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 Planning the rebuild of Sshamu.

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PostSubject: Planning the rebuild of Sshamu.   Sat Feb 20, 2010 10:02 pm

This thread will document from start to finish, the rebuild of my Impala.(Thanks to my friends)

I am starting to plan the conversion to move the impala over to the caprice. I have about a half gallon of chassis saver that I want to use for the frame, floor pans, and wheel wells. I would like to lift the shell off the frame to paint everything, and replace the body bushings.

There was a master suspension kit, and a body bushing kit from energy suspension, but I can't find them in jegs or summit, or even energy suspension's website. Does anyone know the part numbers?
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PostSubject: EBAY   Sat Feb 20, 2010 10:08 pm

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Energy-Suspension-Body-Mount-Bushings-94-96-Impala-SS_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem5885bf47e2QQitemZ380201027554QQptZMotorsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories
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PostSubject: Re: Planning the rebuild of Sshamu.   Sat Feb 20, 2010 10:09 pm

try this for now

http://impalasuperstore.com/superstore2010/shopdisplayproducts.asp?page=2
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PostSubject: Re: Planning the rebuild of Sshamu.   Sat Feb 20, 2010 10:14 pm

Beat ya by a minute Bobby and my price is better. Very Happy
Anybody using these ?
Do they squeek.
How hard are they to install.
Does the body have to come comepletely off the frame ?
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PostSubject: Re: Planning the rebuild of Sshamu.   Sat Feb 20, 2010 10:22 pm

M.ROSS wrote:
Beat ya by a minute Bobby and my price is better. Very Happy
Anybody using these ?
Do they squeek.
How hard are they to install.
Does the body have to come comepletely off the frame ?


ya ya Smile I gave him that link for the part #s.. the body bushings by the rear end you will have to lift the body off almost a foot, did you search the Impala forum somebody did them and didn't like them. I had the front suspension ones on a monti and they sqeek but they are easier to install than stock bushings
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PostSubject: Re: Planning the rebuild of Sshamu.   Sat Feb 20, 2010 10:28 pm

M.ROSS wrote:
Beat ya by a minute Bobby and my price is better. Very Happy
Anybody using these ?
Do they squeek.
How hard are they to install.
Does the body have to come comepletely off the frame ?
I did add the missing bushings on my original 94 ss back in the late 90s, but those were not between the frame and body. I would imagine you would just loosen up an entire side, and use a jack to take the pressure off the bushing you are trying to replace.

I have used poly bushings many times in the past for suspensions. I just put some vasaline to keep the squeeks away.
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PostSubject: Re: Planning the rebuild of Sshamu.   Sat Feb 20, 2010 10:33 pm

That sucks = squeeking !!!!
I'd like to do the bushings
Some look like they'd be easy.
The write up for bushings in the herd article doesn't mention lifting it that high.
http://www.theherd.com/articles/bushings.html
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PostSubject: Re: Planning the rebuild of Sshamu.   Sat Feb 20, 2010 10:34 pm

I'm running them in my 96. They dont squeak unless the bolts loosen up. They are HARD
Roads around here scream for rubber but new rubber will cost you 2x the $ of those
I have new rubber waiting to go in cause I hate hitting like that
From what I've read you need about 3-4" of seperation to swap them out, I'll be finding out.
I'm about to frame off my old 95 to see if I rebuild it for Matt or punt like Bill M
Wont be a crazy restoration just solid armor for his 1st car

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PostSubject: Re: Planning the rebuild of Sshamu.   Sat Feb 20, 2010 10:36 pm

Billy and his Vasoline.
What do you do buy it in 55 gal drums. affraid
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PostSubject: Re: Planning the rebuild of Sshamu.   Sat Feb 20, 2010 10:36 pm

M.ROSS wrote:

The write up for bushings in the herd article doesn't mention lifting it that high.
http://www.theherd.com/articles/bushings.html
I didnt read that whole thing again, but if I remember that writeup was for lowers only

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PostSubject: Re: Planning the rebuild of Sshamu.   Sat Feb 20, 2010 10:38 pm

I don't know about the Impala body bushings but when we did the 70 chevelle we had to buy all new factory
bushings just for the steel inserts.
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PostSubject: Re: Planning the rebuild of Sshamu.   Sat Feb 20, 2010 10:53 pm

sdstick wrote:
M.ROSS wrote:

The write up for bushings in the herd article doesn't mention lifting it that high.
http://www.theherd.com/articles/bushings.html
I didnt read that whole thing again, but if I remember that writeup was for lowers only
That is the original Scott Mueller writeup I used back in the day to replace my missing lowers. Only the 9c1s got all upper and lower bushings. The caprice, and Impala had 6 missing lower bushings at the front of the body shell.
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PostSubject: Re: Planning the rebuild of Sshamu.   Sat Feb 20, 2010 11:19 pm

It's really not a big issue missing the body bushings. Just when you go over big bumps you wait for the front end to "land" which can take a few seconds. It's an odd feeling at first but you get used to it. It's like the feeling you get in fast elevators when you stop at a floor and then wait for your head to land back on your shoulders bounce
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PostSubject: Re: Planning the rebuild of Sshamu.   Sat Feb 20, 2010 11:26 pm

bammax wrote:
It's really not a big issue missing the body bushings. Just when you go over big bumps you wait for the front end to "land" which can take a few seconds. It's an odd feeling at first but you get used to it. It's like the feeling you get in fast elevators when you stop at a floor and then wait for your head to land back on your shoulders bounce
That would be the sloppy front suspension, not the body bushings. drunken Besides after I did the lower install, I did not feel a difference. I guess Scott pushed his harder than I did.
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PostSubject: Re: Planning the rebuild of Sshamu.   Sun Feb 21, 2010 11:49 am

I did the whole Energy body mount setup in the Impala, what a nightmare it was to install... However when done the car felt a lot firmer, but as stated, when you get on a rough road you know it...

Doug

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