Register now to get rid of these ads!

Customs My new daily driver / 60 Chevrolet 4dr Impala

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by straykatkustoms, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. straykatkustoms
    Joined: Oct 30, 2001
    Posts: 5,639

    straykatkustoms
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    Its been sitting for 10 years, time flys. I'm looking forward to cruizn again.
    By the time I get it rolling it maybe too cold cruizn with all of the windows
    down. I may have to pretend that its a roadster and wear layers.

    the Merc will be at Piston's and Paint but the Impala will not make it.
    I'm hoping by Thanksgiving I'll have it on th road. Like to have some
    round town trips before I venture too far....

    Looking forward to PnP Babe's will be on our list.

    Happy Trails, Mick
     
  2. 'Mo
    Joined: Sep 26, 2007
    Posts: 2,035

    'Mo
    Member

    The Poncho body line is a great idea. :cool:
     
  3. Andy
    Joined: Nov 17, 2002
    Posts: 3,346

    Andy
    Member

     
  4. straykatkustoms
    Joined: Oct 30, 2001
    Posts: 5,639

    straykatkustoms
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    Kool, glad ya agree. I think it has potential...

    Thanks Andy, this is what I want to hear...

    Years ago I bought drop spindles for my 55 chevy, we had to shave some of my A Arms
    down to get it so I could turn. So I knew they had a problem at one time. I've been looking
    at Summit Racing and they have a lot of choices. If I was to buy them I was going to buy
    Bell Tech because I thought they should have it together. They are twice as much but I
    thought that they would be worth the extra money.

    What kind of Spindles did you buy?

    Happy Trails, Mick
     
  5. guthriesmith
    Joined: Aug 17, 2006
    Posts: 1,311

    guthriesmith
    Member

    Looks like a great driver Mick!
     
  6. Mad Rods
    Joined: Feb 17, 2012
    Posts: 150

    Mad Rods
    Member
    from Pecos,Tx

    Nice car... Gonna be a sick build!
     
  7. Andy
    Joined: Nov 17, 2002
    Posts: 3,346

    Andy
    Member

    Thanks Andy, this is what I want

    What kind of Spindles did you buy?

    Happy Trails, Mick[/QUOTE]

    I bought them from Classic Chevy. They were made by McCauly?
     
  8. straykatkustoms
    Joined: Oct 30, 2001
    Posts: 5,639

    straykatkustoms
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    I was looking into buying those too, I wonder if they are any different then Bell tech?
    I'm sure if I called then they would tell me they will work great. I just got through
    posting another post on "how to lower your '60 the right way."

    I really appreciate your help.

    Thanks guys....

    Happy Trails, Mick
     
  9. straykatkustoms
    Joined: Oct 30, 2001
    Posts: 5,639

    straykatkustoms
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    Here is some old pictures of my '60. this was right after I lowered it. I had just cut two
    coils and lowered it about 4 inches.

    [​IMG]

    After I getting it lowered my search started for a 60 Mercury grill, I think all 60's should
    have the Merc grill. Removed the mirrors and some of the emblems. I ran out of money
    for white walls so I bought some Pota walls and they lasted about a year.

    [​IMG]

    This was my stable; my '55 Chevy (old high school car) and my Impala. My '55 went into the 90's style kustom. Gotta love the pink. LOL!!

    [​IMG]


    Happy Trails, Mick
     
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2012
  10. ryno
    Joined: Oct 6, 2005
    Posts: 3,308

    ryno
    Member

    Looking good Mick
    I don't think I've ever seen or heard of the impala.
    My 2 cents,leave the roof alone
     
  11. straykatkustoms
    Joined: Oct 30, 2001
    Posts: 5,639

    straykatkustoms
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    I'm still crazy about Mercurys and when you get bit by the Mercury bug
    nothing else matters. I quickly lost interest in the Impala when the motor
    gave out.

    I agree with ya, I started working on it this weekend and studying the top.
    If I was too chop it, it would be because I could and not because I should.
    It wouldn't improve the look so why do it. Chop top is not going to happen.

    I appreciate the opinion.

    Happy Trails, Mick
     
  12. Mick,

    Nice touches with the Merc grille. I went with a tube grille in mine. What did you do on your wheel covers? They look like large bullets. Thanks, Todd
     

    Attached Files:

    • 001.JPG
      001.JPG
      File size:
      131 KB
      Views:
      56
  13. straykatkustoms
    Joined: Oct 30, 2001
    Posts: 5,639

    straykatkustoms
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    Love the tube grill. The big reason I went with the Merc Grill; Hub Harness owns a '59
    El Camino and he is running a '60 Merc grill. Everyone around here wants to be as Kool
    as Hub so this is my attempt. I know I'll fall short but it kool trying...

    Hub caps are stock Impalas with large bullets. Kool doesnt have to be expensive.

    Happy Trails, Mick
     
  14. 40StudeDude
    Joined: Sep 19, 2002
    Posts: 8,851

    40StudeDude
    Member

    Just shows to go ya...if you don't ask questions about some guy's "kustoms", you'll never know he was into them 30 (plus) years ago...I too, did not know Mick had the '60...or is still hanging onto his '55...I thot he was just another "Mercury" guy thru and thru...!!!

    Nice Mick...very nice...

    R-
     
  15. x-shift
    Joined: Sep 3, 2009
    Posts: 166

    x-shift
    Member

    Subscribed!

    Hellfish, Tugmaster, and myself are all on 3" lowering springs (Coil Spring Specialties or Jamco), stock spindles, and I'm running the 2 deg. offset shafts on the upper arms. Radials (say what you will) and my car almost drives itself. I replaced everything in the front end (no P.S.), and I couldn't be happier.

    I also bought the slip joint driveshaft from Inland Empire, and it got rid of a lot of vibration caused by lowering. Buy the heavy carrier while you're at it. The last step is an adjustable panhard bar, because the lowering shoves the rearend off center. I had a FULL trunk last weekend, and it kissed the tunnel a couple of times. Got about 800 miles on this setup now, and it was worth every penny!

    Good luck! Very interested to see how this plays out...
     
  16. straykatkustoms
    Joined: Oct 30, 2001
    Posts: 5,639

    straykatkustoms
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    I adopted my '55 back in 1979 and it has been part of the family since then. Been into
    the kustom thing since '81. I fell in love with them the sumer of '81 at the Spectaular in
    Wichita, Kansas. Being involved with Kustoms and the people is the best thing that I've
    ever done. Who knows what I would have done without their influence.

    The '60 will be my daily driver and hopefully will be kool enough to go to some shows.

    Happy Trails, Mick
     
  17. straykatkustoms
    Joined: Oct 30, 2001
    Posts: 5,639

    straykatkustoms
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    Thank you very much for the suggestions on the set up. This is what I need to hear...
     
  18. x-shift
    Joined: Sep 3, 2009
    Posts: 166

    x-shift
    Member

    Glad to help! I didn't necessarily do it the least expensive way, but I hate doing things twice. Make sure you find a good alignment guy when you're done, makes all the difference. For reference, my front crossmember is at about a 6" ride height (14" wheels). Too much lower, and I might take the oil pan off at the Quickie Mart!
     
  19. straykatkustoms
    Joined: Oct 30, 2001
    Posts: 5,639

    straykatkustoms
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    LOL!! Brings back memories, Years ago when I was driving it a lot I took the front tires
    off of my '55 and put them on my Impala. They were a smalller tire and man did it look
    kool. I drove it to work the next day and heard a scrape that I hadn't heard before. Kool,
    I'm scrap'n something new. The second day I hit the same bridge at the same speed and
    figured out what it was, it was my cross member. Not Kool at all. Needless to say I
    switched them back that evening.

    I been through the "Cheap" way and not excited about doing that way again. I want it
    to be right and safe for my family to drive. I'm going to run 15x7 raidal wide whites so
    my tire size will give me some more clearance then I had before. I don't want it to sit as
    low as my Merc.

    I have a real good front end alignment guy that can take care of what ever I need. Thanks
    again for the details.

    Happy Trails, Mick
     
  20. finkd
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 1,481

    finkd
    Alliance Vendor

    just put the money in the trunk and drop the car off, I know what to do......
     
  21. straykatkustoms
    Joined: Oct 30, 2001
    Posts: 5,639

    straykatkustoms
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    As soon as I get the cash, I'm gonna have to take you up on your offer. Can I just park
    it on the north side of your shop?

    Happy Trails, Mick
     
  22. Gusaroo
    Joined: Dec 19, 2006
    Posts: 285

    Gusaroo
    Member

    Love the 60! Car is definitly big...my house was also built in 1960 and my Bel Air barely squeezes into the garage, passenger basically has to climb out the window, dont know what folks were thinking back then.
     
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2012
  23. I love a flattop four door.

    [​IMG]
     
  24. The Continental
    Joined: Aug 23, 2011
    Posts: 340

    The Continental
    Member
    from Texas

    Cool DD. I'm hoping to get my grandmother's '61 Impala 4 door post to make a frequent DD. I like the '60 Merc grills on these and a matching rear grill would be even better. GM '59s looked pretty wild to begin with, but the '60s are good to liven up.
     
  25. Okie Pete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2008
    Posts: 1,531

    Okie Pete
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    Good looking car Mick. Liken your ideas.
     
  26. x-shift
    Joined: Sep 3, 2009
    Posts: 166

    x-shift
    Member

    A man with a two door is a man with few friends...
     
  27. finkd
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 1,481

    finkd
    Alliance Vendor

    Yes , you can, get it running and i will break it in for you, makes sure the pipes sounds just right, the ride highth is correct, and make sure it has the proper view looking across the dash and hood. OH and I am a big fan of flattop 4 doors so the roof change might not be needed, but if I do change the roof can I keep the flattop? I got plans for it !!! so get it here already ....I"M dieing a slow death here lately. been slow on the creatfull side of town. Winter is close and I need some stimulating late nights , jambing out on some heavy blues and working super late getting in my groove. I been workin on my 59 lately and what better to do then build a 59 and 60 at the same time, they both require simular mods....LOL
     
  28. straykatkustoms
    Joined: Oct 30, 2001
    Posts: 5,639

    straykatkustoms
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    Hey Jeff, I'll have to take ya up on that, I can't wait to get it on the road. I'll be over
    soon.

    Have another question, Should I run 14s or 15s? right now I'm running 14x7 but they
    look a little bit small in the fender well. I was thinking about running 15x7 in the front
    and 15X8 in the rear. Any advice?

    Right now I'm waiting on the motor to be built and it should be done in a couple of weeks.
    Stay tune when I pick up the motor I'll start posting progress pics.

    Happy Trails, Mick
     
  29. KarBabe
    Joined: Apr 19, 2006
    Posts: 42

    KarBabe
    Member

    i cant wait to see this car papa!!! too cool!
     
  30. straykatkustoms
    Joined: Oct 30, 2001
    Posts: 5,639

    straykatkustoms
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    I've been busy working on the 60, It has to look bad before it gets better. Bought my
    rebuild kit from CPP, Power disc brake conversion from Speedway motors and my drop
    spindles form Bell tech. Can't wait to get it back together to see where she sits. I will
    have time to get the stance right before the Stray Kat 500. Thanks you guys for all of
    the help.

    Went through some pictures last night and found some pictures of my '60. this is a family
    trip that we took to Colorado in the mid 90's. Pic taken at Durango, Colorado.

    [​IMG]

    On the way up we stopped at a car show in Farmington, New Mexico.
    [​IMG]

    Lost.... Lost, really lost somewhere in New Mexico. Its funny now. After all of these years
    we still can't find the road that we were on. I had to stop and ask for directions and they
    sent us down this 30 mile dirt road adventure. It was awful but it did get us where we
    needed to go. We never saw another car during that stretch of road.....

    [​IMG]

    This is what it looks like after ten days on the road with the family. Oh what a mess, boy I
    miss those days. Good times... yes, Good times.

    [​IMG]
     

Share This Page

Register now to get rid of these ads!

Archive

Copyright © 1995-2013 The Jalopy Journal: Steal our stuff, we'll kick your teeth in. Terms of Service. Privacy Policy.

Atomic Industry
Forum software by XenForo™ ©2010-2014 XenForo Ltd.