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Customs Need advice, 1963 Chevy Impala 4 door, yes or no

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Oldmopars89, Jan 12, 2021.

  1. saltflats
    Joined: Aug 14, 2007
    Posts: 10,446

    from Missouri

    I bought a 65 chevelle 4 door cheep out of a barn lot, low miles 6 cylinder 3 speed. Had a side window broke out seats were rough and a birds nest in the head liner. Got it running and brakes working then went and found a window and did the blanket trick on the seats. Drove it to work daily 40 mile round trip weekly for some time then got tired of the 3 speed and installed a 4 speed, that made it more fun to drive. Then the brakes started showing some failures so I did a power disc front upgrade and played with some different coil springs and antisway bars front and rear. Now the driving pleasure was more fun but getting passed on the right when letting merging traffic on the highway got to the best of me so I replace the 194 6 cylinder with a V8 small block. Back on the road again the creature comforts started to lack so I got some seats out of a junked 77 Cadillac sedan, got new carpet and installed the seats and carpet.
    I drove that car for years and made many epic trips in it with my family and friends no regrets and still have it. :)
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  2. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 7,983

    jimmy six

    Patina is on an old brass or chrome lamp. A cars steel
    is rusty..
    Actually not a bad car. For door panels take off the chrome/stainless strip off the vinyl buy some new vinyl, spray glue it on the original panels 4-5 yards should do it and put back on the trim; any yardage stores had it rear shelf too. Chrome plastic can be primed and painted, silver does look good. Clean what carpet you have and add mats.. the bigger the better.. Mexican blanket the seats like others suggested. Primer spots were cool in the 50-60’s Have fun...the valve covers show it’s a 327.
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  3. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 14,703


    That's a first-year 327 if it's the original engine. $1500 doesn't seem like a bad starting point for that, up here in rusty Wisconsin it'd be sold quickly at that price. As Gotta56forme said, that is a '62. Does the guy have a title? That might be a big deal, if he doesn't know what year it is maybe he doesn't have paperwork for it.

    But if you like it, I think you'll have a hard time buying an equivalent one for less money. The 600 miles is a deal breaker if you have to pay someone to haul it back. If you've got the equipment to haul it, you'll have to factor in gas money and a long redeye weekend. That's a very long way to go though if you're not sure, or you don't love it.
  4. Oldmopars89
    Joined: Jan 12, 2021
    Posts: 10


    I get what you are saying and I am not asking if its a cool car or not, I think it is no matter what others think. I was asking because there are those cars out there, and we have all seen them, that are oddball cars, no way to get parts, had issues that are really hard to overcome, etc.
    Like a 63 Ford falcon, if it does not have all the trim, run away. One year only and hard to find. 63-65 A body Darts and Valiants, there are parts that you just can't get and will drive yourself crazy trying to find them.
    This is the kind of advice I was seeking, but I do appreciate all the opinions that have been given also.
    I have been down this same road fixing a 1965 C10 that sat behind a barn for 22 years. I have the skills and knowledge to repair almost anything.
    Just wanted to be sure I was not taking on a project that would put me in the poor house before I ever got it on the road due to some crazy issues or unavailable parts.

    Also I was wrong on the year, glad to know its a 62, not a 63.
    If I can get it down to a better price I am willing to make the drive. I like it and think it will be a fun car for my wife and I to cruise around and attend shows in.
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  5. To me, a 62 is even more desirable than a 63 and a 4-door hardtop is more desirable than a post...but that’s just my opinion. Looks like a pretty decent car to me and I would think around $1000 would be fair with the plans you have discussed. The distance to go get it is about what I traveled to get the 56 in my avatar. But, I also like road trips. Always an adventure. Good luck on making a decision. Thanks for sharing the pics.
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  6. Starlinerdude
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 134

    from Washington

    Something else to keep in mind is that if the interior is a common color,you may be able to find a rusty or wrecked parts car with a liveable interior,as you said the demand for those cars and thus their parts would be low and you may be able to get something for a reasonable price,as far as being a door factory they are better than no 63chevy ,I see more 57 chevy door factories on the road than I ever have.
  7. sunbeam
    Joined: Oct 22, 2010
    Posts: 5,090


    If the car is close to being a driver and the price is right go for it. If the car needs lots of work fix up a two door The cost to fix one up is about the same.. My advice get the best project you can afford Most times a $3000 car will cost you more than a $6000 car by the time you get them in the same condition.
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  8. I think if the trunk was closed, it was vacuumed up, and the tattered bits were deleted, it would look like a lot more car for the current asking price of $1500. I agree that $1000-1200 seems like a better bargain.

    btw, (trivia) it looks like the factory color fawn beige. I think a set of pinner whites on the wheel of your choice would make for a sweet lookin' cruiser.
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  9. flynbrian48
    Joined: Mar 10, 2008
    Posts: 6,929


    Hard pass on that. For what you can put an interior in for, you could buy a nice driver 4 door sedan, if that's what you want. If you don't WANT one, don't get one.
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  10. samurai mike
    Joined: Feb 24, 2009
    Posts: 483

    samurai mike

    stop talking about it and just go get it!
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  11. NWRustyJunk
    Joined: Jan 2, 2017
    Posts: 388


    To me it's pretty damn neat to take an old sedan out of a field and put it back on the road. I feel good saving it from the "not worth enough to waste your time on" and "four doors are parts cars" crowd. Sounds like it could be an awesome cruiser that has parts easily available.
  12. Unique Rustorations
    Joined: Nov 15, 2018
    Posts: 569

    Unique Rustorations

    Yep, 100% on that! If it was ‘62 Pontiac Catalina I’d already be renting or borrowing a trailer and planning my route. Good luck. Love to see this turn into a build thread. Regards, Randy

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  13. Baumi
    Joined: Jan 28, 2003
    Posts: 2,668


    Cool, it turned out to be a 62, I dig them even more than 63s. That´s my autumn gold 62 coupe in the background and my friend Manu´s black 4dr hardtop in the foreground... as I said before: These cars drive beautifully and you won´t care how many doors it has going down the road. The loudest noise in my 62 is the gas tank float hitting the top of the tank when it´s almost full and the road a little wavy, it has zero squeaks or rattles and still sporting the factory mufflers.
    IPMS0370.jpg CBQY3439.jpg

    Yours is looking pretty unmolested and solid, I think a good wash inside and out could really help it´s appearence. Rockauto has everything you need to get it back on the road.
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  14. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 6,002


    Tell him $1000 and the cool under dash speedometer comes with it
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  15. slowmotion
    Joined: Nov 21, 2011
    Posts: 3,242


    I'd probably spring for it, if it was local. Wouldn't do the PITA to haul it 600mi, though. Also don't think it would break the bank to get it safely driving. Lots of shared mechanicals from that era Chevys. Could be a fun cruiser on the cheap.
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  16. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 5,304


    Any chance you’ll be in the area for business come springy/summertime?

    When I used to fly for work, I’d sometimes have the company pay for a one way ticket and let me use the rest for a rental car for the trip home. But those days were a sight seeing, old friend visiting thing.
    If we’d have had the internet back then, I could have put that money towards a truck and trailer rental.
    Joined: May 5, 2015
    Posts: 856


    600 bucks, its parked in the grass (= runt on the bottom and the frame), outside, no maintenance done since it was parked. Check the engine number to make sure it is not a 283 with 327 covers( I did this once but my car did not go any faster). Who else is going to buy this car for that much!! I would buy the car for 600, repair the mechanical s, and swap the body for a 2 door when one becomes available. in your projected price range and skill level.
  18. F-ONE
    Joined: Mar 27, 2008
    Posts: 2,461

    from Alabama


    $$1500 Get It...Do not go past go...get it now.
    That's not a "patina car". That's a survivor. With care and elbow grease, you can bring most of that paint back! The original door panels look intact under those peeling covers.
    Go get it. You are not going to find much better.
    Damn...Look at those bumpers!
    This car could be an A1 cruiser.
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  19. F-ONE
    Joined: Mar 27, 2008
    Posts: 2,461

    from Alabama


    I fixed your title.
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  20. F-ONE
    Joined: Mar 27, 2008
    Posts: 2,461

    from Alabama

    Go get it! Falcon's Darts????? Go get it!
    Those cars (Darts and Falcons) were pieces of junk new. Go get it! They just were. Go get it! This is a 62 Impala, a flagship car (Go get it)....a real freaking car not an '60s economy car. Go get it!
    I think you need to Go get it!
  21. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 14,297

    from oregon

    Should be a written law!
  22. F-ONE
    Joined: Mar 27, 2008
    Posts: 2,461

    from Alabama

    Around here, this is a $1000 Impala:rolleyes:
  23. Oldmopars89
    Joined: Jan 12, 2021
    Posts: 10


    looks like its time to go home, sell my bikes and plan a trip back. I have a tow vehicle, just need to rent a trailer.
    I have a few more questions for the owner. It is his legally, but it was part of a Realestate deal, so it was sold as "Real Property" I need to see if the title was with it or if he will need to obtain it with deed paperwork. This may take some time, but I will not buy it without the proper paperwork.
    It may take some time, but I think it is my next project.
  24. F-ONE
    Joined: Mar 27, 2008
    Posts: 2,461

    from Alabama

    Smart move. Make sure you can get a title.
    I do think that car was garage/shelter kept most of it's life.
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  25. The thing with a late model more door is that they make good sleepers. The problem with an Impala hardtop is that is is going to be heavy, the heavier the car the more motor it takes to go fast. "Speed costs money . . ."

    @49ratfink the '49 moredoor with the visor is a Bomba. That is an entirely different story right there. You and me come from a different world than the average HAMBer; Bombitas are cool to us and the people we came up around. ;)
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  26. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,984

    from California

    I think my favorite part of this thread is all the folks shitting on the car without even seeing a photo, along with all the 4 door haters who are still living in the 70's when a 62 Impala SS would sell for $1500.00
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  27. LOL late '60s and early '70s I was buying that era x frame cars for 30-50 bucks. That was how we paid for diapers and formula. The SS cars were the high end of it. I always had a motor and transmission that would run well enough to sell one and never sold one for a grand running.

    I am not a fan of a more door but I am not a custom guy and I don't have a gang or kids to haul around. LOL

    I am no longer in Calif and I see this era X frame car all the time on the 1000-1500 range. They are rough in that they are not going to get a waxing and a motor and hit the street. I hate to say this in public but the truth is that almost any project car is worth a grand. More if they are "desirable"

    I would pay what I had to if the car was what I wanted.
  28. 62 4 door hardtop? A lot cooler than you said. Offer him $1250 and go get it.
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  29. Elcohaulic
    Joined: Dec 27, 2017
    Posts: 1,547


    I would pass and get the one you want. Deals will fall into your lap so long as you put the word out you want to sell and buy..

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