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Old 10-21-2013, 04:27 PM
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66 Impala SS barn find.

I am such a gluten for punishment. Or maybe I cant resist a challenge. Either way I picked up a 1966 Impala SS that had a lot of work done on it and then left to rot under a tree. I guess its not a barn find but a yard find?
Here it is when we first drug it out.


As we got her back to the shop it was evident that there is a lot of work to do.




Yep roof is toast

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So I started ripping it apart pulled the fenders and hood.


The neighbors think I am insane they just laugh and walk away.


This is nice full 4 link with a narrowed 9 inch


35 spline axles
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Got her emptied out ugh more rust.


Door frame looks ugly as well


Ahh but check out the chrome moly cage work.
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But there is hope! I picked up a roof from a guy outside of Dallas. And its rust free.



Lots of work ahead, so am I crazy for starting such a project?
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Well, she is rough...I wonder what the rest of the car looked like that you got the roof from? The roof looks good...it may be an idea to look for a more solid body but...take a look at John Long's thread on his 53 Chevy Convertible...if that can be repaired, anything can. John's car is a convertible, making it a bit more on the rare side...but, it's all up to you.

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HOLY CRAP you are driven! That is a BIG project and you are attacking it like a German Shepherd on a steak!

What an interesting find, an old drag car? Wild, that is a wild one. I have to wonder, what was wrong with the donor car you got the roof from? It looks like that was a better body than what you are working with!


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Part it out

Yup your a gluten for punishment. This is a good donor car for a decent 66 Impala. I built a 68 SS Sport Coupe and it was an Arizona car with a great body and it still cost me WAY TOO MUCH to build. Sold it after I finished it this year and I don't miss that 22 foot long baby in the garage. Good luck on it.

On another note: Does it have drum brakes on the front? I was looking at using a Corvette disc brake set up from the Vette Spindles out. A complete Vette set up from a 69-81 Vette will fit.
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Yup your a gluten for punishment. This is a good donor car for a decent 66 Impala. I built a 68 SS Sport Coupe and it was an Arizona car with a great body and it still cost me WAY TOO MUCH to build. Sold it after I finished it this year and I don't miss that 22 foot long baby in the garage. Good luck on it.

On another note: Does it have drum brakes on the front? I was looking at using a Corvette disc brake set up from the Vette Spindles out. A complete Vette set up from a 69-81 Vette will fit.
No brakes at present So the spindles will fit on the impala a frames? Or do I use the a frames as well?
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Corvette Disc Brakes

The spindles are a direct bolt in to the ball joints. In 68 GM used the 68 Corvette Spindle and calipers on the Impala's when a disc brake option was provided. The difference was the Hub and rotor. I didn't get a chance to test a complete set up since I sold the car, but its worth looking into if you want a 4 piston caliper and large rotor assembly without going the Wilwood expensive route. I paid $150.00 for a complete set of Vette Spindles with everything on them at a pull it yourself salvage yard. New Rotors run about $50.00 each and Stainless Steel Reman Calipers are around 120.00 each with a core exchange. You will need a 1" bore MC and a combination proportioning valve as well as a vacuum power brake booster.
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Seeing this makes me not feel so bad about the 75 Nova I got for my son. It had rust issues from being stuck under a tree for several years. Yours looks like it was stuck under a tree and buried since we were kids. But, as I remind my son each time I see him struggling with his project, there's nothing that can't be fixed. This is fun right?
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We were able to do a little today. I am kinda slow just to let y'all know so bear with me. Way to many irons in the fire.
Blasted the drivers side door jam. Man not much left there, got a lot of work to do.
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I have a bunch of old a/c units in the back so I have enough metal to build 10 cars. Just not enough time. I had to redo the structure first to make sure the strength is there as this car could see at 1k hp with a sm block on nitrous. Afetr that I pieced it all back together I think I got it close to the original. Door still fits anyway.

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