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The color is not the original sage green. I will return this car to its original sage green in about a year. Since much of the chrome trim needs to re-chromed, I have to budget both the painting and the rechroming (if there is such a word!). The chrome is not in bad shape, but definitely needs to be refreshed.
A fair amount of mechanical work has been done already, with some more to do. Mike Veronesi of the New England Imperial Owners Club (a past president) is a knowledgeable and gifted mechanic who has been doing all the mechanical work for me. We replaced the water pump, flushed the entire system, put in a better quality thermostat and a new sending unit. This got the car to running normal engine temperature, as it had been sticking on high temp with the needle pegged to the left side of the gauge.
The front end was wobbling horribly at first, tracking left to right, right to left. That has been corrected somewhat, and the new lower ball joints should help a lot. We also discovered the tires were about 10# below the suggested pressure, so logically bringing tire pressure to where it should be helped with the steering too.
The car, due to age, demands TLC, but she drives very well and gets a lot of attention. My plan over the next two years is to redo the interior to factory original (dash areas need serious paint and finish update),
I am very excited about having my first Imperial! Over the next few years I'd like to add a 1955 or 1956 to create a "collection." I also have a 1954 Packard Cavalier 4 door sedan with Packard a/c that will undergo major resto work beginning in October. These "projects" assure me that I will continue to work for the next decade! I had my IMP at Endicott this last Sunday for their HUGE classic and antique car show. My car caught a lot of attention, which certainly made me feel ... "grand"! I named her "Lily".
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