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Username Post: 1964 impala project photos        (Topic#356393)
Spas602 
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05-13-19 07:29 AM - Post#2766277    

Just got this car. The motor starts, has blue smoke with backfire. Power windows work okay. Hoping to get the car back to original. Car has Canadian boxed frame. Posting update as time goes on. Any feedback is appreciated as always.

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junky 
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05-13-19 08:47 AM - Post#2766282    
    In response to Spas602

That appears to be a very nice car. You are going to need to start a list of all the items that you are going to need to complete the restoration back to original. Not certain how much of the engine is Canadian production vs. U.S. production parts. Finding all the correct A/C parts can be a daunting task, but with patience, I am certain that it can be done. Are you going to put OEM valve covers, intake, carburetor, etc., back onto the engine?
When I was working on a similar project about 10 years ago, I saved every engine compartment picture of an original car that I could find, and that made the task of putting everything back to original much easier. I don't know if there is a Chevrolet Assembly Manual for the Canadian built cars, like there is for the US built cars. In a pinch, you can always use the US assembly manual as a guide.
I particularly like the cloth inserts on the seats, more so than the full vinyl seating. I was not aware that it was offered in 1964. In the states, I believe that 1962 was the last year that it was offered on the Corvair, which I am much more familiar with.

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Spas602 
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05-13-19 12:10 PM - Post#2766298    
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Thanks junky, we have a rusty 1963 impala with ac components as a parts car. Some parts won’t interchange but there’s a 283 with all ac brackets intact. The brake booster was sucking brake fluid thru the vacuum line. Condition of the motor is unknown right now. There is also vice grips holding the shift linkage together.

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junky 
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05-13-19 06:32 PM - Post#2766328    
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If you want the original brake booster repaired, and re-plated to look like original, I highly recommend Booster Dewey

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DonSSDD 
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05-14-19 03:12 AM - Post#2766346    
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X frame Canadian and US Chevies were pretty much 100% identical, most differences were on equipment that was standard or optional. For instance our cars had the deluxe heater standard and the boxed frame.
Junky I think cloth was standard on bench seat cars, other than convertibles.
That’s a real solid looking car, where is it from? If built in Canada, you can get GM Historic docs which for 64 is pretty much a build sheet.

Boxed frames, sometimes called Canadian frames, were also available on us cars at some plants.

Don


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Spas602 
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05-14-19 06:28 AM - Post#2766352    
    In response to DonSSDD

Thanks don, I’ll get a picture of the cowl soon, the color is desert beige. It also came with gm rally’s which i plan on using on my bubbletop. Another option I just learned this car had, night/day rearview. This car appears to be from Arizona. The previous owner had it for a long time.

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Andy4639 
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05-14-19 06:38 AM - Post#2766354    
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  • DonSSDD Said:
X frame Canadian and US Chevies were pretty much 100% identical, most differences were on equipment that was standard or optional. For instance our cars had the deluxe heater standard and the boxed frame.
Junky I think cloth was standard on bench seat cars, other than convertibles.
That’s a real solid looking car, where is it from? If built in Canada, you can get GM Historic docs which for 64 is pretty much a build sheet.

Boxed frames, sometimes called Canadian frames, were also available on us cars at some plants.

Don




Can you post the info for the documentation please. I'd like to get it for my 64.


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DonSSDD 
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05-16-19 05:36 AM - Post#2766527    
    In response to Andy4639

Is your 64 built in Canada Andy?

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Andy4639 
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05-16-19 07:27 AM - Post#2766534    
    In response to DonSSDD

No it's a USA car.


1956 Bel Air - LT-1/4l60
1964 SS Impala -350 crate/powerglide
1967 Ramp truck - 350/ 4 speed
1971 C 10 - 6.0 LS / 4l80e 4:10 gears 30 years owner
94 Elderado
2000 S-10
2008 LTZ Tahoe
2011 Treverse


 
Als68396Imp 
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05-18-19 11:48 AM - Post#2766675    
    In response to Spas602

Hey AZ buddy. What part of Phoenix you in? I was Bell road and 43rd ave before moving to Iowa 6 years ago.

Alan T.
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Spas602 
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05-19-19 09:46 AM - Post#2766715    
    In response to Als68396Imp

I actually live by el mirage, on the west side of town. There is a couple of impalas that drive around occasionally.

On 67th and bell there is car shows every saturday night. Good collections of restored, restomods, and originals.


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Als68396Imp 
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05-19-19 12:25 PM - Post#2766723    
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Yup it's in the old Kmart parking lot . When I go back to AZ I go to 67th and bell.

Alan T.
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junky 
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05-19-19 07:40 PM - Post#2766754    
    In response to Andy4639

I just took another look at your engine pictures, and that is when I realized that it appears that the car has had an engine swap sometime in its past life. You should check into this so when you finally get around to installing all the A/C from the donor car, you will know if they will fit onto that engine block. My guessing is that the engine block is much newer, and it might not be drilled for all the items that you will need to bolt on, to complete the job.

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Spas602 
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05-20-19 06:53 AM - Post#2766774    
    In response to junky

Yes sir, when starting this motor, we found fluid from the brake booster was getting into the fuel mixture. I guess the plan is to see if this motor will move the car before ripping it out. The crosssmember is held by cut/welded box tubing.

As of now the passenger trunk hinge was replaced. Also got some chrome on the front for now.

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