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12-19-2008 10:17 AM 1963 Impala--Digging For Gold
The trim code tells me that it had black cloth interior, with a bench seat.

After I bought this car, I was curious about the name of the color it was. I looked online at lists and bought a color chip chart, but none of them had this car's code, 927, listed. It's not listed or shown in the sales brochure either. I soon found out this was a special order color, called "Anniversary Gold". It's darker and more brassy looking than the other much lighter, more silvery shades of gold offered that year, those were called "Autumn Gold" and "Saddle Tan Metallic".

I didn't find any definitive info about it, but if it's not listed in the sales brochures or color charts, it was probably special order. The guy at Viking Auto Paint looked it up, and tells me it has different color ingredients than the 1962 Anniversary Gold. So this must be a one year only color. Kind of cool, and rare. Too bad the GF hates it so much....




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12-19-2008 09:34 AM The new project: 1963 Impala
I bought this 1963 Impala 2 door hardtop on ebay almost three years ago, it's been gathering dust that long. I brought it back from Quincy Illinois, and have been towing it around ever since. I've lost storage on it three times, and now I finally have it home, and am ready to start on it.

I ran the numbers on the engine, and it was from a 1971 Chevelle, and is a 307. It won't start, and I'm not going to invest any effort in it. I want to put a later model drivetrain in it. More about that later.

The VIN and cowl tag reveal some interesting things. This car was assembled at the old North St. Louis assembly plant not far from here, in May, 1963. A V8 car, the one surviving fender emblem indicates it was a 283 engine, and the column shift selector inside shows that it had a Powerglide transmission.



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11-15-2008 12:20 PM Last Call
Received the repro trim rings and center caps from The Parts Place, ($350, ouch!) and put one of my buddies (a.k.a: The Paul), to work installing them on the wheels, and the wheels on the car.

I put the car up on jackstands and changed the selector shaft seal on the transmission as Paul worked. The service manual showed it as an O-ring, but it actually turned out to be more like a miniature crankshaft seal. In other words, I could have done it without removing the pan. Oh well. While I was at it, I beat the dents out of the pan, and installed a new filter and fluid.

This car is finished*. Time to pull the "Please Send Help" sign out of the window...... It goes in my '63 Impala coupe next.


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11-15-2008 12:10 PM Wheels keep on turnin'
I sandblasted the wheels, an econo job, I did only the part that is visible with the trim installed. I didn't do the backsides, or even under the trim rings. I left the whitewall tires on for now.

I sprayed the etch primer, and then the color with the $12 Harbor Freight touch-up gun.

And the clear-coat. They came out pretty well. This project was made infinitely easier by having a 'lazy susan' to lay the tire and wheel on, and turn it as I worked, this kept me from having to walk around each wheel multiple times as I sprayed.


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11-15-2008 11:06 AM Build sheet found.
The front door panel has the original build sheet taped to the back side of it. It contains lots of interesting information about this car, made in Fremont, CA. (the '71 convertible was made in Detroit). This car was sold new at Vic Yarrington Oldsmobile in Topeka Kansas. A quick internet search reveals them to still be in business with the same name (now a Saturn dealer).

It shows some of the options that it had, some of which it no longer has (wheel covers, vinyl top), and now has options that it didn't come with (4 bbl carb, and SSII wheels).


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