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I inherited my Grandpa's car today, hell yeah

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by theloosecannon707, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. So recently i was given my grandpas old car. It has been sitting at my uncles ranch under a tarp, and with much negotiation he agreed to give it to me. The story is, my grandpa was given a high profile job for the government overseeing the desighning of new nuclear missle silos for the government under JFK in preperation for the cold war, and his team was stationed in Denver Colorado. The year, 1962. He took his rather large governemnt paycheck down to the biggest chevy dealership and bought a new car for the second time in his life (the first being my grandmas, 56 buick wagon, she got what she wanted first, always). My grandpa with some looking around fell in love with a car the dealer had custom ordered for himself and had just been delivered that day. After much debate and convincing on my grandpas part, he drove away with the owners brand new 1962 Impala Super Sport Convertable, custom ordered in the Gold Anniversary paint. The car was a family car until his death about 9 years ago, when my uncles inherited it and left it at his ranch under a few tarps. Now its mine, and im taking it and restoring it to 100% original condition. No 20 inch wheels, no tinted window, no massive stereo system, just old school style.

    Anyone have a story like this of gettign a family members car? let us know.

  2. hotrod-Linkin
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
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  3. Tony
    Joined: Dec 3, 2002
    Posts: 7,350


    GREAT score!!!!!!!!!
    I have a HUGE soft spot for early 60's Impalas, and thats a perfect example!
    The fact it was your grandpa's just makes it that much better!
    It was great to read no huge goofy ass rims etc...sometimes the factory get's em right from the start.


  4. CH3NO2JAY
    Joined: Feb 28, 2008
    Posts: 244

    from Chicago

    Great score!!!!
  5. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,611

    from SUGAR CITY

    Nice dude! That car looks like it need just the smallest TLC.

    My family never had anything very cool. My father had a '66 GTO that was pretty slick but he wrapped around a pole so I am not sure that's even around anymore.
  6. fireball350
    Joined: Jul 16, 2006
    Posts: 129


    Looks great. Good luck with the project.
  7. Boyd Who
    Joined: Nov 9, 2001
    Posts: 2,196

    Boyd Who

  8. tunes
    Joined: Oct 10, 2008
    Posts: 100


    That's a great car to own. Never let it go as it's a family treasure.
  9. the-rodster
    Joined: Jul 2, 2003
    Posts: 6,665


    Congrats, sweet car.

    Did you get the vintage Civic, also?

  10. Ghost28
    Joined: Nov 23, 2008
    Posts: 3,162


    You my friend are a smart man, treat that car with respect. And oh yeah pop the hood, and what is the transmission...John
  11. greaser57
    Joined: Feb 7, 2009
    Posts: 252

    from minnesota

  12. Ghost28
    Joined: Nov 23, 2008
    Posts: 3,162


    Does it have the dealership logo on the trunk lid?
  13. xhotrodder
    Joined: Jul 2, 2009
    Posts: 1,585


    Great score. One of my favorite chevy's.
  14. TexasDart
    Joined: Oct 11, 2007
    Posts: 853


    Hopefullly a 327 with a 4speed....:).....nice car.
  15. Ghost28
    Joined: Nov 23, 2008
    Posts: 3,162


    Or a 409 with a 4 speed
  16. PeteFromTexas
    Joined: Apr 4, 2007
    Posts: 3,837


    Sweet score.

    My dad passed on a few days ago and left with 4 cars and a motorcycle. The 2 most interesting ones are a 69 Camaro and a 69 Chevy factory big block pickup. Rather have my dad but I'm glad to have his cars.
  17. Ghost28
    Joined: Nov 23, 2008
    Posts: 3,162


    When my brother passed away 6 years ago. He left this corvette to my nephew. And to this day, I still have it in my storage for him.

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  18. LIL.TIMMYUser Name
    Joined: Jan 30, 2009
    Posts: 741

    LIL.TIMMYUser Name

    you're a lucky boy! treat it with respect and don't fuc# anything up! this is a keeper for life! i have to preserve a O/T 58 triumph TR-3A that i love to death. not HAMB friendly though.
  19. MedicCustoms
    Joined: Nov 24, 2008
    Posts: 1,094


    Sorry for your loss. Take care of the cars and don't get ride of them....

    This is cool ,At least you got your gandpa's car and not some stranger.
  20. TexasDart
    Joined: Oct 11, 2007
    Posts: 853


    With the side logos...I'm guessing 327....409 would say 409...but it could of been swapped out.
  21. Doug B
    Joined: Feb 2, 2008
    Posts: 478

    Doug B

    Freakin sweet deal! We need more pics ! My brother had a '62 SS convertible 327 4 speed
  22. anythinggm
    Joined: Dec 1, 2007
    Posts: 440

    from Oregon

    I have my Grandfathers 1972 Buick Skylark that he purchased brand new a couple of months before I was born. When he was to old to drive any longer my grandparents on my mothers side bought the car and drove it until they were to old. Then my Grandmother passed it onto me, she said that I was the only grandchild(gearhead) in the family that would take care of the car and preserve it. I felt honored since I was considered over the original siblings. I think some feelings were hurt over it, but O'well.
  23. nutajunka
    Joined: Jan 24, 2007
    Posts: 1,466


    Double Wow on that car, sorry to here about your brother.
  24. Okie Pete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2008
    Posts: 3,231

    Okie Pete

    Sweet. Enjoy it and thanks for shareing the memories and just Wow!
  25. panheadguy
    Joined: Jan 8, 2005
    Posts: 999

    from S.E. WI

    I got my grannies '54 Ford when she tipped over in 1964. 6 cyl. with 3 on the tree and overdrive. I threw a rod in it two weks after I got it. I polished the crank with emory cloth, got as close as I could with a undersize bearing shell and drove for a few hunderd more miles. It started knocking bad so we took it up north and used it for partridge hunting on back roads.
  26. oh man! great score!
  27. Great story . . . restore the car as your Grandpa would like, he'll be watching from above and going for rides!

    My uncle brought me his 1934 Ford 4-door for my 15th birthday . . . I later swapped bodies for a 5-window. He just passed away recently and that car means everything to me - I kind of feel like he is watching the work I do on it. I only wish I could "give him a ride" when it is done (it was in storage for 25 years).
  28. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    With the plain flags on the fenders it should be a 283, base engine for the year.
  29. the logo i believe is Dansby or Berby, or something along those lines, but yes it has the dealer emblem. And my uncle took the motor out and set it in the barn so that it wouldnt sit outside, so between the barn and the field i have every original piece! woo.

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