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1964 Chevrolet Impala SS 409 2-door hardtop

Description and history

Numbers matching 409, 340 h.p.
Factory 4-speed
Tilt column
Optional simulated 2-spoke wood steering wheel
Ember Red
Red interior with bucket seats and console
Posi-traction and 4:11
Factory air conditioning
Power steering
Power brakes
AM-FM radio
Factory tach
Padded dash
Power windows
Optional wire hubcaps
Tinted glass
Bumper guards
Single rear mount antenna
Matching numbers: engine block, engine heads, transmission

We never finished this project and when we ran into a long-time friend in his restored 1986 El Camino SS Choo-Choo Custom. We made a deal and traded this project for his El Camino.

We knew this friend before we bought the Impala. He is an amazing mechanic, machinist, perfectionist, fabricator. He does it all. He was friends with the Impala's owner for years and had asked him to sell it to him when he was ready to part with it. One day we walked into the owner's upholstery business and saw the Impala outside, asked him if he was interested in selling, he said yes and we struck a deal on the spot. A few months after we saw him in the El Camino we asked if he might be interested in trading his El Camino for the Impala. We struck a deal and our friend immediately began his custom restoration on the Impala and we are enjoying driving the completed El Camino.

We bought this car April 21, 1983 with good intentions. It was an untouched, unrestored and complete car. This car has been pulled out, worked on and shoved back in the garage too many times to count. Now in 2016 we are trying to decide if we will ever get around to finishing it. The car had 122,764.7 miles on when we bought it and started taking it apart.

The car was pulled from the frame and the frame blasted and painted. The car was repainted and has been in the shop so it has some dings and scrapes in a few places. All the mechanicals, electrical and brake systems have been completed. The engine was rebuilt, steering box rebuilt, steering pump rebuilt, transmission rebuilt, starter and solenoid repaired, brakes rebuilt and more. We recently noticed that the brake master cylinder was leaking and the brake fluid had damaged some of the surfaces so have planned to pull the motor back out and re-detail the engine compartment before completing the rest of the assembly. The front fenders and inner fender panels are ready and need to be hung along with the hood. The radiator support is on the car. The bumpers, shifter, center console and a/c vents and other chrome components have been rechromed. Has a new front windshield. The interior is new (seat covers on and seats and door panels are ready to install). We have a new carpet set for it. The headliner has been installed. A new padded dash is installed along with a new hat tray. The radio was rebuilt. The car has a new set of whitewall tires. Other new parts include hood hinges, chrome window frames, weatherstrips, wiring harnesses, grille, brake lines, belts, hoses, master cylinder, brake booster, antenna, a.c. condensor and dryer, a.c. compressor, a.c. expansion valve, exhaust system, carburetor, fender emblems, door sill plates, shifter boot, and more. Although not originally on this car, we added the power brakes and power windows. We also had a complete set of new side glass coded for the 1964..

We would like to sell this car to someone who will complete the reassembly and put it on the road again. It is quite a beautiful and rare car.

We also have the original rear end pumpkin that was in the car before we added the positraction and new gear (a 3:36 open rear end). It will go with the car if the buyer wants it.

These pictures were taken when we first started working on the car. The car was solid, with no rust-throughs and the only rust on the car was surface. The car had never been wrecked and it was completely original including the red paint.

See the pictures as we tore it down to the frame > >

Some pictures taken during the rework > >

The car has been sitting untouched while Richard has been working on finishing the 1964 Chevelle SS convertible. We intended to start this car next but we have so many other projects that we have lost our enthusiasm. The car has gotten dirty and needs a good refresh and the new parts put on. Want it to go to someone who can appreciate the car.

Current pictures as it sits now > >