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‘62 Impala (replica of my dad’s car)

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Hi all,  this is a replica of the only car my dad ever bought new. 
 This is about as close to a box sock build as I get. I swapped out the 409 four speed for a 283 automatic, and added some basic wiring for the motor. Added a column shift with scratch built gear indicator on top of steering column. The paint is dupli colour touch up paint in the exact colour of my dads car. The kit supplied the decal for seat pattern. I was born in Long Beach California, so the license plates are same vintage as originals on dads real car. This is one of my favourite builds, I gave it to my dad about a year before he passed away. I was thrilled when the car made the 2015 contest cars issue which my dad saw before he passed. What a wonderful tribute to have for my dad. He started me in the hobby, and gave me my passion for cars. He was not mechanical, nor am I, he just loved cars, and so do I. 
Thanks for looking

 

Cheers, Steve

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That’s a very sweet ride Steve and a wonderful tribute build of your Dad’s car with the additional recognition it has received. Your story rings a lot of memories of my father who bought his first new car in ‘66, a Plymouth Satellite 2dr hardtop off the showroom floor. Thanks for sharing the build and your memories. Cheers Misha

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Very nice, sounds like a great tribute and very cleanly built. The colour looks excellent.

Did your dad keep the original for long?

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Very nice. I'd love to do a car for my dad, but no kits exist of any of the cars he's ever had.

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Nicely Done! A fitting tribute to your father.

David G.

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Very, very nice! I remember my Dad always had Dupli-Color paint for each Chevy he owned. Great memory to have and happy that your Dad got to see it.

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Beautiful build, Steve! Great story around it too. Thanks for sharing. Cheers. 

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9 hours ago, Misha said:

That’s a very sweet ride Steve and a wonderful tribute build of your Dad’s car with the additional recognition it has received. Your story rings a lot of memories of my father who bought his first new car in ‘66, a Plymouth Satellite 2dr hardtop off the showroom floor. Thanks for sharing the build and your memories. Cheers Misha

Thank you Misha. I suppose most of us got our passion for cars from our dads. It was a project that had been in my head for a long time before I finally built it.

Cheers, Steve

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8 hours ago, Spottedlaurel said:

Very nice, sounds like a great tribute and very cleanly built. The colour looks excellent.

Did your dad keep the original for long?

Hi Nigel, he kept the car til ‘79, it was then given to my brother when he turned 16. (I am 5 years younger) My brother had it for another 5 years or so. He put a 350 in it and painted it a similar but darker shade of metallic blue. I may replicate that car in the future too.

Thanks for looking, Steve

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Great looking build, Steve, love what you have done with the kit. I have a similar project planned to replicate my dad's '62 Impala convertible (his first car, and the car he drove when my parents first met). Have the kit, now need the time to build it!

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Just an outstanding build all the way around. Can't say enough good about it. 

 

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Beautiful looking Impala. Great background story about why you built it and for who. I'm glad you got to share it with your father and I'm sure he appreciated it also. 

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Great looking Impala and very nice story about your dad.   

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Great '62 Steve!  Love the detail and paint!

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My brother had a 62 Impala convertible with a 250 hp 327. Your model looks great. One of the best Revells that I have seen built

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