I threw together a short slide show video with photos of Mikes 1964 Implala SS. The paint work is approaching completion currently I still have to paint the hood, deck lid, and the steering column. The radiator support core, front wheel well housing, bumper supports and bumper brackets also need to be paint in a flat black single stage paint. Check out the video see the condition Impala was in when we took delivery of it last April. Compared to it’s current condition, this car has come a long ways.
I arrived at Glory Days at 7:30 this morning. I spent 8 hours of my day working on getting the Impala fuel door fit to the car. I had to completely redo all of the work that had already been done.
Unfortunately this project is moving a lot slower than the MGB-GT is. This is because the car required a lot more sheet metal work. Drilling out spot welds, fitting panels, welding plug welds, grinding welds takes a lot longer than one might think it will.
Ounce the complete floor pan was installed, welded in, and all the welds were ground. It was then time to move onto installing a complete trunk floor. Meaning the only area of the floor pan in this car that has not been replace is the rear wheel well arch were the rear axle and fuel tank sit.
Old trunk pan cut out of car with plasma cutter.
Trunk floor not installed
Hand fabricated patch panel
New trunk pan installed
Here the new trunk pan is installed and test fitting the new deck lid.
Seat brackets and console brackets fit to the new floor pan.
I’m sorry Jesse. What’s that… I’m number one.
I was impressed the Roller Hoop Rotisserie held an additional 400lbs and did not enough budge when these two were climbing in and out of the car.
Please allow me to introduce Cole. This young man started working for Glory Days Automotive Restoration on Monday the 23rd. Day one I put the this young man to work priming two MG Midget bonnets (hoods), and two boots (deck lids). Wednesday Cole block sanded those four body panels with a long block, and 80 grit sand paper. Here he is pictured working on the 1964 Chevrolet Impala, Cole applied a chemical etch to the sheet metal. Washed off the etch with water. Wiped the panels dry with disposable shop towels, used compressed air to make certain everything was completely dry. Then applied a coat of master series master coat to prevent this car from every rusting again.
At first I was a bit nervous just have a person climbing into the vehicle sitting on the Roller Hoop Rotisserie, so we put jack stands under each of the rocker panels just in case. But I was pleasantly surprised because the car did not budge
I finally finished mounting the 1964 Chevrolet Impala to the Roller Hoop yesterday afternoon. It took me about 16 hours including interruptions to get the shell of the car welded in centered and braced were I wanted it to sit. Here is a short 10 minute video, this is my first time using the roller hoop.
The second important event that has occurred Glory Days Automotive Restoration purchased a Roller Hoop. On May 8th 2014 I drove up to Lincoln Nebraska to Auto Kraft Body and Paint, and purchase a roller hoop automotive rotisserie.
It has been some time since I have taken the time to sit down and write a blog posting . We have had a couple major events that should be mentioned. The first being that Glory Days Automotive Restoration signed on a new customer who own a 1964 Chevrolet SS Impala; 327, powerglide transmission, power steering, and air conditioning. The owner, Mike has contracted us to perform all the sheet metal, body work, and paint. Mike is going to restore the frame, suspension steering and brakes. This car is going to require a lot of work. As with most 50 year old vehicles, one can only imaging what this car has seen in it’s life time.
One of the previous owners had already started a restoration on the Impala, but when closely inspecting the car, the decision was made that all the sheet metal work was going to need to be redone…