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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-25-2015, 08:45 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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I've got a small shop and paint booth at home for side work. Traditionally, I do a lot of work for other people. I finally got around to doing something for myself. I found this cherry little 61 Impala 4 door with low mileage. The paint was original, but faded. I was hoping to buff it out, but it came out purple, so I just repainted it the original Shadow Gray. Not long into driving it, the rear main seal began to hemorrhage oil, so I pulled the 283 out and rebuilt it. While it was out, i went ahead and rebuilt the CI Powerglide. Got it all back going, and it wasn't long before the front pump went out in the PG. Now she has a nice little TH350 behind the fresh 283 and it runs smooth as silk. One of the main reasons I'm posting this is to show what 16X7 Rallys look on a 4 door. I searched and searched for an example when I was deciding on wheels and couldn't find many with this combination. It's 16x7 rallys, with 235/60/r16 tires and police center caps. I wanted a classy police car type of look.

The original 230hp(edited) 283 is bored .040 over with mild comp cam, reworked original heads, edelbrock intake (machined by me for the filler tube), HEI, and Summit carb. It also has quiet exhaust at anything above idle. I didn't think I would, but I love the quiet exhaust. All you can hear at cruising speed with the windows down is the road. Anyway, just thought I would share. If you've got any questions, please ask.

Also, paint codes for Chevy engine orange as in the picture is listed below. I use single stage urethane for my engines sprayed over epoxy primer. It lasts a really long time, looks uniform, and is as easy to clean as the paint on the car.

PPG 60524
Dupont 97249


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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-25-2015, 08:52 AM
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Welcome to the Team Jeremy!

Nice paint indeed!

Where was that first shot taken. That is an interesting building with that really thick brick wall. Looks like it might have been part of an old military fort that someone built onto.

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Thanks Big Dave,

I live in a very small town. That is the old towns mechanic's building that is falling in. Being of the original Dukes of Hazzard era, I've always called it Cooters.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-25-2015, 09:05 AM
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283 230 HP no? the 283 220 HP began in 65.
IN 61 engine suffix codes DB for non A/C or DM with A/C both 283 230 HP engines, with glides.

Either way beautiful car!!!!!!!!

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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-25-2015, 09:14 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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Thanks for the kind words Paul.

I guess I found conflicting results with the engine code search, but yes, it's a DM code, whatever HP that may be.

I don't know what the consensus is around here with the Summit carbs, but the 600 cfm unit on my car is fantastic.
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-25-2015, 11:10 AM
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Sweet ride! And I like the 16" wheels.

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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-25-2015, 02:43 PM
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Looks real nice.

The 230 HP 283 in '61 is also known as a Power Pack. In '61 it was the last year for that particular engine. It was replaced by the 327 in '62.

I'm not one for large wheels, but they look pretty good on there.

Welcome to the site by the way.

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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-26-2015, 04:54 AM
 
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Hello Jeremy and welcome to the forum! Nice to have you here. Looks like a nice solid start of another great build! You're doing great job on it. Good luck and keep us posted!

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That is a nice looking 61 and I like your tire wheel combo.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-27-2015, 08:41 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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Thanks for the compliments. Looking forward to contributing.
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