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Post by Roadcaptain S3 on Sun Jan 31, 2016 8:46 pm

Some of you have been helping me decide on a new project because the 77 is "done" and I have a decision making disorder.

Here 'tis:



63 Bel Air-283 2bbl PG

She needs some work, but she's nearly rust free and solid as a rock. Also already has power and front disc brakes. Mostly needs a carb rebuild, tune up, exhaust work and a LOT of cosmetic stuff. The paint is thin and it has horrible 80s fuzzy upholstery. But it's one of those I can drive around and work on at the same time.

I grew up riding around in one very similar, so the plan is to build a clone of Mom's car.







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Post by Limey SE on Sun Jan 31, 2016 8:55 pm

I like that Bobby good start to a build

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Post by Roadcaptain S3 on Sun Jan 31, 2016 9:07 pm

Gracias, Antonio.

Runs like ****, but it runs. The guy's gonna bring it to me Saturday. Had to drive 90 miles and cross state lines to get it and I don't trust it for the interstate yet.

First order of biz is carb and a tune and it should run like a guy with whos head is on fire and  his azz is catchin'.


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Post by ant7377 on Sun Jan 31, 2016 9:17 pm

I like it a lot! I want a 65 or 66 next. If you dont mind me asking what did you pay for it?
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Post by Roadcaptain S3 on Sun Jan 31, 2016 9:18 pm

7k total ( including the $200 "delivery charge" to bring it 90 miles to my house)
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Post by ant7377 on Sun Jan 31, 2016 10:43 pm

Pretty good! Ive been looking and they are all over the place 1200 junkers to 20,000 ready to go big blocks. I want a nig block 4 speed,I have a 396 already for it,we will see I guess.
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Post by Roadcaptain S3 on Sun Jan 31, 2016 10:55 pm

I've been looking at the 62-63 Chevy for years and this one is the best price for this condition car I've seen.
I looked at one last week in a little bit better shape cosmetically but rustier and the guy wanted 15k but said he'd take 12.

The gurus I've talked to said 9-11 in this area for a car like this one.

The guy I got it from got it in trade and didn't want it. He just wanted it gone so he could go get a Vette he's been looking at.

I'm sure he made a little on the deal, but I'm pretty happy with the price.
I don't think I stole it, but I didn't get bent over either.
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Post by clanceman427 on Sun Jan 31, 2016 11:01 pm

Awesome! You have to join up on 2doorpost.com. I'm there from my old Buick Special. Like this site, a great group of car folks.
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Post by Roadcaptain S3 on Sun Jan 31, 2016 11:13 pm

Really?
Cool.
I'll take a look.

Thanks
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Post by ant7377 on Mon Feb 01, 2016 7:30 pm

clanceman427 wrote:Awesome!  You have to join up on 2doorpost.com.  I'm there from my old Buick Special.  Like this site, a great group of car folks.
sometimes there are good ones posted on there from craigslist or some other classified. I keep an eye on it from time to time
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Post by Roadcaptain S3 on Tue Feb 02, 2016 10:17 am

Oddly enough, I haven't yet found a forum that has a lot of info about this car.

Lots of Impala forums that address Imps from 58 up to now, but not much specific to 61-64 non-Impala full size cars.

And even the info on the 61-64 Imp is more scarce than I thought it would be.Not much specific to Bel Air or Biscayne.
Same goes for parts, lots of repro available for Imps. Trim pieces and upholstery are scarce for BA and Biscayne.

But I'm used to that. Smile
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Post by clanceman427 on Tue Feb 02, 2016 11:37 am

Bobby, sign up at 2doorpost.com, I know of at least 2 active members there who have 63 Bel Air/Biscayne 2 doors.
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Post by thatfnthing on Tue Feb 02, 2016 11:51 am

Always liked those earlier Impalas -- nice score!
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Post by Roadcaptain S3 on Tue Feb 02, 2016 2:32 pm

Kevin, will do!

THING, gracias!
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Post by 77mali on Tue Feb 02, 2016 4:35 pm

Nice looking car- looks like it could use a 396, 427 or 454.... Twisted Evil
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Post by Roadcaptain S3 on Tue Feb 02, 2016 7:07 pm

Ha!
I'm a cruiser. I like the lil 283. It came from the factory @ 190 gross HP.

Probably enuff for me.

Nothing makes me laugh harder than those fat old men that sit in a lawn chair under a shade tree talking about how big and high powered their car is. And/or how much money they spent on their car/engine so they can drive it around from one car show to another unless it rains.
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Post by ant7377 on Wed Feb 03, 2016 6:54 am

I hear ya on the old fat dudes sitting under a tree with a 496 and a M 22 in the car but never go more than 50 mph. There is plenty of guys like that here.
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Post by thatfnthing on Wed Feb 03, 2016 9:58 am

I agree to a point.  I don't need a mountain motor just to go cruisin' -- especially since having to stop for fuel all the time would limit that.  

OTH, a measly 190hp (gross, when it was new 50 years ago!) ain't gonna make the Love Boat very responsive, Roadcaptain Steubing. Smile


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Post by Joe73 on Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:18 am

Bach in the day, my bone stock, except for headers, 350 4bbl muncie 3.42 rear , ran a best of 15.2 at the track. Stock was 175 hp.
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Post by thatfnthing on Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:32 am

And you were so satisfied with that level of performance that you never felt the need to upgrade anything after that, right? Remind me again what you're running now? Suspect

I'm not saying it's the worst thing ever. I'm just saying it could use a little higher fun quotient.
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Post by Hawk03 on Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:45 am

Nice score Roadcaptin'

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Post by Limey SE on Wed Feb 03, 2016 12:47 pm

Hawk03 wrote:Nice score Roadcaptin'


I am still Laughing @ Roadcaptain Steubing
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Post by thatfnthing on Wed Feb 03, 2016 1:46 pm

Limey SE wrote:
Hawk03 wrote:Nice score Roadcaptin'


I am still Laughing @ Roadcaptain Steubing

Thank you, I'll be here all week. Don't forget to tip your waitress. Smile
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Post by Roadcaptain S3 on Wed Feb 03, 2016 3:06 pm

FULL SPEED AHEAD!!

Where's that Julie chick? She was pretty hot IIRC.

Hell, the 305 in the Chevelle suits me fine. Its bone stock minus the exhaust. It moves along pretty good.

I figure I'll get it running as well as I can, then figure it out. I've read the 283 is pretty easy (and cheap) to get more out of.

I'm more worried about the Powerglide. I like to get on the interstate and 2 speeds makes me nervous. I've never had less than a TH350. I've heard guys say the PG is okay up to 70 mph, but I've also heard guys say that the PG is only good for racing.
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Post by Limey SE on Wed Feb 03, 2016 3:29 pm

Roadcaptain S3 wrote:FULL SPEED AHEAD!!

Where's that Julie chick? She was pretty hot IIRC.


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