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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-22-2014, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Introducing our 64 Impala SS

Hello to all that enjoy the Impala forum. My son and I have a 1964 Impala SS, with a 409/340. It also has a 4-speed. Purchased August 3, 2013 on Long Island, NY we enjoyed the Impala for 3 weeks. Then, after a Saturday cruise and lunch, the carburetor caught fire and luckily my son and his new wife were able to bail out without injury. The Impala unfortunately was severely injured. We figure it was a carburetor fire. The original Rochester is melted as are the engine fan, all underhood wiring, all hoses, the radiator lost it's tank solder and on and on. The hood buckled and the interior was completely burned up. The glass bowl fuel filter and housing were an aluminum ingot laying on the manifold.

But, because the this Impala has a great numbers matching pedigree we decided it to ship it to my AZ home shop where I am going to restore this car-beque. Engine and transmission come out Friday. So I have a lot've work to do. An intial thanks to the de-coder guys who helped me further confirm that the numbers on this SS line up. So I'll be visiting regularly and reading up on your fixes because they could be helpful. Jim V.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-23-2014, 07:45 AM
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Well that sucks but I am glad you are going to redo it up right. There is a reason old car insurance companies dont cover fire damage.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-23-2014, 08:43 AM
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Good luck on finding your parts. Glad everyone escaped the fire. Do you have any photo's of what you have to repair?
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-23-2014, 09:26 AM
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Welcome to the Team Jim!

The fire was probably due to a leak in the fuel line at the carb's intake. It was probably caused by the alcohol content causing the rubber gaskets swelling and then failing. The Rochester carburetor intake gasket was a rubber coated steel shim washer.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-04-2014, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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Thank you for the welcome notes. Big Dave I agree with your summary. The prior owner had not driven the car much and we started driving it. I suspect the inactivity and fresh gas caused something to blow. Anyway I'm happy I found this forum. I'll put in some pictures once I figure out how to do it into this forum. Regards, Jim V.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-04-2014, 12:32 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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I have processed some photos of our white 64 Impala SS in the showroom. They are identified as Jim and Mike's 64 Impala SS
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