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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-15-2016, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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'66 Impala from Iowa

My Impala was my first car. I bought her from an older couple in '88 making me the second owner. She went through several power plants and tranys as did most young gear heads cars do. In the fall of '94 I purchased my new truck and the next spring I sold the built 350 that was in my Impala and put it up in "storage" Flash ahead 22 years I now have my own private shop built and a proper place to store my baby girl.

The plan is to Pro Street the car since the cancer had started in on the frame way back when I put her up. Rack and pinion, tube front end (NO Mustang II), disc brakes, custom frame (possibly tube) and cage, rear sub frame w/4 link 9" narrowed and tubbed.

It's going to take a lot of work and probably years to complete but I hope this site and it's experts can help me along the way. It took me 11 years to build my '79 CJ5, this project may take longer.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-15-2016, 03:11 PM
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Welcome to the Team Bart!

Nice Shop. I'm envious to say the least. You are going to need one lift and possibly a swiveling boom crane depending upon how big and strong you are to move engines and other heavy chunks of iron around the shop.

I would separate car from frame and see if it can be saved buy cutting out the rot and welding in flat sections of eighth inch steel flat plate to replace what is cut out then box the frame in fully. You can run extra large solid fuel lines, and a return line inside the frame rails along with new stainless steel brake lines. Once fully welded and ground down you can everything powder coated all at the same time. That would look better, be as strong though a tad heavier than a full tube space frame.

Once boxed in and with plastic body bushings to tie the body to the frame you can run 1,200 horsepower through the combination. Of course finding tires to support that power level will require serious surgery to your rear quarters, a narrowed rear frame, and huge rolled sheet metal drums for inner fenders if you want to hook up. But with a well prepped track you can stand her on her back bumper (I've done it).

I recommend by-passing a search for a 12 bolt and ignore the nine inch as an option and go straight to a Dana 60 for a rear end. It is stronger than anything else you can find and doesn't have the parasitic drag of the nine inch.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-15-2016, 10:10 PM
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Looks like a lot of work or fun in front of you. Nice shop to do it in. Good luck with your project.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-17-2016, 06:13 PM
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The picture of the car sitting 'in the woods' was a bit of a shocker, hopefully the rot over the years is not too bad.
Pro-Stree from where she is today is indeed a long way to go, but from the looks of that nice Jeep, you'll git'r dun.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-20-2016, 08:32 PM
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Love the CJ and the impala. I have an 84 CJ8. And we just picked up a 67 Impala SS. It needs some work. But now that my Jeep is in a stable state, it was time to work on something for the boy.
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