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Username Post: '68 Impala 396 with AC needing some love on ebay        (Topic#350567)
toro455 
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toro455
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04-10-18 09:53 AM - Post#2730569    

Numbers matching 396 with TH400 and AC.

Initially I didn't even open this one but as bad as the paint looks the metal doesn't look that bad and the engine compartment looks pretty original. The interior is a disaster.

A lot of work but no bids at $4000. They would likely do better if they could comment or show pictures if the floors and trunk are indeed in good shape. Fender to door and hood all look like the fit is strange too. It's East of Los Angeles.

I'm not selling it or recommending it but I like looking for other Impalas and it's nice that it is a BB with AC looking a lot like nothing was done for a long time under the hood.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1968-Chevrolet-Im pala/183...




 
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Double Aught 
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04-10-18 06:14 PM - Post#2730626    
    In response to toro455

Well, its a black and yellow plate California car and they stopped issuing those tags in 69, so chances are, its a California car its entire life. He mentions "ss options". That isn't an SS car, but it does have some nice options and yes, it will need a complete interior. If I had the money, I might consider bidding.



 
toro455 
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04-11-18 12:42 AM - Post#2730652    
    In response to Double Aught

I sometimes see the original black and yellow plate comment on California cars. I generally knew it meant that it was an old California plate but didn't know the significance. Thanks for filling in the additional detail.

I agree with the "SS options" comment. Personally I think its cool that it's an original BB car with air more than I care about it being an "SS" because I'm pretty sure "SS" was an option you could get with virtually any combination in '68. I did notice it has an under hood light. It also looks like the original air cleaner and the original radiator...



 
59fins 
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Loc: Surprise Az USA
Reg: 04-07-00
04-14-18 08:31 AM - Post#2730942    
    In response to toro455

For a guy wanting to switch to BB from SB,
the pulleys & brackets alone are worth their weight
in gold alone, Cali car, if you are from the N East
of SW, and have never been under a SW car,
you will find out quickly what the benefits are!

Approx 2 years ago I bought a 66 4 Door
h/t, (I had been looking for a 427 or 396
for my car) the car I bought had factory
A/C, p/s, p/b which mine does, so all
brackets and pulleys are there and the same
as 67, shroud, HD radiator, etc. etc etc.
p/brakes are diff in 66 than 67.

The car had been wrecked in front (not
hard), also the guy parked in his garage by brail in garage,
front damage not into the condenser, the
guy was second owner, original Phoenix car,
I pulled the complete drive train out of it,
12 bolt, turbo 400, and 396 325 hp. I tried
to sell the body at a give away price,
nobody wanted it, so I decided to take the
car apart, not 1 (one) bolt did I have
use penetrating oil, think about this
... 50 years + no oil to loosen any bolt,
not one, the battery tray had battery
corrosion, but them bolts came right out
as well, almost like they were put in
yesterday, still have some of the parts,
have sold a bunch, have more to get rid of,
but it was somewhat fun to take this car
apart, most of the hardware was like new,
"RBW" bolts were crisp, not pitted, rear
end housing one redone (another started
project ) does not have any rust pits.


Now in 75 I got a 64 Impala, and it
would of been 11 years old (I lived in Iowa then)
and it was so rusty, I broke clips, bolts,
etc, had to use heat on a lot of the bolts,
to me the car in the auction was a steal!
When I fist went through a salvage yard
in California in late 80's I was dumbfounded,
it did not compute that the cars did not
have rust up to the body side moldings!

Bill H.
67 Impala SS




 
toro455 
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04-14-18 10:02 AM - Post#2730954    
    In response to 59fins

They must have reduced the price. It sold for $3550. Like Bill mentioned seems like a bargain for somebody looking for engine compartment items. Hopefully the buyer will save it and not pull the motor for a Camaro.



 
toro455 
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toro455
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04-15-18 10:53 AM - Post#2731037    
    In response to toro455

Buyer must have backed out? It's for sale again by the same seller.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/1968-Chevrolet-Im pala-cus...




 
Double Aught 
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04-15-18 06:33 PM - Post#2731101    
    In response to toro455

hmmm. That is a bigger project than my 68 SS was when I paid 4500 for it and mine was running and driving too.



 
59fins 
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04-17-18 08:34 AM - Post#2731280    
    In response to Double Aught

Unfortunately they don’t show the quarters or underneath
If you are from the SW, yes price may be high, being from Iowa originally and building countless floors, the price is peanuts compared to welding inner Stucture, or
Worse yet paying someone to do it!

That was my point, people that live in the SW, do not know what rust is unless they bought one from up north and or east
Appears most of car is there, what you save in rust
Repair would pay for interior and possibly and engine
rebuild, I preach all the time to buy a SW cars, the Mooney
saved in body work is worth it! Cheaper in long run
and you have a rust free car, or at least “good bones”
to start with. Even poor repairs on a rust free car are
more cost effective than rust repair! Benn there
done that. Spend the money on good bones than rust
repair!
This 68 does not show underneath or even the Qtrs,
I would contact owner for those pics, if he does
not send, it is buyer beware. Simple

Bill H.
67 Impala SS




 
toro455 
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04-21-18 11:09 AM - Post#2731754    
    In response to 59fins

Exactly my thoughts. Hard to believe the seller didn't post any shots of at least the trunk and other areas accessible to photo without a lift.

I think part of it could be though people from dry areas don't really have a concept of NE corrosion. So if something seems normal they might not be hiding anything they might just not think of mentioning it. If I was interested I would as well certainly ask those questions. Original BB and mostly solid car is a great place to start.

It's just under $3000 with 8hrs left and 114 watchers! I really hope somebody who plans restore as opposed to parting buys it. It would be ashame to survive that long with the original motor just to become a donor for a Camaro



 
Double Aught 
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04-30-18 08:58 AM - Post#2732631    
    In response to toro455

And its back up again, with no explanation of why two buyers backed out.



 
PatwithaRat 
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Reg: 02-22-02
04-30-18 04:13 PM - Post#2732685    
    In response to Double Aught

Most likely, the high bidder is a shill for the seller, attempting to get the price up to the desired amount.

Voted most likely to end up working at a car wash.


 
toro455 
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04-30-18 08:02 PM - Post#2732726    
    In response to PatwithaRat

It does seem strange. It's not as easy to tell as it was many years ago when you could see all of the bidder full ebay names but I think it might be as Pat suspects because I opened both links and went to both of the original listings and each time the auction was one buy someone which ebay abbreviates as "3***h(2)". That cannot be a coincidence and I know ebay uses the real feedback score.

The seller has a fair amount of feedback and it rated as 100% but it does seem too fishy to be coincidence.



 
Double Aught 
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04-30-18 09:00 PM - Post#2732729    
    In response to toro455

  • toro455 Said:
It does seem strange. It's not as easy to tell as it was many years ago when you could see all of the bidder full ebay names but I think it might be as Pat suspects because I opened both links and went to both of the original listings and each time the auction was one buy someone which ebay abbreviates as "3***h(2)". That cannot be a coincidence and I know ebay uses the real feedback score.

The seller has a fair amount of feedback and it rated as 100% but it does seem too fishy to be coincidence.


Your extra investigation just proved the shill bidder theory. I didn't bother to look at the auctions prior. The auction needs to be flagged.




 
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