have not gone flat in all that time. I would consider these tires rollers only.
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