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Username Post: 60 Impala Assembly        (Topic#356693)
Bilbob 
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06-05-19 04:20 AM - Post#2767736    

Installing front end parts on my 60 Impala and need some advice. I'm installing the L/R headlite buckets and I'm not sure what needs to be done "first". I plan to install the inner fenders(done) the radiator support member(done) and then the buckets. Afterwards I wand to "hang" the fenders on the completed assembly. Can you do it this way or do you need to assemble the front in a different order? Often, "this part can't be installed until that part is installed first". Any advice on the specific order things need to be assembled in the front? Thanks, Bill



 
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PLS 
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06-05-19 06:05 AM - Post#2767741    
    In response to Bilbob

Hey, Bill, I removed my “whole front end” a few times as a complete unit and reinstalled it as a complete unit just because I didn’t have a room to put it anywhere else and with help it would come off and go on great. Then I had to disassemble it in order to get everything painted so I had to reassemble it piece by piece. As you did, I installed the complete radiator support then the inner fenders and then the headlight buckets then the fenders, a pain but finally got it. Hope that this helps. Lamar

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Bilbob 
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06-05-19 02:01 PM - Post#2767768    
    In response to Bilbob

Thanks, Lamar! Looks like the grille has to go on first because the inner & outer headlite buckets go in front of / bolt through the grille. Correct? thanks, Bill



 
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06-05-19 02:38 PM - Post#2767772    
    In response to Bilbob

Hey Bill I think that I answered a question that you didn’t ask, (they don’t have an emoji to express what I feel like so these will have to do ) I’m not sure why I associated the pictures with your question except for age and a pea brain. Now let’s get back on track. Yes, I had to install the grill first then the buckets. Sorry for the confusion. Lamar



 
Bilbob 
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06-06-19 05:02 PM - Post#2767851    
    In response to PLS

No problem! You answered the question perfectly!! Another question: I have the front end completed and will now try to hang the fenders. Hopefully that will not be a fiasco!I have not installed the front bumper==I assume it should be added last. My question is should I install the valence panels first, before I install the bumper? I hate to "undo" stuff because I put the wrong stuff on first. I'm sure GM had a system/order. My 60 is white/turquoise interior with a 283 3speed column shift. Yours looks fantastic!!! Sorry to be a bother, and thanks for your help! Bill



 
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06-07-19 03:20 AM - Post#2767868    
    In response to Bilbob

Maybe you’ve already done it, but make sure you align your front doors before the fenders are installed.

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06-07-19 07:38 AM - Post#2767881    
    In response to Bilbob

As Don pointed out the doors need to be correctly aligned first then get the fenders installed and aligned as well. I then installed the bumper and then installed the center panel. Installed the parking lights in the valance and then installed the valance. The bumper attaching bolts and nuts will have to be tightened before the valance go on because they hide the bolts. Hope this helps and trust me you are not being a bother; the Lord only know how much help that I have received from CT members and that what's this forum is all about. Lamar

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Bilbob 
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06-11-19 05:08 PM - Post#2768256    
    In response to PLS

Lamar. thanks for your gracious help. I have a question about the windshield pillar moldings. There are 3 pieces per side:
1- a larger "L" shaped stainless molding that obviously is the outside piece that connects to the top of the windshield corner and at the lower windshield molding. This one is easy
2- a thinner "J" shaped stainless molding that looks like it goes under #1
3- a short, about 9 inches long, piece of metal painted black originally,I think,that goes up in the upper corner bend. Does this go on LAST? What does it actually do?

Got the front together and ready to hang the fenders. That little headlite trim retaining spring on each bucket was a real challenge!

Ready to install the upper roof rail (over the front door)and weather-stripping seal. Any words of wisdom before I jump in??

Thanks for your help! Bill



 
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06-12-19 06:03 AM - Post#2768295    
    In response to PLS

You are more than welcome. I don’t think that you have mentioned exactly what your car is, mine is a 2 dr ht. and the roof rail trim may be different. I removed all of the trim from the car years ago with the exception of the roof drip and upper scalp molding above the doors so I had no clue as to how this other stuff went and the shop manual wasn’t really clear so when I got ready to reinstall I just sort of did a dry fit. I wish now that I had of documented each and everything but I would get busy and get things back together and then realize that I hadn’t taken pictures of how I did it. If I remember correctly all of the windshield trim will have to be in place as well as the upper roof rail trim then the large “L” piece will go on first then the small painted piece then “J” piece. As the purpose for the painted piece I really don’t know. Hope that this will help a little. Lamar

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Bilbob 
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06-12-19 05:21 PM - Post#2768344    
    In response to Bilbob

Thanks! Seems like the reasonable order. I'll try it and see if it works. Mine also is a 2drHT. Thanks again. Bill



 
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