New guy from Minnesota with a '63
Thought I should introduce myself so that when I eventually start asking questions it won't be with post #1. Yesterday I picked up the '63 Impala that my grandma left for me when she passed away a couple years ago. She loved the car, and it's been parked in a barn on the family farm for decades. Mint it ain't, but if I had stumbled across it I'd definitely consider it one of those rare barn finds. I can't tell you much about it at this point (haven't even gotten it off the trailer) but it's all original with a 283/PG combo that as far as I know hasn't been run since it was parked. Last time it was licensed was 1980.
I'm no newcomer to classic cars (born into the addiction) and already have more than enough projects to keep me busy, but this is my first Impala. We just bought a new home with an 8000-square-foot shop and are still trying to get everything moved and to get settled in. This will be the first project to go into the shed, and as you'll see in the pics that follow it was definitely time to get it out of the barn. Sometime over the past few days, the haymow directly in front of where the Impala was parked finally collapsed, bringing down old farm equipment, bales of hay that had to be 50 years old, junk that someone apparently thought was good enough to store but not good enough to ever look at again, etc. Didn't touch the car, but if it had been the back half of the haymow that went down it would have been disastrous.
Anyway, I don't plan to do anything with it this year beyond getting it off the trailer, and beyond that I don't know exactly what will happen. It's certainly not going to go the hydraulics-and-wire-rims route that so many of these Impalas seem to go, but I'm not committed to a factory restoration by any means and I fully expect to modernize the brakes and suspension to more current standards. Drivetrain is up in the air, but it'll definitely get a smallblock (may or may not rebuild the 283 -- so much more bang for the buck with other options) and probably an overdrive automatic so I can drive it without breaking the bank. I guess time will tell. For now, I'll leave you with some pictures and hopefully it won't be too many years before I start asking real questions and posting pics of my progress.
Last edited by brossow; 09-08-2015 at 04:56 PM.