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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-23-2008, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
 
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Cool 1963 Impala 1000 Series?

I purchased a Factory Assembly guide for a 1963 Impala I bought.
The car VIN # 31847JXXXXXX.

My question is this.
The book shows different assemblies for different series models. i.e. 1400 to 1800.
Can someone explain to me theses differences.
I figured out the lower numbers are smaller engines (sixes)
and the larger numbers, V-8's.

Aside from that distinction what else?

The car I'm going to restore is a shell. How do I know if it was an SS or not?

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-24-2008, 12:38 PM
 
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Your car is a: 1963 Impala 8 cylinder 2 door sport coupe built in Janesville, WI



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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-24-2008, 12:45 PM
 
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Which means it is an Impala not an Impala SS. You can clone it very easy if you wish but the vin will tell it's true identity. The SS usually is a floor shift car, bucket seats, console and has swirls in the outside and dash trim. I did see a 1963 Impala SS with 3 sp on the tree. Also engine size and type had nothing to do with the SS. You could get it from 6 banger to 409.



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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-24-2008, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks Lawrence.

It's funny because the floor pan has the cutout for the floor shift but had a bench seat.
And three on the tree. The gentleman who sold it to me said it must of been a special order car because of that. Do you know if all the Impalas had the floor cutout regardless if it was an SS or not?
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I have a 1964 Impala that was a factory 4 sp bench seat car. The shifter is curved back for the bench seat. They weren't that uncommon. I also have a 1964 Impala SS 4 sp car.



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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-24-2008, 05:19 PM
 
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The factory used a blow torch to cut the floor shift hole Link to a 1964 Impala floor shift hole http://community.webshots.com/photo/...84584498RSOIqa



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I was wondering about that...The hole in my floor is rough cut and I was starting to have some of the same questions you do.

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Let me clarify. In 63, the 1847 body style could mean plain impala or SS. Unlike 64 when it was a actual body style and had its own code, the SS was an option package in 62 and 63 so there is no specific vin code for it. all 63 2dr sport coupes have a vin that starts 31747 or 31847. Your 63 could be an SS. I'd check the cowl tag codes.
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Thanks Lawrence.

It's funny because the floor pan has the cutout for the floor shift but had a bench seat.
And three on the tree. The gentleman who sold it to me said it must of been a special order car because of that. Do you know if all the Impalas had the floor cutout regardless if it was an SS or not?
Thanks again
When I removed the carpet and mat from my '64 Impala it also had a hole for a floor shifter (round hole). It's an automatic and bench. After finding the hole I just assumed that someone had changed from manual to auto.
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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-30-2008, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
 
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The Cowl Tag

So here it is.

Where on this tag does say (or not say) if it was an SS.

I guess what I'm getting at is if I rebuild this thing as an SS.
and it originally wasn't, I don't want to look like a "poser".

Is this commonly Done?

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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-01-2008, 06:45 PM
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I believe the vast majority of the SS cars you see are clones. I know there are more Chevelle SS and Camaro SS cars than the factory ever built, assuming every one of them survived which is improbable. Without documentation in today's car market no one would be inclined to pay a premium for SS badges unless you can document what you have and then expect all of your documentation to be verified.

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Looking at that picture, there are no option codes on the tag which means it was most likely a plain jane impala. If you look at the trim code, 811, it decodes to black bench seat interior, which I don't believe you could get with the Impala SS option.

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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-03-2008, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks

For all your help.
I'm sure I'll be asking a lot of questions as the rebuilding process progresses.

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