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    1959 Chevy Impala

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ID:	10771Here is my 1959 Chevy Impala Sport Coupe.
    This car is the top of the line model.
    I bought this car from Arizona a few months back, and I had her shipped up here to Idaho.
    Being from Arizona, that state is mostly a dry climate. So she has no rust!
    She is currently all original. Her original colors is a 2-tone, Gothic Gold and Satin Beige. Her original interior color is Copper.
    I am currently restoring her right now. I am restoring her back to original.
    Motor that is in her is the original big-block 348.
    I believe the original transmission that was in her was a manual 4-speed on the floor. Unfortunately, this transmission isn't in her anymore. The previous owner converted her over to a column-shift automatic 3-speed. I think GM calls it the Turboglide. Good news is that the automatic is out of another '59 Impala.

    So let's see if I get these photos of the car successfully uploaded on here...
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    Ok, obviously when I was uploading photos the photos decided to go haywire and be both at the top and the bottom... Sorry for the inconvenience...
    Also, you can see from the photos that I don't care much about my yard. I care more about my cars than my yard. As you can see, the Impala is parked in the yard, in the grass.
    Last edited by 58Jackie; 10-06-2015 at 09:06 PM.
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    Heck with the yard, that sure looks like a nice starting point for your restoration. '59's are one of my favorite Chevys.

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    Yep- that's what I say too John. Heck with the yard!
    Glad you like her John.
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    I think I saw the twin of this car go by the shop today!

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    I think she would good in Red and White.......(-:

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    Quote Originally Posted by 57belv View Post
    I think I saw the twin of this car go by the shop today!
    That's cool Chris! What color was it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DVJohn View Post
    I think she would good in Red and White.......(-:
    Nah John, I am saving that color for my Christine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1958PlymouthFuryChristine View Post
    That's cool Chris! What color was it?
    Looked like the same kind of copper color. And it was a hard top too.

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    Wow, that is cool Chris. Funny too. Probably it was the twin of my car then...
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    Cool "gull-wing"!! I particularly like the dog-dish hubcaps. I agree with John, the '59s were a nice style for Chebby.

    Keep us updated with your project, looks great!
    Pete
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    That is one nice car. She has a lot of style and looks to be in GREAT condition.

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    That looks a beautiful Solid project ,,

    Keep us updated as you work on her..

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    Quote Originally Posted by SavoyPlaza View Post
    Cool "gull-wing"!! I particularly like the dog-dish hubcaps. I agree with John, the '59s were a nice style for Chebby.

    Keep us updated with your project, looks great!
    Pete
    Thanks Pete, glad you like her.
    Those hubcaps you see are actually the originals. They are in great condition as well.
    Since I am restoring her back to original, I will be keeping the original hubcaps on her. That is, at least my plan. My dad thinks she would look better with chrome SS Cragar's and BF Goodrich's. Me- I still think she would better with what is on her right now...
    Will keep all of you updated with the restoration progress...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy Mopar View Post
    That is one nice car. She has a lot of style and looks to be in GREAT condition.
    Thanks Chrissy, glad you like her.
    She is actually in great condition for being 56 years old. I believe she may have been in a garage most of her life considering the great condition she's in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebels-59 View Post
    That looks a beautiful Solid project ,,

    Keep us updated as you work on her..
    Thanks Clive, glad you like her.
    She is really solid, I have found NO RUST so far...
    Will keep all of you updated on her restoration progress.
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    Very nice car! I'm jealous your car has no rust!!! Lol, so you still ganna get the plymie?
    Ty
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    Quote Originally Posted by crazy58fury View Post
    Very nice car! I'm jealous your car has no rust!!! Lol, so you still ganna get the plymie?
    Ty
    Thanks Ty, glad you like her.
    Sorry that you're jealous...
    I sure am still going to get a Plymouth. No way am I giving up on Christine. Christine is still my #1 dream car. No other car comes between me and Christine!
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    So as per many requests, I will be doing a thread here on the restoration of the '59 Impala..
    I think it's funny that I am doing a restoration thread on a Chevy on a Plymouth club! But anyhow, I have had many requests to do it, so I will.
    So here I go...
    I have actually had the car for a couple of months now, so going to say what I can remember doing to the car in the time I have had the car...
    One of the 1st things I did to the car is I had to put a new fan clutch in her. The old one was making a loud growling noise, meaning that it was a bad fan clutch.
    Next thing I did is I put a tachometer in her.
    Then I had to work on grounding issues with the front parking lights. Got that fixed.
    I have been currently sanding down the floorboards to get ready to install new carpeting.
    When I get that far- when I take out the seats to install carpeting, I am also going to restore the seats at the same time.

    But for now, I am taking about a month break from working on cars. The reason being is because it is deer hunting season here. Hunting season officially starts tomorrow on Saturday. Hunting season ends on October 31 (Halloween). So right after hunting season is over, I will start working on cars again.
    1958 Plymouth Belvedere 2 dr ht (under restoration)

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    So it's funny, I am actually still working on cars, even though deer hunting season is going on right now. I just go deer hunting on the weekends, not on the weekdays. So this weekend, I will be out deer hunting.
    But anyhow, I received the new windshield yesterday to put in the '59 Impala. The old one is so badly cracked up it is not legal to drive...
    So I am having the new one professionally installed this coming Tuesday.
    I definitely don't want to attempt to try to install a windshield myself. Especially a big wrap-around windshield like this one...

    Also, before I do get the new windshield installed, I am going to jack the car up so I can change the oil and also replace the badly leaking canister oil filter.
    It was badly leaking when I got the car, and I just haven't got around to fixing it yet. I am actually going to convert the canister-type oil filter over to the spin-on type of oil filter. I just don't like the canister-type at all. I don't like how they are so prone to leaking...

    And all the while, I am still sanding down the floorboards to get ready to install new carpeting.
    I am finding out it is a very long process, especially since I am taking the floorboards down to bare metal, I am doing it all by myself, and I am sanding by hand.
    I don't have one of those fancy electric sanders, so I am sanding with my 2 hands using a piece of coarse-grit sandpaper.
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    Good progress Jackie! When I was a teenager, a buddy and I decided we would replace the windshield in his Corvair. Ever since then, I've hired a professional to do my windshield installation. Not an easy job! (for me anyways!)

    I've replaced all the old canister filters on all my cars with the spin-on filters. They are more readily available and a whole lot easier to deal with.

    Good progress on the Chebby!
    Pete
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