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Old 09-28-2013, 05:14 PM
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64 Impala Project

I've been lookin over the last year for either a 64 Impala,66/67 Chevelle,or,a 64/66 Chevy truck body just to build for toy/cruiser & maybe occasional 1/4 mile car.Most of the prospects seem to either need to much work,or,they are outta my price range.I came across this Impala tho & it seems to fall rite in between.Not too excessively high & is reasonably sound body wise.Currently equipped w/ 283 & PG trans.2 bbl carb engine.Not sure if original or not & for my purposes,I really don't care.The 64 Impala w/ a 400 HP 409 & 4 speed weighed in @ approx 3650 lb & would pull the 1/4 mile in about 14.5 seconds @ 98 mph.Not sure what gearing was used.If I were to build a similar rated 355,or,383,I should get about the same results.Correct?On a side note,just outta curiosity,how much HP/Torque would a fella need to slightly seperate @ least 1 front tire from the pavement on said car???LOL.
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Old 09-28-2013, 06:35 PM
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Nice candidate for a BBC.
454 with a 700r4 and a gear in the back and you have a serious street pounder. If you can build or buy a 502...all the better.
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Old 09-28-2013, 06:42 PM
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If it all comes together & I manage to get it,I wuz seriously considerin a BBC w/ possibly a 4L80E.I also plan on using EFI rather than a carb.Latech,how would a fella go about making the speedo,etc work in a situation like this?
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I think you can buy a speed sensor for the PCM that has a speedo drive in it.
Speedometer Gear, Speedometer Gears, Ford, GM, Dodge 700R4

This should give you some ideas anyhow. 625 is kinda pricey. I bet you could do it for a lot less.
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Youmay be able to convert the OE speedo to an electronic stepper motro a lot cheaper than 625 also
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Thanks.I haven't got into it real deep yet.I knew it could be done somehow.
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She looks pretty solid. By the fender emblem the car would have originally had a 327. Maybe they thought it was a 283 when it's actually a 327 unless they swapped the motor.
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Old 09-29-2013, 10:07 AM
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The interior is pretty ruff,but,it's all there.I hope it is a 327.LOL.He is selling for someone else,so,he doesn't have a lot of solid info on it,but,for the price,I don't think I can go wrong.It's 150 miles from me,so,I plan on goin up to look @ it 1 day this week.He said it has been sittin under an open shed for 5,or,6 yrs.He said he has cranked it up using a gas can becuz the tank is full of crud.
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Yeah I wouldn't mention that it might be a 327. Maybe research what the engine codes are and you could get lucky.

The dash pad looks pretty ugly but you could easily fill in the holes and get rid of that. It looks like a good project car.
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He has all the missing trim & interior parts.It needs front floor pans.Never done that befor but it doesn't look too hard to do.I found a set 18 guage for $125.I love yours & the way yours sets.That is the look I'm shootin for.It has P/S & P/B already.I'll clean it up & prolly do a quik n dirty flat black on it til I get it mechanically sound & then I'd love to do it with original Azure/Aqua Blue.
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I saw a complete SS interior trim pkg on EBay for like $1800.It included door panels,dash pad,seat covers,etc.I know I'd have to find bucket seats & a console.I'm really anxious to go see it.I can tell a lot more about it then.1 of my biggest concerns is prolly the wiring.Me & wiring don't get along too well.LOL.
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Mine will probably stay the way it is for a year or two before I start doing any body work. I like the look of the Aqua blue but I haven't seen one in person yet. It looked good on the Fast and Loud Impala they did.

A lot of people seem to like the paint the way it is so I don't feel so bad about leaving it for now. I'll probably do some more suspension work and disc brake upgrade. No need to put a second mortgage on the house to get it done.

If you are looking for any parts Classic Industries has about anything you could ever want. I've got a couple of their "wish" catalogs that they send out for free. Probably about 2" thick. I could go broke just flipping through that thing.
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I'll have to get a catalog.As far as paint,if this car looked as good as yours,i'd leave it for now as well.I think it looks cool,but,it appears someone has already shot some primer or somethin on this one to screw it up.Grill & bumpers look to be in decent shape.Got 1,000 ideas runnin thru my head about it.LOL.Hope it turns out to be as good as it appears to be.I'll take my trailer when I go look @ it,but,maybe drop it off befor I get there.If I pull in with it,he'll be less likely to wanna work with me.LOL.
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Good idea.
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I'll take my trailer when I go look @ it,but,maybe drop it off befor I get there.If I pull in with it,he'll be less likely to wanna work with me.LOL.
I look at things differently than most folks. I would pull up there with the trailer, my wife, my best friend and an envelope full of 100 dollar bills that I would flash and tell the seller that I was going home with his '64 or another '64 that I looked at. I'd tell him to get his heart in the right place and let's do business.
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