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Projects Well, my 62 Impala is about done...some pics for those who followed. *updated pics*

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Tony, Oct 11, 2011.

  1. Tony
    Joined: Dec 3, 2002
    Posts: 7,350


    Considering i've done threads from when i started building this, i figured i may as well post some pics of it finished and on the road.
    The undercarriage shot's were before i had the full exhaust on it, aside from them and the engine pic, the rest are within a week old.
    I don't have current engine or interior pics on here but i'll try and get em on within a day or so.
    Got a few hundred miles on it without so much as a hiccup so i'm real happy.
    This is also the first car i've built with air ride, and i can honestly say i LOVE the way it ride's! I drive it pretty much how it sits in the pics, but do "adjust" when parked, or when i get bored. it's fun.
    There's a half dozen other threads on this car in case you wanted to see what it started like..kind of a turd but lovable. Ok, not kind of, it was one :)

    Next on the list is the 63 Impala 409 i picked up in Jan from a fellow HAMBer, but that one isn't going to go as quick as this. I need to slow the hell down! haha
    Anyway, i won't waste any more of your time...
    Here's photo's for those who watched along as this went together.


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    Last edited: Oct 13, 2011
  2. fifTsix
    Joined: Jul 26, 2008
    Posts: 486

    from TEXAS

  3. sawzall
    Joined: Jul 15, 2002
    Posts: 4,736


    awesome tony..
  4. BigChief
    Joined: Jan 14, 2003
    Posts: 2,084


    Sweet! Look awesome.

    Now breathe!

  5. Hdonlybob
    Joined: Feb 1, 2005
    Posts: 3,974


    I don't usually post like this, but that is definitely:
    "BONER TIME" :eek:
    As I have stated before, perfect year, perfect color, and a 409 to boot!! Just gon't get no better than that..........
    That is one sweet machine. Love it!!
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2011
  6. Tony
    Joined: Dec 3, 2002
    Posts: 7,350


    Thanks guy's. It was a fun build, and even more fun to drive.
    Big Chief, i decided to take a breather, but just a short one. I will still be breaking the 63 down but will take my time with it. I can't handle another frame off in a year and a

    Thanks again.
  7. 3wLarry
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 12,804

    Member Emeritus
    from Owasso, Ok

    you ain't bad, for a white boy...
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  8. Sauli
    Joined: Jul 16, 2008
    Posts: 499


    Well done, Tony! This is really nice. Perfect color and stance, not to mention the detailing on the undercarriage, too!
  9. Looks great. Everything is just right on. Perfect driver and have fun.
  10. dirtydixon
    Joined: Aug 2, 2010
    Posts: 296


    I dig your Impala, nice job.
  11. jipp
    Joined: Jun 20, 2011
    Posts: 1,112


    that is sweet.
  12. Tman
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 35,178


    Nice and subtle, I like it.
  13. 65PANELRAT
    Joined: Jul 27, 2007
    Posts: 834


    WOW! Out here in New Mexico the car guys would go Crazy over a beautiful 62' like your's! Very Nice!
  14. autobodyed
    Joined: Mar 5, 2008
    Posts: 1,943

    from shelton ct

    i gotta hand it to you, that car looks great.
  15. Paul B
    Joined: Sep 29, 2007
    Posts: 890

    Paul B

    Eddie get back to work. Tony nice job
  16. I've always liked those, nice and clean too, you have done well!

  17. robertsregal
    Joined: Oct 2, 2008
    Posts: 743


    Super nice and a Great color combination and I like the Cragers!
  18. JimC
    Joined: Dec 13, 2002
    Posts: 2,239

    from W.C.,Mo.

    Frame off IS a bunch of work, but worth it.

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  19. Jonnie King
    Joined: Aug 12, 2007
    Posts: 2,077

    Jonnie King
    from St. Louis

  20. Very nice, nice car - I had a 62 Impala HT that was a 6/auto - converted it to a 409/409 with all the stock goodies on it, proper exhaust, tranny, dated right, etc,etc - same teal color but no white top. The car was too heavy and in street races the lighter cars rear bumper would be at my front bumper when we jumped from the light. I stayed right with them after that and never pet my foot up off the gas while I shifted. I surprised alot of people with that car - good luck with yours!
  21. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 21,627

    from Michigan

    Nice!.... Very nice! Need more pictures!!!... Front, rear, (cover your plates!!) interior shots... Thanks Tony!!..;) Nice ride man... :)
  22. Tony
    Joined: Dec 3, 2002
    Posts: 7,350


    Thanks guy's.
    Deuces, I'll try and get some detail pics up very soon.

    TomT, i hear ya. It's certainly not a lightweight, but not a sled either. I'm impressed with how it does go though. It has NO problem getting out of it's way pretty quickly :)
    This car was originally a 283 glide car. I didn't go as far as to get the correct dates, but aside from that (and a few small items), it is as accurate as an original right down to the little details like proper harness, tach box and rad. The motor in this is the number's match motor to my 63. I have another 409 i plan to build for this one with a bit more grunt than stock, when i pull this out and put it back where it belongs.

    JimC, i agree, it's well worth the work. This car NEEDED a frame off. It was either that, or use as parts..and it just didn't make sense to part it out.

    On a side note, my friend (who i bought the car from) and i took it to the previous owner two weeks ago to show him and his wife.
    He's a car buy, and he actually bought the car from his wifes brother back in the early 80's.
    It was great to be able to show them it finished. They both said they never thought it would ever be back on the road :)

    Thanks again guy's,
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2011
  23. JimC
    Joined: Dec 13, 2002
    Posts: 2,239

    from W.C.,Mo.

    Mine came from the second owner.
    The Jordan's bought mine in 1964 with less than 30,000 miles on it.
    they drove it until their oldest daughter was old enough, then she drove it to high school.
    I wound up with it with just over 96,000 on it and it just barely ran and the trans. would shift if you could keep fluid in it.

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  24. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 21,627

    from Michigan

    Thanks Tony! I'll be buying the Revell model kit of a '62 409 Impala soon and I figured I'd build a scaled replica of yours.. ;)

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  25. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 30,197


    Nicely done Tony, that car looks like it stepped right out of the mid 60's.
  26. nvr2lo
    Joined: Sep 18, 2005
    Posts: 104


    Nicely done. Very clean good job....
  27. ricktard
    Joined: Dec 10, 2010
    Posts: 152

    from spokane

    thats rad dude,
  28. sixtwo
    Joined: Aug 28, 2011
    Posts: 91


    Looks awesome! very envious!!!!
  29. Boones
    Joined: Mar 4, 2001
    Posts: 9,692

    from Kent, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    this car alone should bring people back to running cragers and thin whites on their cars.. the car is just perfect.. everytime I see a picture of it, I just smile

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