Man, that's a SUPER SWEET RIDE! Always love looking at pictures of your car!
Man, that's a SUPER SWEET RIDE! Always love looking at pictures of your car!
its not fair, US classic cars are so much better than uk classic cars. what i wouldnt give to own an old muscle car. guess i'll just have to keep looking for old capris and cortina's
Sorry for the off topic post, but where does one go about learning how to restore old muscle cars? I figure you guys might be able to help. My boyfriend has an enduring love for muscle cars, but Impalas are pretty hard to come by Down Under so he just bought himself a 1989 Jaguar Sovereign. It's already been fairly lovingly restored by the mechanic who sold it to him, but I can tell it'll need some work in the years to come and I know he and I would love to learn how to do this sort of thing ourselves. Any nudges in the right direction would be much appreciated!
MOST of the time the car stuff is learned at an early age when young boys/girls work beside their fathers while working on cars. However some people go to school to learn this trade. Myself, I have ALWAYS been around cars and guys who worked on cars (not this new **** either). Hanging around good car guys one can learn all kinds of secrets and shortcuts. I don't know much about Jaguar's except that a lot of the old time hot rodders like the independent rear suspension. I try and not to touch too many cars that were made after 1972 as in my book this is when cars actually were stopped being made. Damn Computers.....
If you and your boyfriend really want to learn car stuff, I sugest finding a group of car people and start hanging out with them. Also sometimes you just have to tear into stuff to find out how it is made and if you do destroy something you learn what not to do the next time. I can't tell you how many things I screwed up over the years but they were ALL valuable lessons learned.
Good Luck with your car
Thanks for your reply! I was somewhat afraid of that, as I'm sure there are car people in our city, but all of the car enthusiast groups I've heard of are based several hours drive away from where we are. I'll do some more research; thanks for pointing me in the right direction!
I guess this is the price of living in the back end of nowhere.... :P
Wait, your boyfriend bought a 89 Jag? Really. Someone round the corner from me used to have this black pos 90 v12 Jag, it was only cool because it had a v12. But that's just me. He's going to have a fun time finding nuts and botls, even spanners. As all jags use imperial measurement. That's pretty much why Aussie car guys don't do Jags unless they're collectible like XKs and E types etc. Good luck Izz.
This thread excites my pants. Great cars guys, I wish they were as cheap as they are in the states over here!
Last edited by SupernaturalFan; Mar 11, 2012 at 10:23 AM.
Alright, here's a small update on my 67 Caprice which is getting changed over to an Impala. Last week I FINALLY got to play with the old girl as I have been just to damn busy with everyday life to give the old girl any love. So last week I finally installed the front bumper guards which made the front end look MUCH BETTER........
I also got the 67 Impala door panels installed which also look much better as the Caprice door panels looked like they belonged in a Grandma's car.
Anyway here as some shots of the NEW front end.....
The door panels will be listed below.
Damn! Some beautiful rides there fellas! How do ya'll keep finding these 67 Impalas!?? I would LOVE to have one and restore it to look like the Metallicar.
I love the projects that people are working on recreating this great car. I want to do this eventually as well, but gotta get a shop built first.
I would sure love to be able to borrow/rent one of the replica cars that is at least semi close to me (Southeast New Mexico) for a weekend. Anyone have any helpful info for me?
Mate, have you fitted these spotlights yet? Would love to see pics. Any dramas fitting them?
Have a favour to ask of you ... could you measure the thickness of the shaft, as well as the length?
I'm keen as to get spotlights for my Impala, but need to know what to look for. I know the correct product number to get them new direct from Unity, but at close to $250 each, I don't think I'll go that route. There' are plenty of older used units on eBay for much less. I just need to be sure of the shaft thickness and length are the same, that way I can grab a bargain on eBay then all I need to do is buy the correct '67 Impala mounting brackets from Unity.
Suppose I shouldn't be rude, and post pics of my '67.
Allow me to introduce AngeliCar:
(click for higher-res)
As for the spotlights, no I have not installed them yet. Truth be told, I probably will not install these spotlights untill I get ready to paint the car black........ God knows I am doing everything in my power to keep from installing these lights as I want them on the car so bad.....
No problem with giving you the info for you are looking for...... The shafts on ALL the spotlights are all the same diameter the difference comes from the lenght of the shafts. The spotlights that Unity call for the Impala has a 6 inch shaft on them however mine has 6 1/2 inch shafts. My friend who has installed the CORRECT Unity lights said he actually would have liked an extra 1/2 inch so I feel pretty good about my find.... My friend said he has close to a $1000 in his two lights as he bought everything straight from Unity. Remember the lights when ordered from Unity do NOT come with the mounting brackets (29 and 29L) that go on the A-Post nor do they come with the correct rubber handles...... Basically when buy EVERYTHING plus pay for shipping you are going to pay a ton of money for these lights if you buy them from Unity. I say go the Ebay or Craigslist route and you will save about $700.....
I did a little more work on the Impala this week..............
I finally installed the NEW variable rate rear springs and CORRECT antenna on the car. With the new rear springs the car has a nice little rake to it and now it doesn't sag in the ass when I fill up the gas tank.... Anyone wanting to know what springs they should use on their cars should go to this link on Ebay............ Moog Chassis Parts Springs Rear Coil Cargo Control Chevy Bel Air Impala Biscayne 080066128672 | eBay
These springs get stiffer when more weight is applied to the rear of the car so this is really going to help when you add the weapons box (plus fill it up) and when you fill up your gas tank. Basically the car stays the same in the rear and won't sag any when running these springs......
Here are some photos of my progress.......
Thanks for the info mate. Now I can get to hunting for them.
Was you friend Ben by any chance? (goes by bender 3455 on some forums).
I do know that he also bought his straight from unity. I tried contacting him over on ChevyTalk a while back about the dimensions but never heard back form him.
I love your car mate. Whilst it'll look frakkin' awesome once sprayed black, that blue looks stunning.
I do have a suggestion: Fit the spotlights now!.
It requires drilling, plus some under-dash work. Whilst it's not an overly difficult job, you'll benefit from doing the work before you paint. Once it's painted, you run the risk of doing damage to your fresh paint-job when you start drilling - or heaven forbid you get it wrong and drill in the wrong spot. That sort of thing can be fixed before paint. Why risk it?
I say fit them now that way all holes, mounting points and wiring is in place. When it comes time to paint, you simply undo a few screws and remove a couple pieces. Once it's painted you simply re-attach everything and you're good to go. Easy peasy!
No problem with the info buddy............
Yeah, I am going to install the spotlights about a week prior to the car getting painted as I don't need to screw up freash paint.....
Yes, I know Ben and he is a friend of mine but this is NOT the friend I was talking about in my above post. I will probably be doing a post on my friend's Impala as it is looking like it has just rolled off the set of Supernatural...............
Hey guys -
So I'm in the process of looking for an Impala to do a conversion on (I have absolutely no mechanical background so it's going to be a lot less true to the Supernatural car than a lot of you are doing).
Right now I'm looking at a 1968 4 door hardtop that looks pretty much exactly like the correct body style (minus the awful paint job that I'll get fixed). The only real differences seem to be the hood that (not sure if I'm saying this correctly) kind of swoops down into the grill (where there's a Chevy Emblem) and the rear bumper where there are 3 red brake lights on either side as opposed to the two light bars on the car on the show.
I guess my question to you would be: is it going to be hard/expensive to swap those out? The rear lights I can deal with - but I *love* the grill on the Supernatural Impala.
Any help would be appreciated as I'm newly single and this is the first thing I'm going to do just for myself in quite some time. Very excited about it but I want to get it right the first time (if I can).
Thanks in advance!
I'd say it'd probably turn out to be more hassle than it's worth, I think you'd be better off just holding out for a '67 Impala or a '67 Caprice, less work and I think you'd be a lot happier in the end.
Pretty sure you can bolt on a '67 front end and fenders onto a '68 . Not too sure about the rear end o. the other hand.