Greetings from Minnesota! - Impala Tech
Welcome Forum New to the site? Introduce yourself.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-27-2015, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
 
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 9
 
Greetings from Minnesota!

Hello fellow Impala owners, my name is Luke and i was recently lucky enough to find and be GIVEN a '59 hardtop sport coupe! I am currently going to school for auto-body collision repair and have hopes of putting life back into my Impala. being only 19, my funds are not allowing me to make any major steps quickly, but one thing at a time! I will try to attach some pics of it when i found it and got it rolling.

Click image for larger version

Name:	small.jpg
Views:	82
Size:	36.6 KB
ID:	12882Click image for larger version

Name:	image1 small.jpg
Views:	78
Size:	30.9 KB
ID:	12890Click image for larger version

Name:	image3sm.jpg
Views:	84
Size:	61.1 KB
ID:	12898Click image for larger version

Name:	image2sm.jpg
Views:	76
Size:	57.0 KB
ID:	12906

'59 2-door Hardtop Sport Coupe
'59CHEV is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-27-2015, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
 
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 9
 
looks like the attachments worked, check it out!

'59 2-door Hardtop Sport Coupe
'59CHEV is offline  
post #3 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-27-2015, 11:26 PM
Moderator
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 12,383
 
Welcome to the Team Luke!

Looks like you really lucked out. Can't beat the price.

Big Dave
Big Dave is offline  
 
post #4 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-28-2015, 06:09 AM
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Cranbury, NJ
Posts: 222
 
Hello Luke and welcome to the club! Great to have you here and congrats on your purchase - looks like a nice solid start of another great build! Good luck and keep us posted.

Chevy Impala http://www.carid.com/chevy-impala-accessories/
Call Toll Free: 800.505.3274 | Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | YouTube
carid is offline  
post #5 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-28-2015, 08:08 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Stillwater, Minnesota
Posts: 328
 
Hey Luke, welcome from another MN resident..
I know you are excited to get started on this but I have 2 concerns I hope you address before spending any money.

1)...title, if you didn't get a title, check into the bonding process. It can be time consuming, which probably isn't an issue, but also rather spendy, as the state decides how much the car is worth and thus the cost of the bond. I've found the state to be unreasonable with their valuation of basket cases.

2)...the body appears to be in remarkably solid condition for a MN car, but having sat for so long and sank to the frame, check the frame very closely to be certain it is still strong and viable. If the frame is suspect, that is the first part you'll need to replace/repair.

What part of the state are you in ? I was going to attend Century for body/paint but found it too expensive on my meager retirement funds...

'62 Impala SS 409 TH350
'66 Chevelle SS 496 M20
'70 Chevelle SS 396 M20
'67 Camaro ss/rs 350 PG
'38 Chev coupe street rod
'54 Chev 210 2 door
'69 Chev C10
'89 Chev R3500 roll back
Lost in the 60's is offline  
post #6 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-28-2015, 05:10 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Atlantic beach
Posts: 287
 
Wow that's awesome.

I couldn't imagine getting a 59 impala for free, I would be happy as ****.


Don't ever sell that car, by the time your 35 like me, that thing will be worth some money! Hell, that thing is worth a nice bit of change like it is now.

Last edited by Madencali; 10-28-2015 at 05:46 PM.
Madencali is offline  
post #7 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-28-2015, 05:22 PM
BA.
Moderator
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Miamisburg, Oh.
Posts: 3,137
Blog Entries: 15
 
Looks like you'll be putting your skills to good use...... a lot!

Congrats on the gift, it will be super-cool when you get it all one color - even if it's epoxy primer!

HOW A NOVICE REBUILDS A 66 IMPALA CONVERTIBLE:
http://www.impalas.net/forums/blog.php?u=1432
BA. is offline  
post #8 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-28-2015, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
 
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 9
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lost in the 60's View Post
Hey Luke, welcome from another MN resident..
I know you are excited to get started on this but I have 2 concerns I hope you address before spending any money.

1)...title, if you didn't get a title, check into the bonding process. It can be time consuming, which probably isn't an issue, but also rather spendy, as the state decides how much the car is worth and thus the cost of the bond. I've found the state to be unreasonable with their valuation of basket cases.

2)...the body appears to be in remarkably solid condition for a MN car, but having sat for so long and sank to the frame, check the frame very closely to be certain it is still strong and viable. If the frame is suspect, that is the first part you'll need to replace/repair.

What part of the state are you in ? I was going to attend Century for body/paint but found it too expensive on my meager retirement funds...
Yes I will be applying for a title asap! As far as the frame goes, it happens to be very solid with even some undercoating still in certain spots!!

'59 2-door Hardtop Sport Coupe
'59CHEV is offline  
post #9 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-28-2015, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
 
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 9
 
Thanks for the warm welcome guys! As far as the car goes, here is the story behind it:

Car had the original 235 and tranny removed back around 1975, and was then left in a field with 80k miles on the odometer. The original owner hit a mailbox with it which explains the broken windshield.
This guy was friends with my girlfriend's grandfather (Lance) at the time. He told Lance he was moving and did not want the car to come with. He had no interest in keeping it or even selling it. So Lance gladly took it! He then kept it garaged for several years, but once he moved into his new house in the early 80's, he didn't have a garage to keep it in. The first picture showing it sitting on the ground is where it has been sitting for over 30 years!
About 1 month ago, I told him if he ever decides to do anything with it to let me know! Well after about a week, he put some thought into it, realized I was going to school for auto-body and said "if you plan on working on it, you can have it. But you got to let me drive it someday", simple as that!!!
So I immediately said YES, and started getting it outta the woods and rolling again! We removed the brakes, jacked it up, threw some tires on, and rolled it on the trailer.

The car has a solid frame (no holes, undercoated in some spots!), fairly clean body (still rusted out in some spots), complete dash, 95% of the trim, and the original seats. Needs LOTS of love, time, and $$$; but will be a very fun project to bring back to life! Very excited!

'59 2-door Hardtop Sport Coupe
'59CHEV is offline  
post #10 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-29-2015, 10:23 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 43
 
Man, that thing needs some spokes! And I also have a rear axle for sale since your is rusted tight. If you give me the car I will let your drive it some day!

Is that a Regal in the background? Those things are fast!! Vroooooom!
1968Fastback427 is offline  
post #11 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-29-2015, 10:51 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Stillwater, Minnesota
Posts: 328
 
Cool story.
Did they happen to have the hood sitting in a shed ?

'62 Impala SS 409 TH350
'66 Chevelle SS 496 M20
'70 Chevelle SS 396 M20
'67 Camaro ss/rs 350 PG
'38 Chev coupe street rod
'54 Chev 210 2 door
'69 Chev C10
'89 Chev R3500 roll back
Lost in the 60's is offline  
post #12 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-29-2015, 11:40 PM Thread Starter
 
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 9
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by 1968Fastback427 View Post
Man, that thing needs some spokes! And I also have a rear axle for sale since your is rusted tight. If you give me the car I will let your drive it some day!

Is that a Regal in the background? Those things are fast!! Vroooooom!
Evan you can stick to your 68 and keep your hands off my 59 haha

And yes, my regal will smoke your grand marquis

'59 2-door Hardtop Sport Coupe
'59CHEV is offline  
post #13 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-29-2015, 11:42 PM Thread Starter
 
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 9
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lost in the 60's View Post
Cool story.
Did they happen to have the hood sitting in a shed ?
Unfortunately I don't know where the hood went

By the way, I am from the Cambridge/Isanti area if you know where that's at!

'59 2-door Hardtop Sport Coupe
'59CHEV is offline  
post #14 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-30-2015, 08:37 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Stillwater, Minnesota
Posts: 328
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by '59CHEV View Post
Unfortunately I don't know where the hood went

By the way, I am from the Cambridge/Isanti area if you know where that's at!
Oh yeah, been there a number of times. You are within walking distance of a good source of parts for your car. Maybe you are familiar with them ? http://www.autocityclassic.com/ Denny knows me fairly well...
They have a few parts cars left in the back. Kind of a long shot but call Denny and ask if they have a hood.

'62 Impala SS 409 TH350
'66 Chevelle SS 496 M20
'70 Chevelle SS 396 M20
'67 Camaro ss/rs 350 PG
'38 Chev coupe street rod
'54 Chev 210 2 door
'69 Chev C10
'89 Chev R3500 roll back
Lost in the 60's is offline  
post #15 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-30-2015, 08:46 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Stillwater, Minnesota
Posts: 328
 
Here's a craigslist ad for a '59 parts car in your backyard. Ad is a month old, so no clue if it is even still there. Hood and windshield look intact in the pic.

http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/an...241444455.html

'62 Impala SS 409 TH350
'66 Chevelle SS 496 M20
'70 Chevelle SS 396 M20
'67 Camaro ss/rs 350 PG
'38 Chev coupe street rod
'54 Chev 210 2 door
'69 Chev C10
'89 Chev R3500 roll back
Lost in the 60's is offline  
post #16 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-30-2015, 05:39 PM
Moderator
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Lewisburg, Ohio
Posts: 2,909
 
Welcome. Nice project.
dadstoy is offline  
post #17 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-31-2015, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
 
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 9
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lost in the 60's View Post
Oh yeah, been there a number of times. You are within walking distance of a good source of parts for your car. Maybe you are familiar with them ? http://www.autocityclassic.com/ Denny knows me fairly well...
They have a few parts cars left in the back. Kind of a long shot but call Denny and ask if they have a hood.
Correct, I drive by this place all the time!

'59 2-door Hardtop Sport Coupe
'59CHEV is offline  
post #18 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-31-2015, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
 
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 9
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lost in the 60's View Post
Here's a craigslist ad for a '59 parts car in your backyard. Ad is a month old, so no clue if it is even still there. Hood and windshield look intact in the pic.

http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/an...241444455.html
I actually went to look at this car not too long ago! Guy didn't want to sell the hood and the windshield was cracked.... car was very rusty all around and underneath

'59 2-door Hardtop Sport Coupe
'59CHEV is offline  
post #19 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-31-2015, 05:53 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Stillwater, Minnesota
Posts: 328
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by '59CHEV View Post
I actually went to look at this car not too long ago! Guy didn't want to sell the hood and the windshield was cracked.... car was very rusty all around and underneath
Don't ya love people like that. Advertise it for parts but won't sell any...buy the whole car. I tell them OK, $100, since I have to drag it home and dismantle it...

'62 Impala SS 409 TH350
'66 Chevelle SS 496 M20
'70 Chevelle SS 396 M20
'67 Camaro ss/rs 350 PG
'38 Chev coupe street rod
'54 Chev 210 2 door
'69 Chev C10
'89 Chev R3500 roll back
Lost in the 60's is offline  
post #20 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-04-2015, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
 
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 9
 
Lol exactly!!

'59 2-door Hardtop Sport Coupe
'59CHEV is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Impala Tech forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome