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View Poll Results: What to work on first
Convertible top 1 14.29%
Interior 0 0%
Engine 3 42.86%
Under side 3 42.86%
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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-19-2016, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Just bought a 66 Impala

Hey my name is Chester. I live in Florida not too far from Tampa. It's a convertible with original paint color but was repainted in 1994. It's the 327 model but has a 350 4 speed with hurst shifter. Just bought on February 18 2016. Most like totally replacing all convertible components and complete top first. Followed by the entire interior, except the dash, saving that for later. Ready to start working on it tomorrow.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-19-2016, 11:12 PM
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Welcome to the Team Chester!

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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-20-2016, 08:00 AM
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Nice looking car Chester. Welcome.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-20-2016, 08:06 AM
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leave the top down and do the rest.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-20-2016, 08:09 AM
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Looks like a prefect car to own in Florida. From one 66 Impala owner to next, Welcome!

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-21-2016, 08:59 AM
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My personal opinion...


If the car ran good and the interior was decent enough, I would rip those wheels off and roll them blindly down the first hill I encountered. I remember seeing that car for sale but I don't remember it's exact condition. We live in Florida so the top would be the last of my concern. Matter of fact, I would never drive that thing with it up. It would take buckets of water to fall from the heavens but even still, I would probably just throw on some scuba gear and keep truckin. I'm an idiot though so don't take my advice.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-21-2016, 10:21 AM
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Make the car safe first. Brakes and loose suspension parts along with leaks should be repaired first.
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-01-2016, 09:23 AM
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Make the car safe first. Brakes and loose suspension parts along with leaks should be repaired first.
Yup, it has to be safe to drive.

After that, if it will be parked outside, the top is going to need to be as leak resistant as possible. Leak proof doesn't really apply to a convert...

If you replace the top, go with the CANVAS, not vinyl. Canvas is far superior and will last much longer. Vinyl in FL sun and heat will shrink and dry rot quickly.

Just my opinion here, but I would do an off white/ivory top to reflect more of the sun/heat and it would be great with that paint color.

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Without knowing how it runs/drives, I think DadsToy and Lostinthe60's nailed it, I'd focus on the suspension first to make it nice to drive. hence, I picked "underside" in your poll since that was the best fit.

I did the canvas top on my 66 and it does cost a little more but it is soooo worth it in both looks and longevity.

Welcome to the team, congrats on the new ride - it has an interesting color for a 60's car.

HOW A NOVICE REBUILDS A 66 IMPALA CONVERTIBLE:
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