I wanted to share my family's 78 Impala's restoration. This has been a LONG time coming. My grandfather bought the car new on 5/3/78. It visited Arizona not too long after they bought it, and took a few trips to Florida. By the time I came around in 87, my pap pretty much used it as pick-up truck. He made a custom roof rack that carried lumber, building supplies, and the trunk was always full of tools, a lawn mower, etc. By that time it was pretty whooped. Dents, rust, and all that jazz had taken their toll, but I always loved that car. There were a lot of memories from my pap picking me up from school, to being in it when it rolled over to 100k miles, to cleaning it to take to car shows. We collected parts for it, for about 12 years. If I saw an old B-Body at a junkyard, I'd be begging my dad to take me there to get parts. eBay made it even worse. I'd try to snag any NOS parts that would pop up and before too long, I had filled the better part of a closet with parts. My pap and I never got a chance to get it restored together. He passed away in 2005. One of the last things I mentioned to him was fixing the car up. He said that there wasn't going to be time for that for him.
Fast forward to 2013, and my family finally had the money put together to get the car done. We found a local body shop. It took 18 months to get her back, but they did an AMAZING job on it. The paint looks better than anyone ever remembers. We did leave the door moldings, Impala C-pillar script, and Chevrolet script on the trunk off (mainly because they look bad), and got a smoking deal on rally wheels for it. Other than that, its a 305, auto, Sage Green on Sage Green 78 Impala.
Without further adieu, here are the pics!
And the finished product!
I hope you guys enjoyed all the pictures. I'm hoping to get some before and after pics done soon.
Oh, and if anyone is looking for certain parts for theirs, let me know. I have a 77 Impala Parts car that donated a lot to the 78, but still has a lot of the smaller parts intact.