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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-29-2014, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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68 impala frame off restoration

I sold my 64 a wile back and i bought a 68 convertible that i plan on doing a full restoration started by striping the car off. Than finally today i got the body off the frame. So im ready to start.
Any ideas on where or what should i start with?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-30-2014, 08:24 AM
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I start at the front and work my way to the back. I rebuild the entire front end, the steering gear box, replacing all of the bushings, replacing the brakes, etc. Basically you are taking your used car and remanufacturing it. You are a one man assembly plant.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-30-2014, 10:26 AM
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Welcome, Start with the bare frame. Make sure there's no rust through. Then restore your front and rear suspensions.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-31-2014, 10:52 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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68 impala frame

Thank you guys ill keep you updated
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-02-2014, 01:27 PM
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Been there. As always check the frame especially in the rear suspension area due to the common leakage from the top. Even though our frame's are thicker, check for straightness; have it checked and double checked and trammed; they do get tweaked.
Get a good coating on it, mine is going to be a driver so I just got it painted, the only thing I wish I could have done was treat the inside of the frame. After that get all new body bolts and poly bushing's to help on the body flex. Use a softer suspension bushing's and related part's to offset the stiffer body bushing's.
I did mine in the driveway and I'll try to dig up some pic's of the stage your in now. It's a love/hate relationship so walk away from it (for a little while) when it gets to ya. Good luck ask questions and buy all the assembly book's.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-14-2014, 01:40 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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Thank you so much i apreciate the help right now im working on getting the whole frame sand blasted i had some problems with the spindle not coming off but ill take care of that later
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