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I got into the Impala game with my '63 hardtop, but I realized there was an unfulfilled void only a convertible could take care of. I found this car on ebay and bid on it with the intention of just throwing on some spokes (Z's or D's, no China shit), repair/chrome the trim and calling it a day.
Well, once I picked the car up there was some noticeable bubbling on the passenger rocker that needed attention. I could have bitched up a storm about it, but the car was purchased at a reasonable price so it really wasn't worth the headache. Luckily, I was led to a competent shop that could do the work for reasonable $$. Since then it's snowballed into a bigger project. The car came in solid black and, since I had to have the paint stripped to repair the rust anyway, I decided to change it up a bit by repainting it Audi Phantom Black pearl. In the works is a black canvas top with glass window, some OG accessories, hydraulic setup (not sure how extensive I want to get with it yet), all trim chromed out, 13x7 72-spoke all-chrome Z's (if Zenith's shipper doesn't lose the 2nd set they send me :angry:. :cool:

Here's how it came:


Currently work-in-progress:



EDIT: The bodyshop didn't end up fixing the rust, so much as just covering it with bondo. Unfortunately, I wasn't there to see the "body work" in progress. When I showed up the first time after dropping it off, it was already in primer and I couldn't tell what had and hadn't been done underneath. I should have known better and asked more questions, but you live and learn. It also turns out the car was a mess underneath to begin with. Amateur half ass repairs throughout the car's history and the body shop's cover ups added up to obliterate my wallet later on. The car began rusting through 8 months after these pics were taken, clueing me to the fact that something was not right with the work. Don't get me wrong, the car looked great and for some people that would be enough. Unfortunately, it was done a certain way that would not last. And to top it off, the Zeniths ended up leaking like a dollar store diaper. The real shit begins on page 3.
 

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Very slow progress. Firewall is now painted:



Engine sprayed black. Probably going to get a chrome alternator. I was considering a serpentine setup, but I decided to wait and see whether or not I will put the LS2 in this car. I figure I'll just put the SBC 350 in for now rather than be out the car for more time and drop in the LS2 with serpentine, etc next winter. Next up is painting the exposed chassis black and putting it back together. I still have a long way to go as it will be getting a setup installed as soon as its out o f the body shop and my Zeniths arrive (been waiting since October for them!). Oh yes, power windows too!

 

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Originally posted by EPTXCarlover@Jan 22 2009, 10:45 PM~12788217
Very slow progress. Firewall is now painted:



Engine sprayed black. Probably going to get a chrome alternator. I was considering a serpentine setup, but I decided to wait and see whether or not I will put the LS2 in this car. I figure I'll just put the SBC 350 in for now rather than be out the car for more time and drop in the LS2 with serpentine, etc next winter. Next up is painting the exposed chassis black and putting it back together. I still have a long way to go as it will be getting a setup installed as soon as its out o f the body shop and my Zeniths arrive (been waiting since October for them!). Oh yes, power windows too!


car looking good
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CLEAN PROJECT HOMIE ;)
 

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Progress has been super slow, but it should finally be out of the body shop this week. Quick peek at the chromed grill and rechromed bumpers:



I did have a change in plans and will not be juicing it anytime soon. Decided to have a reputable local shop here in El Paso juice my '63 hardtop instead and keep the rag OG suspension for now.
 
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