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08-04-2009 04:59 AM
RamAirZ I like the dog dish caps too! That's a beautiful car you have there. I'm waiting till I can afford to buy my dad's old car back. They sold it right before he passed away with cancer to help pay the bills. He bought a 1982 Corvette brand new when my mom was pregnant with my sister (she was never supposed to have kids) as a celebration thing. She was supposed to get it when she turned 16 but she was stuck up and thought it was "old" lol. It was sold almost 2 years ago with 5800 original miles. Candy Apple Red, red leather interior with mirrored t-tops. Keep up the good work on your Impala, I'm glad your just driving it. That car doesn't need much really. My car already had a new shortblock thrown in it at some point and other modifications already, so I don't care about customizing it
07-20-2009 10:15 PM
maas restorations i'm so jealous!
07-20-2009 06:37 AM
1owner64 Thanks! Well, the most important opinion came from the cars original owners, my Mom really liked the dog dish hubcaps and Dad "confessed" that it really did look OK with them on it.....
07-19-2009 10:01 AM
BA. I like it.
Those are 2 really good pics.
07-19-2009 01:55 AM
BBDropTop Hey Darrin,

Congrats!!!! I Think I like the Wheel covers better,also.
07-18-2009 11:04 PM
58mark I like the full wheel covers, unless you are going for MIB, circa 1964
07-18-2009 07:23 PM
New pics w/ "dog dish" hubcaps

Just for kicks, I put the steelies on today, you folks will have to let me know what you think................
07-18-2009 10:09 AM
Maiden car show

The car show was quite an event, a couple hundred cars were there. Even a mid evening shower did not dampen things as much as it could have. Lot's of folks fascinated by the car's story and so on. The biggest thrill of the night was recieving what was called the "Just Because" award, given by the gentleman that actually put on the event. He said that the story was unbelievable and loved the originality of the car.

The trophy is heading straight for the parents house later on today!!!
07-17-2009 07:49 AM
1owner64 Dude, you will not believe what a good cleaning can do, trust me, it will be worth it. It will be like having a different car. Plus you could have some new before / after shots to share with all of us!
07-16-2009 11:41 PM
BA. I'm glad you're enjoying it "as is" for the most part. I'm doing the same.
You might even inspire me to actually wash the 25+ years of dirt off of the car.

Ron/Bow-Tied - I loved your plan as well. great stuff.
07-16-2009 08:12 PM
A few more pics

Here are a few pictures of it after some serious cleaning. They actually make it look better than it really is in person.......
07-16-2009 06:14 PM
69belair great to hear it's on the road and your dad saw it.

best wishes for your dad.
07-16-2009 01:41 PM
1owner64 Thanks so much for the well wishes, Gary. That's quite a story. Did you enter a car at that same show? I will let everyone know how the cruise in goes tomorrow night, as well as any other "progress" that I make on the car. I'm told that it is a very well planned, top notch event, we will see. Have not actually entered anything in a car show for probably 10 years, this one sounded like fun.........
07-15-2009 11:36 PM
BBDropTop Hey Darrin,
Sounds like you have been busy... I can just imagine how good your Dad felt seeing his "Baby".....NOT YOU THE CAR!!!!! Don't underestimate the showing of your car against a restored one. Just came back from a Cruise Night in town here. A guy I know had his 36 Plymouth Business Coupe there and a whole bunch of people wanted to know where he kept his "Chicago typewriter"....(Thompson Sub-machine gun). The car was taken down and has 1 re-paint...done in 1962!!!! Flat head 6, 3-speed, 2-ply tires. Since the movie "Public Enemies" has come out and part of the movie was shot in a neighboring town (Lockport), he has had this car at the resturant used in the movie there twice, at the request of the owners. Even tho he told them its not of the right year..."Just park in front for an hour and here's $50." Keep up the good work, And hope your Dad is feeling better.
07-15-2009 09:27 AM
1owner64 I LOVE your plan, Ron!!! Excellent suggestions!! I was a die hard Chevelle guy (still one of my favorites) for years, but had to sell mine when the chance came up to buy the '64.

I've been so dog gone busy that I have not had time to post any updates, so while I'm at it, here's the latest:

The car is on the road again!! Here's what it took:
New gas tank and lines
New master cylinder, brake lines, wheel cylinders, shoes and all brake springs
Had to replace 3 valve studs that were pushed out (with screw in studs)
Carter AFB Carb was "Gummed", but with a new kit, she runs like a dream
New radiator / heater hoses
New alt. belt (the only belt on it)
New fluids everywhere
New set of tires
Tons of cleaning inside and out, with more to be done
I did remove the plastic covers inside, but that's all
I have not touched anything under the hood other than maintenance items

The biggest thing yet was rolling up unannounced with it at my parents house. Dad was not feeling well enough to go for a ride, but was thrilled to see it on the road again, (he has been ill for awhile) and it seemed to do more for him than anything else has.

I plan to actually enter in a local show this week in my parents town / town that I grew up in. She's not going to compare with the beautifully restored show cars, but it should be a good time. Many of the "locals" may remember the car from many years ago.
07-12-2009 09:58 PM
Bow_Tied Here is my thoughts on how to enjoy the 'best of both worlds':

1. Detail clean the car. A gentle steam clean of the engine bay, but do not paint it. A gentle clay bar job and good waxing of the exterior paint, but no paint touch ups (keep the clay bar away from any rust). Steam clean the carpet as best you can, you might be surprised what a professional machine can do here.
2. Get new tires! Do proper maintenance on brakes and steering etc. Your awesome car will be ruined without this important stuff if a mechanical failure happens while driving. Change all the fluids, tune-up too.
3. Then enjoy as is for a year or two. Enter 'survivor' classes at car shows. Win a trophy or two.
4. If that gets boring or you just need to freshen the ride, then get new carpet and paint touch ups and anything else you want like some trim item or whatever. Enjoy for another year or so.
5. Need another change? Want to enjoy the car to the next level? pull the original engine and trans. Bag em, or restore them in your spare time, whatever. Drop in a nice little crate engine and trans of choice and cruise the country or drag strip.

There is your ~5 year plan to enjoy all the options. And if you find the first option suits you just fine, no need to change.

It is awesome that you intend to preserve the car's history. Don't let that prevent you from enjoying the car though.
07-02-2009 11:11 AM
Hintonl You are a lucky guy! As stated before, stay up on the rust. I like Big Dave suggestion as well as the others. I would clean up the motor possible rebuild and paint the motor. You're most likely gonna have a replace all the rubber parts anyways. Take good care of her...
07-01-2009 09:31 AM
71 Impala That is one clean looking 64
07-01-2009 06:36 AM
1owner64 Thanks so much. I'm leaning towards the dog dishes myself, they were on it when it was new. Dad was not real crazy about them (and still isn't to this day) so he ran a set of wire hubcaps for many years before finding a set of the full wheel covers that are on it now.
06-30-2009 08:46 PM
58mark I love the car... replace the carpet, and drive it every day.. it looks great
06-28-2009 11:16 AM
bf63imp 15x7 cragars ss, will bolt right on, have the seat redone in a pleat, buff and wax and you have a great hot rod, some corvette finned valve covers , your done M.O.O
06-28-2009 10:53 AM
brown91redcam Beautiful survivor Impala,nice to see one so original.awesome car,like the dog dishcaps myself,would just do needed service and a little cleaning and drive it,very nice
06-24-2009 07:41 PM
1owner64 THANKS!!! My parents deserve the credit for choosing the colors. They almost went with the real deep dark blue exterior color that was available that year, which would have been neat as well. She's no show car, but is a nicely preserved original......
06-24-2009 01:42 PM
medisalle I like that look with the taillights, too - I'm thinking that some day, I might do that on the back of my '63, and buy an after-market sequential signal system.. which I've seen before on an old Chevy.. it looks pretty cool when it's blinking!

Weren't the '64 Station wagon reverse lights in that license plate panel? I'm wondering where and if I could re-locate them.. Don't wanna do without my back-up lights!

VERY nice ride, bud.. It's an awesome color combination, too. I love black cars w/blue interiors for some reason. Good luck with it!
06-24-2009 11:09 AM
BA. Great lookin car Darrin! You a lucky guy!
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