Impala Tech - BA.

Underneath that quarterpanel bondo!

Posted 09-06-2009 at 11:16 PM by BA.

I had a couple of friends come over to help again today. Do they rock or what?!!?

It was not bad under that bondo at all!
Looks like the kid used multiple kinds of bondo here instead of better metal work. No problem, just glad to see that the rust was really pretty minimal.
I don't think I'll be buying a quarter-patch for the passenger side. It just needs a small piece on the rear area.
The Drivers side though, more dented, and may be easier...
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Bodywork begins!!

Posted 08-25-2009 at 11:42 PM by BA.
Updated 02-10-2010 at 02:50 PM by BA.

What better way to start than to grind it down to bare metal and see what'cha got?!?!?

Some friends came over and we used a variety of DA sanders and grinder attachments over about 4 hours to get this far in these pictures.
I knew it was going to be bondo-city. It's really exactly as I suspected. Wheel lips are rusted through, a dent on each side, lots of hard grinder marks. (not us!)

I sprayed all bare metal down with a zinc-phosphate coating from Eastwood Co....
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Motor & Engine Bay Looking Great!

Posted 08-25-2009 at 03:03 PM by BA.
Updated 09-04-2009 at 11:16 PM by BA.

You may recall that my main reasons for taking the engine out were to fix a crushed oil-pan and also to replace the clutch/pressureplate / pilot bushing.

Whew! I never thought it would take me 2.5 months but I did what I always tend to do. I had to clean things up and make them purty.

I broke out several cans of degreaser, brushes, kerosene, a putty-knife, sand-paper and probably a half dozen cans of spray paint.
I wasn't aiming for "show car",....just...
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Getting the motor out

Posted 05-17-2009 at 12:15 AM by BA.

I didn't know it when I bought the car but when I got home and later got to changing the oil I could see that someone tried to jack up the car using the oil pan as their lifting point. Unbelieveable! Check it out below.

So, I bought a new oil pan and yanked the engine out.
I'm glad I did too! the oil pick-up was cock-eyed from when they crushed the pan.
I did go get a new pump/pickup to replace the old ones.

Then I just *couldn't* bring myself to put that...
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Finishing up the Floorboards

Posted 04-30-2009 at 12:29 AM by BA.

My welding is getting better & cleaner. This is fun.
Patches put in under the rear seat area, prep'd and painted for good measure.
I forgot to to take a picture of the area after I wire-brushed it and applied Kleen brand Rust Converter after the patch area's were protected.

Eastwood Rust Encapsulator...
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