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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-30-2015, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Hello from Maryland

Thanks for letting me in. Here's a picture of my 63 survivor. Just a stock 283 car with pwr steering and auto. Numbers matching....

Latest updates have been rebuilding the carb. & converting the alternator to internal regulator. Also converted point ignition to Pertronix.

Other than that, the car doesn't need much. Debating on whether to convert the brake MS to dual bowl or not.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-30-2015, 05:03 PM
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Nice 63

Tell us more about the car, how long you have had it, what you plan to do with it. Any other pictures? How's the interior?
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-30-2015, 05:17 PM
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Welcome to the Team Steve!

I love a numbers matching car that was built before numbers matching was introduced for all cars in 1968. From 1962-'67 only "High Performance engines" (those factory rated at 300 or more horsepower except for the 290 horse 302 Z/28 motor) were marked with a partial VIN. Those are the numbers most regard as the numbers that match, to prove their "born with" status of a rare optioned engine.

With the 283 from your time frame it can be proven original to your car (numbers matching) only by the date codes GM used for quality control.

Every cast part on your car (block, heads, intake, water pump, distributor, bell housing tranny case, etc.) has a part number (casting number, not necessarily the Chevrolet part number) date and occasionally the time of day the part was cast marked on the part. It is considered a numbers matching if it is within seven to ten days of the cars build date (posted on the build sheet which was supposed to be thrown in the trash after the car was built). There is also a build date that is limited to the week of the month on your car's trim tag. But that adds another possible seven days to the usual seven to ten day limit stretching out how closely your car is numbers matching.

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-31-2015, 07:59 AM
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Get her running good and come on down to the big Ocean City, MD cruise and show.

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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-31-2015, 08:24 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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So far I've checked the engine block numbers, alternator, distributor, carb & intake numbers, powerglide case numbers, and even the back of the dash clock. They all fall within 7 days of one in other.

One thing that is strange, is that there is no Trim Tag on the firewall. There is no holes where one would have been attached. But, there are 2 indentations on the top left hand side, to the left of the wiper motor, that indicate where the tag would have been installed. I've Googled pictures of the location for this.

Any thoughts on that? I know that I can get a repro one made though.

I haven't checked the rear yet, but was told by the previous PO that is was also original to the car. Car has 77,553 original miles on the odometer.

The only thing that isn't original on the engine that I see are the stupid chrome valve covers that that were but on way back when. I'm looking for a pair of early script covers for this.

As far as the interior, the seat inserts have had new cloth installed, but the vinyl surrounding them are original. The door panels, dash pad and all dash components are original.

I'm not too sure if the carpet has been change or not as it is in really nice shape. Headliner is also original as well as all the bright work on the car.

The door and trunk weatherstripping has been replaced.

One more thing. all the floors, trunk etc, all are original and solid.
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-31-2015, 08:25 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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oh, and I had to replace the heater core. The engine picture doesn't show the newly installed alternator. I did keep the original....
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-31-2015, 12:08 PM
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I would definitely consider that one "Numbers Matching!" Congratulations unmolested motors are rare in a car this old. Many motors died a natural death, and were replaced by more recent engines.

I paid the bills for my seven car garage by yanking worn out SBC motors out of used cars and replacing them with ones I had built for twenty or so years. A very profitable business, but not very rewarding which is why I eventually hired mechanics to preform that work while I concentrated on just engine building.

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-31-2015, 10:15 PM
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Welcome Steve!! PM me and we can meet up! I am in Forest Hill near the old Belair roller rink!
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