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Old 06-10-2019, 01:57 PM
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Outstanding! An example of one of the best cars GM had to offer in 1969. Large and in charge!!
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Old 06-10-2019, 04:31 PM
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Thanks Gentlemen for all the comments, the more I work on this car the more I love it. As you can hear in the video, the left side exhaust manifold is cracked and you can hear the exhaust leak and I have replaced the black shift knob for the correct chrome one.
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Old 06-10-2019, 06:07 PM
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Jeff, wonderful example. Thanks for sharing it. Great docs!

I don't think I've ever seen a real one...

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love the trailer hitch in the vintage pic ! I don't recall seeing how this car was geared out back ?
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Old 06-11-2019, 12:20 AM
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Hey Jeff, what a great ride that is. Looks, power, and a conv. Sounds awesome, does it have chamber exhausts? Was not expecting that, wow, made my heart rate go up. Thanks Steve.
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Old 06-11-2019, 01:54 AM
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Nice car... 2 questions: is that black painted steering wheel shroud center and black horn buttons original? Would have thought an Impala SS would have a woodgrain shroud. Does the shifter handle not have "Muncie" stamped on the side?

Oh and #3. Is that exhaust original? i was told the tailpipes originally exited right behind the rear wheels on an L72 car, rather than extending to the bumper.
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Old 06-11-2019, 04:55 AM
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love the trailer hitch in the vintage pic ! I don't recall seeing how this car was geared out back ?
It was ordered with 3.31 gears and in 1987 the 4th owner installed 4.10 gears, I have the original 3.31's & plan on keeping the 4.10's in it.
The trailer hitch was taken off in 1987 by the 4th owner from NJ, I would like to find another one to put back on, attached is a pic of what I need, the one bracket is still on the car.
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Old 06-11-2019, 12:59 PM
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Nice car... 2 questions: is that black painted steering wheel shroud center and black horn buttons original? Would have thought an Impala SS would have a woodgrain shroud. Does the shifter handle not have "Muncie" stamped on the side?

Oh and #3. Is that exhaust original? i was told the tailpipes originally exited right behind the rear wheels on an L72 car, rather than extending to the bumper.
Joe, I had the same questions for Les who bought the car from the cousin in 1985, I also thought it should have the rosewood being it is on the dash and it has the pedal trim. Look at the vintage photo from March 1987, you can clearly see it has the black center & the silver highlighted. The patina & paint on the shroud matches the paint on the wheel perfectly. I do know the 4th owner removed the chrome know & replaced it with the black knob. There is no Muncie on the handle as well as you can see in the pic. In 1987, I have receipts showing the purchase of a new Hurst Competition Plus shifter, the original shifter was removed & I still have it in my possession, they installed the new hurst linkage and cut the muncie handle off and put it on the Hurst linkage.
As for the exhaust, look at the vintage pics from 1987, it clearly shows the rear exit. You will be at Carlisle, come look for yourself.
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Old 06-11-2019, 04:32 PM
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As you can hear in the video, the left side exhaust manifold is cracked and you can hear the exhaust leak
Thought that was the solids!
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Old 06-11-2019, 07:27 PM
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Well it is the solids, but it has a cracked manifold that is leaking and goes away once warmed up, I have it off now getting welded.
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