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Starting with the floorboards

Posted 04-05-2009 at 11:49 PM by BA.

One thing I knew I'd doing on this car was some welding of a few patch panels and quarter-panels.
I've never welded anything in my life, never been taught it either so I was a little nervous.
I'm using my Dad's Lincoln 70amp welder since he won't use it on his 1939 Chevy truck.
I plan to learn as I go.

So, with that ground work laid, don't expect pretty, row-of-nickels kind of welding here.

I'm shocked at how even pitted metal that hits good...
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The Plan

Posted 04-01-2009 at 01:08 PM by BA.
Updated 04-02-2009 at 04:57 PM by BA.

I should probably state somewhere along the way here that my original intention in buying this car was to have a BUDGET CONVERTIBLE.

Yeah, it was a whim to own a Vert, but I've learned through my Camaro that if you do not have a budget and a plan, you can too easily let your desires run rampant.

With that in mind, I set a loose goal of a TOTAL investment of around $6500 to have this car as a cruiser. Not a show-car at all, just a rat-rod'ish old convertible that...
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Interior shot

Posted 04-01-2009 at 12:17 AM by BA.
Updated 04-01-2009 at 12:41 PM by BA.

She may be a little beat, a little rusty, multi-colored even....but check out the interior!!












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First sight

Posted 03-31-2009 at 11:56 PM by BA.

Here's how she looked when I first saw her in person after the 9hr drive to get there.
I knew she needed a lot of TLC and the closer I got, the more it showed. lol.
Here's a bunch of pics from the trip.
http://www.media-swap.com/Cars/My_Impala/index.htm





Finally parked at the homestead...



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Fixing up my 1966 Impala convertible

Posted 01-01-2009 at 02:12 PM by BA.
Updated 04-01-2009 at 12:08 AM by BA.

Trying this blog thing out per site owner and moderators. I'm new to blogs but figured I'd at least try it out.

9/2/2008 - I found my Impala on Ebay for $2300. It was pretty complete but needs a couple of quarter patches and lots of sanding and paint.

The motor is a 283, 2 barrel carb, with a 3 speed manual. (used to be on the column, someone moved it to the floor.)

9/8 - After the traditional oil change, plug change, new belts and re-coring the radiator...
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