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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-27-2015, 07:19 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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Hi All,

My Names Brad and have just purchased my first muscle car in 20 years, she's a 1964 SS coupe,

She is pretty far from original but I'm ok with that, I've never been one for corners so a tuner was never going to suit me, as a young fella I was lucky enough to catch the end of triple SU's, webber carbys straight sixes and 308 and 350 V8's cruising on a Friday and Saturday night looking for the next win or loss on the 5 mile stretch out of town, its always been about straight line speed for me.

She has a 454 Big Block with a Weiand Supercharger, Brodix heads, Holly two stage fuel system, Holly 4150 HP 950cfm carby, Heavily modified 3speed Turbo400, Custom Tailshaft into a modified 9inch, Cran Cams Hi6 ignition, fireball coil.

I'm discovering the rest as I go through her.

There are a few things I need to do to get her 100%

Fix the Power Steering as its leaking, I think I can do this myself we'll see

The wiring is pretty bad the brights are flickering after being on for 5 minutes

The Pro Comp gauge lights are not working

The wiring under the dash is just plain scary to look at its a dogs breakfast under there.

The Fuel gauge is not working

The speedo is not working

I didn't buy it for fuel economy but I'm getting 2.3mpg and she stinks of fuel all the time thinking I've got a leak somewhere (priority fix)

The bolt at the bottom of the Diff is leaking oil

The bolt at bottom of oil pan is leaking

and the bolt at the bottom of the left hand front fender (rear one under the car) is missing so it clunks on our crappy roads

All little stuff but I'll be sure to be asking your opinions on fixing some of it as I'm a total amateur

What I do Know is that when I start her up women and children run in fear!!!

Anyway hope you all have a great week and hope to be talking to you all soon!

A little video we did driving into sydney https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4Ep-SSX-_I
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-27-2015, 07:50 AM
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Welcome Brad. I would leave it parked until I fixed/replaced the wiring as you don't want a fire.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-27-2015, 07:54 AM
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Very nice looking 64 Impala. I would first be concerned about the fuel smell. If your not familiar with the fuel system , have someone inspect it. Any leaking fuel is a fire hazard. Second would be the electrical issues. Any spark or short could burn your car down. I would have the car rewired. That would probably take care of the items that are not working and make for a safer car. I would never recommend someone buy a highly modified car and know little about its operating systems. This car could very well be a money pit if you are unable to repair it yourself. Possibly why the previous owner sold it.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-27-2015, 07:59 AM
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Nice ride, hope you get the bugs worked out soon.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-27-2015, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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Very nice looking 64 Impala. I would first be concerned about the fuel smell. If your not familiar with the fuel system , have someone inspect it. Any leaking fuel is a fire hazard. Second would be the electrical issues. Any spark or short could burn your car down. I would have the car rewired. That would probably take care of the items that are not working and make for a safer car. I would never recommend someone buy a highly modified car and know little about its operating systems. This car could very well be a money pit if you are unable to repair it yourself. Possibly why the previous owner sold it.
Hello, Thanks for saying hi and for your advise,

I'm competent enough to fix all of the issues mentioned and complete a full rewire of the car, these are just the issues I'm left with after a good going over, the reality is with all these cars they are going to need a bit of love after all its a 51 year old car, all of the work that has been done has clearly had no expense spared and is of the highest quality, this thing is built extremely tough, its the neglect from little use over the last two years by the previous owner that I need to battle, its going to be a money pit for the next couple of months until I nail all the gremlins down but over all its a pretty sweet ride!!
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-27-2015, 08:31 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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when I said amateur, I might have undersold myself, I am mechanically competent, I just don't know these cars at all.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-27-2015, 09:57 AM
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Well then I guess you know what your getting into. Buying a nice ride and knowing nothing about it ,and the car is not enjoyable it sits around needing repairs that the owner cant do or afford until he finds someone to repair it, parks it or sell it. I see this all the time here.
You acknowledged you can straighten it out. So I would say when you get done you will have a safe car your proud of and is enjoyable to cruise in. I currently own four 65 Impala's, a 67 Impala and a 67 Camaro two of the cars are big blocks.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-27-2015, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Mate thats great! I did toy with the idea of a Camaro but something about the impala really got me, I dont think she is pretty personally, but she is tough, its not all triple plated chrome and flash paint, being my first toy in so many years I wanted something to tinker on, the issues with her are a nice easy entry back into my garage with spanner in hand

By the way I checked out your ride, the convertible is beautiful!! love to go for a ride on a nice summers day with an open top and the burble of a sweet V8
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