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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-25-2011, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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New Member Reunited with 1965 Impala

Hello everyone, new member from North Carolina. I just located and repurchased my first car, a 65 Impala. My father bought this car for me in 1982 for $300. We fixed it up and I have many memories of the good times had in this car. Needless to say I had to pay more than $300 for it this time. Right now I am considering options on which direction to take on restoring the car. I look forward to using this site and can already see the that it is a valuable resource. I have enclosed a few pics. The first pic is of this car in 1984, it was painted Marina Blue. The next picture is how the car looks today. Body is in real good shape with only very minor rust. Also showing a pic of my other Impala, a 1963 4-door. The 63 was originally a 6 cylinder, but I swapped in a 307 V8 I already had. It's a fun cruiser and drives great.
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-25-2011, 07:42 PM
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Welcome! Glad you got your car back, both of them look nice

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post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-25-2011, 08:51 PM
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That is a really nice 4 door. Maybe you should build the car back like it was when you sold it.
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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-25-2011, 08:52 PM
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Welcome . Your 65 looked real nice back in 84. It still looks good today.

http://www.impalas.net/forums/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=521&dateline=14693626  69
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post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-26-2011, 09:03 AM
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Welcome and congrats on getting your first car back. My first car was a 1965 impala and have just now got around to restoring it. I love the styling of the 65's. Other car looks good too!
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Welcome, and congrats on the find! I too had a '65 Impala when I was 16, and currently have a '63 Impala 4-door like yours. You're in good company here.. I'm amazed at some of the stuff I've learned - and I'm an OLDER Chevy guy!

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post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-26-2011, 08:01 PM
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Welcome to the Team Kevin!

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post #8 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-26-2011, 10:22 PM
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Welcome and if you don't mind, can you fill us in on how you were able to find your old car after all these years?

Make: Chevrolet
Model: Impala Custom
Year: 1969
Doors: 2
Engine: 327 V8
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post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-27-2011, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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Thanks for the welcome guys... @Ape - I sold the car to one of my good friends in the late 80's, and he eventually sold it also. So I just went through him to get to the next owner, etc... It helps that the car remained within a 30 mile radius the whole time, in fact when I picked it up last week it was only 3 miles from my house. I'm sure the search could have been much more difficult if the car had been moved to another state.
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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-28-2011, 08:09 AM
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The first pic looks good. Pretty unusual to be able to find your old car.
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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-28-2011, 10:56 PM
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Welcome Kevin! Ever thinking of calling it Christine being that it never got far away from you . I'd go with the Marina Blue and all the stock interior that year looked good from the factory IMO. What part of NC are you in?
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post #12 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-29-2011, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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I'm in the central part of NC, between Raleigh and Fayetteville.
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. Right now I am considering options on which direction to take on restoring the car. I look forward to using this site and can already see the that it is a valuable resource..

I say you should fix the car the way you want it cause you are the one paying for it!! However, dont expect others on here to comment on it if you go totally custom, especially with the paint.
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If you ever get the Food Lion Auto Fair in the spring and fall they allways have great ideas and you got 3 days to look. Most of the time I go there for ideas because my pockets have holes in them .
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Welcome Kevin!
Very interesting story - its great that you got it back. My first car was a 68 fastback and when I went off to basic training, it was stolen for the drive train (from the yard in Welcome, NC). We eventually found it, but little was left and the judge let the punk off with probation and the remains never left the impound lot (Coolemee NC). Glad yours found its way back to you!

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Are you close to Lillington, NC ?
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post #17 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-01-2011, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Are you close to Lillington, NC ?
Yes Don, Lillington. I live right outside town.
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