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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-27-2015, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Thumbs up New to board...and glad to be here!

WOW! What a fantastic site....glad to have stumbled upon it! Already gathered some useful info for some obscurities with my 1968 2 door fastback hardtop. Parts & help are hard to come by in sparesely-populated SW Montana (we call it God's Country here), am looking forward to connecting and learning from all members!
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-27-2015, 04:00 PM
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Welcome to the Team Terry!

I remember taking US 93 North into the Bitterroot mountains and having to pull over twice on the climb due to my TBI running my 454 engine lean. It caused the motor to overheat and rattle as if I had put junk gas in it. It had never done that before.

Turns out it was a hot day, combined with high elevation and bad gas that got me. Nearly destroyed the motor: which is why I hate a TBI EFI system in particular and EFI in general.

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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-27-2015, 04:08 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Thanks for the welcome, Dave! You truly took the most beautiful (and highest elevation) route through the North-South run of the state- you realize the Sapphires to your East were actually at 6900 feet, 'Roots the same. Don't feel badly, most folks do overheat first time here, especially in July-September months (though usually with naturally aspirated engines)....bet you'll never forget that trip here!
I've seen your replies and advice on many posts as I've browsed today, looking forward to you and the other members helping with my daily driver project!
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-27-2015, 04:49 PM
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Glad you found the site Terry, show us some pics of your ride when you have time!

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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-27-2015, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Thanks, Allan! I'd love to....entire (I mean entire) interior gutted & sctatered all over shop for a color change (Harvest Gold to Black) & carpet replacement, rebuilt & reupholstered seats, and bucket vs bench front seat swap....everything painted, reupholstered except for buttons, need a couple weekends to reassemble. I also need to figure out how to attach pics to posts!
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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-30-2015, 11:43 AM
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Welcome Terry. Would love to visit your area some day.
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-30-2015, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Larry, the door- including shop doors- are always open to fellow Impalers! A few before & current pictures attached- interior was Harvest Gold (green), electrical & gauge issues abounded, too....in a serious state of "torn down" right now for color change & repairs....
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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-03-2015, 07:53 PM
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hello!and welcome im also new here and i feel really lucky to have found this site and learn
from the masters .Welcome to the Team !
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-04-2015, 09:19 PM
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Nice car! Do you have much trouble with rust there? Also did you restore the steering wheel? Most every 67-68 wheel I've seen are severely cracked. And thanks for the offer, same here.
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Nice ride Terry!

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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-06-2015, 07:37 AM
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welcome aboard Terry and yes 68 parts are hard to come by.
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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-14-2015, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Thanks Alan, Bob, and Larry!

Welcome aboard fellow noobie!

Rust in Montana is virtually non-existent. We have a very dry climate with precipitation usually limited to snow (usually drier than heavy & wet) rather than rain. What rust we do see in classics is usually a result of actual hard rock salt used on the icy roads in winter which accumulates in the usual wheelwell pocket areas. Mine does have such spots behind each rear wheel in the extreme lower quarters of rust about 4" diameter and penetrating partially through to base metal. I'll have to address that via patch panels and the trusty MIG welder in awhile. Otherwise, the car is a clean clean near-virgin. The trunk and floorpans are clean enough to eat off of. I'm ready to finish re-assembling the interior (2 days left) but need the darn dash speaker replacement to arrive before I can do that- I'll install the awaiting carpet and re-upholstered seats (installed buckets from my '67 caprice parts car and the rear seat with speaker, too!) then steering wheel last.....then it's a driver again!
The steering wheel does indeed have numerous cracks in the plastic. It's still very strong at the 3 outboard spokes, screws mount properly, etc, so I sanded, then primed & painted & cleared it black, but had no patience for repairing the cracks with 2-part epoxy, then sanding-priming-painting-clearcoating. I figure even if I paid myself minimum wage labor rate I'd be far better off purchasing a repro wheel, perhaps even a deluxe wood-rimmed wheel...and it'd look better, too.
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Hello Terry and welcome to the forum. Glad to have you here and thanks for sharing pictures - your Impala looks great! Good luck and keep us posted.

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