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Username Post: Buying my first 69 Impala, What to do?        (Topic#351957)
Posts: 1

Reg: 07-10-18
07-10-18 08:32 AM - Post#2739561    

I'm looking to buy my first classic Chevy. I've had some Cadillacs from the 80's and I've learned my lesson to do some research before buying and how to distinguish between expensive rot and rust.

Now the car I am looking at is a 1969 Chevrolet Impala that the owner bought as a project but never got around to it. He has a few of them that he wants to get rid of. The car has a 327 engine with a 3 speed auto. Do these have overdrive?

The one I am looking at hasn't been on the road in 7 Years but I am told it runs and drives. He has lots of parts for it and I am told it is a complete car.

What's bothering me is the owner told me the gas tank fell halfway off the car and so he ended up just taking it off. But encourages me to bring some gas and run it off a can to drive it.

I plan on painting the car so some surface rust doesn't bother me but I don't want to end up with a car that has a rotted frame or other bad critical component.

My question is what do I look for in these old cars?

and how can I run it off a jerry can? Do I just add a hose to the in and out of the carb and put it in a container?


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Posts: 27999
Loc: San Francisco, CA
Reg: 11-26-02
07-11-18 12:31 PM - Post#2739706    
    In response to fayzee

Disconnect the existing line from the INLET port of the fuel pump. Attach a length of hose to that same port and stick the other end of the hose in the gas can. Leave the line in place which runs from the outlet of the pump to the carb.


Those who choose an automatic transmission want transportation. Those who choose a manual transmission want to drive.

Posts: 110

Loc: Manitoba ,Canada
Reg: 01-30-07
07-12-18 03:56 AM - Post#2739760    
    In response to fayzee

I would inspect the frame ( using a hammer to see if there are any soft spots) . Common bad areas on the frame are behind the front wheels . They are also prone to rust out at the bottom the the front fenders , rear quarters ( like most cars) , and known for rear window leaks causing trunk floor rot .

68 - 69 B Body enthusiast

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