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MASShole9C1

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PostSubject: 1984 Impala   Tue May 29, 2018 9:57 pm

Last year (almost a year ago) I bought a 1984 impala. Base model car with a 305, 2.73 gears (open), manual windows, full bench seat, manual locks, hi/lo wipers, rear lap belts only, and so on.

Before I owned it, and without the previous owner’s knowledge, the car was featured in curbside classics

http://www.curbsideclassic.com/blog/cc-outtake/cc-outtake-1984-chevrolet-impala-big-n-basic/

Since I’ve owned the car I replaced all 4 doors because the originals were all rotted on the bottom, replaced the rotted sections of the quarter panels, installed the 96’s original rear 9C1 springs and the shocks that were in it along with new U bolts from William Harper. I started the other body work type stuff, which I’m not really good at but I’m learning. I’ve also replaced the fuel sending unit, straps, hardware and a good amount of line that was leaking. All kinds of other odds n ends as well like rear bumper, bumper fillers, Radio bezel etc.

I installed the GM replacement lower control arm kit and sway bar hardware when one of the control arms actually snapped while driving from being so badly rotted. I took the liberty of installing the sway bars from Brian Lohnes’ Buford T Justice 9C1 project on Bangshift that he gave me, as well.

My problem is, I’m losing interest in the car, and what better place to talk about it than here? The main issue here is the rearmost body mounts and the frame is all rotted. The body mounts actually pulled through the frame so it kinda flops around. So, knowing I need a frame I’m kinda lost. I bought new body bolts in anticipation for a frame swap but if I were to do it, I’d find a 94-96 LT1 car to swap frames. Then there’s a crazy loud and very hazardous exhaust leak where the old long disconnected heat riser is on the passenger side manifold. But why waste money replacing it or snapping bolts trying to put headers on? Either way the flange studs are junk and will round out or snap no problem. Kinda screwed either way.

So, what would the esteemed members of this club do? Scrap it? Sell it off as a hot potato? Keep it and fix it?
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PostSubject: Re: 1984 Impala   Wed May 30, 2018 5:24 pm

When I first read the story and all the work you've done, I thought this would be a feel good story on getting the Impala all fixed up. Then came the part about the rust and how the rust has taken over. When that happens as much as it has on this car, leaves only one option: it's time to put her down.

Tom
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PostSubject: Re: 1984 Impala   Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:09 pm

I’d post pictures but photobucket has made that impossible.

I removed the seats, carpet, and sound deadening material to see what the floor actually looks like. Surprisingly, it’s clean with the exception of a ~6”x8” rot hole where the rear passengers feet would sit. Easy enough to weld in a patch. So I’m not worried about that. The trunk and wheel houses are are as clean as can be too. The front passenger fender isn’t worth fixing and should be replaced.

Other than that stuff and 2 very small rust holes around the roof (1 at a drip rail and another near the windshield) I think it’s a good candidate for a frame swap.

Hopefully someone on here will end up selling some sort of LT1 parts car with complete chassis and drivetrain.
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PostSubject: 84 Impala   Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:13 am

Sorry to hear about the body mounts and your lose of interest. I have the identical car thus I have a soft spot for them. Given the rarity of the body style I’d be inclined to start looking for an LT1 Carprice or Roadmaster Sedan that you could swap your body onto. I understand this is an ambituoiuse undertaking but if you have the time/resources and fortitude I’m sure you would be happy with the end result. Otherwise tackle the exhaust leak, install some cheap headers...Magiver a rear mount solution and start driving it again.
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PostSubject: Re: 1984 Impala   Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:21 pm

Eh. To hell with it. I posted the car for sale.
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PostSubject: Re: 1984 Impala   Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:28 am

Sounds like a terrible loss, are you certain with your decision of selling it?
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PostSubject: Re: 1984 Impala   Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:30 am

mrlazuli wrote:
Sounds like a terrible loss, are you certain with your decision of selling it?

Scrapped 2 months ago.
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PostSubject: Re: 1984 Impala   Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:49 am

Oh I see
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