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My First '64 Impala

 

Considering that both my mechanical skills and budget are limited, it has taken a while to restore my '64 Impala. A full frame-off restoration isn't practical, but I do want to make Betty look and run her best within reason.

I've broken the restoration down into mechanical and cosmetic categories. My first priorities were the mechanical repairs Betty needed so I could drive and enjoy her. I've made cosmetic improvements as time and money allow. Most of the mechanical systems have been restored, repaired or overhauled, and the only major cosmetic project is to replace the door panels and—I hope—install power windows.

I've replaced some parts and done some repairs more than once. In some cases, such as tires and batteries, it was simply replacing something that had worn out or doing regular maintenance. In other instances, such as the air conditioning control lever, junkyard parts have broken just like the original ones did.

Special thanks go out to my Dad for generously contributing toward the initial mechanical repairs out of his car expense fund. And Betty wouldn't run as well as she does without a ton of help from two friends, George Stebbins in Arizona and Sam Womack in Oregon. I met George at a car show in March, 2000, and he did at least 90% of the work taking Betty's engine apart and putting it back together when I had it rebuilt, plus a variety of other repairs. Since moving to Oregon, Sam has taken over for George, and he also came up with unique solutions to my ideas. To see the tissue dispenser Sam built to cover my stereo, go to the Interior page.

Mechanical Repairs
Date
Description Supplier Price
3/2/99
Fix backup lights, diagnose hot starting problem. TMK Mobil, Chandler, AZ $80.57
3/3/99
Spark plugs, spark plug wires, distributor cap for tune up Checker Auto Parts $54.56
3/6/99
Four P195/75R14 whitewall tires Discount Tire Company $212.60
3/15/99
Starter and solenoid NAPA Auto Parts, Gilbert, AZ $47.89
3/16/99
Starter installation TMK Mobil, Chandler, AZ $52.00
3/16/99
Air conditioning hoses, drier, conversion to R134A refrigerant Arizona Auto Air, Tempe, AZ $361.84
4/27/99
Upper/lower bushings, stabilizer links, idler arm, front-end alignment, transmission service Purcell's Western States Goodyear, Phoenix, AZ $626.47
5/6/99
Repack front wheel bearings Purcell's Western States Goodyear, Phoenix, AZ $36.77
5/29/99
Oil filler breather cap Checker Auto Parts $4.28
6/30/99
Motor mounts Purcell's Western States Goodyear, Phoenix, AZ $165.09
7/7/99
Air conditioning compressor Arizona Auto Air, Tempe, AZ $835.33
7/11/99
Battery cables, ground wire, 13 psi radiator cap Checker Auto Parts $16.58
7/12/99
Hot/Cold light sending unit Obsolete Chevrolet Parts Co. $26.27
9/9/99
Exhaust manifold to exhaust pipe gaskets Midas Brakes & Mufflers, Phoenix, AZ $114.86
11/18/99
Four halogen headlights, trunk compartment light bulb NAPA Auto Parts, Gilbert, AZ $24.26
2/15/00
Adjust headlight aim, replace belts, flush coolant, new thermostat gasket Purcell's Western States Goodyear, Phoenix, AZ $181.36
5/8/00
Two mufflers Midas Brakes & Mufflers, Phoenix, AZ $172.73
5/9/00
Auxiliary air conditioning condenser fan Midas Brakes & Mufflers, Phoenix, AZ $175.81
5/22/00
Air conditioning condenser for R134a Alexander's Auto Services, Mesa, AZ $341.47
5/26/00
Air conditioning control lever Hidden Valley Auto Parts, Maricopa, AZ $35.00
6/5/00
Air conditioning/heater/defroster slider cables Classic Industries $41.90
7/17/00
Carburetor rebuild kit; parts chemical dip NAPA Auto Parts, Gilbert, AZ $66.18
7/24/00
Heat riser valve Checker Auto Parts $49.82
8/15/00
Vacuum advance NAPA Auto Parts, Gilbert, AZ $14.76
8/22/00
Vacuum modulator valve NAPA Auto Parts, Gilbert, AZ $14.10
9/5/00
Choke heat riser tube, fuel pump, glove box bumpers, heater hose set, two rear coil springs, shift lever grommet, starter solenoid heat shield, deck lid wiring harness Car Shop $213.00
9/6/00
GM reconditioned water pump National Impala Association $38.95
9/7/00
Driveshaft universal joints, center support bearing Gold Star Driveshaft, Mesa, AZ $114.68
9/9/00
Four Gabriel gas-charged shock absorbers AutoZone $65.34
9/19/00
Door jamb light switch, exhaust manifold lock plates, exhaust manifold mounting bolts, hood insulation, control-arm dust shield, spark plug heat shield, transmission mount pad Car Shop $79.00
9/22/00
Exhaust manifold sandblasting Case Sandblasting, Phoenix, AZ $22.50
9/23/00
PCV valve, five qts. 30W Valvoline motor oil, two gallons Prestone antifreeze, one case automatic transmission fluid, upper/lower radiator hoses NAPA Auto Parts, Gilbert, AZ $69.74
9/23/00
Eight AC Delco spark plugs Pep Boys Auto Parts $9.52
9/25/00
Powerglide transmission overhaul Denny's Transmission Service, Phoenix, AZ $413.11
9/26/00
Engine rebuild with hardened valve seats Five Star Engine Exchange, Glendale, AZ $833.53
9/28/00
Flywheel Chapman Chevrolet, Tempe, AZ $117.07
10/15/00
Alternator Checker Auto Parts $42.95
12/8/00
Neutral Safety Switch Car Shop $12.00
7/23/01
Battery Checker Auto Parts $43.11
9/8/01
Air conditioning control lever Hidden Valley Auto Parts, Maricopa, AZ $53.30
10/5/01
Radiator Core Patko Auto & Tire, Phoenix, AZ $323.65
11/21/01
HVAC Fan Switch Impala Bob's $35.52
1/15/02
Rear anti-sway bar Performance Suspension Technology $139.00
1/21/02
Four wheel cylinders, four brake spring kits, two front, one rear brake hoses Harmon's $232.93
1/21/02
Power brake conversion kit Southside Auto, Minneapolis, MN $320.00
3/3/02
Four drum brake shoes NAPA Auto Parts, Gilbert, AZ $29.62
3/9/02
Turn four brake drums AutoZone $24.00
4/25/02
Voltage regulator NAPA Auto Parts, Gilbert, AZ $11.85
8/26/02
Four P205/75R14 whitewall tires Discount Tire Company $320.06
9/26/02
Power steering slave cylinder mounting kit, steering column coupling grease boot, four door lock knobs Car Shop $51.50
10/21/02
Battery, battery cables Checker Auto Parts $33.13
10/31/02
Power steering pump to high-pressure hose line Impala Bob's $10.73
11/9/02
Spark plugs, points, condenser NAPA Auto Parts, Gilbert, AZ $56.47
11/9/02
Front lower control arm bushings Impala Bob's $28.10
2/11/03
Power Steering Hose NAPA Auto Parts, Gilbert, AZ $17.30
2/13/03
Door Lock Knobs Impala Bob's $6.26
3/3/03
Brake rebuild parts NAPA Auto Parts, Gilbert, AZ $145.48
3/20/03
Brake rebuild parts Car Shop $32.50
4/3/03
Brake drums Checker Auto Parts $21.55
4/19/03
Control arm bushing installation Mike Peters Automotive, Phoenix, AZ $150.00
4/24/03
Front-end alignment Patko Auto & Tire, Phoenix, AZ $53.23
4/24/03
Calibrate Speedometer Dick's Speed-O-Tach, Phoenix, AZ $76.35
6/13/03
Pertronix Ignitor II electronic ignition, Flame Thrower coil Loper's Performance, Mesa, AZ $140.03
6/18/03
Brake master cylinder NAPA Auto Parts, Gilbert, AZ $81.93
6/18/03
Machine distributor NAPA Auto Parts, Glendale, AZ $15.48
6/19/03
Convert A/C back to R-12 Freon® Alexander's Auto Services, Mesa, AZ $311.64
7/3/03
Rear axle bearings Santa Barbara Discount Tire, Santa Barbara, CA $746.41
7/22/03
Battery, Hot/Cold light sending unit NAPA Auto Parts, Gresham, OR $76.02
2/16/04
Windshield wiper motor NAPA Auto Parts, Corvallis, OR $61.37
4/12/04
Bosch Platinum spark plugs, PCV, fuel filter, etc. NAPA Auto Parts, Corvallis, OR $41.62
5/17/04
Windshield wiper motor installation Malcolm's Auto Electric, Corvallis, OR $201.63
10/9/04
Exhaust gasket replacement Midas Brakes & Mufflers, Salem, OR $74.95
11/3/04
Power steering pump NAPA Auto Parts, Corvallis, OR $50.21
11/22/04
Hot/Cold light sending unit
NAPA Auto Parts, Corvallis, OR $15.34
  Subtotal $9,816.09
Cosmetic Improvements
Date
Description Supplier
Price
3/3/99
Front turn signal lenses Impala Bob's
$26.75
3/16/99
327 Turbo Fire valve cover decals National Impala Association
$8.00
4/2/99
Outside mirror with Bowtie Impala Bob's
$69.63
5/17/99
Five OEM-style seat belts, inside rear-view mirror, hood insulation kit The Paddock
$204.60
5/26/99
Two seat-belt buckle emblems Chevrolet Accessories Classic Industries
$16.40
6/3/99
Windshield wiper dashboard switch All American Classics, Vancouver, WA
$15.00
6/29/99
Two clip-on seat belt retractors Andover Automotive
$18.00
7/31/99
Chevrolet script grill emblem, driver's side vent window regulator Hidden Valley Auto Parts, Maricopa, AZ
$53.00
10/18/99
Three-piece trunk and rear cove moldings, rear emblem insert, front emblem insert, side molding clip set Impala Bob's
$317.15
10/19/99
Right front, right rear, left rear door shells Hidden Valley Auto Parts, Maricopa, AZ
$450.00
10/21/99
Two 327 front fender flags emblems National Impala Association
$26.00
11/12/99
Paint and body repair Earl Scheib Paint & Body, Phoenix, AZ
$1,533.95
11/30/99
Headlamp bezel National Impala Association
$20.95
6/2/00
Powerglide column shift lever, turn signal lever The Filling Station
$37.00
6/23/00
Two coat hooks, new car price sticker, two 327 Turbo Fire valve cover decals, front air cleaner decal, dual front speakers, glovebox liner, rear antenna assembly, column shift knob Year One
$144.79
9/2/00
Chevrolet orange engine paint, primer, aircraft paint remover Space Age Paint, Mesa, AZ
$37.54
9/5/00
A/C compressor decal, 327 air cleaner decal, A/C window decal, two genuine GM key blanks, GM suggested retail price brochure, 1964 Chevrolet Accessories brochure Car Shop
$18.50
9/19/00
Chevrolet orange engine paint, Gloss Black engine paint, prepall, primer, sandpaper Pep Boys Auto Parts
$89.68
12/8/00
Day/night rear-view mirror, interior mirror mounting bracket Car Shop
$80.00
5/11/01
Window Tinting, LLumar AU75 New Century Detail & Tint, Tempe, AZ
$180.00
9/26/01
Realistic FM Converter eBay
$34.50
10/8/01
Electric Clock Reconditioning The Clock Works
$47.95
10/20/01
Cigarette Lighter Impala Bob's
$21.51
1/14/02
Seat covers, carpet, headliner, floor insulation kit Harmon's
$879.56
1/15/02
Rear seat package tray National Impala Association
$57.95
1/15/02
Fourdoor hardtop interior center pillar covers James' Impala Parts
$25.00
2/2/02
Radio speaker Impala Bob's
$43.07
2/10/02
Interior paint Space Age Paint, Mesa, AZ
$54.04
3/9/02
Interior installation R&S Upholstery, Glendale, AZ
$620.00
8/31/02
Steering wheel emblem Classic Industries
$44.90
10/29/02
Delco AM radio eBay
$40.00
10/14/03
Panasonic AM/FM stereo with CD player Car Toys, Salem, OR
$251.38
11/24/03
Rear seat foam Foam Center, Salem, OR
$70.00
4/7/04
Tissue Dispenser Car Shop
$45.00
5/2/04
Tachometer NAPA Auto Parts, Salem, OR
$66.95
7/22/04
Replacement hubcap eBay
$35.00
12/4/04
Chrome exhaust tips Midas Brakes & Mufflers, Salem, OR
$26.00
12/10/04
Two 250-horsepower valve cover decals Year One
$5.00
Subtotal
$5,714.75
 
Grand Total
$15,530.84

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