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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-26-2009, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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Body dropping a 64 impala, anyone with info?

I have just come down this weekend from a a cruise and decided that after 8 years on bags my car needs to go lower. I have been looking at body dropping but not a lot of info out there on X frames. I have body dropped mini trucks on the past and even channeled regular frames, but would love to know what is the best way to go on a X frame car.

Does anyone know any info? or a site that posted major headaches or how to's?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-26-2009, 06:32 PM
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Build your own rectangular steel tubing perimeter frame and cut out your floor boards to drop the car down below the frame rails (so that the top of the frame rail is above the door sill). Run solid mounts (no suspension at all) to the rear axle and use a straight axle welded solid into the frame up front. See if you can find some 13" wheels off of an old Corvair and mount some 30 profile or 40 profile tires (if you can not find any, get some solid rubber fork lift tires and cut them down so they are an inch thick and then paint Chinese letters on the side walls: don't forget to tell all your friends they are the latest rage from Japan). You can make the car look even lower if you chop the top so it is no more than six inches tall (though you might need a moon roof cut in the top for your shifter lever to stick through).

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-26-2009, 06:47 PM
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How much lower could you possibly want to go?
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-27-2009, 02:35 PM
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-01-2009, 10:56 AM Thread Starter
 
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I figured I would get mixed feelings about this one...

The main thing is not how much lower, but if you look at a 64 Impala laying frame there is always a gap higher in the front them the rear. There are some 63's that were channeled up in California and look beautiful.

I am planning to enjoy the car untill Dec. and them bring it by my bodyshop and start taking appart. Well see, its been something that I always wanted to do, but takes balls and $$$ to jump in by myself into something that deep. Let's see...

Thanks for all the replies guys...
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-01-2009, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
 
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Oh forgot to reply to my new buddy Big Dave...

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-03-2009, 01:34 PM
 
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Seems like a lot of work and killing the potential value/ resale of the car, for such a modist gain.

Looks like you are only an 1" or so off the ground.

Why go through all that to get another 1" OR SO?

Just take a peice of 1" sheetmetal and weld it to the rockers so they touch the ground.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-03-2009, 11:27 PM
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"it's a low-rider thing"

Check this out, I saw it at the cruise-in tonight. it's laying on the ground. excellent workmanship in the 'bed' area.
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HOW A NOVICE REBUILDS A 66 IMPALA CONVERTIBLE:
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