rewiscody

1967 Impala ss fastback

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This car sortof has a story. I'm 20 and my step bro is 21. When he was 15 he picked up this car for 300 dollars from the original deceased owners wife. When he first got the car I though it was ok, but not my style. We rebuilt the engine and tranny and this was our car in high school. After driving it for so long the car grew on me. Five years later my brother moves across the country and gives me the car knowing my love for it. So here I am. 32000 drivetrain miles and time to start the body resto. Any Advice? Is it worth it? I want this exact car back because of the good times. I plan on doing everything myself.

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Only you can say whether it is worth it to restore that car. If you love it enough to keep it, go for it. If you just want to spin it, it probably will not be worth it.

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Hows your welding skills? I never want to tell anyone something is not worth it but your still looking at a lot of $$$ doing all the work yourself. I went down this road myself and did finish the car. The results were better then I thought they would be, and the car exceeded all of my expectations, as well as my budget. If I had to do it over again I would not, I would have searched for a much more solid candidate and made one car from the two. A nice solid car in need of your drive train would be much easier. Also if the rot is that bad where you can see it, it is much worse where you can't see.

Good Luck

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Well...I did restore a car that was as bad as yours. OK, it was a '56 Biarritz, there are much less than Caprices. Plus the fact that when the car was delivered, the vehicle price + transportation + customs, it was too expensive to throw away. So I did it but I had 10 years for the job and a lot of money less. The plus: I still have the car and I know how to weld.

Take care and the right decision!

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Learn how to weld. Then try to acquire some metal fabrication skills. Go to websites, many top fabricators are self taught. Read books on auto restoration. Keep the car and proceed slowly. Do the easiest jobs first, as you develop your skills and look back on your accomplishments, move on to the tougher ones. It may not be easy, but nothing that's worthwhile ever is. Never mind the money, you're doing this as a hobby, or you shouldn't be doing it at all. Above all, don't listen to those who say "YOU CAN'T " just because THEY CAN'T! Best of Luck to you. Post pictures of your progress, however much or little there may be. Larry W

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