John Jauregui of Oxnard, California, has put together a few custom cars in his life, including a ’66 Chevy Chevelle Malibu called “Running Cloud.” “The Next Episode” for John was his latest creation, a fully restored ’67 Malibu. John’s mellow yellow Malibu was a four-year project put together in his spare time while away from his position as a mechanic with Ventura County.
After acquiring the Malibu, John went through the complete car, tore down the stock 283-c.i.d. and rebuilt it for reliability. The engine was then painted in the factory Chevy orange color and dressed up with chrome to accent the finish. Once the engine was dialed in, John got the car ready for the next stage of construction.
After a few days of test driving, the Chevelle was ready for some suspension work. John started off by extending the upper A-arms, molding the lower arms and boxing in the rear trailing arms for stability. Next up was to reinforce the complete frame, which was done by Nick & Sons Welding in Oxnard. Nick made sure that all of the stress points on the frame were taken care of. Once the frame was fully reinforced, it was shipped to Bell Powdercoating in Ventura, and given a black powdercoat finish. John then acquired two ShowTime Hydraulics aluminum pumps and six 31-series Centennial batteries which were bolted onto a custom battery rack welded to the frame. The four-switch setup features high-pressure hoses, 8-inch (front) and 10-inch (rear) cylinders, and Prestolite solenoids.
John’s choice for paint was Hanko Hernandez of Hanko’s Auto Body in Ventura, who put in a few hours into the restoration. Hanko started off by stripping the car down to bare metal, and then building the car back up in primer and blocking it straight to leave it ready for paint. Hanko based the car in a two-stage PPG soft yellow color that would later be cleared and rubbed out.
The factory trim was redone by the Bumper Shop of Los Angeles, California, before being bolted back on. The Malibu was then taken to Jesse Rosales who would redo the interior in an original cloth design finish that works well with the bench seats. With the interior done, John concentrated on the sound system. Installing it himself, the system components include a Pioneer head unit/CD changer, Kenwood amps, Alpine 6x9s and 10-inch Kicker subwoofers.
Building the Malibu in four years allowed John much time to focus on details such as the full-chrome undercarriage that was chrome plated by the Bumper Shop in Los Angeles. The chrome is complemented by 13×7 100-spoke Icon wire wheels which were mounted in Cornell radial tires.
John says that he couldn’t have put The Next Episode together without the support of his family, friends and fellow members of La Gente C.C. He also says that he built the Malibu in memory of his “homie” Eddie Martinez. We’ll have to wait and see what comes next for John, who mentioned that he’s getting ready to move on to the “Episode After Next.” That should be something to see.
|The Next Episode|
|Vehicle:||’67 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu|
|Club:||La Gente C.C.-SoCal|
|Setup:||Two ShowTime aluminum pumps, 8-inch (front) and 10-inch (rear) cylinders, six Centennial 31 series batteries, four switches|
|Wheels:||13×7 100-spoke all-chrome Icon|