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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-06-2011, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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New 59 Impala Sport Sedan owner

I just acquired for $1500 a 59 Impala Sport Sedan, was in garage storage under a car cover for 30 years, runs but has at least one frost plug leak, water pump leaks and radiator leaks. 74,000 miles, 283 4 barrel, power glide (I think). Factory air, black, excellent glass, needs headliner but one was in it. Original paint (Black) red interior. Needs drivers mirror, antenna, turn signals sort of work. no rust (maybe 1%), needs right front shock, has Crager mags with BFG TA's (need replacing). My question is how to remove engine, with or without tranny to get to frost plugs - are there any written instructions or videos.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-06-2011, 03:23 PM
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I don't know bud but welcome to the site. Sounds like you have a killer find at a killer price.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-06-2011, 05:18 PM
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Welcome to the Team Bob!

Unless the leaking freeze plug is behind the motor (there are two behind the motor covered by the transmission bell housing), it can be replaced on a lift by any competent mechanic. Even the two rear freeze plugs can be replaced but the tranny has to be pulled first.

If you have enough corrosion in the block to eat through a freeze plug you probably have a rust bucket that needs to be pulled, disassembled and then baked at high temperature to burn out any rust and scale that has built up in the coolant galleys.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-06-2011, 05:38 PM
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Welcome Bob

post some pics of your new ride when ya get a chance
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-08-2011, 08:56 AM
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Cant rememeber the last time I drove a 59. If one freeze plug is out they all will be sooner than expected. Sp replace them all
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