file 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS Restoration

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08 Dec 2014 13:25 - 10 Oct 2015 12:29 #28 by oestek
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This '65 Impala is getting some modern upgrades to become a slick highway flyer. Plans include fixing the rust and some previous repairs, installing a Ride Tech suspension system, a GM 6.0 V8 fueled by a MegaSquirt EFI system, a 6-speed manual box, and BRIGHT red paint!
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23 Dec 2014 21:07 #220 by oestek
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This 1965 Chevrolet Impala came to us after and restoration was started at a different shop. The car has been in the owner's family since 1970, so we were honored and excited to bring this one back to the road.





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23 Dec 2014 21:07 #221 by oestek
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This car had seen years of daily driving and occasional racing use, and was showing signs of deterioration. It arrived in our shop having been media blasted and sprayed with a black epoxy primer. At first glance, we noticed some rust around the window frames, in the deck lid, and that the previous repairs were not complete.







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23 Dec 2014 21:07 - 16 Oct 2015 08:43 #222 by oestek
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After a thorough inventory of the supplied parts, the crew began the metalwork.   
The first project was to close the stock antenna hole using a steel insert. The piece was made and fitted to the hole, MIG welded, and ground smooth. We're using an HTP MIG 200 welder for this task.







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23 Dec 2014 21:08 #223 by oestek
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Next, the crew began the rust repairs around the rear window frame. These window channels held water and rusted all the way through. The rusty metal was cut out with a thin 3M cutting disc on an air grinder. A new channel was fabricated using a shrinker/stretcher, welded in, and ground smooth.     Gray primer prevented further rust. 











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23 Dec 2014 21:09 #224 by oestek
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Similar repairs were made to the window channel around the windshield in the areas where the metal had rusted thin.



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