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    My 68 Chevy Impala aka Darth Vader LOTS OF PICS!!!

    Well, I posted in another thread, but thought Id start my own for the car nuts on the site..

    December of 2013 I bought this 68 Impala Custom Coupe.. Its a beast! Guy I got it from bought it down in Florida back in 09 I think he said.. Its VERY solid underneath.. Car was frame on restored and engine installed before he bought it.. Then, he done the dress up and electric fan, sway bars underneath, transmission, tires wheels, and exhaust.

    The bad, is the transmission has some issues Im working on now, some wiring not done right (electric fan, distributor, and back up lights on manual switches), and speedometer cluster problems. I bought a cluster from a guy in Chicago which looks very nice and should be good, it goes in and before will get the other wiring done, and new speedometer cable too.. Hopefully this gets done this weekend, and Im gonna haul the car to the trans shop next week.. Buddy pulled the trans out and I took to the shop for rebuilding. It got reinstalled last week and it still has problems, so taking whole car to the trans shop.. BTW, its a 700R4.

    Nuff of the chatter, cause






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    White letters in when I got it..

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    And out now, the way muscle cars should be.. 15" American Racing Torque Thrust Wheels, BFG Radial T/As

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    350 Crate Motor, Holley 770cfm, aluminum radiator w/ electric fans, serpentine belt system.

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    Factory air car (not all there anymore ), factory column shift converted to floor shift, aftermarket bucket seats (oh, the red floor mats are gone too!!)

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    New front sway bars, drop spindles

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    Hooker Headers hooked to 2 1/2" stainless steel exhaust with X pipe and Flowmaster 40 series..

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    Rebuilt 12 bolt rear end with Moser Axles and 3.55 Posi, new gas tank, rear sway bars

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    That is sooooo cool. Thanks for sharing.
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    She's a beauty! Back in the day, Sharn Jean had a 68 Impala 4 door grocery getter; loved the way it rode and handled. Sorry to hear about your transmission problems; the 700R4 is supposed to be a great transmission. If you're this enthusiastic with snow on the ground, what will it be like when it's 80 degrees and sunny?

    Oh, BTW, have you heard about Chevytalk?


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    Quote Originally Posted by 2LaneCruzer View Post
    She's a beauty! Back in the day, Sharn Jean had a 68 Impala 4 door grocery getter; loved the way it rode and handled. Sorry to hear about your transmission problems; the 700R4 is supposed to be a great transmission. If you're this enthusiastic with snow on the ground, what will it be like when it's 80 degrees and sunny?

    Oh, BTW, have you heard about Chevytalk?


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    700R4s are very common now in street rods and muscle cars.. However, this one is being a pain. The previous owner got it from Bad Dog Transmissions from Georgia. They rebuild them, make them stronger, and resell them.. The guy I had rebuild it again for me said it looked like it was done by a 8 yr old. He even called that company and told them what he thought of their work.

    I have seen that Chevytalk site. Just checked out the members rides of the late 60s full size cars.. Some very nice 68 Imps on there! There is a Impala forum Im on.. Just too many forums to keep track of anymore..

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    Quote Originally Posted by NEWT View Post
    700R4s are very common now in street rods and muscle cars.. However, this one is being a pain. The previous owner got it from Bad Dog Transmissions from Georgia. They rebuild them, make them stronger, and resell them.. The guy I had rebuild it again for me said it looked like it was done by a 8 yr old. He even called that company and told them what he thought of their work.

    I have seen that Chevytalk site. Just checked out the members rides of the late 60s full size cars.. Some very nice 68 Imps on there! There is a Impala forum Im on.. Just too many forums to keep track of anymore..
    I've got a '59 and a '60 Impala; the 59 is all original, but I recently had a 350 crate engine and a rebuilt 700R4 installed in my 60; along with 4bbl carb. I haven't put more than about 500 miles on it, but I do like it so far. Runs down the road nicely, effortlessly compared to the old Turboglide. I posted some pics a while back on a thread entitled "Car guys...show us your rides".

    The CT site has some very knowledgeable folks; whether it's technical or historical, some one will almost always know the answer.
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