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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-09-2011, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Post 1963 Convertible Engine Code Decipher

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I've just inherited the family's 1963 Convertible. I've loved this car my whole life, i just wish that it was given to me under better circumstances. Since it was given to me in death, i don't know the engine size! I've read the stamp on the engine as F06I8D, can any help decipher the engine info from this? I'm pretty confident in my reading of this engine number, although i could have misread it, the "6" looks similar to the a lowercase "b" as displayed in this font.

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F= Flint Michigan Assembly plant
06=June
I8=18th of June
D=283 with 195 HP and a Powerglide automatic transmission without A/C

The 283 has the word "Chevrolet" stamped into the valve covers, although those could have been changed over the years. It would probably have a 2 barrel carburetor as well. The 283 was the 'sensible' choice in the line up back then. Frisky right feet went for the 327 or 409's, and economy minded went with the 6 cylinder.

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Thanks for your help!
I was hoping it wasn't the small engine, but i figured it might since it does have a 2 barrel. Yes, the covers do have Chevrolet on them!

This car is a convertible and in excellent shape. White with white top, red interior. The only thing wrong with it is that it was put in a barn improperly 10 years ago, so i'm trying to remedy the troubles that caused before i even turn the key. The mice had nests everywhere. The leathers are in great shape, but the interior stinks. The white top is very stained from bird poop and dirt, etc. Oh, and there must have been almost a full tank of gas when it was parked 10 years ago.....

My new project!!

Thanks everyone!!
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You can always put a bigger motor in, all it takes is $$$$$

What kind of plans do you have for the car?

I would disconnect the fuel line at the rubber hose before the fuel pump and drain/pump out all the old gas. It probably has sediment/rust in it not to mention probably not very combustible. With the gas out, you can drop the tank and take a look inside to see how bad things are and rinse or replace if needed. Also a good time to replace the sender unit that sends the fuel level to the gas gauge. They seem to go bad fairly easily. Avoid the temptation to try to start it as is. That will just suck a bunch of junk into the carb, making a carb rebuild a certainty.



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My plans for the car are to keep it my whole life. I don't anticipate that i'll put a bigger engine in. But I did decide that i'll change all the fluids before i turn that key for the first time. I have been trying to figure out what to do with all that gas that's in the tank, it's reading 3/4 full, and i figure that's a lot of gas i don't know what to do with! I'll probably pay a mechanic to do the gas tank for me. I'll also heed the advice to put a new sending unit in while it's off, sounds very logical to me!

So far, i've flushed the cooling system, changed the oil and oil filter (i read somewhere that i should put a couple tea spoons of Mystery oil in the spark plug holes before i put the plugs back in, and i did that), spark plugs and wires, new battery and new battery cables. I will drain and put new brake fluid in once i check the break lines and breaks.

The power steering fluid looks good to me, not sure if i should change that or not.

I was going to drive it a little before i changed the tranny fluid and filter.

I was also going to drive a tank of gas before i changed the fuel filter.

After i get her funning, i'd like to get a new coat of paint and some new wheels and tires. I'd also like to put in a good stereo system that is completely hidden and doesn't wreck the interior at all, not sure how to do that yet....

I don't know what kind of upgrades i should make to it. I will have to do some research about it because i really am learning about cars still. Am thinking about disc breaks all around because i think they are better than drums, but i don't know. Also considering electric starter???? Perhaps upgraded suspension?

That's where i'm at and what my plans are. Oh, and i'd love to put it in some shows!!!

Do any of you guys have pics of your cars posted anyplace? I'd love to see yours!!!

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For the stereo, here are some ideas

System that goes under the seat and operates from a smallish remote.
http://www.casmfg.com/Secretaudio.htm


they also make kick panel speakers. Just remove your stock kick panels and put in the replacement panels with speaker (you need to paint them to match your interior).
http://www.casmfg.com/.htm

Under seat speakers are also an option.
http://www.casmfg.com/Speaker%20Options.htm


you can also have the guts of your stock radio to an AM / FM / AUX radio.



There is also somebody selling a modern stereo with a fairly stock front to it.


You made the mistake of asking for pictures....

way too many here:
http://www.thecairns.com/Impala


This is where mine is now. Almost done




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wow, awesome on the stereo info! I found one called secret audio sst that i kinda like: http://www.casmfg.com/Secretaudio.htm

Asking for pics was not a mistake i love it!

I can't figure out how to post a pic that's not already online or i'd post a pic of it being delivered to my place. I just have to get the pics onto a computer of the ones i took when i opened the barn doors to see that it was put away wet 10 years ago.....
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dcairns:

I love your pics, i'm inspired with the stereo! I'll want to keep my original but i wonder if i can find another that i can have converted similar to yours! Hmmmm.....
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That is what I did. My original was a humble non-push button radio, so I just put it aside and got another AM with push buttons from ebay and had that converted. I went this route because I really like operating the original controls, even if the quality of the sound is better than original .

Here is a link to that other original looking radio with modern guts. While it has a digital dial (blacked out when it is off) it is otherwise original looking once installed. And cheaper than the conversion of an original radio.
http://radiosrepro.com/1963-1964-impala-amfm-radio/


To post pics, sign up for one of the free picture hosting websites like Photobucket. Apparently this forum will also let you upload the pic to the forum as well, according to the FAQ:

http://www.impalas.net/forums/faq.ph...b3_attachments



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