Archive for the ‘1963 Impala SS Convertible’Category

From The Archives, More On The Body Transplant Impala

Convertible Top In Rough Shape '63 Impala SS Restoration

Convertible Top In Rough Shape '63 Impala SS Restoration

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.

Interior Shot Before Work Begins '63 Impala SS Restoration

Interior Shot Before Work Begins '63 Impala SS Restoration

Ya, the interior is going to need some restoration work, too.

Left Side Interior Shot Before Work Begins '63 Impala SS Restoration

Left Side Interior Shot Before Work Begins '63 Impala SS Restoration

Museum Piece!  1963 Impala SS Engine Before Restoration Begins

Museum Piece! 1963 Impala SS Engine Before Restoration Begins

This 1963 Impala gets carefully photographed before work begins, just like every restoration at Doug Jenkins Garage.

Underside 1963 Impala SS Convertible Restoration

Underside 1963 Impala SS Convertible Restoration

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!

Body Replacement 1963 Impala SS Restoration

Body Replacement 1963 Impala SS Restoration

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.

Rotisserie Restoration 1963 Impala SS Convertible

Rotisserie Restoration 1963 Impala SS Convertible

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.

Frame-Off Restoration 1963 Impala SS Convertible

Frame-Off Restoration 1963 Impala SS Convertible

The Frame-Off Restoration of this 1963 Impala SS required months of careful, detailed work.

Restored Frame 1963 Impala SS Convertible

Restored Frame 1963 Impala SS Convertible

After all of the rust is removed from the 1963 Impala SS Convertible frame it’s painted and gets all new suspension bushings.

Crate Engine Installed In 1963 Impala SS Convertible Frame

Crate Engine Installed In 1963 Impala SS Convertible Frame

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.

Sanding Body Restoration 1963 Impala

Sanding Body Restoration 1963 Impala

Lots and lots and lots of sanding!  Like any restoration project, you have to love the work.

1963 Impala SS Convertible Restoration Project All Painted

1963 Impala SS Convertible Restoration Project All Painted

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!

Another View 1963 Impala SS Convertible Restoration Project Painted

Another View 1963 Impala SS Convertible Restoration Project Painted

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.

Dash View During Frame-Off Restoration of 1963 Impala SS Convertible

Dash View During Frame-Off Restoration of 1963 Impala SS Convertible

There was some dash work to get the body swap perfect.

Mechanical Restoration, Installing Front Clip 63 Impala

Mechanical Restoration, Installing Front Clip 63 Impala

What a pair we have here; convertible Cadillac, convertible Chevy Impala SS.

Dash And Interior Restoration Progress '63 Chevy

Dash And Interior Restoration Progress '63 Chevy

Boy, that dash sure looks different than when this restoration project first started.

Convertible Top Installation 1963 Chevy Impala Restoration

Convertible Top Installation 1963 Chevy Impala Restoration

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…

Beautiful Trunk Floor 1963 Impala

Beautiful Trunk Floor 1963 Impala

Proper restoration work always looks good, always is enjoyable to perform, always lasts a long time, always makes the customer happy.

Finished View Of Restored '63 Impala Convertible

Finished View Of Restored '63 Impala Convertible

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.

Finished Rear View Of Restored '63 Impala Convertible

Finished Rear View Of Restored '63 Impala Convertible

Every piece of trim is right, body fit is right, tailpipes line up.  Another Impala done.

Underhood Restoration, Crate Engine, 1963 Impala SS Convertible

Underhood Restoration, Crate Engine, 1963 Impala SS Convertible

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.

Interior Restoration Complete 1963 Impala SS Convertible

Interior Restoration Complete 1963 Impala SS Convertible

All original, all new interior for the ’63 Chevy.

Front View Of Restored Impala

Front View Of Restored Impala

Boy, isn’t this a great look.

Completed Dash And Steering Wheel '63 Impala

Completed Dash And Steering Wheel '63 Impala

OK, Impala project is ready to drive!

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04 2011

From The Archives; 1963 Chevrolet Impala Frame Off Restoration

Chevrolet Impala Restoration Complete

Chevrolet Impala Restoration Complete

Wow, what a beauty!  Everything about this car is terrific; ’63 Impala SS Convertible that we restored for the original owner.  Great fun.

1963 Chevrolet Impala Restoration Before Work Started

1963 Chevrolet Impala Restoration Before Work Started

And here’s what the car looked like before the frame-off restoration began.

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04 2011