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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-06-2010, 12:04 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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new guy in OK, with a 68.

hi all, found this site doing some research. i have a 68 Custom coupe, originally a 250hp 327/TH400 car. never really a high option car, had manual drum brakes, but power steering and dealer air. a little history on me and the car:

my dad bought the car for me when i turned 14, and got it painted and rebuilt the 327 for me to drive at 16, in 1984. looked kinda like this:


i have an assortment of engines in it over the years... currently is a 454 with the same th400 i built back in the early 90s, when i took it the track some. this vintage pic was circa feb 14, 93.:


fast forward to today, it has been sitting since approximately 2000, outdoors, and getting rustier as i type this. lower quarters, base of the windshield, and now the roof is getting pretty bad. current pics:




so, now i have a tough decision to make. i have a little extra $$ from the sale of another car, and i need to either start on this car by taking it for rust repair, or just concede that the proverbial "one of these days" is ever gonna materialize, and sell the car to someone who will get it done.

thoughts? although im pretty sure i know what most people on an Impala site will say, lol.

and, if you didnt notice the math, i am also a '68 model, haha. car is smae age as me, although i would like to think im in better shape...
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-06-2010, 12:58 PM
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Let's see... Keep it, keep it, keep it. How many times have you heard guys say they wish they still had their first car! Add to that your father got it for you( sentimental). They dont 'make em anymore so I think you should INVEST some money into restoring it. And, for Pete's sake, clean out the other garage bay and put it in there.
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Another vote to keep the car. If I had a cool car like that when I was 14, I would keep it forever. If you want to be realistic, get estimates on body work, compare that to your budget and decide. Problem is that restorations take time and money so that may not be in favor of keeping the car.
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haha, i hear ya on the garage. i am building a storage building with part of the 5k i have from selling the black VW in the pic. then the garage will be cleaned out for sure. i can do the mechanical stuff, no problem there, and the 2 times it got painted my dad and i did the work then, as well. mainly the only thing i need to get done outside of my realm is the rust repair, so i got an estimate for 2-3k to get all that replaced.

it has never been a "show" car, mainly just a nice driver. and im fine with that, really. it was never really finished.. the closest was when i worked in a custom upholstery shop back around 92-93, around the time of the strip pic, i had most of the interior done, but most of that will need redone again.

im 95% in on keeping it and getting it back up to shape... just gotta pull the trigger. thanks for the input!
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post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-06-2010, 04:44 PM
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I would definitely keep it. Just keep it out of the weather and away from any watert to limit any more rust.

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My vote is to keep it! Jump in and start the project, it's not in that bad of condition.

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i think im going all in, haha. i think the first goal is to get it running again, starting with changing all the fluids, pulling the carb/cleaning it, and flushing out the fuel system. my theory is its a lot easier to maneuver around a body shop if it runs... its not the lightest car to push, done that plenty over the years.
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long time no update! in the last few months, i did get it back to running condition, tagged it, drove it around a little. got some estimates on rust repair, and started saving...

freaky last week, tho. car was stolen out of my driveway saturday evening sometime before 11pm.

luckily, with the power of Facebook, a neighbor of mine spotted it monday sitting about 5 miles away, on the side of the road. i feared missing engine/trans and other speed parts, but to my surprise, only things happened were:

broken drivers door glass
swapped full older Mallory Unilite setup for stock HEI. (!?)
poked a hole in original radiator, ziptied a newer crossflow in there. (another !?)
damaged front valance/lower grille, and ripped off rear valance.

feeling lucky to have it back, and thankful nothing else looks to be done. keeping it inside at work until i can get the garage ready for it to come back home.

on a side note, anyone know where to find a LF tinted glass for a custom coupe? and can anyone verify my thoughts that 67-8 other GM fullsize will interchange?

more current pic, right after getting it running, but before it was stolen, lol.


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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-29-2011, 07:45 PM
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Glad you got her back!

Wonder what they where doing with the car to get that damage.

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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-30-2011, 12:07 PM
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That damage makes me wonder if they swapped the motor and just did some damage along the way? Does it look to be the same motor? It's strange they would just swap the ignition.
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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-04-2011, 09:23 AM
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Hey Wes, I saw your car and story about how it was found by Facebook on the local news on ABC here in Connecticut this morning. Did you clean out the garage yet? Bet you will now!! Glad you got her back. Don S
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wow, yea the story has traveled farther than i figured it might... i know some friends saw it in Oklahoma City, but i had no idea it would get out of the state. i feel sooooo fortunate that i got it back as quickly as i did, and with no more missing than it has.

judging from what i see and what i know about my car, my guesstimate of the events goes like this:

try to take car from rear, ripping off valance, then realize the steering doesnt lock.

smash drivers door glass in the middle of the street, attempt to put into neutral, cant figure out the B&M shifter, haha. removed cable from shifter to tow from front, bending up lower valance and grille, also pulling the core support forward. poked large hole in my 4-row radiator.

towed somewhere, removed ignition switch and chewed it up trying to start it that way... cant find the hidden switch i wired up decades ago, ran their own wires to the distributor and starter. dont understand the wiring for the Mallory Unilite that i installed years ago, so swapped it for a stock GM HEI with accel wires. also, cut notches in core support to put in too-wide crossflow radiator, using elec wire to hold it in, haha. effing thieves. i am still unsure if they ever even got it running.

give up, dump on side of road in neighborhood.

its definitely the same motor, and i did get it running saturday... seems fine, no issues. having a tough time locating a glass for left front, and really needs a radiator before i can drive it anywhere, the crossflow they put in is junk, and leaks sitting still. with the size of the hole they ripped in mine, i doubt its repairable.

and yea, the garage is getting cleaned out so it can go in, when i bring it back home. luckily, i can keep it inside at work for a bit while i get the important things taken care of.

i had talked to a local guy about getting started on the rust repair, but i have no $$ at the moment... maybe if i get one of these damn VWs sold i will have the money to get started soon.
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engine pics, before:



after:



so, im sure the motor is the same.

rear carnage pics. unfortunately, they bent the crap outta my new tag, lol..

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sucks that they jacked up your ride man - but I'm glad you got it back in decent shape.

Pretty bizarre they even worked on it with the radiator replacement and Distributor swap-out!!

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post #15 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-07-2011, 09:27 AM
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Been following for awhile but I'm glad you got it back, I had a red Custom myself. I was thinking the same of the chain of events. Either way get that thing out of sight !
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