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Old 01-15-2006, 12:38 AM
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66 Impala convertible project question..

You ever start a project then shoot yourself because you opened up a can of worms. but your into it more then its worth so you just keep on going? well thats me.. I have started a new project which started as a small one and has become a huge one.. I was originally going to replace my rusted out rear quarter section when i found it had a quarter skin previously installed. removed the quarter skin to find the foreward section of the quarter to be rusted out as well. i also found the inner fender well lip to be non existant. so now im replacing the complete quarter, inner fender and the trunk filler. I had picked up a new frame for the car a year before which i had sandblasted, painted and assembled with all new running gear. while the frame was being assembled i started fitting the new sheet metal to the body to give the body some strength for the frame swap. I fitted the foreward quarter section to car and replaced the inner fender well (at least tacked the new one in place) I fit the rear quarter as best i could to the inner fender well and lined the body lines up as best i could. I clamped it in place and screwed it to the existing quarter. at this point i don't want to go any further until i have swapped the frame. Undoing the bolts from the body i found that i would have to replace the rear trunk floor brace as well as the foreward trunk braces because the nuts in the mounts where rusted away. at this point rather then patch the existing trunk pan i have decide to replace it. so this is the plan and i would like some input from you all so i don't screw anything up.. I am going to replace the trunk pan and body mounts while it on the old frame. when im done ill put the body on the new frame with the new body bushings and line the doors and trunk up. then i will fine tune and fit the quarter and weld it in place on the new frame.. whats the likelyhood ill have problems going about it this way? any suggestions...

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[QUOTE=Soap]You ever start a project then shoot yourself because you opened up a can of worms.


Welcome to hotrodding. This happens more often than not. That's why there are so many unfinished projects for sale.
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if you do it right, ragtops bring alot of money at sale time
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I have to say for this project they did a good job of masking the crap so you couldn't see it.. My friend said that was the nicest lipstick job on a pig he had ever seen... How true.. I just haven't gotten this extensive with any of my other rebiults and since i don't know the answer, Thats what brings me here..
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The resolution on my computer isn't the greatest but that sure looks like a 65 with 66 sheet metal.
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I have to say for this project they did a good job of masking the crap so you couldn't see it.. My friend said that was the nicest lipstick job on a pig he had ever seen... How true.. I just haven't gotten this extensive with any of my other rebiults and since i don't know the answer, Thats what brings me here..
"Lipstick job on a pig" ROFL!
I may have to borrow that some day... make that TODAY
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The resolution on my computer isn't the greatest but that sure looks like a 65 with 66 sheet metal.
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You are so right.. it is a 66, i guess i need to proof read a lil better.. thanxs
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