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Username Post: 1964 Impala Sports Sedan Fix-up        (Topic#341806)
MRKuhns 
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01-09-17 09:51 PM - Post#2670385    

I bought a 1964 Impala Sports Sedan (4-door hardtop) almost 4 years ago. I say "fix-up" in the subject line because my car wasn't in bad enough shape to need to restore. However, when I think about all I've done maybe a restoration is somewhat accurate.

Anyway, I will post a before and after pic. Then please let me know if anyone is interested in what I have done to it. If so, I'll post some more and we'll see where it goes. I've done almost all of the work myself (mostly body work), so I've learned a few things. But it's a non-SS 4-door, so....

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Mike Kuhns

Mike Kuhns; 1964 Impala 4 Door Sport Sedan, 283, 3 Speed.


 
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01-09-17 09:53 PM - Post#2670387    
    In response to MRKuhns

Very nice car Mike. Can you show more pictures? And how do you like the 3-on-the-tree?

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MRKuhns 
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01-09-17 10:10 PM - Post#2670391    
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Like the 3 speed. It also has an overdrive, and with the help of Ray (last name?), I learned how to drive an overdrive. It's a 283 with manual everything. Maybe the best thing would be for me to respond to questions and describe things I did occasionally. The car when I bought it had a rusted out trunk and all the rear sheet metal was rusted. Also the lowest 8" of the quarter panels on either side were rusted. I found over the years that I avoided checking for rust and admitting to myself what was really there under the Maaco paint job. Finally saw it all when I stripped all of the paint off last year. MK

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Trunk when I bought it:



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MRKuhns 
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01-09-17 10:26 PM - Post#2670393    
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Trunk after replacement and paint. I used rattle-can spatter paint I bought at O'Reillys. Unfortunately it's no longer available. And no matter what anyone says, the paint is water soluble, and it needs a clear coat to be stable. The pictures were before I had a completely covering coat. The 3rd picture is the repaired trunk before some filler. I cut out the trunk floor, screwed in the new pieces, and had a body man weld in the pieces. Finally I smoothed the seams with filler and painted it. A year later I learned (admitted) that the tail light surrounds and the other rear sheet metal was also rusted out. But I fixed it and now it's good.

Notice the diagonal brace on the left side of the 3rd photo. Only found in the 4 door hardtop.

MK









Mike Kuhns; 1964 Impala 4 Door Sport Sedan, 283, 3 Speed.


Edited by MRKuhns on 01-09-17 10:28 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
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01-10-17 08:21 AM - Post#2670424    
    In response to MRKuhns

Thank you for sharing Mike. Shes's a beauty.

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rrausch 
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01-10-17 10:49 AM - Post#2670444    
    In response to Chevelle

Nice work! I had a buddy who had a 3-speed '63. I drove it a few times.

1953 210 Convertible, 261 with dual Carter YF 966S carbs, P.S., Remote Bendix P.B. Booster... shade-tree restoration about done.




 
Brian64SS 
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01-10-17 12:02 PM - Post#2670451    
    In response to rrausch

Great car Mike. I have the same except all white (really 1/2 gray for now) and Powerglide but with black interior as well and a hula girl waiting to take her place on the back package shelf when spring comes.

The first '64 I owned was an Azure Aqua 4-door hardtop from '83 to '92. It had to go when the SS came along.

I haven't seen a lot of the two-tones. If you ever snag your roof-to-quarter panel trim with a buffer, let me know, I have a spare pair.

Keep up the good work.

Brian
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1964 Impala 4-door hardtop, 283 Powerglide (2 years)
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