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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-07-2011, 04:09 PM Thread Starter
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A '67 Impala 4 door is a friggin' tank!

Before all the bad weather this past week, I decided to move the Impala out back to the tent and bring the Nova (that's painted) in to the garage. A 454/Th400 '67 Impala is friggin' HEAVY!! I used my truck to drag it around most of the way then pushed the last 30' or so. I almost blew a gasket pushing that thing. Since the car doesn't have brakes hooked up yet, I put a 4"X4" down to catch the car. Well, that didn't work. I tore out the back part of the tent when the car ran over the 4"X4". Then my truck couldn't get traction to pull it back into the tent, so I had to park the truck and use it as an anchor point to come-along it back in to the tent. I bet I could win $10 grand if I had a video of the whole thing.

As soon as the weather gets decent, I'm going to start in on the body work and get this thing moving along. The goal for 2011 is to complete all the projects we currently have.

Don't listen to me, what do I know? I've only been doing this for 30 years.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-07-2011, 09:07 PM
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Could be worse. I think the GVW peaked around 1973 but after that the need for EPA mandated CAFE mileage put them on a diet.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-09-2011, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
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Next time you can come up and help me push it back around to the front garage.

This is the heaviest car we own right now.

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My Caprice is about 3,800 lbs without me in it. Would it surprise you that the new Dodge Challenger tips the scales @ 4,100 lbs?
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-09-2011, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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That's the GVW, not the "wet" weight. ...is it?

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-09-2011, 07:11 PM
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New cars are light weight porkers. They are made of aluminum and plastic, but the insurance industry says we have to be able to hit a brick wall a 35, or roll it, or to even be able to park by ear without getting hurt. Government also says it can not polute, and buying public wants an American high horse V-8. So all of those demands add weight; for extra aluminum bars to reinforce the cage, miles of wiring and tubing to control everything going on in the car, and of course an all aluminum and plastic V-8. Being all things to all people drives up weight and cost (not to mention complexity on the order where you don't repair anything any more you buy a new car).

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