New to me 64 Wagon
Hello all! I'm joining your group from scenic Northern New Jersey. I've been tinkering with and restoring all sorts of vehicles nearly all of my life. My first car was a '67 Pontiac LeMans (it was a year older than I am, if you want to do the math). My dad, uncle and I restored it after buying it at auction - a victim of a rear-end collision. Since then I've had several of those "Coke-botte" Pontiacs (a couple more '67s including a GTO, a '66 and a slew of parts cars). Had a few beater Monte Carlos from the late-70s. Bought a '70 Monte Carlo to restore with a factory 402 big block and 4-speed manual but never got around to restoring it before selling it. I've had mostly GMs but strayed a bit with a '74 MGB, '88 Mustang GT, '85 F-150 and an '86 T-Bird. I've dabbled in the Northstar Caddies, having owned a '96 and an '01 DTS (flood total that I restored myself). During my turbo years I had a '92 GMC Typhoon and an '87 Grand National (restored myself - was a totaled recovered theft).
All the toys are gone except for my '07 Avalanche and my '84 Allegro motorhome (31-footer with a Chevy P30 chassis and a 454, also restored myself). That is until this past weekend (sorry it took me so long to get here - you'll find that I can be verbose at times).
This past weekend my dad, brother and son spent 24 hours wheels-turning time to drive down to South Carolina and scoop up a 1964 Impala wagon. My son will be driving in early 2017 and he was looking for something unique. It turns out a distant cousin of mine is very ill and needed to sell the car. It was originally bought new by his dad (my great uncle) in 1964. So it will remain in the family.
It's a 9-passenger car with factory A/C, power steering and power brakes. Power rear window, manual front seat. Originally a 327/250 HP car. The original engine was replaced by the dealer in the late-70s due to a catastrophic failure that took out the block. It runs fine and my cousin would drive it 20 miles a week to exercise it before he became ill.
It is a well-used but well-maintained car. All 8 kids in the family drove it at some point in their lives. Before my great-uncle died it spent 10-years on his farm doing light hauling. It was garage (or barn) kept most of its life. As a southern car, it has very little rust. As per usual the spare tire well is rotted through but that's about it. It's very straight but could definitely use a facelift. The goal is to repaint it and put some nice wheels on it - nothing elaborate.
So anyway, I'm going to have tons of questions the majority of which may be stupid ones. But I'm learning here. This is the oldest car I've ever owned but looking it over there's nothing really too difficult or foreign about it.