STEVE POLLARD

1969 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 427 PROJECT

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I feel your pain. I lost count at how many off and ons I’ve done on my Olds restoration. If I was building a new car I probably put things “on” enough times to build ten cars!

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I hear you..... it took longer scheduling my helpers ( wife & one of my sons ) to help hold it in place so I can get the hardware attached....😃

 

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I'm always checking the different Facebook sites & ebay for anything related to my project and it paid off this past weekend.... found a NOS horn cover for my steering wheel. Mine was cracked and worn. When I get to the interior, I'm not sure yet if the steering wheel is worth restoring - stress cracks ( I have no idea what the cost would be ) or try to find a nos one....

 

Steve

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Steve, it feels good when you can find NOS parts.  Stuff is still out there. What's neat is you never know what  will  show up. John

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I just put a NOS pair of tail light lenses and rims on my Olds because the ones I had on the lights before had the weep holes in the rim on the top because the rims were from different lights. These lenses were in the original GM packaging and wrapped in 80 years old newspaper!

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My center brace for the grill support came in today. This one item ties everything together  - hood latch plate, upper & lower grill that I painted and the lower valence. The brace does need the two nylon nuts which the grill attachment screws into.... those are on order. I ordered extra nylon nuts, I figure that I might as well replace the nuts on the other two braces since they are 50 years old and probably getting " weak" from all the times I mounted and remounted the grills.

 

Steve

 

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Hi John... yes there is !  I hope that this is the only "piece of the puzzle" that was missing... I have so many boxes of parts that would make your head spin ! 🙂  Thank goodness for the assembly manual with the detail pictures and my other '69 Impala that I can refer to as a reference.... otherwise I would be at a lost.

 

Steve

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Steve, you're doing it right. The Chevy is going to be nice.  Your black Impala was a stunner. This green Chevrolet will be just as impressive. You do great work. Thanks, John

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Steve, i was just talking to Walt Gosden, and he  had mentioned that he  spoke to you about a TV show that he does with a friend of his on a local cable station on Long Island  about antique cars, and antique automobile related topics.  Well, I am the  co host  on the program. Walt and I have been doing the show for over 4 years now with 20 productions on tape. Now you have a face to go along with  the name, John S. Thanks,  as always, John

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LOL....That's too much John, I didn't realized that at all. Yes, me and Walt have been sending emails back and forth.... Those shows are EXCELLENT, I've been watching a few every night !  A lot of information and I'm learning a lot about the pre-war vehicles that I'm finding fascinating  - The show with Walt's 1930 Packard has to be right up there - beautiful vehicle, it's art work in motion !

 

Steve

 

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Steve, thanks for your kind comments, we really appreciate it. They are fun shows to do. We try to do something different from show to show. So glad you enjoy them. John

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One step forward, two steps back 🙄. I was all set to install the center bracket which I just painted the other day and I just noticed two drill holes. So I looked at the assembly diagram photo and my other '69 Impala and sure enough, there is a small " L " shape bracket that is needed to secure the bottom grill. Now I have to go thru the boxes of parts to see if it's in there, if not, I'll just remove the one off of the other '69 so I can use it as a template and make one up. 

To be continue.....

 

Steve

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Steve, when i was looking at the picture you posted of the grill and brace structure , i noticed a small bracket, "L shaped",  that ties the brace to the grill. The brace itself needed something to secure it to the grill.  Too many pieces! John

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Hey John..... I can't believe I missed that small bracket. I took the bracket off of my other '69 Impala to use as a reference, took some pictures and sent them off to my friend down in NJ, where I've been buying parts from.  If he comes up empty, I have a few other sources to check out before I end up making one myself. You can see from the pictures how unique this small bracket is....how it fits into the larger bracket. Hopefully I should hear back from him this week.

 

Getting cold here, once I get this bracket installed and the grill back on the car, I'll be done until the nice weather comes around again...

 

Steve

 

 

 

 

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Steve, if you still need the bracket, I can probably get you one on Friday, we are going back to our junkyard.  Just let me know beforehand.  -Chris

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Thanks Chris... If I don't hear back from my friend in NJ by Thursday, I'll let you know !

 

I really appreciate it !

 

Steve

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OK , I have been busy so it is taking me a while to catch up on reading the many topics on the forums. SO now Steve, John S. and me - WG all know who each other are - heaven help the rest of you! 😯

I can think of comparing this to The Little Rascals ( Our Gang) and the East Side Kids ( Dead end kids) getting together !  Hey the volunteers at the tv studio ( google : 4 village studio) in Floral Park Village Hall still show up to be there to tape our shows , admit they know us ( many are my former art students) too. Wonders never cease. Two gray haired old guys talking about used cars.

That 1930 Packard I have was a Trailer Queen its whole existence after being restored for 40 years, until I bought it . I don't own a trailer, never will. When I bought it at auction in 2016 there was not much interest in it because it was a 7 passenger - I like 7 passenger cars , lets you take a lot of friends along for a ride. It has an AACA 1st place badge/award that now resides in the glove box - I will never have it judged or want any awards, trophies are of no interest to me at all.

Steve I hope your Impala project is going well my friend. Seeing that diagram of the grille support is just a bit amazing - I don't think there are that many parts in the shutters on the Packard! Yikes.

  Walt

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A BIG Thank You goes out to Chris ( hursst ) ! Chris found that small bracket that I needed on a recent junkyard visit.....  it cleaned up great, painted it the other day and attached it to large center bracket where the hood latch plate is attached to. I just finished mounting that bracket to the radiator support and attached the hood latch and the two horns.  

 

Steve

 

 

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Just found these photos of a 427 car and wanted to share....I took them at a local car show a while back....

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Nice..... Looks like the same color that mine originally came with - Frost Green

 

Thanks for posting !

 

Steve

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