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1968 Impala Pro Touring Build

I haven't posted much on this forum, but I am always reading and enjoying all the info on here. I am now just starting my 68 Impala build. Frame off and NO stock suspension parts will be used. Only stock parts that are being used are body panels and non replaceable parts

Frame sand blasted and painted and cleared
Body is on the turner (waiting to do body work after I get rolling chassis done)

List of stuff going on my frame, I already have most this stuff.
All Hotchkis Suspension parts
Global West Tubular A Arms
Stainless Steel Brakes Force 10 kit with 13" Rotors
Air Ride
GM 12 Bolt rear with 3:73's most likely
Strange Engineering Axles and disc brakes
20" Coy C5 wheels- 20x10 for the back 20x8.5 for fronts
And a bunch of other stuff to come....

I sold my ZZ4 crate engine and I bought a few years ago and haven't decided on a motor yet...

Quick pics (excuse my messy shop, always have projects goin on)


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2001 Tahoe LT
1972 Chevy C10

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post #2 of 121 (permalink) Old 09-04-2008, 03:48 PM
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Welcome to the Team Wes!

That is a beautiful car and you are doing well to address chassis upgrades first (not crazy about nine inch rears but you can read about that on other pages).

Don't buy the crate motor until you are ready to drop it in and bolt it up. Most of us have bought a motor first so we could drool over it only to have the warranty ticking away as it ages in it's crate like a fine wine.

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Thanks Dave.

Ya a motor is the last thing on my mind right now, trust me

Here is what it looked like before I tore it down.


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Looks good! I had my 64 body on the rotisserie only to find out the frame was junk. I took the body off and will be putting my extra frame on it to sand blast it and paint it. Look forward to seeing more!
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P.S. Your shop looks nice! Any idea what the dimensions are?
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Nice project you have going. I am interested in your rotissarie. Did you build it? Thanks, Kevin.

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Looking good, Didn't look bad before either. Welcome to the site and thanks for sharing the pics.
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Thanks for the comments.

My shop is a 40x70x12.

My dad did build that rotisserie. He can fab anything, he is a welder, but just on the side and for the benefit of our projects He works at Spirit Aero.

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Somewhat reminds me of this beast spotted at the 2005 Byron Wheelie Contest...



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OMG! That is badass!! That 67 is nice! I hope mine will do that when its done

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Ordered my lower Tubular A Arms yesterday, time to put my front end together!

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The red '67 Chevy II must have been really worried about beating the big B-body car because of the fact that he red lighted so bad.

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Awesome looking 68 project. Just curious since you are doing all new suspension stuff, are you using polyurethane or rubber bushings? I've seen rants & raves on each over at the chevelle site.
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Welcome to the site Wes. That's a great looking project. As Don said "didn't look bad before either". In fact it looked damn good!
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Thanks guys.

Heavy70, I am using all Poly bushings throughout the entire car. I want this car to far from stock as possible.

Bolted on the new AGR Power Gear Box this morning Lower A Arms will be here Monday.

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I was thinking about going poly with mine, as I really want to get the suspension bushings replaced this winter. Nice AGR box! It's somewhere on my wishlist...
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Sounds good. I think Poly is the way to go.

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Well I finally got some progress today. Got the uppers and lowers on with drop spindles on too. Bolting the Hotchkis sway bar on tomorrow morning. Gonna pack my wheel bearings and put my rotors on too.

I sold my A Arms from performance online. The quality was not there. So I went with Global West, these are the nicest ones I have seen.





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Well it turns out I need my original steering arms off my original spindles. Time to dig around for them. They don't make them I don't think. Once I get those on I can put my rotors on and hook my steering components.

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I like the color. I have been looking at those upper and lower control arms for awhile now. I can't make my mind up Airride or Global West. What made you decide on the Global West?
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64 Impala Dude, I live in Wichita. Kinda close to Topeka.

1967 Caprice, I think Air Ride stuff is nice, but over priced, the quality on the Global West is amazing. Everything was shipped nicely packed, so no scratched parts. Those are on sale now too.

I bought my rear trailing arms yesterday, Hotchkis is having a good sale right now. So head on over if u need some suspension parts.

http://www.hotchkis.net/p-569-rear-suspension-pckg.aspx

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Decided on different wheels too. Not going with the Foose'

Getting 20x10s and 20x8.5 in the C5
http://www.coyswheel.com/index2.html

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Got my upper and lower rear control arms on friday. Did a little test fit, once again Hotchkis parts are amazing quality and build.

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