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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-20-2012, 01:34 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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HI - My name is Sam and I am new to the site.

I am interested in purchasing a 1965, 66, or 67 Impala with a 396. I joined to tap into the wealth of knowledge this site contains to help me with any questions I may have that can help me with my investment.

Of course, once I become a proud owner of the Impala, I will continue to use this site for info on upcoming events and insider information.

Thanks again for having me...

-Sam
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-20-2012, 03:09 PM
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Sam,

Welcome from a fellow new guy. I joined last summer and found an Impala almost right away.

The AACA national spring meet will be April 19-22 in Charlotte, NC, and the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America will be holding their national meet from April 25 to 28 in Greenwood, SC. Both will be large events with cars for sale - if nothing turns up before then you may find a decent car at one of those events.
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-20-2012, 05:53 PM
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Hi Sam and welcome. Find a 65 Impala because everyone knows they are the best looking. LOL
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-20-2012, 06:08 PM
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Welcome to the Team Sam!

One word in your post disturbs me; "investment". You should buy your car to enjoy, to drive, to share with family and friends. You should never buy an old used car thinking you are going to make money by doing so. I will tell you right now you will loose every dime you put into it.

For an example consider the clunker you bought for $5,000. You work to get it mechanically sound enough to be able to drive it to the body shop for another $5,000. Now you will have three to five years to make more money to pay someone $17,000 to $25,000 to repair all rust damage and install new wiring. So five years after you bought it you can now take it to the upholstery shop to have the interior repaired but you will need another $3,000-$7,000 and you have to pay up front just to wait another six months. But after words you are the proud owner of a shiny new used car that is worth maybe $10,000 to $15,000 at best and if you doubt me just try and sell one.

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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-20-2012, 07:28 PM
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welcome to the site Sam, you got your eye on some years with some good body lines.

fortunately, there were 10's of thousands built - you should have no problems finding one!

what are your plans for the car? cruising? a restoration? little side racing?

HOW A NOVICE REBUILDS A 66 IMPALA CONVERTIBLE:
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-21-2012, 06:21 PM
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Welcome Sam - BD is right - if you need to have someone else do it - full frame off you are looking at a least a 1000 hours x going shop rates + parts. Buy one done lot cheaper.
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-21-2012, 06:55 PM
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Hi Sam and welcome. Find a 65 Impala because everyone knows they are the best looking. LOL
I agree.
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-24-2012, 02:12 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Big Dave:

How quickly you have jumped to conclusions!!

When I say investment, I mean that you can purchase a completely restored classic that, unlike a brand new car, should not depreciate so quickly in value. You know when you drive a brand new car off of the lot, you have given away $1000's...whereas when you drive off in a newly restored 1965 Impala SS 396 (##'s matching, of course) the sky is the limit!!

-Sam
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-24-2012, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Bruce:

Thanks for the information. This is exactly the reason I joined! Both of these events are close to me...I will make plans to attend!

-Sam
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-24-2012, 06:00 PM
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Big Dave:

How quickly you have jumped to conclusions!!

When I say investment, I mean that you can purchase a completely restored classic that, unlike a brand new car, should not depreciate so quickly in value. You know when you drive a brand new car off of the lot, you have given away $1000's...whereas when you drive off in a newly restored 1965 Impala SS 396 (##'s matching, of course) the sky is the limit!!

-Sam
Sorry Sam some people watch Barret's and think that owning a vintage car is license to print money using the equity from the car.

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