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#1 nbent OFFLINE  

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Posted November 06, 2013 - 12:48 AM

in a different thread i bought and then traded an oliver potato digger for this 1960 chevy impala. It needs a lot of TLC and wd40. the motor is free and it is a 283 v8.enough text here is the pics you are all waiting for.

 

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Posted November 06, 2013 - 12:52 AM

I love the lines of the old rides, back when you could tell what brand it was a mile away.  Very nice project


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Posted November 06, 2013 - 01:07 AM

Amazing car but your definitely right the amount of love its going to need 


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Posted November 06, 2013 - 06:03 AM

I haven't seen many of that vintage Impala around here. It's a nice car with lots of potential. It still has the fins that were big in the late 50's but they are horizontal instead of vertical.


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Posted November 06, 2013 - 07:19 AM

Nice car, lots of potential there.
I see many, many hours in your future with this. :D
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Posted November 06, 2013 - 07:42 AM

Wow! Is there any part of a Chevy that won't rust?


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Posted November 06, 2013 - 07:42 AM

Love the impalas.  Too far gone for me to want to tackle.  Be an awesome project if you have the skills to pull it off.


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Posted November 06, 2013 - 09:11 AM

Good luck with that. Remember restoring an old car is a journey of untold hours.Take your time and be paitent and it will all come together.  The 60 Impala is fairly rare. Back when I was in Highschool I think there must have been 15 59's for every 60.

You seem to have one fairly complete, so will spend less time hunting for parts.


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Posted November 06, 2013 - 09:16 AM

Nice!  My first car, after getting my drivers licence, was a 60 Chevy Belair, 4 door, 283 automatic.  That car was great!  Sure wish I still had it. 


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Posted November 06, 2013 - 01:20 PM

If you want to save that engine, do not try to start it. They had a cartridge oil filter and the oils were lousy in those days. Chances are the timing chain has jumped a gear. You are best off pulling the engine and transmission to start. Disassemble and evaluate them. You also need to carefully inspect the frame. As I recall from 45 years ago, the frame has an "X" to it. I seem to remember they had warping problems. You just have to identify and correct any distortions.

 

If you do fix it up there is an adapter you can add that replaces the cartridge oil filter with a standart cannister filter. Find the shop manual and a Motor's Manual for it. Your practice on GTs can now be expanded. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted November 06, 2013 - 01:33 PM

If you want to save that engine, do not try to start it. They had a cartridge oil filter and the oils were lousy in those days. Chances are the timing chain has jumped a gear. You are best off pulling the engine and transmission to start. Disassemble and evaluate them. You also need to carefully inspect the frame. As I recall from 45 years ago, the frame has an "X" to it. I seem to remember they had warping problems. You just have to identify and correct any distortions.

 

If you do fix it up there is an adapter you can add that replaces the cartridge oil filter with a standart cannister filter. Find the shop manual and a Motor's Manual for it. Your practice on GTs can now be expanded. Good Luck, Rick

Good advice Scout!

 

Love the look of that ride..  Post lots of pictures of your progress!!   :iagree:



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Posted November 06, 2013 - 07:17 PM

What year did the 283's switch to a canister filter?  I know my friend's '63 had a canister, but it seems to me that engine was out of something newer.  I remember a '64? ('66?) pick-up with the cartridge though. No idea if that engine belonged with that truck either.

 

Anyway, the advice to strip the engine down without trying to start it is excellent.  It will need to be done anyway, and there's no point in damaging it.  If the engine is beyond help, pretty much any small block will fit in there, but original is always cool.


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Posted November 06, 2013 - 07:52 PM

What year did the 283's switch to a canister filter?  I know my friend's '63 had a canister, but it seems to me that engine was out of something newer.  I remember a '64? ('66?) pick-up with the cartridge though. No idea if that engine belonged with that truck either.

 

Anyway, the advice to strip the engine down without trying to start it is excellent.  It will need to be done anyway, and there's no point in damaging it.  If the engine is beyond help, pretty much any small block will fit in there, but original is always cool.

My 66 Nova still has a cartridge and I believe it is the original engine. I think that the 307 that came out in 68 was canister. I know that in 63 Whitney was selling a kit that screwed into the cartridge area and converted it to canisters. The adapter gasket had to be replaced every few years. The gas stations I worked, in the late 60s, had to stock those gaskets. Another stroll(or cruise) down memory lane. I'm becoming like the old guys that I used to talk to when I was a kid. They'd tell about Stanley Steamers, WWI, pouring babbit bearings, and speak easys. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted November 06, 2013 - 08:31 PM

If you want to save that engine, do not try to start it. They had a cartridge oil filter and the oils were lousy in those days. Chances are the timing chain has jumped a gear. You are best off pulling the engine and transmission to start. Disassemble and evaluate them. You also need to carefully inspect the frame. As I recall from 45 years ago, the frame has an "X" to it. I seem to remember they had warping problems. You just have to identify and correct any distortions.

 

If you do fix it up there is an adapter you can add that replaces the cartridge oil filter with a standart cannister filter. Find the shop manual and a Motor's Manual for it. Your practice on GTs can now be expanded. Good Luck, Rick

i don't know if i will pull the engine just yet im going to drain the tank change the oil and filter to see whats in it along with pulling the intake off. if it doesn't look horrible i will try to start it. i have had good luck with other engines similar to this that i have gotten running with out much effort. 


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Posted November 06, 2013 - 08:36 PM

in a different thread i bought and then traded an oliver potato digger for this 1960 chevy impala. It needs a lot of TLC and wd40. the motor is free and it is a 283 v8.enough text here is the pics you are all waiting for.

 

Cool Impala, Nbent, while all my friends back in the 60's were all crazy about the Chevy IIs, Chevelles and later the Camaro craze, I was always most fond of the big 'ol Impala size cars and I really liked 4 door hardtops like this! Depending on your goals with this car, and how much you have invested, It may not hurt to try to make it fire. Pull the plugs and turn it over by hand a bunch of times if it don't thunk to a stop, there's no bolts or nuts dropped down the intake, and slop in the timing chain can be determined at the same time. 

 

It can be driven the way it looks, clean it up put seat covers on it and work on it as you drive it. Too many people, including me, start taking everything apart right away then there they sit overwhelmed, I have one I took apart, and one I decided to just make it run and work on it as I go. Guess which one is more fun right now----and most affordable too.

 

Just my opinion, If it was something like Barrett-Jackson material, sure take it apart and do everything to the meticulous extreme, but this car could be a blast just to have as a driver.

 

Later---DAC


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