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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-06-2018, 01:48 AM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone, I’m a new member to the forum and an owner of a 1970 Chevy Impala 350. I’m pretty green when it comes to restoration of a vehicle but I hope to get some good advice from everyone. Please check out the pics I posted, would like to hear any helpful feedback. Thanks again.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-06-2018, 07:35 AM
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Welcome to the Team. Looks like the project is pretty solid. At least with a SBC engine the cost of working on it is pretty cheap. You can buy a crate engine, a new transmission, a new rear end and would still have money left over compared to trying to build a "W" motor.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-06-2018, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your reply, do you have any recommendations on where to buy parts and accessories from? I’ve searched and keep finding dead end adds. Thank you.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-06-2018, 01:54 PM
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Welcome to the Team!

First thing to address is safety. A 1970 is 49 years old. Considering it was built up last only 7 years before being replaced with a newer model it is seven generations older than GM intended. As such parts that wear are worn out, parts that corrode have rusted away, and parts made of natural rubber or fibers have rotted away.

I would start out rebuilding the front end first then address brakes and shocks. If tires are older than seven years replace them (there is a date code on the side wall). Then you can look to the power train, or interior depending upon which is in the worst shape. This assumes your feet aren't falling through the holes in the floor.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-07-2018, 11:09 AM
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+1 on Dave's post. My '68 was garage kept its entire life and only had 59,000 original miles on it when I bought it in January but when I test drive it around town the car did not feel firmly planted on the road at all. All rubber bushings were completely shot and the coil springs/shocks were mushy. As it turns out, the rear drum brakes and e-brake weren't working at all either.

Gotta do the less glamorous stuff first and make sure it is safe to drive. If you have to run it off the road into a ditch to avoid rear ending someone, doing body work first is all for naught anyway.

Some vendors I have had good results from:

Impala Bobs
Year One
Rock Auto
Summit Racing
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496 Stroker
T56 Conversion
3.73 Posi-Trac

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-19-2018, 06:58 PM
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Looks pretty solid, welcome to the site.

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