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The “Impalamino” 1963 Impala Custom


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While searching the forum I was inspired by Impalow’s build on a 1963 Impala into the advanced custom that it is today. I had a built up Impala which I stripped the paint off of for starters. I then cut the top and moved it forward. I also had some left over custom parts from the 1965 Pontiac Bonneville I had built previously. So although the parts were I’ll fitting I desired to roll with the design anyhow.  I added a bed out of a 1977 GMC pickup and also used liberal amounts of body filler as well. The engine is the small block Chevy out of the Impala with the induction setup off of the surf woody. I realize it is a ford intake manifold, but I don’t run the models very often anyways and it looked pretty period correct. I decided to go with a 60’s style turquoise enamel which was left over from when my grandpa painted cars. So that paint is probably going on 40 years old.  More pictures and progress to come.

Thanks,

TR

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Thanks for the interest. Have since finished the chrome trim and the custom interior. Interior bucket is 1953 corvette with the transmission tunnel out of the surf woody. The dash is two 1964 impala driver side dashes joined together. A television is also mounted on the dash like many customs of the period. The grille still makes this thing look like a frog, but it’s growing on me. I have selected mag wheels and have also mounted the engine in the frame as well.

 

Thanks,

TR

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