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My first conversion (1967 Impala 4 Door) Finished....Again 22/06

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My first conversion (1967 Impala 4 Door) Finished....Again 22/06
Posted by IMPALA SS 427 on Sunday, February 05, 2012 3:23 AM

Decided to do a conversion form a 2 door fast back to a 4 door sedan (Supernatural Impala). this is what i have done:

- removed ss 427 badge from grille and ss badge from rear bumper

-made the bumper things

-did work on interior including carpet

-done the chassis including rims

- removed the side and trunk badges and trim from body

-scribed the 4 doors

-filled the 2 door gaps with putty

I will begin on the roof soon.....

Pics are Here (there is quite a few): http://www.flickr.com/photos/63546238@N02/sets/72157629180775009/

All comments welcome but this is my first conversion so it wont be perfect.Smile

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Currently working on: DUEL Plymouth valiant, 1958 Biscayne 4 door RHD.

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Posted by spencer1984 on Sunday, February 05, 2012 7:16 AM

Looking good so far!  That roof can be tricky...not the pillars so much as the skin (I've seen a few where the roof ends up with a "V", a peak, or a totally flat skin).  But seeing the rest of what you've done, I think you should be able to pull it off nicely.  Good luck!

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Posted by Space Cowboy on Sunday, February 05, 2012 10:38 AM

Hey for your first coversion your on the right track.................

(I Love It When A Plan Comes Together) Hannibal Smith.

http://s116.photobucket.com/albums/o33/moose5147/

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Posted by dunjuz_wryt on Sunday, February 05, 2012 10:59 AM

You're doing a real sweet job on that conversion. I don't really see you messing it up at this point. You've come too far. Your details are beautimus. Nice j-o-b! 

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Posted by IMPALA SS 427 on Monday, February 06, 2012 7:12 PM

Thanks guys.

I have done a little more, starting on the door panels and the hood (if i can do the hood good i wont need the resin one) ill post pics later.

Currently working on: DUEL Plymouth valiant, 1958 Biscayne 4 door RHD.

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Posted by IMPALA SS 427 on Tuesday, February 07, 2012 6:58 PM

Currently working on: DUEL Plymouth valiant, 1958 Biscayne 4 door RHD.

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Posted by Space Cowboy on Tuesday, February 07, 2012 9:33 PM

Good job on the hood and interior panels.................................

(I Love It When A Plan Comes Together) Hannibal Smith.

http://s116.photobucket.com/albums/o33/moose5147/

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Posted by oldscalemodeler on Thursday, February 09, 2012 6:03 PM

Impala, Kudos for trying something you haven't done before. Looking good so far. What are you using for the front seats? Like the suspension work too.

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Posted by Snake45 on Thursday, February 09, 2012 8:15 PM

Would be easier for us to follow along if you'd post the pics here, instead of just linking them.  As:

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Dragged behind the clownmobile...."

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Posted by IMPALA SS 427 on Thursday, February 09, 2012 9:09 PM

Thanks all.

oldscalemodeler, the seats i will be using will most likely be the seats fom the AMT 70 Impala.

Snake45 I would have posted all the pics (which is what i usually do) but i didnt have the time so i just linked them. but now i have time so i will post them to make it easier. 

there will be many pictures here soon....Smile

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Posted by IMPALA SS 427 on Thursday, February 09, 2012 9:15 PM

And now the pics:

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Posted by IMPALA SS 427 on Thursday, February 09, 2012 9:23 PM

More:

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i had to use a different light sourse because the flash was too bright.

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Posted by IMPALA SS 427 on Thursday, February 09, 2012 9:34 PM

And more:

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The putty i used.

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There now that is much better then the links.

All comments/suggestions welcome.

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Posted by dunjuz_wryt on Thursday, February 09, 2012 11:58 PM

It looks really cool, Impala. I already checked your link, but the pictures are easier here. I never heard of spray putty. Looks like it worked out really well. Does it spray a narrow path as shown?

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Posted by IMPALA SS 427 on Saturday, February 11, 2012 6:33 PM

dunjuz_wryt

It looks really cool, Impala. I already checked your link, but the pictures are easier here. I never heard of spray putty. Looks like it worked out really well. Does it spray a narrow path as shown?

thanks. The putty sprays on just like normal spray paints, the pic where there is a narrow strip of it is where i masked it off.

Progress: the hood didnt really work, the many coats of putty have made the hood too thick and have kinda removed the detail (the grove things on it) so it looks like ill be getting the resin hood(oh well at least i know not to try that again).

I have decided to take a break from the impala to work on another project i'm hoping to finish in the next couple of days. (revell 69 charger) Im doing it like this:

http://www.dodgecharger.com/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=66098.0;attach=119112;image

Once its done ill be back to the impala.

 

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Posted by Snake45 on Saturday, February 11, 2012 8:11 PM

There ya go--thanks for posting the pics here for us. Makes it SO much easier to follow along. Yeah, I know it's a big PITA to work with this board's pic-posting system but you kinda get used to it after a while.

Thanks again and nice work so far!

 

 

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Dragged behind the clownmobile...."

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Posted by dunjuz_wryt on Saturday, February 11, 2012 10:35 PM

Once its done ill be back to the impala.

I do the same way, Impala. I work on one until I come up against one block or another, and then I just set it aside and work on something else until either I figure out what to do with the first one, or I get the part that I was waiting for, or I just get the motivation to get back to a project. It helps that I live alone and have a couple of rooms that I can clutter up with my junk without having to worry about crowding someone out. 

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Posted by IMPALA SS 427 on Saturday, February 18, 2012 1:25 AM

Well i have done some more:

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door panels are done.

I compared the ride height to my stock 67 impala 427 ss:

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Note that these are only mock up pics so the ride height can be changed if needed.

I went to a car show today and was lucky enough to see 2 1967 impala 4 door sedans and i took many pics especially of the rear roof pillars and trunk area so i should be all set for that.

And the camaro has been purchased and is on its way (ill get it in a week? or so) so there wont be much progress till that camaro arrives. 

 

 

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Posted by IMPALA SS 427 on Monday, February 20, 2012 5:11 PM

I did more in the door panels, now they look much better.

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 more soon...

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Posted by IMPALA SS 427 on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 3:57 AM

The Camaro arrived today, it is a monogram 69 z28:

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chopped it up within an hour of having it.

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After a good few hours work i got it roughly done.... needs lots of filling and smoothing.

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More progress soon....

Let me know what you think.

All comments/suggestions are welcome

 

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Posted by v6mike on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 4:54 AM

Your work is progressing nicely,I may have to try this conversion myself at some point.Do you have any measurements written down as to where to cut?

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Posted by dunjuz_wryt on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 9:54 AM

That's looking really nice so far, Impala. How close does your conversion look to an actual? Can you post a pic of both in the same post for us old farts?

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Posted by IMPALA SS 427 on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 4:45 PM

v6mike

Your work is progressing nicely,I may have to try this conversion myself at some point.Do you have any measurements written down as to where to cut?

I did make a lot of measurements but didnt write them down and i kinda forgot them, sorry. when i cut out the camaro roof i purposly cut it bigger than i needed and cut the hole in the impala smaller than i needed, then i ground it down bit by bit till it fit nicely.

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Posted by IMPALA SS 427 on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 4:50 PM

dunjuz_wryt

That's looking really nice so far, Impala. How close does your conversion look to an actual? Can you post a pic of both in the same post for us old farts?

I doubt that mine would be a perfect match.I will post a few pics of mine and then of the 1:1  at the same angles later today so you all can see.

Thanks both for the comments.

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Posted by Rotorbolt on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 9:47 PM

Man, you're doing are really good job there. I really like how you used the gluebomb camaro for a parts car. Just like building  the real 1:1 thing.

If you can't find or afford to buy it, Build or make it yourself.

 

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Posted by IMPALA SS 427 on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 11:28 PM

Rotorbolt

Man, you're doing are really good job there. I really like how you used the gluebomb camaro for a parts car. Just like building  the real 1:1 thing.

Thanks, I used the glue bomb because it was cheap and I would hate to buy a new kit and do that to it.

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Posted by IMPALA SS 427 on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 11:51 PM

Well, here are some comparison pics for you all of mine and the two 1:1 impala's I saw at a car show :

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And some pics i found on google:

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I'm currently doing sanding and filling will post more pics when there is progress...

All comments welcome.

 

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Posted by IMPALA SS 427 on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 11:54 PM

Forgot to mention that the rear window needs to be made bigger (the size difference is noticeable in the comparison pics)

All comments welcome.

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Posted by dunjuz_wryt on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 11:59 PM

That's really looking sweet, Impala. I think it looks real close. So close I couldn't see any dif.

Cool car!

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Posted by IMPALA SS 427 on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 10:18 PM

Thanks, i have got the roof to a sort of smooth surface (the diference between the joins is getting smoother) the roof is still rough in spots and there are still 2 holes that need filling. it has its 3rd coat of putty on now, ill give that a good sanding and see if i can get the roof good. ill post pics later today.

I would have to say at the rate im going it will take weeks, but the end result is well worth it.

 

Currently working on: DUEL Plymouth valiant, 1958 Biscayne 4 door RHD.

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