My name is Erik, and I am a classic Impala fan.
My father had a '62 when I was a kid. It originally belonged to my Grandfather and Dad purchased it when he began his teaching career. It was supposed to be my car when I started driving, but unfortunately our wonderful Minnesota winters took their toll on it and Dad sold it before that could happen. The car spent it's last few years on a farm, utilized for hunting vermin, until it finally quit running. It was stripped of salvagable parts and what couldn't be used... was crushed.
Our '62 was a base model, four-door sedan ("post car"). It had an inline-six engine and a three-speed maunual transmission. It was painted Twilight Turquoise (although my father always called it "Robbin-Egg Blue") with a matching interior, which is why it was known as "Old Blue." It was a great car, and will remain the most favorite car my family has ever owned.
So, for the past 23 years, or thereabouts, I've wanted to buy another Impala, except that I've been warped by The Beach Boys, and have been saving pennies and dimes (and a couple nickles, quarters and the occasional dollar bill...) to build my own four-speed, dual-quad, posi-traction 409-powered '62 Impala.
So, that's why I signed up for the forum. Not only to pick the brains of the various "gurus" here as to how to build my "dream car," but also to talk about Impalas in general. I'm glad to be here, and look forward to talking with you guys!