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Username Post: 1971 Biscayne barn find        (Topic#343579)
chevee55 
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chevee55
Loc: Oshkosh, WI
Reg: 09-05-03
03-26-17 08:54 PM - Post#2683555    

One-owner 52K original mile plain jane with power steering and power brakes. It was last registered in 2003, and 1997 before that.
I don't know how many are out there, but it seems kind of rare. I assume most of the same year Impala parts would swap over.
At least it won't see the demo derby!
It runs and drives, but I need to get the carb cleaned up or replaced...

What do you think?

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As purchased


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Seems all original


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straight 6 and 3-on-the-tree


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not too bad in this area where they usually start to rot


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basic blue vinyl interior


Trevor


 
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62BillT 
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62BillT
Loc: Moneta, VA
Reg: 09-24-01
03-28-17 10:44 PM - Post#2683951    
    In response to chevee55

Nice car. That sure is a pretty rare combo with the 6-Cylinder and Manual Trans.

These are good cars. I drove the '71 and '72 style cars as daily drivers for 21 years straight.

Try to keep it garaged. One of their weaknesses is that they are known to leak around the glass.

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-Vintage Chevrolet Club of America


 
VintageCarryall 
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Loc: Arizona
Reg: 10-08-06
03-31-17 04:53 PM - Post#2684400    
    In response to 62BillT

IMHO: either restore that 'cayne back to 100% bone stock (radial tires would be an obvious exception ) or use that 1971 as a base for a vintage police car. Ohio SP ran that exact year/make/model but with 454 power.

1994 Dodge Caravan SWB 3.3L V6
1962 Studebaker Lark 4 door 350 Chevy/TH350



 
DOC396 
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DOC396
Loc: ohio
Reg: 06-10-04
04-03-17 03:08 PM - Post#2684802    
    In response to chevee55

Man that brings back memories . My buddy had a x Ohio State Patrol car like that. 454/365 and it was a unmarked car, no holes in roof or markings. His Dad bought it at auction for next to nothing...... That thing would fly.



 
DOC396 
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04-03-17 03:26 PM - Post#2684808    
    In response to chevee55

Is it for sale? PM me if so.



Edited by DOC396 on 04-03-17 03:27 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
chevee55 
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chevee55
Loc: Oshkosh, WI
Reg: 09-05-03
04-24-17 07:50 PM - Post#2688139    
    In response to VintageCarryall

It would be a fairly easy restoration, but I am going to drive it as is for a while. It has little power with the L6, but rides nice.

What can I do to bring the front end down? It seems like it must have the wrong springs? Plus, is there anyone who offers a sway bar kit? It doesn't have one, and I don't see holes for one, either.

Trevor


 
VintageCarryall 
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04-29-17 09:28 AM - Post#2688837    
    In response to chevee55

  • chevee55 Said:
It would be a fairly easy restoration, but I am going to drive it as is for a while. It has little power with the L6, but rides nice.

What can I do to bring the front end down? It seems like it must have the wrong springs? Plus, is there anyone who offers a sway bar kit? It doesn't have one, and I don't see holes for one, either.



Front end drop: either replace the springs or possibly install heavier springs in the back to even things out. http://www.springsnthings.com/

Swaybar: best bet would be to find a 1971-76 full sized GM car and, before salvaging the bar, links, etc.; take lots of pics to determine exactly what holes (if any) need to be drilled. If you're feeling really froggy, try to locate a 1973-76 Caprice and, grab both the front and rear swaybars from it.

1994 Dodge Caravan SWB 3.3L V6
1962 Studebaker Lark 4 door 350 Chevy/TH350



 
chevee55 
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chevee55
Loc: Oshkosh, WI
Reg: 09-05-03
05-19-17 08:52 PM - Post#2691979    
    In response to VintageCarryall

Drove it back and forth to work a few times now on nice days. I love the small '76 bi-centennial bumper sticker! The AM radio and single, front-only speaker is a hoot, too.
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From my office window


Trevor


 
Johnny468 
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Loc: Richmond, Va.
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06-22-17 10:22 AM - Post#2697046    
    In response to chevee55

I think a 454 swap is definitely in order. It would help drop the front end too.

Johnny

1965 Impala SS
505/4-speed/3.90


 
72ImpalaPower 
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Loc: United States, Oklahoma
Reg: 04-28-17
06-22-17 08:44 PM - Post#2697132    
    In response to Johnny468

Reminds me of my 1972 Impala when I got it. Mine sat under my grandma's carport for almost 15 years. The interior is near mint, with 1 rip in the seat. The dash was a little cracked, so I put a tach on it.

Waiting to build my 400.


 
chevee55 
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chevee55
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09-17-17 11:33 AM - Post#2707921    
    In response to Johnny468

The radiator just sprung a small leak, so I bought an all-aluminum one good for up to 750hp, just in case.
It has stamped ends for a more original look versus the fabricated ones with all of the visible welds.
I'll post pics once it is installed.





Trevor


 
62BillT 
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Loc: Moneta, VA
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09-17-17 06:01 PM - Post#2707952    
    In response to chevee55

Don't throw the old one away, lol.

Those old style radiators can be easily repaired, although it is getting harder and harder to find a radiator repair shop today.

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chevee55 
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chevee55
Loc: Oshkosh, WI
Reg: 09-05-03
09-19-17 08:53 PM - Post#2708201    
    In response to 62BillT

No, I won't throw it out - but I probably won't pay to fix it right away either.

Trevor


 
chevee55 
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chevee55
Loc: Oshkosh, WI
Reg: 09-05-03
09-19-17 08:55 PM - Post#2708202    
    In response to chevee55

Any idea if and where I might find the rear window interior plastic trim mouldings?
Mine are cracked and broken.

Trevor


 
Mercedes 
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07-10-18 01:05 PM - Post#2739582    
    In response to chevee55

I doubt that you can find much out there in terms of interior plastic. Unfortunately, that stuff deteriorates and there is no source that I know of.

Interesting that the car has the inline 6. how does it drive?



 
BelAirBub 
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12-06-18 05:11 PM - Post#2753661    
    In response to Mercedes

Awesome!

1961 Bel Air Bubbletop


 
B Howell 
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09-18-19 05:27 PM - Post#2775839    
    In response to chevee55

I love this car. I found a 1972 caprice recently that is another great find. It has 19K miles on it, 500 of those I have added in the last two weeks.
If you decide to sell this one, please keep me in mind.
billybigblock@gmail.com



 
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