Hi to everyone,
I have recentley inherrited myself a hearse. Yup, a hearse. From my best mate who I told I would get on the road if he never could.
He passed late last year and now, true to my word, I have a monster size vehicle I am going to rebuild. Thing being is, I need some serious help and am hoping the collective knowledge of this forum can help me.
I have had nothing to do with American cars (in Aus, we play with Holdens and Fords as a rule) and this is going to be the first car, ever, I have built. So, I'll tell you what I know.
- The car has been converted to RHD (I think in Aus.), and was in service as a hearse from the early to mid 70's until 1993.
- It has Impala badges, but obviously it has been modified, the front fender has had an 'extension' welded to it (don't know what they were thinking, 'cause by dams it is ugly!) and the bonnet lip has been 'bogged' to shape, along with the rear end tail. (see pics)
- I can not find exactly where it has been 'lengthened' but assume in the rear door area as it is , I think, all fabricated.
- The assumption is that it is a '63 Impala- I can't verify that, as I don't have and can't find the origional documentation from where/ who it was bought from. Not even the funeral home it worked for. A REVS check (registered/ recummbendt vehicles check) turns up no info either....at least there's no finance owing.
- The only identification/ VIN/ cowl/ anything plate I can find reads: Body Identification Number 62-114-1171. Trim Identification Number 560-A88. Paint Identification Number 585 682. Thats it. One plate pop-rivetted on the firewall not far from the water pump.
- The BIN will not run through any Chevrolet ID decoders I can find on the internet, though they are all VIN ID decoders??? Is there a difference and is there a BIN decoder floating around?
- Given the shape of the fenders (additions removed), the runnels in the bonnet and the 1/4" bog peeled from the sides, I am thinking Biscayne and going from the BIN, it is either a 62 or a 71. I believe it more closely resembles the 62.
So. Can anyone please, please help me identify this car? Any thoughts, suggestions or ideas will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for bearing with me in my iggnorance, hope everyone has had a great new year,
Cheers, Beers and Regards,