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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-02-2010, 12:43 AM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up Hello Everyone! 1972 Impala Custom

Been lurking for a short while. I have a 72 Impala Custom that I hope to have on the road next spring. My dream car was a 1967 Impala but couldn't find one around here. Next choice was a 1954 chevy but due to some health problems was unable to drive it. SO this is my ride. I really prefer older and at some point hope to go back to something older but I'm willing to make the best of this one while I can. Might even grow on me.

I haven't done anything to it other then have the bumpers and header panel put on. I'm finding that I'm going to have to redo all of that though. I'd like a non chrome header panel and from what I'm looking at in one of my books there is a ground wire that was supposed to be attached to some support where the license plate goes. So I'll be pulling off the back bumper for that. Might as well try and seal all that up back there as I think I'm missing some type of gaskets/ weather stripping.

Hope to get some decent wheels and a straight hood as well. Needs lots of body work. Something on just about every body panel. But that's an opportunity to learn some body work.

The major thing I'll be doing first is finding out what tilt steering will fit. Need that first! My prosthetic leg catches on the non tilt while getting out of the car.

So on the the question and answer sections!

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-02-2010, 12:52 AM
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Welcome to the Team David!

Many steering columns are interchangeable across a wide number of GM vhehicles. You may have to rebuild it as the tilt mechanism works loose with age, especially if the driver had a habit of pulling on the steering wheel to move themselves about while trying to get comffy in the seat. Need to chase down the Hollander interchange for your car and check availability on line.

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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-04-2010, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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Just to make sure I'm on the same page. Is that the manual that's $150.00 ? I was looking on the Hollander website. Would definitely come in handy. Bad timing for me getting it right now. I'll shoot for soon though. I just hope it covers the 72 well. I seem to be running into lots of parts being made for before and after 72 but 72 being skipped all together. I didn't pick one of the most popular years for sure!
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I use to own a 72 the same color combination as yours. It was a great car. I would guess a column from 71-74 would interchange.

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I use to own a 72 the same color combination as yours. It was a great car. I would guess a column from 71-74 would interchange.
But not just out of a Chevrolet. Pontiac, Olds, Buick and Cadillac all used the same parts. (Only difference between a caddy and a chevy is 14 inches of sheet metal added to the body from the back of the front seat to the front of the back seat in the floor foot well; well that and the trim pieces. Otherwise it is the same car physically).

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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-30-2010, 02:18 AM
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Hey Zilla, 72s are one of my favorite years after 68 & 67s. I used to have a 72 caprice the same color(minus that chrome nose lol). I have parts for your 72 if you are interested PM me. I have that header panel and also some stock rims and hubcaps. I think I have a tilt steering column too that's brown... Lemme know
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Those chrome header panels were popular several years ago. Some guys just had to chrome plate everything. A cowl induction hood would look nice on your 72, but it would have to be fabricated up.

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Those chrome header panels were popular several years ago. Some guys just had to chrome plate everything. A cowl induction hood would look nice on your 72, but it would have to be fabricated up.

True! We still have some Donks running around here. They're just not for me.

That would look sharp! I wish I had the talent to draw. I'd draw a side shot of my 72 then play with different wheels, flames ...etc until I figured out how I wanted to go with it.
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True! We still have some Donks running around here. They're just not for me.

That would look sharp! I wish I had the talent to draw. I'd draw a side shot of my 72 then play with different wheels, flames ...etc until I figured out how I wanted to go with it.
Most of the major players that sell wheels on their web sites often have a little app that lets you pick your car, year, make, and color, and then they will stick an immage of their wheel under the car for you to get an idea of what they look like before you buy. I have even seen the same type of app that will allow you to pick your ride height for a lowered or raised look as well; just can't remeber where I saw it.

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www.newstalgiawheel.com but they dont have your 72 on there..they do have your 67 tho lol !!!
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