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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-08-2011, 03:32 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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Hi guys! New with a couple of questions.

I'm new to this forum but I've had a 63 ht Impala SS clone since 96. It's the only high school car I kept (I went though 7 bugs and a 72 skylark too). I never got it very nice but learned a ton on it. I've recently inherited my great uncle's 27k mile 62 2dr ht Impala as well. The cars are in MT and I've been living in CA for the last ten years but I'm moving back in a month and I get to play with Chevy's again.

Aside from a 60's sears tach and some maintenance parts the 62 is original and has been inside since '68 when my great uncle bought a ford pickup to do the day to day stuff. I've swapped the wheels because the bias ply Firestones are toast but that's all. Its a 283 with a glide and it's dog slow and doesn't sound right though that single (rusty) exhaust.

I know that I can swap a motor in no problem and put the 283 in the corner but I'm worried about dinging the value of the car welding in mounts for dual exhaust. I've got my 63 to go wild on and the 62 is just so original I don't want to mess it up. Dual exhaust just looks and sounds right though. Am I going to hurt the value? They're only original once.

I'll try to get pics up as soon as I figure out how. I usually lurk rather than post.
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Your a lucky man to have the 62 and 63 Impala's. If the 62 is original I would leave it that way. Those old 283's wern't very powerfull but were very reliable when taken care of. I have heard that its a bear running dual exhaust on those x frame cars. I don't think running dual exhaust would hurt the value, I actually think it would help it if done right. Like you said, you have the 63 to hot rod. It boils down to what you want.

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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-08-2011, 09:46 AM
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Welcome to the Team Luke!

Value is in the eye of the Beholder (the beholder is the guy with a phone that outbids everyone else at the Barrette Jackson Auction). If your car isn't an original car that is a 10+; it probably is just a used car. Only an appraiser recognized by your insurance company can tell you what it is worth. And even then you still have to get it insured for that much, for it to be worth anything more than any other used car. The market for old cars has fallen 50% in value in the last three years (about 35% for late sixties early seventies Muscle Cars in mint condition unmodified). You have to find someone with cash in hand who wants your car more than you do for it to be worth much at all.

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Nice rides. I say if you have the coin laying around to do the dual exhaust, then go for it. Like Larry said, I don't think you'd be hurting the value of the car in the long run.

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Thanks for the greetings guys. When I ask about the value of the 62 it's more about what's good for the car long term rather than dollars and cents. Even my wife who wanted to sell it when I first inherited it rode in it 5 min and said we could never sell it. The stock exhaust is shot from being started and warmed up but never really driven for years, that's the only reason I'm even messing with it.

Should I run lead additive in this thing? I had the heads re-done on the 63 but the 62 has never been opened. More pics; most are from last July. A couple of the 63 are much older.

















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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-08-2011, 07:59 PM
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Welcome to the site!
My 61 was single exhaust, the NAPA store located a set of duals for it. just bolted it on.
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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-08-2011, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Wow, I just assumed that I would have to drill or weld on the frame to put hangers in. If it's just bolt on then there is no reason not to. Cool. This is where being away from the cars makes things harder, I couldn't just slide under and look.
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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-09-2011, 12:24 AM
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If the car is untouched you can probably get by with the current pump gas as you have a lot of lead built up on the seats and valves that will not normally burn off under general cruising conditions.

If you have the heads rebuilt I would consider hardened seats along with new polished stainless steel valves (but it would be cheaper to buy new heads than to rebuild the old ones).

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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-09-2011, 08:20 AM
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Put that dual exhaust on it and dont worry. It is a fine looking car drive it.
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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-10-2011, 12:17 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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Thanks for the advise. I think I'll probably put duals on it, especially if they just bolt on. I'll start hunting for deals and decide about noise levels. A little rumble is nice. After I move back to Mt at the end of the month I'll take some new pictures and maybe start a blog. I need to pull the tank on the '63 and go though the holley, and I can fire it for the first time since 2001. Both cars need a little brake work and the 'glide on the 62 leaks like a siv. It will be really cool to get started on chevys again, weather permitting.
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For the exhaust, whether single or dual, look at Shafers

http://www.shafersclassic.com

Send away for the free catalog, the web site is terrible.

These are the guys that actuall make most of the exhaust systems that are sold by others. They are well regarded for their quality and are what I used on my 64. If your 62 is like the 64, there is a hanger(s) for the exhaust around the center of the X in the frame. In a single exhaust system, there will only be one hanger welded to the frame there. To make it a dual, you need to bolt or weld another hanger on the other side. The rest of the hangers bolt to existing holes in the frame.
Shafers sells a complete hanger kit, but I recall that it does not include the extra hanger bracket for the center when doing a single ->dual conversion, so be sure and order that as well.



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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-02-2011, 02:13 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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I've made the move to Montana and can now get started on the Impalas. I'm going to get the 63 started, first time since 2001, and look at the brakes on the 62. I can finally get under it and check out the hangers too. I'm between jobs right now so I'm doing low buck stuff first. I'm hoping I can order the duals before too long thought. I also started a blog. Its cold up here in Big Sky Country!
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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-02-2011, 08:38 AM
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Hi Luke, welcome to the site!
The link below is an exhaust hanger kit that includes the right side frame bracket to convert to dual exhaust. You could have a local exhaust shop bend you an exhaust system and use a kit like this.
Hope this helps.
http://www.lategreatchevy.com/chevy-...1958-1964.html
little cheaper here:
http://www.show-cars.com/cgi-bin/com...ction&key=4288

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