I'm always so envious of the cool cars being found and shown here on the HAMB. Well, it finally happened to me. Not a '32 Ford but still a great car, especially with the optional 348" engine. I do have an advantage to connect with 'projects" as I work at Chevs of the 40's managing a car collection and once or twice a month assemble cars at a high end restoration shop. About 1-1/2 years ago, Ron, the owner of www.chevsofthe40s.com tells me to go out to his storage and pick up any "good" cars to bring back to his new museum building. I'd never been to the barn storage before so took somebody with who had been there. Here's what I saw on one side of the building when I opened the door. Notice the very rare orange 1970 Ranchero 429SCJ next to the Impala. The other side of the barn held the cars I hauled off. A nice pair of '57 Ford converts, a restored 55 Packard Caribbean convert, 71 Torino 429CJ. Anyway, I'm walking around looking at each car deciding which ones to haul out and the guy with me is telling me what he knows about each one. We get to the Impala and he tells me it belongs to a friend of Ron's and it's been there about 15 years. Also says: "I'm buying this car as soon as I have the rest of the money together. I've had it running good, I think it was rebuilt and the owner (Ray) told me he'd listen to offers in the 9-12,000 range". I guessed it's a $7-$8k car and forgot about it. Fast forward a year and he tells me he spent his "Impala money" on a bulldozer and won't be buying the car. Well, I've known Ray (car owner) a few years and have him do outside work for the museum once in a while. I figure next time I have work for Ray, I'll talk to him face to face about the Impala since I'd done my research. Ray is a very cool 82 year old, hardcore gearhead that mostly does 100 point restorations on 1920's - 1930's cars. A couple months before I knew the car was available I went out to the barn and picked up more cars to transport. While I was there, I looked the Impala over for the guy that was going to buy it for an originality report and I snapped these pictures. I haven't been back to see it since then and based my decision to buy off of this quickie inspection. Last week I had work for Ray, he came by the shop and we talked about the car. He's the 2nd owner. Original paint and interior. A little over 80,000 miles with the original drivetrain that has never been out. He bought it 34 years ago as a restoration candidate. Had it for 20 years before driving it to where it's now stored. Started taking it apart then had other projects push it back. I offered him 9g's and he said he'd have to think about it and call him in a few days. I figure he's not really ready to sell but call him and he says I'm 2k short on my offer. I say OK and a deal is struck at 11g's. This is gonna be fun.