State of the Restoration – 2014

Here we are, it’s 2014 already. A lot has changed since this project began back in 2006. It’s hard to believe this much time has passed. I’m now married and have moved to another town. I’m in a new shop of almost equal size to the last.

The Impala is finally back in my new shop, after having been in storage for several months while I got the new shop sorted out. The project is now finally back underway! The photo below shows how it looks right now. Not very different, huh? Well, I have purchased an engine for it from my brother Marty, who will be building it for me and doing the installation. The engine chosen is a 5.3l LM7 v8 from a Chevy pick-up. It may end up with a cam from a Z06 Corvette to add a little extra horsepower. Undecided yet, is weather or not it’ll stay with the factory fuel-injection, or go with a 4bbl carburetor. For a transmission, unless we decide differently, will be a Turbo 350. This keeps the cost low, while still offering good fuel economy.

So my job, before I can hand the car over to Marty for the engine install, is to get the firewall painted. Right now, I’m figuring out how I’m going to build a make-shift paint-booth “tent” around the car so I can do the necessary paint work.

1960 Impala 1-22-14


State of the Restoration – 2014 — 2 Comments

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  2. Things change! Found your blog here today and after looking thru most of the posted info I decided to post a comment…Your project here has caused me to do a little reflection. Almost exactly 20 years ago I sold my Sport sedan to an old buddy. At the time I was finishing up my 1968 C-10 Short fleetside, and hoping to get started on my 31 Ford Tudor sedan. I loved the car bud had doubts about the investment I would be making into a car with a pair of extra door handles. A lot has changed. The first name of the wife has changed both kids are finished with college, and my area code has changed. Even my old buddy’s area code has changed, but I bet the car is still sitting in the garage he put it in next to the 69 Camaro SS. I’ll bet the 69 is still there too. You have me thinking about looking into it, and seeing if I can get the car back. ( I think his Son lives at the old place) Mine was Turquoise & White, 283 powerglide. After all this time my mind has changed about the extra door handles. Keep your project and finish it, it’s going to be great!

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