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Impala Progress

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Vybe Realty

Spring is here and there seems to be less time in the garage. Between the outside maintenance, lawn tune up, family functions and of course Real Estate the progress has come to a slight standstill. I am hopeful that I can have the body off the frame this month. 


All the sheet metal is now fully welded and it seems like countless hours adding and grinding metal to the edges to make a perfect gap. The trunk edges were the worst as the corners were pointed rather than a gentle curve.



Patch panel for the fender and the holes in the doors and fenders welded as the bodyside chrome is not going back on.

Out with the #s matching 327 and powerglide. I will keep them as they belong to the car.



And enter the big block for mockup and clearance fitting.


This is a 1989 454 and T400. As this motor was EFI some work has to be done to the heads. Should be roughly 500hp with roller cam, intake, headers etc, etc, and a rebuild.

A few more days on the metal work, a good layer of primer, test fit the engine and the body comes off until it 's time for paint.


If anyone has an idea for making a stand for the body that can be rolled around it would be appreciated. I would like to have the body 3 feet in the air.

I can't justify the cost for a rotisserie.






Zane Coffin
Century-21 Homestar - Geneva, OH
(Geneva Ohio Real Estate Agent)

Don the Impala is coming along nice....as for the stand I'm not sure I have been debating that my self....you possibly could find a welder that could make you one cheaper then you could buy a kit or make your own....although the rotisserie's have come down in price from a few years ago...peace zane

Apr 25, 2009 12:07 AM
Steve Zarry
House Buying Now - Austin, TX
Austin Central Texas, Real Estate

The car looks great! What type of paint will you be using?

Apr 25, 2009 05:20 AM
Don McNeill
Vybe Realty - Abbotsford, BC

Steve, ppg Black with lots of clear. My painter attempted to talk me out of the black but because it is a fairly rare colour combination with the red interoir I stood my ground. The doors and fenders will be painted off the car to really lay on the clear coat.



May 01, 2009 05:02 AM
Don McNeill
Vybe Realty - Abbotsford, BC

Thanks Zane , Yes, I think I will make one.  It seems the only way to go at this point in the game.



May 01, 2009 05:12 AM