Finally got my 63 Impala Home - Impala Tech
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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-10-2018, 10:00 AM Thread Starter
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Finally got my 63 Impala Home

She had been sitting in my parents garage for the last 20+ years in Nevada. Now the history on this car is it was originally a Wisconsin car that went to Pennsylvania where my dad got it. At one point he had a body shop do some work on it and now that I have it home and a good inspection it looks like the body shop mostly fixed the skin and didn't touch the bones. Looks like new inner and outer rockers are in store for the car along with some new floor pans. The trunk looks solid and the front fenders are also. The quarters had partials installed at some time and I will be interested to see what it looks like once it is blasted clean.

Hauled her from just outside of Las Vegas Nevada through Tulsa Oklahoma with and ending point just outside of Grand Rapids Michigan in 2 days.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-10-2018, 10:40 AM
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Time to break out the old refrigerator magnet.

Back in the 80's and 90's body shops screwed tin over the holes and slathered on fiberglass body filler so that they could practiced their sculpting art to repair the car's body lines. They never addressed the problem of corrosion; so the rot continued to progress hiding behind shinny paint.

Placing a weak magnet over the paint will tell you if there is metal in them thar body panels or you have a quilt work corvette that looks like a '64 Chevy.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-11-2018, 09:50 PM
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I love it. Especially because of the history. I am in the process of restoring the same thing.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-11-2018, 10:24 PM
 
 
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Wow, a convertible. Nice! I'm in the process of restoring a '63 SS coupe and have been a bit surprised at how it can look pretty sound until the ol' magnet comes out. Good luck on your project and I hope you keep posting your progress.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-12-2018, 12:39 AM
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Nice ride, looks like it would be a nice driver the way it is!


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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-12-2018, 07:59 AM Thread Starter
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Nice ride, looks like it would be a nice driver the way it is!


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Doors are not closing correctly due to body sag from lack of support. If it didn't have that issue I probably would have put her on the road and drove it a bit. The engine turns easy with a breaker bar, but either the starter or the wiring for the starter is bad, so I can't crank it over. Not going to waste a lot of time on this engine as the car will get a 438 "W" motor I am also building right now. Hope when all is said and done to have a nice looking 409 clone.
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