OK, so this car got stored outside for a long, long time. No big deal, though. That just makes the job that much more rewarding.
Ya, the interior is going to need some restoration work, too.
This 1963 Impala gets carefully photographed before work begins, just like every restoration at Doug Jenkins Garage.
Is now the right time to talk about rust? Quality rust repair is an important part of any restoration, but probably more so on this specimen!
This Impala SS Convertible was rusty enough that the body got replaced. But due to the value and popularity of the model, we converted a hardtop body into a convertible using the original car’s convertible structure and top mechanism. We’ve done other cars this way and it works out, especially if the car has good value.
After the coupe donor car was modified using the customer’s original convertible top mechanism and structure, the work was mounted on the rotisserie for the rest of the body work. Note the jungle gym built inside the car to keep the body perfectly straight as the work progressed.
The Frame-Off Restoration of this 1963 Impala SS required months of careful, detailed work.
After all of the rust is removed from the 1963 Impala SS Convertible frame it’s painted and gets all new suspension bushings.
The owner of this Impala chose to go with a crate engine. It is normally a cost-effective decision, the performance is increased, and there’s a warranty from GM.
Lots and lots and lots of sanding! Like any restoration project, you have to love the work.
This is just like watching one of those car shows on cable. I can sit on the couch at 10 PM on a Saturday night and watch a 1963 Impala SS Convertible restoration go from start to finish in one hour!
I painted my first car in high school and it’s been lots and lots of paint ever since. This Impala paint job turned out great, right out of the booth.
There was some dash work to get the body swap perfect.
What a pair we have here; convertible Cadillac, convertible Chevy Impala SS.
Boy, that dash sure looks different than when this restoration project first started.
One thing, then the next, then the next. Chaco is installing the Impala top like he did the last one, and the one before that, and the one before that…
Proper restoration work always looks good, always is enjoyable to perform, always lasts a long time, always makes the customer happy.
OK, so all that work is totally worth it, right? This completely restored Impala Convertible is now set to make people smile for many more years.
Every piece of trim is right, body fit is right, tailpipes line up. Another Impala done.
Compare this to the first photo of the Impala engine compartment before the restoration and you can see that everything here had to be completely gone-through.
All original, all new interior for the ’63 Chevy.
Boy, isn’t this a great look.
OK, Impala project is ready to drive!