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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-29-2008, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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Brought the new project home...

After waiting only a week, I finally pulled my new project home today. For those who didn't see my intro post, here it is;

http://www.impalas.net/forums/showthread.php?t=1457

It pretty much tells most of what I got and how I got it for FREEEEEEEE! I'm looking at it as the best Black Friday deal yet.

I started this task yesterday by bringing home all the loose items from the mostly disassembled car like the front fenders, doors, rear seat bumpers, rear glass and a lot of other little things.

But today was when the body shell, chassis, engine/trans, hood and trunk lid came home. Everything but the body/chassis is stored inside. The body/trans is gonna have to sit outside until spring. I just got the garage cleaned out and made room for the wife's daily the day before this car became available; she wasn't gonna give up her spot so quick. I'll live. The body will be wrapped up tighter than a funeral drum until spring. Then I'll start looking at what to do first.

Here's the link for pics. There are about eleven that I took the day I looked at it a week ago after a light snowfall and the rest are from yesterday. I was too busy loading the trailers today to take more... oh well.


http://s51.photobucket.com/albums/f3...view=slideshow

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-30-2008, 01:40 AM
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wow dude,....I did not realize it was in such a state of neglect! ouch. I don't think I would have the ba....uhhh fortitude to bring that one home. Good on ya for saving it!

Having had my old Camaro down that far, I feel safe in saying that you really have a L O T of work ahead of you!!! whew, I'm tired just thinking about it.

Look forward to progress pics here on the board!
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My personality's biggest flaw is shooting off my mouth, closely followed by biting off more than I can chew. So I think I'm gonna be fine on this one...

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funny.

another way to look at it is that the job is already half done! hahahahaaa
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Yep. I actually cleaned all the matting, leaves, critter fecal matter and DIRT; seriously, there was about 4" of top soil in the right rear foot well. Someone was planning on an herb garden or something. So now I can see more holes! I've already resigned myself to a new floor, now I know it's gonna go from fire wall to tail lights. Oh well. Thanks fully it's available, right?

One thing that I have been stewing about is the piece in the photo below. The piece that the windshield glass rests on; what to do about that.

http://s51.photobucket.com/albums/f3...1-30-08016.jpg

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post #6 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-01-2008, 04:54 PM
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Welcome to the site and good luck with your freebie Impala. Free is certainly good but beyond ambition you have to be objective in what can be salvaged. You say you are not mechanically inclined so I would strongly suggest having someone knowledgeable have a good look at the frame and internal structures of the body before putting any money into it.

Areas like this should be of concern:



I'd be curious to see what the back half of the frame looks like. Honestly you are looking at a ton of work and money. With all that rust and moisture the sub-structure holding the sheet metal together may already be compromised beyond the point of repair.
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Looking at the sticker on the back bumper it looks like this Impala spent some time at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.
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Good luck with your project, it looks like it's gonna be more work than mine!

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...You say you are not mechanically inclined so I would strongly suggest having someone knowledgeable have a good look at the frame and internal structures of the body before putting any money into it....I'd be curious to see what the back half of the frame looks like. Honestly you are looking at a ton of work and money. With all that rust and moisture the sub-structure holding the sheet metal together may already be compromised beyond the point of repair.
With all due respect, I never said I'm not 'mechanically inclined'. I believe my words were 'I'm pretty mechanically reclined...'. Meaning that I don't easily get freaked out or shaken by something new. I like to learn so I can do. I have good friends who know WAAAAAAY more than myself and can do things I can't, i.e. TIG welding. These are great friends and like to make me smarter. If that means welding something for me so I can see what difference it makes then they're on it. For that, I'm beyond blessed.

Several of those friends have seen the car and feel it's not too far above my abilities. Apparently they know me pretty well.

As for the rear of the frame, the PO had already gone through it and the only issue that remains is the rear most cross member. It's a bit thin and bent up pretty good from the car being pulled around the yard the last couple times. Instead of spending the time on fixing it, I'll replace it... somehow. I can't seem to find that part being repopped. Like the front strut rod mounts.

Watch for updates starting soon in my blog here ~ http://www.impalas.net/forums/blog.php?u=1588
And on my own website ~ http://www.violentlee.com/biscayne.html
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Well it is a little ruff but what do you expect for free. I would be looking for a parts car on ebay or craigslist for the hard to find parts and frame parts.
We have a realy good source for new parts in Huber Heights Ohio called Restoration world. I purchased a new 65 full quarter panel in their scratch and dent room for 85.00 to cut patch panels for my 65 wagon. Plus you don't have to pay shipping. I've bought a lot of parts off them for my 65s.

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I've already stopped into Resto World. Good folks. I didn't know about their scratch and dent room. That sound like fun!

This thing is considered a creampuff in the hot world I'm used to. Ive seen far worse brought back by lessor skilled people.

It all comes down to time, money and desire to have. I've got two of those three and I'm currently working so the third is only a matter of time in itself.

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With all due respect, I never said I'm not 'mechanically inclined'. I believe my words were 'I'm pretty mechanically reclined...'. Meaning that I don't easily get freaked out or shaken by something new. I like to learn so I can do. I have good friends who know WAAAAAAY more than myself and can do things I can't, i.e. TIG welding. These are great friends and like to make me smarter. If that means welding something for me so I can see what difference it makes then they're on it. For that, I'm beyond blessed.

Several of those friends have seen the car and feel it's not too far above my abilities. Apparently they know me pretty well.

As for the rear of the frame, the PO had already gone through it and the only issue that remains is the rear most cross member. It's a bit thin and bent up pretty good from the car being pulled around the yard the last couple times. Instead of spending the time on fixing it, I'll replace it... somehow. I can't seem to find that part being repopped. Like the front strut rod mounts.
Good for you, it looks like it will be a learning project indeed, and you're right that any car can be brought back.
Finding a good donor / parts car will save you thousands in the end though and it doesn't necessarily have to be Chevrolet either, Buick, Olds, and Pontiac B Bodies all have similar structural components and make very good donors for parts like the dash / bottom of the windshield piece.
Good luck and keep us posted with progress pictures.
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Good for you, it looks like it will be a learning project indeed, and you're right that any car can be brought back.
Finding a good donor / parts car will save you thousands in the end though and it doesn't necessarily have to be Chevrolet either, Buick, Olds, and Pontiac B Bodies all have similar structural components and make very good donors for parts like the dash / bottom of the windshield piece.
Good luck and keep us posted with progress pictures.
Absolutely! I'm really stoked about getting started but have other irons in the fire that need to be dealt with first.

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Don't mean to snub your efforts I guess I didn't understand your mechanically 'reclined' comment. It sounds like the opposite of inclined.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Keep us updated.
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Don't mean to snub your efforts I guess I didn't understand your mechanically 'reclined' comment. It sounds like the opposite of inclined.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Keep us updated.
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I will say that the section of the cowl where the windshield rest has me a bit concerned. I don't even know what that should look like, much less how to rebuild it. Good thing I like to learn...

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hey bro, with Larry (Dadstoy) just north of you and me being nearby as well (Miami township - by the mall), you've got several 65-66 Impalas that you can look at any time you need!
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Vance,

looks like it got hit by a grenade. lol.
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Well Vance I must say you got your self a major project! Someone like me would have gave it a second thought I love Chevy's but wow after looking a my damage I thought about getting rid of mine but seeing yours I think I will keep mine. Also no disrespect to you or your project you just have a lot of patience something i don't. I will be looking forward to seeing your progress as you post it
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I don't know if any one has congratulated you yet on your free parts car. So are you goint to keep us posted on your plans for searching for a project car to work on?

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Y'all need to pay attention a little better. This is a year old post. Since I posted this, I went looking for a parts car, found one in WAAAAAY better shape and bought it. Check out what I'm working on now via the links in my signature.

Dave, the Biscayne is only about a day's work away form being ready form going onto the rotisserie. It's getting close. I have been looking close at plasma cutters too...

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