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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-18-2014, 05:12 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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1958 Impala

Hi,

I have just collected my 1958 Impala, which needs to be put back together. It's been off the road since 1981.

I would love to know some more about it. I think I have found some information, but I am not sure how accurate I am.

VIN:184741931
Style:1847
Paint: 1816
Trim: 815
BSO: 357
Body No: 142164

I have put some photo's on flickr, not sure if I am allowed to include the link, will do so below, please delete link if it violates any policies
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-18-2014, 05:14 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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Pictures of the Impala

https://www.flickr.com/photos/126976...7648785884942/

Can anyone tell me what it is worth approximately as is, so I can figure out the financial woes of restoration?
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-18-2014, 07:58 AM
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The car looks pretty clean but what is under that primer paint job? Get out the magnet and check it over. 58s are getting very hard to find. Put it back together right and it will be worth a bunch of money. I would say it is worth an easy $5K as is. Maybe 30 40K done right
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it does very well on the magnet test....sticks everywhere

If it is only worth $5k as is, there is little point in me selling her.

I think I must begin the quest to look for someone to bring her back to life.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-19-2014, 08:08 AM
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If it passes the magnet test it is worth more. But if you want to make some money on it complete the restoration
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-19-2014, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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I live on Vancouver ISland, the car resto business seems a bit thin on the ground.

I wonder if I would be better trailering it to the States?

I am having some interest in the 58, I am not sure what to do.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-25-2014, 01:20 AM
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Beautiful car. Is that the original engine? That will be a looker when finished and may be closer to $10k as it sits.

Why not keep it in BC for the restore? There have to be some good options on the mainland. This guy's in the Okanagan (osoyoos), but he wouldn't be cheap :-| :

http://www.osoyoostimes.com/osoyoos-...lobal-acclaim/

Other option is get it painted, but do everything else yourself. You can probably find mechanics as needed, but if you have the space (and time) that's an awesome project. I'm sure parts for it ain't easy though.

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-25-2014, 06:59 AM
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I would hate to take a car across any border to get work done. There are many horror stories concerning body shops. Pick and choose carefully and try to pay as they complete a portion not ahead of time. Plus regular visits are very necessary.
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