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Old 11-16-2003, 02:42 AM
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Red face HELP!!! Suggestions/Comments needed!

Howdy all,
I am brand new to this bulletin board and hot rodding in general. I am an Ex-Jeeper who sold his Jeep to begin restoring the original 1964 SS Impala my wonderful Grandma, who is the original owner, saw fit to give it to. The car is very rough but is all original and still runs fairly strong although most seals and gaskets are shot as well as all the weather striping. The interior is complete but very worn. I guess my first hurdle is what to do with it and that is where your suggestions would come in. I would like to drive it daily, join a club to maybe show it and also be able to take it down the 1/4 mile with a respectable time. It currently has the original 327 V8 matched with the 2-speed power glide automatic. Each has about 300,000 miles on them. If it was up to me I would like to drop in the RAM Jet 350 crate motor and a 700 4 speed automatic, saving all the original parts of course. Updating the brake system to disks and maybe adding A/C and a hidden sound system. Keeping the car pretty stock looking in appearance except for maybe a set of Corvette Rally Wheels. The stock SS spoke wheel covers have several arms broken off of the spinners. Would doing something like this to this car be Taboo? Please any/all suggestions and/or comments would be appreciated.
Take care....Rick =)

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Old 11-16-2003, 02:50 AM
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Hey Rick! It sounds like you have already started developing your oun plan for your SS. Your ideas sound very good! Heck, I'm even a bit jealous! Just think , when you get it all fixed up, you can take Granny for a quick ride!
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Old 11-16-2003, 07:02 AM
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Got pic's??

Make a plan, I am told. Work at your own pace. When in need for help don't be afrade to ask ANY question, just give as much information as you can about your problem! A 64 SS you say, very nice ride!!


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Old 11-16-2003, 07:08 AM
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Great car to restore. You can go many routes, low rider , cruiser, custom. etc.
I have a 62 Pontiac that was rough. It now has a 350 with turbo trans. It will never be a pro stocker, but is quicker than it was, runs nice and gets the looks. Nice street car.
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being a matching #s original ss its more valueable as an original restoration. I personally would not change anything.
I would put it back to original, and exactly original. it's harder to find all the parts, but when its finished It will have a far higher resale value. my 2 cents mike
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Rix....Check this forum for one. www.chevytalk.org Look at the 61-64 Impala forum. As Mike stated...if it is a numbers matching SS it is worth quite a bit more than changing this and that. You just might want to consider keeping the stock engine, maybe swap the tranny for a TH350 trans though (do not get rid of the powerglide) and restoring everything back to stock. Wheels can be swapped out but keep the original steel wheels. Aside from all of that, what you want to do is get it up in the air and check out everything underneath. The rear box supports are notorious for rusting out. Evidence of this will show up in the trunk also. One good consolation is that replacement panels are becoming plentiful for the '64 from front fenders, door skins, rear quarters, and complete trunk pans. About the only thing not repopped is the rear inner wheelwells. There are many suppliers out there for the 61-64 Impala/Belairs. Both new and used. Good luck and post some pics so we can see what you are getting yourself into. Myself, I have a '62 and am going through the same thing.

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