1967 Impala Body Work

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hello, i am new to this forums as of today (may 15).

i am posting about a car i own. its a 67' implala is poor to fair condition. i have had it for a little over a year, while my dad had it for the previous 3 (when it was in much better condition). i am posting to ask if anyone would know around how much it would cost to have body work done to it to make it atleast paintable. this would include possibly new panels, bondo, fiberglass, etc (whatever is necessary). its a nice car, but needs extensive work to become an actual car that will turn heads (that arent turns of disgust) here are some pictures.

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posted by  neuroticelite

wow, um your looking at easily a grand to have it done..

posted by  C c C

oh, well thats not too bad at all.

posted by  neuroticelite

I think if your thinking of only using body filler (bondo) then it would be a really cheap and easy job. Your car doesnt look to be in that bad of shape actually. If you were to cut out and replace the rust spots then it would obviously cost a little more and be a little more work and time consuming but you'd know it was done right. I dont think it should really go up to $1000, i may be wrong but if your just fixing the rust spots (especially with body filler) then it could probly be done for under $500 even. Great car though, the old Impalas are nice. Good luck.

posted by  car_crazy89

true if do use some bondo and sand it down it may come out pretty cheap.. but if u have it taken to a place its a hole in the pocket, i'd try filling it yourself and sanding it your self. then prime it and take it in for painting. the most expensive part of the whole project itself would be the paint in the end. yea it is a nice car BTW

posted by  C c C

bear in mind though; if you bondo it up, it WILL "pop out" later... look closely at what's behind the rusted panels (are the wheel housings rusted out?) b/c bondo-ing a car may lead to worse problems later due to water retention in rusted areas and camouflaging problems as they get worse... after a few years, you may end up worse off by mudf'ing a car than by never doing anything... just food for thought--the paint on my car covered a multitude of past sins...

posted by  dodger65

true i never thought of that considering i live in az. i get rain maybe just maybe twice a year. hah

posted by  C c C

...must be nice...

posted by  dodger65

A couple grand done right.

posted by  DodgeRida67

at the very least...

posted by  dodger65

ok well thanks, and unfourtunately, this car is on its last legs, at 176k miles it doesnt have all the much left in it. bondo-ing it would leave it looking nice for atleast a year or two, maybe 3 if its done well, and by then, i dont plan on having it as my car. once it does die, i just plan on selling it for whatever i can get and buying a new car, because im going to need a more reliable car soon (has to warm up 20 minutes at the least if its gonna run in the winter here, gets cold, its new england :| ) since my post i have popped a dent and let my dad bondo what was left unpopped (that metal is like armor plating compared to new cars). the car is a nice car, but the work needed to be done to make it a "show" car is extensive, i just want a somewhat nice car to drive around to get me from point A to point B. and once again, thanks guys.

posted by  neuroticelite

I'll give ya ten bucks for it right now. lol Just kidding. That car needs to be rebuilt and is fully worth it. Motor and body. :thumbs:

posted by  srober32

So your not going to keep it? What really are you planning on doing with it when your done? I myself like 2 doors better but i'd buy it off you if you werent so far away, and depending on what you'd want lol. Its a nice car and worth the time to make look nice too.

posted by  car_crazy89

i'd probably want more than its worth. i know it really isnt worth much, maybe $500, i may be wrong, but im gonna see if i can get 1k-2k, of course it isnt nearly worth 2k. only reason i would get that is because there are brand new rims on it.

posted by  neuroticelite

Well its still not a bad deal. They are nice cars and yours doesnt seem to look too bad compared to a lot of others i've seen going for almost double that. Its also almost a 40 year old car so whats wrong with it is good considering its age.

posted by  car_crazy89

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