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Old 09-23-2010, 08:03 AM
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My 1st full paint job....1977 impala coupe

I got this poor car from a kid up in Germantown MD that was fixing to take it to the junkyard to sell it for honda parts went and got it,its missing alot, but as a whole its in good shape.
As it was when I picked it up...


The horror of the tail lights..


First thing I did when I got home was rip that crap out..


I bet there was 50lbs of bondo in the rear panel

They tack welded some filler panels on...



OK , after I got it to the house, removed all the crap off the rear , I had a hole in the rear driver quarter I started working on.

As always rust is like an iceberg, The part you see is always just the tip..




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Old 09-23-2010, 08:10 AM
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Got 1 more repair on the inner side of the wheel well and then I can finish the outside part of the quarter.


One patch panel done, just gotta clean up the bottom of the inside paint it with some POR-15 inside, Seam seal it and weld in the final piece then on to epoxy primer.

Also took care of some tear holes in the rear of the fender.
Like these.

To this.

Could be alot cleaner welds, but I'm using flux core wire and its not really meant for thin sheet metal work like this.
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Well I finally picked up the frame and drivetrain donor for 700 bucks..lol

Had to test it...




Yep Plenty of power.
I'm putting my body on this frame with the 9C1 drive train. The 77 frame and drivetrain will go back under the 94 body and off to the scrapyard.

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1977 Impala LT1 swap part 1
1977 Impala LT1 swap part II
1977 Impala coupe Part III
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Old 09-23-2010, 08:16 AM
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So I removed the 900 lbs of bondo off the rear quarters and tried my best to feather it out and straightened the rear flanks and sprayed some Valspar epoxy sealer on the passenger side.

Well now that I'm feeling better, I have been getting a little work done on the impala, Went out today and bought a D/A from harbor freight ,My electric Milwaukee just wasn't cutting it.



Got some problems with some fisheyes in the sealer, and the gun was sputtering, figured it was the cup for the gun, So I tossed it and installed the metal one from my old Mac tools econoline gun I can't seem to find parts for, So tommorow I'll prolly sand it down again and try some more.
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Old 09-23-2010, 08:26 AM
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The next day I went and resanded the rear quarter and reprimed it.






Sprayed it this time with my cheapo harbor freight siphon gun. Worked much better than the gravity feed HVLP.
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Old 09-23-2010, 11:24 AM
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Nice work, Rocky. Are you going to do anything custom to the rear (taillight area) or is it going back stock? This era of cars look good with the Nascar type of ground effects. Lowered a bit, wide meats, stealth looking. Keep us posted. Dan
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Old 09-23-2010, 01:47 PM
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Just a stock looking body with late model power. I ran across a guy that had a complete rear Impala tail light assy.
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I love to see pics and updates from the average guy working out of his gareage. I feel more of a connection and love to get advice from them. Keep up the good work.
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Old 09-24-2010, 11:56 AM
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Thanks, I try and keep it real world. lol
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Old 09-25-2010, 08:02 PM
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Well got the frame back out from under the body and got it just about completely stripped down ready to blast it and spray a coat of sealer and then a nice coat of gloss black.


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Took my 6 inch grinder and knocked the majority of the rust and prior paint off, This was some stuff I sprayed on to begin with called rust cap ,Its a little cheaper than POR 15, its pretty tough, this was after hitting it with the wire wheel on the grinder..


Stuck pretty good blasted it yesterday with my 2600 PSI pressure washer with a 0 degree tip..

even where some had been softened by brake fluid it still didn't peel off or lift on the edge..

Ahhh clean steel

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Excellent thread , ,, wish more folks would take pictures like you have as they go ...

thanks man!
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Thanks, I know alot of folks really don't think this car is worth the time, But I like it and alot of folks like threads wit pics..lol so I do some vids and take some pics.
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Cool, I like the 2-door 77-88 Caprice/Impala with the "aero" rear window, good looking full size car. It will be a nice handling car with the 9C1 suspension under it, especially if you go to poly bushings ...I like it. Keep the pics coming, I want to see the finished product.

Have you considered removing the bumper shock absorbers and tucking the bumpers in closer to the body??
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Video update of some frame painting.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHRoEuz56Ko

Yea I plan on tucking the bumpers . and I know how good 9C1's handle..lol Here is a 89 9C1 I swapped a LT1 into a while back.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yeR2Z8mi0w

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The frames looking good.

Keep the pics and vids coming.
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