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Old 06-02-2007, 02:38 PM
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1979 impala modding

Hey guys, Ive got a brown 1979 Impala that is in the best condition I have ever seen. I have had it for about 3 years and have been using it as a commuter. I am buying something more fuel efficient but I cannot seem to let go of this beast - it is rare to find one of these in such straight condition and I just cant let go of a V8.

I would like to fix her up and give her some flash without looking tacky (something tasteful and clean) but so far all of my searching has turned up some pretty asinine images of pink and purple pimp-mobiles which is not my interest.

Can you guys help me out with some recommendations? Id love to make her something Im not too ashamed to cruise in.

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Old 06-02-2007, 06:38 PM
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WELCOME to Hotrodders.com

Unfortunately ... that body style Impala is one of the " prime ones " for the type modifications you described and the Monte Carlos are a strong second.



They are everywhere ... and IMHO will be a passing fad ...
I would just clean up the Impala ... detail it up nice and try to keep it in original condition and maintain the original good styling looks.

That model is very tough ... mechanically ... and as a rear wheel drive vehicle with a good ride and decent acceleration ... they are bound to appreciate in value as the all the " Donks " are used up and then left to the scrap man.

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thanks so much for the friendly welcome and the advice. I agree with you that the only real way to keep it clean and tasteful is to keep it original. Other than some better rims (original dingy spokes), restored interior and new paint I cant see anything to modify.
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We also have a lot of this style ...
I live within 200 miles of 3 NASCAR Nextrel Cup racetracks ... and about 2 hours from Charlotte NC ... the heart of NASCAR ...

It may be a redneck thing ... but I kind of like them ...
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Could be the ultimate sleeper/cruiser. Cop car wheels, dog-dish hub caps, trim rings, sway bars, decent stereo, honkin' motor with quiet mufflers, etc.....

DANG, now I want one.
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whats up bro? i have a 77 impala. i feel ur pain. no one makes anything for these cars. the only place ive been able to find any interior or ext body parts is in the salvage yards. me and my impala have a love/hate relationship. i love it because no one really messes with these years impalas, i hate it because no parts are easy to find. u should post up some pix of urs as i would like to see a nice non molested one. heres one of mine.
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Nice job. I've seen some ridiculous customizing on these cars before. Yours looks mean. I also have a '79 project. Mine's in primer with a louvered hood, & shaved bck door handles. It's got 15" E.T. aluminum wheels that suit it nice. I've rebuilt the 350 four bolt main - runs about 260hp as of now.
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What mods have you done? PST overs a complete frontend. Check out Terry Stevenson's '78(Chevy High Performance). You'll be impressed.
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man i forgot about this lol. my car looks nothing like that anymore. now its got a new 357 motor, air bags. now doing the body work and interior before paint. heres the latest.
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sure are some nice cars
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Check out my post in the exterior section, I'm doing a 77 coupe. LT1, 4l60E swaping in a 94 caprice 9C1frame and rear end, and just so you know anything that fits a 94-96 impala ss will fit any caprice far back as 1977 I also swapped a LT1 and 4l60E into a 98 caprice police car...before this.

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