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jame$thegreat
17 Feb 09,, 23:50
Does anyone know anything about classic cars?

I'm look at a slightly beat up 1965 four-door Chevrolet Impala. It's a 283. I'm going to have to put a lot of work into it, tune up, replace the exhaust manifold, quite a bit of rust damage, new paint, new headliner, new side mirror...

Anyone know prices, sources for cheap parts and general tips for owning a classic car?

dave lukins
18 Feb 09,, 10:15
Almost 45 years old:eek: $$$$ me thinks. Good luck on that one JtG;)

BD1
18 Feb 09,, 14:48
contact some owners club, i think that is the best way to get knowledge on your questions. And good luck and patience!

Dreadnought
18 Feb 09,, 14:54
Does anyone know anything about classic cars?

I'm look at a slightly beat up 1965 four-door Chevrolet Impala. It's a 283. I'm going to have to put a lot of work into it, tune up, replace the exhaust manifold, quite a bit of rust damage, new paint, new headliner, new side mirror...

Anyone know prices, sources for cheap parts and general tips for owning a classic car?

*Why a four door? Personally a two door covertible or hartop is worth alot more. Sound like that car belongs in Cuba. You see many pristine older four doors in Cuba.

There are many palces on the net for your information. Goggle "Year One" they are one of the best supply houses for restoration.

A link to your years catalog. http://www.yearone.com/pco/9_0907/t1.asp

jame$thegreat
18 Feb 09,, 20:19
Okay, it doesn't look like I will be buying the Impala. The guy who I was going to purchase it from is being an a$shole and doesn't want to go down in price (the car is really not worth what he wants for it). I talked with my father's friend who is in a classic car club and he told me a price to offer ($1500) and stick to that, but the guy wouldn't budge from $2200.:rolleyes: I would have to put at least $1200 just to get it running and not looking like crap, so $2200 is out of the question. It looks like he's going to scrap it.

GraniteForge
18 Feb 09,, 20:31
Does anyone know anything about classic cars?

I'm look at a slightly beat up 1965 four-door Chevrolet Impala. It's a 283. I'm going to have to put a lot of work into it, tune up, replace the exhaust manifold, quite a bit of rust damage, new paint, new headliner, new side mirror...

Anyone know prices, sources for cheap parts and general tips for owning a classic car?

If they haven't been replaced, you will definitely need new motor mounts.

Gasoline is going to be a real problem. A 1965 engine will not run well on unleaded.

A four-door Impala is nothing special. I agree that you ought to look for a two-door, or a convertible.

Ytlas
18 Feb 09,, 23:26
Probably unibody construction so a lot of cutting and replacing metal, whether large pieces or full body panels. Better have access to sheet metal tools and a nice mig welder. As for the engine, it's probably done, but you can buy a "Target" engine (305 cu in) from Chevrolet.

GraniteForge
19 Feb 09,, 00:19
Probably unibody construction so a lot of cutting and replacing metal, whether large pieces or full body panels. Better have access to sheet metal tools and a nice mig welder. As for the engine, it's probably done, but you can buy a "Target" engine (305 cu in) from Chevrolet.

No, that age and model is body-on-frame construction.

Ytlas
19 Feb 09,, 01:40
No, that age and model is body-on-frame construction.

http://www.conceptcarz.com/vehicle/default.aspx?carID=1644&catID=0&eventID=&i=2#menu

Steel Unibody

highsea
19 Feb 09,, 02:39
65 Impala definitely has a steel frame. It was shared with the Biscayne and Caprice. Same frame on all 3 models.

omon
19 Feb 09,, 02:47
dude you have no idea what you getting yourself into, restoring classic car cost lots of $$$$, i mean restoring it, not just making it run, you need fully equiped garage, paint booth...ect. a friend of mine bought 2 classics and brought them to the shop for full body off frame restoration, so far he spend like 30g, yet neither of the cars is in 1 piece and running, and he started 3 years ago.
unless you got means and time or lots of $$$ , don,t open pandora's box.

GraniteForge
19 Feb 09,, 04:32
65 Impala definitely has a steel frame. It was shared with the Biscayne and Caprice. Same frame on all 3 models.

Thanks for the confirmation.


http://www.conceptcarz.com/vehicle/default.aspx?carID=1644&catID=0&eventID=&i=2#menu

Steel Unibody

'60s Impalas were popular when I was in high school in the mid-'70s, and I worked on several, and I remembered them as having frames. But, in case my memory was faulty, I emailed a buddy from high school who had one. Here is his response:

"Standard body and frame, and like all cars of that era, not a hint of rustproofing. Rambler-American played around with unibody construction in the early 60's before they went away. I don't know of anyone else who did....except maybe the amphicar."

highsea
19 Feb 09,, 04:38
The term "unibody" isn't really very descriptive, it basically means a welded body, which that era of Chevys had. Pull the front clip, and the rest of the body comes off the chassis in one piece.

But it doesn't mean no frame at all, Mustangs and Camaros were also called unibody, but they had the sub-frame, sort of a 1/2 frame.

Debbie
19 Feb 09,, 15:06
I used to drive an Impala, big old boat. Don't recall much except that it was blue and it dented easily.

highsea
19 Feb 09,, 20:55
I used to drive an Impala, big old boat. Don't recall much except that it was blue and it dented easily.I've had a couple. One was formerly owned by a local judge. That one was great for guardrail rides. :biggrin:

gabriel
19 Feb 09,, 21:49
Check out this 69 chevelle (http://suchen.mobile.de/fahrzeuge/showDetails.html?lang=de&id=97319712&pageNumber=1&scopeId=C&sortOption.sortBy=price.consumerGrossEuro&sortOption.sortOrder=ASCENDING&makeModelVariant1.makeId=5600&makeModelVariant1.searchInFreetext=false&makeModelVariant2.searchInFreetext=false&makeModelVariant3.searchInFreetext=false&vehicleCategory=Car&segment=Car&minFirstRegistrationDate=1965-01-01&maxFirstRegistrationDate=1970-12-31&siteId=GERMANY&negativeFeatures=EXPORT&damageUnrepaired=NO_DAMAGE_UNREPAIRED&export=NO_EXPORT&customerIdsAsString=&tabNumber=2)

jame$thegreat
19 Mar 09,, 22:30
Now I have my sights set on a 1962 Chrysler Newport. It runs, it just needs some TLC on some areas on the body and new interior.