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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-08-2017, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
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67 impala restore shop

Guys, I have a67' impala fast back that needs a few areas touched up and addressed. I cant seem to find a shop that can take it on. Most shops are over booked and 3-4 yrs out. I'm in the west ga area, Cartersville, Rockmart, Yorkville, Dallas, Hiram areas. Any suggestions and help would really be appreciated guys. Looking to have the impala on the summer car tour at least. Most of the work is small rust bubbles under the paint and some small paint issues, nothing major. Thanks team.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-08-2017, 03:25 PM
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If you have rust bubbling up through paint you have something worse than "nothing major". It usually implies some one put Bondo over bad sheet metal and shot some shinny paint knowing it would last long enough to sell the car.

Luckily for you AMD's installation center isn't too far from you and they can rebuild your car in four to six days leaving it ready for paint.

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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-09-2017, 12:43 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Dave I will check them out.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-09-2017, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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67 impapa restore shop

Hey Dave, I called Bill over at AMD today. Bill was telling me that they don't have a gig for impalas as of yet and that the only way he could help was with parts if I needed them at below market pricing. So I'm back at square one. I called a few more shops and got all types of answers and scenarios, etc. So again, if you have any other suggestions, please lay them on me.
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-09-2017, 09:27 PM
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Problem with most body shops is that they are actually employees of the major insurance companies. They contract to make as cheap as possible (lots of bondo, very little body hammering), and as fast of a repair as they can working off of a flat labor book (the quote) that encourages taking short cuts with quality. Even so if they get enough turns through their shop they can make money. A classic car that will be labor intensive (very, very labor intensive) will break the bank from their point of view; hence the lack of enthusiasm.

Their usual ploy is to take your car in, and put it in the back of the shop after they disable it by pulling a lot of parts off of it so you can not get it back again. Then they will tell you about all of the "hidden damage" (a favorite phrase in the body shop vocabulary) that prevents you from getting your car repaired in a timely fashion. They will promises to work on it when the shop is slow (another word for closed), and because they need the space your car gets pushed out side to become a home for their guard dog as they throw away all of those trim pieces they pulled off of the car initially to show effort. Over the years (usually two or three) as more parts disappear and your car rots outside you will begin trying to pay them (bribes) to work on it. They will take your money but no work will be done. When you finally get mad enough to pick up what is left of your car they apologize for all of the lost parts as they charge you for storage.

Your best bet is to regularly attend a car show near you to make friends with people that fix these cars in their home garage as a hobby. Maybe they will take you in and teach you what you need to do to fix one. The alternative is to go to your local vocational high school and attend night school to learn about welding and body work if you are lucky to find a class near you. You can use their tools and train under an old body man that can no longer do body work professionally (that is how the instructor was certified to teach the class).

The alternative is buying a library full of How To ... books and a shop full of tools to do it yourself. I never did body work, but I had a race car fabrication shop right next to their collision repair shop and I also met a lot of his body man friends at the bar after hours (when they are drinking you are paying them flat rate labor to work on your car).

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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-10-2017, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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Makes since Dave. Again crystal clear explanation. I have a good, good friend out in Dallas, TX...great restoration guy. Been in business for years, name is Pete, and he owns Southwest Rod and Customs. He has a wealth of videos on how to and DIY, but I don't possess the tools. I'm sure I can do all my own body work and have someone paint it for me, but its the tools, that are my hindrance and again if I jack something up bad enough, im back at looking for someone to repair...lol. But in all honesty you made me realize something.
Buy the time I pay $10-$15k for a resto job,I could have bought the tools and taken the classes. Now, I can not only restore my current project, but I can restore my grandfathers CPO Camaro and other projects....Thanks Dave again for the wisdom.
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-16-2017, 06:12 PM
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I just purchased a 67 4 door, I'm in northes Florida, were you able to find a shop? There's supposedly one here in Jacksonville. I am waiting on a friend to give me their info.
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-16-2017, 06:30 PM
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Welcome to the Team!

Most large metropolitan areas have at least one shop that specializes in muscle cars from the sixties and seventies. Most of them are little more than used car lots, that specialize in getting you to buy their documented rare car that they build as clones.

My brother bought a car from a car lot like this in Clearwater. Turns out his rare custom painted 1969 Chevelle SS started out life as a 300 series Chevelle with a 307 and a PowerGlide. He paid top dollar for a numbers matching 396 SS that had a 454 out of a '89 one ton, a Currie rebuilt twelve bolt, and a Muncie four speed in need of a rebuild. It had a brand new trim tag bought off the internet, and the numbers matching motor had been restamped without first decking the block; you could still read the original numbers through the new numbers.

The car did have nice paint, but that paint could have been hiding a lot of bad body work. My brother felt used and abuse by the car lot that sold it to him when I pointed out the problems with the car so he sold it to a friend of his who works in Jacksonville. At least I rebuilt the Muncie before he sold it, so it shifts well now.

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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-02-2018, 03:56 PM
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I have a Shop near me that does a lot of Impalas. Mine included. My metalwork is now done. Will go back for bodywork after LS is running.

I have a video blog of sorts on my 67s build. Here is the first episode that shows metal work. https://youtu.be/UdAIlX6j5KU
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