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How's everyone doing? I'm new to the forum. It looks like a good community here. Looking forward to chatting with you all.

Anyway, I just bought an all original 1968 Impala 4-door. I got it for $1500, I thought it was a good deal. It needs some major interior work. The body is straight except for a dent it has by the back passenger door.

The motor is the original 307 with 164,000 miles on the odometer. But still runs solid. I drove it for about 30 miles the day I got it and the 2-speed powerglide still shifts smooth.

My 1st upgrade is going to be a front brake conversion kit. Those drum brakes are no joke. That was the 1st time I drove a car with front drums.

I'm not planning on keeping it #'s matching. It's just not my thing. I do intend in keeping a SB but haven't decided on which one (327,350,383). But I know the transmission is going to be swapped out for a 700R4.

I look forward to hearing from all of you. I'll talk to you soon.
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Howdy neighbor! Sounds like you have a handle on the good modifications to make. The 2004r or 700r4 are great upgrades for performance and economy. A 383 is a great way to go for small block power, if you don't mind the increased gas consumption vs your 307. Front disk conversions are great, get one that looks good in the master cylinder area, some are messy looking with the way the plumbing for the proportioning valve is handled. Take the opportunity to go through the whole brake system and get it all up to snuff. I would replace all the flexible lines and hard lines (with stainless if available) in the brake system.



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Welcome to the Team Jose!

SBC 400 with a 700R4 transmission ould be my recommendation.

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Thanks for the advice guys. Here's a pic of my '68






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Wow, that looks great for $1500 !!!
I thought so, I couldn't let this car pass up.
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UPDATE: the car is officially mine. Went to the DMV this morning and transferred ownership to my name.

Also, I just went out and bought $1,200 worth of parts



Power disc brake kit (booster, master cylinder, prop valve, rotors, calipers & pads, bearings, hoses, brackets)
shocks (front & rear)
springs (front & rear)
front end mini rebuild kit (upper ball joints, lower ball joints, upper a-arm bushings, lower a-arm bushings, lower a-arm strut rod bushing)
Stainless steel brake lines (front & rear)

All parts were purchased at Truck and Car Shop in Orange County, CA.

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Not bad I paid 5000 for my 68 fastback
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Those bags look familier.. They are less than a mile from me, so I spent a lot of $$$ there. Not always keen on the quality of their "Fargo" house brand.



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Not bad I paid 5000 for my 68 fastback
Thanks Dan, I couldn't believe it either that I was able to get for so cheap.

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Those bags look familier.. They are less than a mile from me, so I spent a lot of $$$ there. Not always keen on the quality of their "Fargo" house brand.
First time I've ever been there. it was recommended by a cousin of mine that also has a Bel Air. I may go there more often since it's local to SoCal and save some money on shipping. If you have any other websites to check out, pass them over to me. I like to shop around.
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How's everyone doing? I'm new to the forum. It looks like a good community here. Looking forward to chatting with you all.

Anyway, I just bought an all original 1968 Impala 4-door. I got it for $1500, I thought it was a good deal. It needs some major interior work. The body is straight except for a dent it has by the back passenger door.

The motor is the original 307 with 164,000 miles on the odometer. But still runs solid. I drove it for about 30 miles the day I got it and the 2-speed powerglide still shifts smooth.

My 1st upgrade is going to be a front brake conversion kit. Those drum brakes are no joke. That was the 1st time I drove a car with front drums.

I'm not planning on keeping it #'s matching. It's just not my thing. I do intend in keeping a SB but haven't decided on which one (327,350,383). But I know the transmission is going to be swapped out for a 700R4.

I look forward to hearing from all of you. I'll talk to you soon.
Hey what happened to the pics?

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Ooops. Sorry. I moved them to a new folder on my photobucket. I'll edit my post and put them back in.

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That is a nice score man congrats! It looks pretty straight! It looks like my 69 I just bought lol!
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It sure does. But the interior in yours looks way better.

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Welcome, nice Pala, I'd put a set of wheels on it and drive it

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Welcome, nice Pala, I'd put a set of wheels on it and drive it
Thanks.
It's gonna about a month until I put this back on the road. I ripped out the interior and I'm waiting on funds so I can send the seats to the upholstery shop. Then come the wheels. I'm thinking of 15x7 up front, 15x8 down back.

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That's gonna be a nice combo, I am actually going to be getting rid of my front bench seat of you want it it's yours I am going to be putting buckets in mine this weekend (I hope but the bench definitely is coming out)
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No way!!! That's awesome. Thanks. PM me with a price.

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looks great!

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looks great!
Thanks Ryan.

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Fastback check yo PM!!!
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Quick update: my dad came over to my house and saw my Impala for the 1st time. I never told him I bought it. He immediately told me "this was the 1st car I ever had, same color and a 4-door". That there gave me more of an incentive to work on my car and take my dad for a cruise around L.A.


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