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Features 1963 409 4 speed impala

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by halfsack, Mar 29, 2020.

  1. saltflats
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    Nice for the look. ;)
     
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  2. halfsack
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    ok. Time to get everyone caught up. Sorry for the lack of updates, but sometimes life gets in the way. The engine is finished, been fired up on the run in stand, and is now in the car. Hopefully if the 4 speed gods are on my side the driveshaft will show up next week and we be making some noise! Here are some more pict
     

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  3. halfsack
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    And here is a video of the old girl being woke up for the first time since being rebuilt. Doesn't sound too shabby to me.

     
  4. halfsack
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    Actually no. It had normal air. Factory installed in dash vents
     
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  5. DERPR30
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    SHE'S REAL FINE MY 409
     
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  6. halfsack
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    I just wanted to thank everyone for all the awesome comments. This build is the most FUN I've had in a long time. Plus its truly a father/son build. I cant wait to drive it!!
     
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  7. saltflats
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    Make sure you take us for a ride along. :)
     
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  8. Awesome sound!!! Takes me back to the 60s when my buddy had one with inboard headers, but the sound was unforgettable.
    Bob
     
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  9. halfsack
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    Within the next couple days it should be running
     

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  10. 2 of the guys in our car club bought brand new ones in '63. Fun cars.
     
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  11. halfsack
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    UPDATE....ITS ALIVE!!!!


     
  12. 427 sleeper
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    That Sumbitch is playin' a sweet tune! :cool:
    How about another video with a 7 grand Buzz??? :D
     
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  13. SWEET! SWEET! Man oh man!! There is just something about a 1963 Full Size Chevy! Your car would look so cool in Southeast Gasser racing!


    Sent from my iPhone using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
     
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  14. jaracer
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    In 63 I worked at a Texaco station; back when they were full service. We had a customer with a new 425 HP 409 in a black Impala. He would drop it off and have us change oil or wash it while he was at the Office. (the Office tavern was across the street). I liked cleaning it up because I always got a $5.00 tip. When he came back from the Office, he asked if I would like to take it for a spin around the block. The answer was Yes Please. I was taking it easy and about half way around he started yelling and told me to stop. He jumped in the driver seat, floored the throttle and side stepped the clutch. We went back to the station at full throttle and slid to a somewhat sideways stop. He said that was the way you drove a 409. It made a big impression on a 16 year old.
     
  15. loudbang
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    Like how you have eliminated all kinds of unnecessary "Stuff" under the hood. :)
     
  16. 55 Ford Gasser
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    My sentiments exactly. I could not own one because I would go broke buying rear tires. If I have 425hp, I'm using 425hp! My '50 Ford flathead wasn't stock, maybe 150+/- a couple of hp, and I used every last one of them. I use all the horse power at hand, so I don't own anything with a 409. BTW, I built over 10 transmissions for my '50. But, if a 409 '63 Impala with a 4 speed ever became available that I could afford. . .
     
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  17. halfsack
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  18. 427 sleeper
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    DAYUUUUUM!!! That sounds KILLER!!! :cool:
     
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