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62 Chevy Impala 4 door

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Hi guys, this is one that I started a while ago and I'm looking for some motivation to kick start it again. It's AMTs 62 Impala convertible with a modified roof from a 63 Impala. I am going to replicate a famous Aussie race car from the 60's. It will have the 409 under the hood and a bench seat up front. Here is what it looks like these days.

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I made the interior door panels before finding out that it had power windows so one of those cranks will have to come off and replaced with switches.

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The seats were the point at which the project stalled. I tried to replicate the ribbed pattern that AMTs Impala seats have but it came out looking too clumsy. When Revell released their 62 recently I noticed that the ribbed pattern were decals which looks more like it should. As the Revell decals won't match the seats that I am making it looks like I will have to make my own decals. What do you guys think?

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I think I'll end up remaking the seat any way because I'm not happy with the top of it. I don't think there is enough space between the top of the seat and the rectangular pattern.

It's been a while since I started this but I feel If I can get the seats sorted out, I can quickly finish it.

Cheers

ShawnS

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Welcome to the forum, Shawn and thanks for sharing this WIP. I've always loved this vehicle, I think it makes for a great subject.

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Shawn, you've done an incredible job on the body and the door panels! It's been so long since I've seen a '62 Impala's bench seat I can't recall if that one is accurate or not, but it looks great as-is. :wub:

Do you plan on having this cast, because I'm sure there are some people who want a 4-door '62 out there!

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Outstanding conversion. If you can get Scale Motorsport upholstery decales in Oz, that may help with your seats. Please keep us updated on this model.

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Thanks Dr Cranky it's good to be here. I'm slowly finding my way around and I'll contribute more as time goes on

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Shawn, you've done an incredible job on the body and the door panels! It's been so long since I've seen a '62 Impala's bench seat I can't recall if that one is accurate or not, but it looks great as-is. :wub:

Do you plan on having this cast, because I'm sure there are some people who want a 4-door '62 out there!

Thanks Mike. Nah, I won't be casting this one. Too much hassle.

Here are the induction options that I am considering. The carbs are resin casts of an AMT (Nascar?) carb that I found in my spares box and the air filters will be MCG items.

Dual inline normal manifold.

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Dual inline Hi-rise manifold

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Dual cross manifold

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I don't have any references as which system the real car ran in the 60's but recent pics show both the cross and the regular inline manifold have been fitted in the last 20 years. I'm not realy fussed but if there are any Chev experts who would know which of the three is the optimum road race setup please feel free to share your knowledge.

The Impala isn't the only American 4 door that I am building at the moment. Here is a sneak preview of a 63 Galaxie in progress.

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I'm still pondering these builds and am keen to get them going again after my current project.

Cheers

ShawnS

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Excellent job on both conversions!

You had me at the Chevy, but adding the Ford, c'mon man! I'll be following along.

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exceellllent.....

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LOVE this conversion!! :wub:

Now, I wanna see how you do that RHD dashboard you guys need down there! ;)

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