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Username Post: Is it worth it        (Topic#356968)
vikes1962 
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06-25-19 12:35 PM - Post#2769233    

I have a 62 327 impala... It has some frame rust.... The body is ok with very little that you can see.... The interior is excellent ..Is it worth putting more money into this car....Thanks



 
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beagrizzly 
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06-25-19 12:51 PM - Post#2769237    
    In response to vikes1962

That would mostly depend on your skill set, tools, shop space, etc.
The body itself is not that hard to remove from the frame. You'll have to store it somewhere while you move your running gear over to another frame, then put it back on.
Again, shop space is going to be a biggie. You will have a body, two frames, and need enough room to get around all of it with a roll around hoist.
You're going to need a welding machine, torch (or plasma arc), to fix all the twisted off bolts.
It's not a weekend project, but with a few friends could be accomplished in about a month. If, IF you don't get sidetracked with a bunch of repairs that you can't see.
While you have the engine, trans out, you're gonna want to replace some seals, and gaskets. All your rubber fuel, and brake hoses. Everything is easier if you're not lying on your back in a puddle of oily dirt.

Griff

if you're gonna be a bear..................

1960 Biscayne (the 6T)
2005 Yukon XL
2007 GMC Sierra Classic 8.1
2009 Silverado
2011 Escalade ESV


 
Tri5man 
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06-25-19 02:05 PM - Post#2769245    
    In response to beagrizzly

Impossible to tell without lots of pictures including the underside. If there's to much rust repair it not worth anything to me.



 
Swifster 
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06-25-19 02:22 PM - Post#2769247    
    In response to beagrizzly

What Griff says is true. But I'll add a little more. If you are switching frames, ANY maintenance part (control arm bushings, power steering hoses, tie rods, etc) is better off being replaced now. The bright side of doing this is that the car should drive like it's brand new when it's done.


Tom

1963 Chevrolet ?
$121.00


 
junky 
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06-25-19 07:13 PM - Post#2769253    
    In response to vikes1962

More information would be needed to make a proper assessment. If it is a convertible, then definitely yes. If a 4 door post Biscayne, probably not, unless the car holds a particular spot in your life that you want to keep alive. It is going to be expensive, no matter what the body type, and you need to know that you are up to the financial requirements to see the project to the end. I had changed frames when I was a lot younger, and it wasn't difficult, but it was time consuming work. I suggest that you start a list of the parts that will be required, and then price the parts. Then multiply that time 2 or 3 for all the unexpected expenses. Lets assume that you rebuild the entire front suspension, parts alone can cost a few hundred dollars. Next will be the condition of the engine. If it needs a rebuild, I will estimate $3500, because that is what it cost a couple years ago. A Powerglide rebuild is about $1200, including the torque converter. Then there are motor mounts, transmission mounts, steel hoses, radiator hoses, and hopefully your radiator is good, because a re-core is about $500. I could go on, but I think that you are getting the picture. If you can do a lot of the work yourself you will save a lot of money, but parts are expensive either way.


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lone star 
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06-26-19 05:04 AM - Post#2769273    
    In response to junky

good info. id never pay 3500 to rebuild a 283 though. brand new crate motor is half of that. and 1200 to rebuild a powerglide when a new th350 is 1000...or a couple hundred more gets you a 700r4. tack on a couple hundred more for the mounts and tv cable. etc...but otherwise. yes you are right



 
lone star 
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06-26-19 05:06 AM - Post#2769274    
    In response to vikes1962

very vague info and question.

depends on what the starting cost is.

if its 500 bucks sure...

if its 15k. probably not.



 
junky 
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06-26-19 09:11 AM - Post#2769296    
    In response to lone star

  • lone star Said:
good info. id never pay 3500 to rebuild a 283 though. brand new crate motor is half of that. and 1200 to rebuild a powerglide when a new th350 is 1000...or a couple hundred more gets you a 700r4. tack on a couple hundred more for the mounts and tv cable. etc...but otherwise. yes you are right



It all depends on your viewpoint if you want a driver, or for your car to be preserved as built. I am not going to take sides on this question, since like so many other things in life, it is your own personal decision to make.


Never argue with an idiot. He'll drag you down to his level, then beat you with experience.


 
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