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Yard Find! By 58 Impala (andy)
1962 L.B. Poly HS Highlife School Newspaper
Going back to July 3, 2016…nice yard find, I wish that was my old 58 black Impala. I finally found the actual 55 year old school newspaper that had the article and showcase of my 58 Chevy Impala. The article was written by a newbie reporter. I remember that I had to show him how to take good photos of the car at the photo shoot, on campus. Part of the article was factual and overall, I was pleased that it was a feature story. So, it was a total surprise that it popped out of an old Junior High School year book when we were cleaning up our attic recently. Spring cleaning and all… My wife is a killer on getting rid of old stuff…luckily I am still around. Ha!
When the cub reporter wrote the article, I had the C&O installed, but did not put on the stickers in the rear side windows. Because his notes were crap, he wrote that I had a B&M hydro and magnesium wheels. Magnesium wheels? For a teenager? Wow! What a reporter with accurate facts! At least the majority of the teachers, administration and students probably thought it was a well written article.
The writer went on to say that I had a set of 1961 Pontiac mufflers for better performance on the street. The writer had a friend that owned a 61 Pontiac and he forgot that I told him the straight through mufflers came from a truck. The newbie could not figure out why I would install truck mufflers on a completely good sedan… So, he inserted the 1961 Pontiac info. Not a car guy… Who captions a photo …”this is the side view and this one is a rear view?” That is some top notch journalism.
I did take a lot of “guff,” from my hot rod friends about the B.S. in the article. But, at least my car was featured in the senior year school newspaper for lasting memories. Check out the small hubcaps and beauty rings, plus the chromed top of the 348 3 carb, air cleaner. Did I install those aluminum, Moon breathers correctly? No Buick Skylark wires, yet, that came within the next year. Since drag racing at Lions is no longer possible in the A/Stock class, a different custom approach was taken for fast, street cruising and racing in 1963.
1962 senior year HS
Found this pic in my files.
Really nice looking Delray!
Belair, but close enough
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now on ebay
We just bought this one Monday.
Really nice long roof! Any rear shots?
Original paint in the jambs
Looks good, SmokinBill. Love those one piece bumpers.
PLEASE Post more photos of your car without cutting the front and back off.....Your car is Stunning!
Love the color on this one. Wow!
The Keller car was painted by Bob Taylor in Louisville, Ky. around 1960 or 61. It was his first panel paint job. It is featured in Rodder's Journal #55 and says it is an Impala, even though it clearly shows the Biscayne name on the side of the car. Had a chromed out engine (283) and green candy swirled dummy spots, chrome reverse wheels with spyder caps, and full length lake pipes. The one on the right in a field caught my eye and made me wonder the same thing you are asking, Is it the same car. Looking long and hard I don't think so. The car in the field appears to have been a green car 1st, then painted white, with the gold panel paint job. I know that Joe Keller's car was a solid white car from the factory before the Taylor paint job. I've got another picture earlier in this thread that shows the Keller car fresh out of the garage after Taylor had painted it. That's Bob leaning on the 58 in that picture.
The 3rd car I ever owned in High School was a 58 Impala with a 348 engine with 3-2's from the factory and 3 on the tree. It was red on the bottom and white on the top, with a solid red interior. I loved the car, but every time I drove it for more than 10 minutes and turned it off, it wouldn't start when I'd go to turn it back on. I'd have to wait at least 1/2 and hour or I would crank the battery dead. I traded that Impala in for a 56 Chevy 210 that had a 58 Corvette powertrain in it. The car lot mechanic knew my older brother, and he told my brother that the engine was rebuilt due to bad compression, and they found 7 cracked pistons in the engine. He said the 348's were really bad for having too tight cylinder walls on them. Any way here are some 58 Chevys I pulled off the local Craig's List. Enjoy.
Nice photo capture. This is also one of my favorite 58 Impala photos. I like the color combination, stance and overall cool looks. Although, my own 58 Impala was all black with red interior. I had 4 Buick Skylark Wires on blackwalls all around in 1963. That lasted a few weeks until someone stole the whole car and jacked it up on wooden milk crates to steal the 4 Skylark wires/tires. They forgot to open the trunk as they would have found another blackwall tire and a pristine Skylark Wire Rim I used as a spare.
I sold the single Buick Skylark wire rim for as much as I paid for all 5 rims together. No money lost...but, now, I had to buy 5 Buick black steel rims+ tires. (insurance paid) Now, the image was black on black on black. I kept it that way until I sold the 58 Impala to a friend, two years later. The car was the same, but the look had gone through several changes.
Our 58 Impala was purchased as a car to win at the dragstrip in the A/Stock class. It did win trophies and we were happy. But, as the years rolled on, Detroit kept bringing out more powerful motor /transmission combinations and we could see the writing on the wall. We were ok (win some, lose some) against the 59 Chevy motors, but, within 2 years, there was no way to compete against the 350 HP 348 Chevy motors with our stock 280 HP 348 motor, let alone the new 409s that were showing up randomly. So, changes were made, but the A/Stock class was no longer available.
In 1960, the Impala took on a new identity, a tow vehicle for our 671/SBC Willys coupe and street cruiser/racer. When that period of drag racing was ending, the Impala became a strictly race-ready crusier. (C&O hydro, Racer Brown Cam and Kit, 4:56 gears, etc.) Then, the addition of the Buick Skylark Wire rims to make a fast, cruiser/racer.
Collectors and enthusiasts, if you happen to come across an old 58 black Impala/red interior with a tow hitch welded on below the rear license plate, have an official C&O Stick Hydro, no rear angled antenna, and a pair of exhaust cut outs on each side of the stock header system, that is our old 1958 black Impala. If you try to put on Chevy rims, check the bolt pattern as it might be a Buick pattern. Please send me a photo or two…
Thanks to "The Moose" for the re-creating the 1963 Skylark image...
Anybody ever see my old 58. Sold it several years ago to a guy from the Rome, Utica, NY area and have not seen it again since the day I delivered it to him.
Pete Paulson's House of Wheels with
photo shopped ? 58
I'd bet it is! It doesn't look like a very good photoshop job either.
Pics of 58 Chevys.
Took these at the Sea Cruise last October in Crescent City, CA.
You didn't happen to get any shots of the interior, did you?
No, I didn't. Thinking back on it, I wish I did.
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