Just a quick hello to everyone as I'm sure I'll be spending lots of time on here over the winter. I've been lurking the past few weeks looking for a good '60s Caprice/Impala forum and I think I've found a good home.
So, project details! I just brought home the first car I ever owned, a 1966 Caprice 2-door hardtop. Paid $600 in 1983. The guy I bought it from ran out of time/money and the wife had told him it was time to sell. The car had a 283 in it, but he had a nice 327 all prepped and ready to rebuild with all the parts sitting there. I brought it home, built the motor with my dad and it was my car through my senior year. I ended up busting a piston ring and it got parked when I picked up a cherry '67 Chevelle and got into my Chevelle phase. I was quite a gearhead into my early 20's, but then other things took precedence and I got out of the hot-rod phase.
So for 26+ years it's been stored in a family friend's barn, wrapped in plastic and up on blocks out of the elements. I've been meaning to get back to it for years, but all you married guys know how it goes, wife/kids/life gets in the way. But about a month ago I got a call that the family friend was selling the property and I needed to get the car. So after some scrambling and planning, the car is now sitting on a trailer outside of my garage, with the block, crank and heads at the machine shop for a cleaning/prep/machining. Looks like I'm going to have a winter project!
I've got some big plans but right now just getting my head back into the game, getting caught back up on the latest. I'm sure I'll have lots of questions as the project progresses. One thing thats different than the '80s is the ease of finding info. In 30 minutes I had all the info I needed on the motor based on casting #'s for the block/crank/heads. I love the internet!