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post #1 of 132 (permalink) Old 10-12-2016, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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95 Impala SS Barn Find Project

Took a ride with my 17yo son out to my buddies farm to get a better look at the SS that came with his property that I think was purchased ~2 years ago. Under a coat of dust sits a complete '95 Impala SS, with a dead battery and a bad transmission. Was a lot better to have an inspection in the daytime, and overall it's in pretty decent shape considering the year and mileage - 120k.































Decent sized dent in the driver's rear quarter, and the front passenger wheel trim is dinged up. Underneath shows fair amount of rust, but not too bad for a New England car. Can you tell if those are the original shocks from that sticker on it? Speaking of stickers, is there a decoder site for the Service Parts tag in the trunk?

Rotors and pads are in good shape. Motor oil was a nice gold color, not burned or nasty smelling at all. The trans fluid (yes I know you check it hot while idling in park...) was pink, but with a large amount of metallic particulates showing on the paper towel when I swabbed the dipstick. Something inside the transmission has decided to disintegrate, so I'm not surprised by the contaminants.

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Original equip. shocks were orange. These cars don't respond well to neglect. So,don't be surprised to see the list of things requiring attention to grow...
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Looks decent enough if the price is right. Tow it outta there, visit a pressure wash/car wash on way home to clean it up and chase all the critters/spiders out of their hiding places.

Drain/change all the fluids and filters...
Especially the fuel system! If it's been sitting a long time there is all kinds of crap in there.
Don't forget the fuel rails, easy enough to flush them out as well.

Check the wiring under the hood for rodent chew-age yet?
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So I pulled the drivers side plugs, and they all look good. I made the call not to bother with the passenger side as disconnecting the wires without a wire puller was a first class PITA, and it was getting late. My bet is that after we disconnect and blow out the fuel line, and clean up the throttle body that it will fire up without too much trouble. We will prime the engine by getting it to crank without starting it up to get the oil up into the engine.

Stay tuned for part 2 in two weeks.
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Original equip. shocks were orange. These cars don't respond well to neglect. So,don't be surprised to see the list of things requiring attention to grow...
Yeah I'm not expecting perfection by any stretch, there's a sticky note on the dash stating the fuel gauge is fubar. Seeing as I will have to pull the tank anyway, I will replace the fuel pump and pickup assembly while it's out.
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I wouldn't crank it trying to prime it, pull all plugs and fog the cylinders with oil.
PITA yes, but cranking a dry engine with no lube in there may cause some damage.

Pressure should build much quicker just firing the engine vs. cranking w/o starting it.

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Looks decent enough if the price is right. Tow it outta there, visit a pressure wash/car wash on way home to clean it up and chase all the critters/spiders out of their hiding places.

Drain/change all the fluids and filters...
Especially the fuel system! If it's been sitting a long time there is all kinds of crap in there.
Don't forget the fuel rails, easy enough to flush them out as well.

Check the wiring under the hood for rodent chew-age yet?
Since this guy is a neighbor of our buddy, friend of a friend, he's agreed to let me store it there over the winter, and come back in the spring with replacement transmission. I'd rather put the cost of a ~250$ tow into new parts. He's got a compressor, so we'll get a long hose and blast out all the undercarriage, wheel wells, etc. I was happy with the overall condition of the car, the tires are good Kumhos, decent tread and no signs of dry rot. Hoping they don't have flat spots from sitting for so long...

I will give the wiring harness a good inspection, didn't appear to be any based on the first go around. Returning with my mechanic buddy in 2 weeks to get it running.
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I wouldn't crank it trying to prime it, pull all plugs and fog the cylinders with oil.
PITA yes, but cranking a dry engine with no lube in there may cause some damage.

Pressure should build much quicker just firing the engine vs. cranking w/o starting it.

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I've already squirted Marvel Mystery Oil in the drivers side cylinders, guess it wouldn't hurt to finish the job by doing the passenger side... I've got a big paw, and even with the front wheels off it was a pain to get the wire's off and get the plugs back in. I only realized AFTER the drive home that to prevent the Ujoint socket from flopping all around while trying to position it on the spark plug tip that I could have just wound a bit of my painters tape around it to keep it 'semi-rigid'. Then it would give way once it grabbed and I needed to get it out of the head.
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I've already squirted Marvel Mystery Oil in the drivers side cylinders, guess it wouldn't hurt to finish the job by doing the passenger side... I've got a big paw, and even with the front wheels off it was a pain to get the wire's off and get the plugs back in. I only realized AFTER the drive home that to prevent the Ujoint socket from flopping all around while trying to position it on the spark plug tip that I could have just wound a bit of my painters tape around it to keep it 'semi-rigid'. Then it would give way once it grabbed and I needed to get it out of the head.
Again just my opinion...I like this stuff!


I helped a buddy who bought a Jeep get it running after ~15yrs.
We hosed the cylinders with this stuff, and let it sit for a few more days.
Fresh gas, fresh oil & filter, thing fired right up.
Smoked a little LOL, but he is still driving it, and it's not an oil burner.

I've seen guys just fire up cars that have been sitting years and not have problems, but I've also seen guys have a real oil burner. Probably from rust in cylinders and dry starting it scuffing everything up??

Even though a pain, I'd fog 'em heavily, @ least that way it's not dry, and if there is rust in there the stuff will help. It sure can't hurt anything.

Whenever we stored a car or boat for winter in MN we used this stuff. I believe it is worth the effort.
I once bought a '65 Galaxie that had been sitting for YEARS in a chicken coop for $200.
Carb was completely filled with crap, cleaned fuel system, rebuilt carb, and used a similar product. Changed all fluids/filters too.
Car fired up and ran good, again it wasn't an oil burner, and the engine was strong and healthy.

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This car has only been sitting for <2 years, and inside a solid barn with a concrete floor. On a scale of 1-10 on how well it has been stored I'd give it a 7 given its current condition. I've already bought the MMO, and that's what my mechanic recommended, so we are going to stick with that. Thanks for the feedback on that stuff, it looks like it's what you want for vehicles/engines that have sat outside or been exposed to the elements for a long long time.

Also found out this afternoon that my barn find is a 1 owner car... not that it really matters much, but kinda cool. Owners manual, but no service records.

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