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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-14-2009, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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General Advice, Parts Suppliers and Shop Manual

Hi. I recently bought my grandmother's '68 Impala convertible. She's the original owner and it's been pretty well looked after. I love the car, but know little about it. I work on old bikes and my Triumph TR6 roadster, but I'm new to American iron. Aside from being old, the only obvious problems with the car are a sort of bumping front end shimmy (I'm thinking shot suspension bushings and/or shock?) and a missing front right bumper end.

Does anyone have any general advice for me on what to look out for/keep a close eye on on these cars? Also, any good suggestions for parts supply and a good owners/shop manual? Many thanks in advance!

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-15-2009, 01:35 PM
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GM Service Manual, Fisher Body Manual, Assembly manual are all good sources to see how parts are removed and replaced on these cars. A Chiltons manual from 1969 or 1970 wouldn't hurt either. All are available on line as reproductions (Xeroxed reprints of the originals)

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-15-2009, 10:16 PM
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Congrats on your new purchase.
Bottoms of front fenders are notorious for rust through. Floors rust from leaky windows. Body mounts sometimes rust through. Suspensions bushings go from age and weight.

But the goods things outway the bad with classic 'coke-bottle' styling, beautiful lines, roomy interiors, big power plant options, thick gauge sheet metal and simple technology that's fun to repair. Makes you remember how real cars were made at one time; by hard working American people that built stylish automobiles.
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