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DR JAY

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1959 Impala Fuelly--290 HP/283 4 Speed...

21 November 2014 - 12:23 PM

  ...One of 19 equipped that way, according to the average I took of the varying reports on production numbers during my research. There was supposed to be a print ad that appeared in Hot Rod and similar magazines back in the day, but I haven't seen it. For most people, that ad was the closest that they would come to seeing one. I have always been interested in factory performance of the 50s and early 60s that was offered in VERY limited numbers, like 421 Tempests, Tunnel Port Comets and...well-This.

 

  I started this one a few years ago and boxed it back up only 1/2 completed. To bust out of a building slump, I reopened the box and posted pictures in the Workbench section to keep me motivated. I chose to complete it as mostly stock with a couple of custom touches like the interior finish, exhaust and the non-inclusion of the fin mounted radio antennae that, in my opinion, bring distraction to the eye as it follows the line of the rear fender. A colour coordinated shift knob for the factory style "Wiggly Stick" shifter was the cherry on top...

 

  The fantastic engine and trans came from the Revell Pro Modeler 1958 Corvette kit-an excellent kit on it's own from which I  plan to use the remaining parts to build a period gasser. The rest of the project used the Revell Impala parts with the exception of the wheels and tires, which were robbed from a 1962 Pontiac custom kit. I removed the cones from the centre spyders and made hubs to fill the holes. The exhaust was scratched from solder and home made mufflers and clamps and many blinding hours went into wiring and accurately plumbing  the fuel injection system, from pumps to injectors. As I do on all of my projects, all linkages, cables, etc are in place to the best of my ability and knowledge. (Hence, The Building Slump...??) I matched Duplicolor aerosol paint the best I could to the Snowcrest White/ Crown Sapphire combo I myself would have ordered had I been around in late 58 to order this one myself. The 1959 Only Fuel Injection fender badges were made from decal scraps.

 

  Anyhoo, the in progress shots (Recent; Post-Unboxing...) are On The Workbench and the finished shots (Poor indoor shots as it's now winter here in Canada!) are here for your perusal. Feel free to leave honest comments if you wish...this is, after all, my first completed build of 2014!

 


1959 Impala Fuelly--Updated Nov 21, 2014...FINALLY finished!

29 October 2014 - 07:26 PM

 I started this one a few years ago and for some reason, boxed it up until last week. It still has a long way to go, but I figured that If I posted some pictures I would be shamed into finishing something this year, despite a hectic shift-work schedule. The Revell kit was the inspiration, along with a Pro Modeler 58 Vette supplying the engine and trans. The tires are from an AMT Thunderbird (LOVE the tread detail and wide whites!). I almost went blind plumbing it, but I think it turned out pretty well. More to come. Comment if you wish--I'm not allergic to criticism or helpful tips!  Attached File  1959 Impala--4.jpg   76.54KB   1 downloadsAttached File  1959 Impala.jpg   93.61KB   1 downloadsAttached File  1959 Impala--5.jpg   105.15KB   1 downloads