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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-20-2011, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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found my fisrt car (the car)

Planning on resto mod to my 64 2dr impala. currantly planning an LT1 and tranny combo..and new suspension.. any hints or tricks would be appreciated. thanks
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-21-2011, 09:36 AM
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Keep the original parts, if you have the space. You never know if you might change your mind and want to go back.

Keep track of your changes! Nothing worse than needing new brake pads and walking into the auto parts store and be faced with the "model, make and year" question, and you have no idea because it is modified. Keep that documentation in your shop manual, which you will need as well.

As you do the restoration part of the project, be aware the restoration parts are not always what they are cracked up to be. Try to repair the original stuff as much as possible. All too often the replacement reproductions are cheap, poor fitting or generic parts. It helps to have the original in hand to compare to what is being sold.

Take lots of pictures as you go along, especially as you disassemble things. Sometimes the time between disassembly and reassembly can be unexpectedly long and a photo can help answer the age old question “how the heck did that go together?”

Keep in mind that the 64 Impala was designed for that “jet smooth ride”, so everything from the frame to the tires was selected to favor a soft ride. You can firm things up to be more like a modern car, but it will never be a BMW in the corners.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-21-2011, 08:14 PM
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Welcome to the Team Jeff!

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-22-2011, 07:24 AM
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Welcome Jeff. Build it to suite you, let the next owner put it back stock.  69
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-23-2011, 02:00 AM
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David bout' said it all. I'm doing a frame up and have taken alot of photo's from the boring-referance pics.- to the big changes pics. I've got 3 steno pads of drawings from disassembling small parts to date's and time spent. When your all done you'll surprise yourself on how much you learned. Also do enough to keep you interested but not enough to get burned out on the project. And try not to stay away from it too long or you may loose you mojo and thats where alot of people sell and regret it later. Good luck and have fun, where here to help.
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