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Author Topic: Our 66 Impala Bash Car..... Lowrider  (Read 7857 times)
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« on: February 21, 2014, 11:03:05 PM »
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Hi

One of my other rides is this Impala that we do the Royal Flying Doctor Service Trek in every year to raise some money for the Doc.

This year (June) is a long one, starting in Alice Springs, then via Wolf Creek to Broome, then down to Margaret River.....in 12 days.

As the car's in Sydney we will drive it to Alice and then back over from Perth to Sydney......so we're going to take a month all up.

The car runs a warm 350 Chev, 4 barrel, Tremec 5 Speed, a custom made Richard Craft diff, 4 wheel discs, a roll cage, bash plates under everything, a BIG fridge etc.



We carry a lot of spares, tools, our swags etc and the car spends a lot of time airborne over cattle grids etc, so last year we had to do a little chiropracting and reinforcing to straighten her out......... the back doors stopped opening  Grin



It's called Lowrider after Cheech and Chong's Love Machine (Similar model) and it has a dash full of gauges, radios, GPS, but all tastefully surrounded by electric blue shag pile and red pom poms around the roll cage  Cool

Anyway, thought it might be of interest and I'll post a couple more photos from the desert.

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« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2014, 01:06:32 AM »
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I love it. Sounds like you should be doing more of the story about her.
Ps I talk to the RFDS pilots all the time, they work their rings out...
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« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2014, 11:45:13 AM »
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I'm with nes, it would be great to see some shots of the trip and a commentary on how you go.
Best of luck, Jim
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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2014, 03:41:28 PM »
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No sweat..... I have just spent a week rebuilding and reinforcing the front suspension which naturally takes a pounding every year.
No doubt there will be some exciting challenges.

Last year we had a lose at 120 kph, which ripped out the rear suspension and the year before we knocked two lobes off the cam redlining in the mud out the back of Bourke.....literally, but nothing has ever stopped us finishing, we just weld as we go, or back the lifters off and finish on six cylinders Grin

Not sure what this year will reveal, but I'll try and capture it on film.

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« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2014, 07:37:17 PM »
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Love this.... more please

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« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2014, 09:18:09 PM »
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Just spent the weekend "gettin' 'er ready"

Today...new shocks, brakes, varied welding projects, service, wheel alignment, air horns......... last minute adjustments.

3 more sleeps to go and then a 12,000km desert run in 19 days.

I'll post some photos.

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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2014, 01:29:39 PM »
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Dave?..............Dave's not here man....................

Love the car and the tribute to Cheech & Chong  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2014, 10:43:38 PM »
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Hi

Back from outback and General Motor's finest performed like a Champion!!

Over 10,000 K's.....only the one major lose at about 100kph.....a couple of buckled rims, a rolled tyre, a bent lower control arm.

No dramas...... a "fresh" wheel alignment by eye and hand in the dirt and we're racing!!

Here's a few pics.

Fuelling up straight from the road train.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125808555@N03/14363460930/in/photostream/

No signal here  Grin

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125808555@N03/14363514359/in/photostream/

Overtaking these blokes ?? ... When in doubt ..GO FLAT OUT !!!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125808555@N03/14363533438/in/photostream/

Pick who DOESN'T have a 220 litre fuel tank.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125808555@N03/14363679137/in/photostream/

No doubt some of my mates have other shots, so if I find any crackers....... I'll put them up.

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« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2014, 09:13:34 AM »
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Sounds like serious fun!

Great pics, please post more...
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« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2014, 11:29:33 AM »
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Yeah, thanks.......all good fun.

We raised about $1.5 mill for the Flying Doctor as well.

There are a few more pics on the flickr feed if you use the arrows that appear at either side of the frame.

I will add some more as they come to light.

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