List of current modifications.
So far I've done a little bit with the car. Nothing spectacular, since I want to keep the car as original as possible. I took the original grill out, ordered a second one, and took the second, and hacksawed out the center horizontal/verticle rows/colums in it and then put a anodized steel mesh in place of them. Put Duct Tape *for now, I'll put something a little more permanent come spring time if I can find anything better* along the inner lip to cover up the triangular holes left, and then spray painted the inner lip, and mesh flat black. The effect really sets well with the car since the rest of the car is two tone. I got the idea from a fellow www.impalassforums.com member, miket. Thanks Mike for letting me steal the idea from you :)
I also bought an oldschool caprice grill emblem from a 1977 Caprice to put in the middle of the grill. Which will be nice because it'll look like it's "floating" in the middle.
I also took off the "Home Plate" peice that sat ontop of the engine, replaced it with a Hockey Puck (yes a Hockey Puck) and the "First Base" peice off and replaced that with some 3" diameter plastic plumbing tubing. (Two 45 degree curved with one male and one female end) and stuck a cone air filter on the end of it. Increase the airflow a bit, let the engine breathe better. No difference for emissions, and little difference in fuel economy. Since the mass airflow sensor is still in place, the engine does not run any richer, or leaner as a result. While this set up may sound ghetto-ish, it's actually quite effective, and it cost me a mere 30 dollars (and probably 80% of that was for just the air filter). Nice part is, it actually looks good too.
Update on the Grill mod:
Took off the old hub caps, put them aside for the time being, and put on a set of Chrome Trim Rings with the 9C1 Center caps that the police used.
Looks great with the two tone paint!
Two Corner shots
Head on Shot at an even angle.