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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-12-2018, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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1963 Impala Convertible Strip

So I started the strip of the car before it goes to the body shop. Got all the seats, center console, door panels and carpet out. Started on the front windshield trim, but discovered the front fenders have to be removed to get the lower windshield trim removed. Nothing all that surprising found during the strip other than I discovered why the floor seemed so solid yet the bottom braces and inner rockers are all but rotted away. Lots of small patch panels were welded into the floor over time to fix soft spots, but the underside never got any attention. Have to figure out what the tan goop is that was used under the trim for the front window to seal things up.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-12-2018, 10:47 AM
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Pretty cool man. It's exciting to start that journey and rewarding once it's cleaned/de-rusted and starts getting that paint and bits put back on it.

Was the tan-goop not real old seam-sealer?

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Pretty cool man. It's exciting to start that journey and rewarding once it's cleaned/de-rusted and starts getting that paint and bits put back on it.

Was the tan-goop not real old seam-sealer?
It isn't seam sealer in the traditional sense. What I am being told is it is more of a calking strip. I've got pointed to rolls of a good substitute at home depot. They don't recommend regular seam sealer or black calk as it will cause black streaks when it gets wet to emanate from under the trim.
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Got the rear of the car stripped last weekend. Now it is time to move to the front. Unfortunately I have to remove the front fenders to finish removing the lower trim on the front windshield as the last screw on each side isn't accessible with the fenders on. Had to remove the cowl panel to get the rest of them.
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Had some more time this weekend. Got a lot done unfortunately the two bolts that hold the front fender to the body broke when removing them. I guess it will be easy out time after I get the other fender off. Soaked those bolts with WD-40 and will re soak them next weekend before removal. I wish an easy method existed for getting broke bolts out, as easy outs are a PIA.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-05-2018, 09:50 AM Thread Starter
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The strip continues and is almost complete. All I need to do now is remove the front windshield, window wiper transmission, and the hydraulics for the convertible top. Couple of things I found.

1. the front core support was not bolted to the frame. I'm guessing at some point during body or engine work it was decided that these bolts were not needed.
2. The passenger side motor mount had separated meaning I was completely dependent on the drivers side motor mount to hold things in place. Good thing this car was only a little 283 car.
3. One of the ears on the transmission was cracked. Not uncommon on these power glides and I probably did it back when I was 16 and my grandfather had me doing all the grunt work on the last transmission overhaul.
4. The cross over exhaust pipe has to be unbolted and left laying on the frame if you want to remove the engine and transmission all at once. As it will not clear the front cross member otherwise.
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