That is a awesome story.. It looks like he is still driving it like the day he bought it back in 64 and that is priceless!!!Car is looking great! I do love that style and the direction you are going. I helped a buddy bag a 62 caddy and had all stuff to bag my 66 olds Starfire, but life got in the way and that car is gone.
Just wanted to share a pic of my wifes grandfather's 64 Impala SS. He bought this car new in 64. In the 70's he was driving it to trade it in on a .......wait for it....VW!!! Luckily it started running rough so he didn't go to the dealer. It ended up sitting in his garage for almost 30 years and brought up to driving condition in the early 2000's. He was an engineer and kept every record possible in a binder in the trunk. Pretty cool to read back through. In the last year a buddy and I did a major tune up, replaced the radiator and did a bunch small stuff like gas gauge, etc. He is 87 years old and just wants to keep it on the road to drive, as stock as possible. Ok fine, the second pic is him leaving my house after the tune-up.
So sorry to hear of Your Misfortune during this time of the Year, Unc!Full of shit ..... another delay.
Well, I got the quotes back from the upholstery shops and was about to pull the trigger on getting it done when a normal pump out of my septic system revealed that my septic tank needs to be replaced. There went the money for the interior re-do. I'm hoping that I can get it rescheduled for sometime in Jan/Feb once I've recovered from the extra expense of the Holidays. Frustrated over this delay but finances dictate a lot of things when you're retired. Hopefully I'll have pics of the competed car in the next 60-90 days.
Really enjoyed the back story anyway! When it comes to modern vehicles I've always been a Ford guy... especially their trucks. I have a 2010 F-250 and a 1965 F-350. But when it comes to classic muscle cars I've leaned toward Chevys (Mopar lovers throw stuff!) My dream car has always been the '63 Splitwindow Corvette, but unless the Powerball is in my future I'll just have to stare at pictures! LOL1965 Impala build
OK, the reason I gave you a lot of detail about where it came from and how I acquired it was for a couple of reasons.
The only reason I have a Tundra is that I just much prefer driving a pick up over a car. Putting money into a classic truck is usually money well spent these days. Pick ups have been really hot over the past 5+ years. I can't believe the number of high dollar custom trucks that have been/are being built. Lots of $75-125k trucks out there at hot rod events and auctions. On the 'stock' side of things, it's hard to believe you can actually spend $70,000 on a loaded new Dodge, Chevy, Ford half ton. I have a soft spot for late '60s/early '70s step side C10s. I spent an average 60 hours a week in company owned pickups during that time period. They were equipped with SB V8s and were quite quick .... once you got them off the line.I have a 1976 C10 I have been messing around with. Got it running last spring after it had sat for 7 or 8 years. Got hooked on driving it. Blew it up on the way home from work one night. Have a new motor in it now. I just keep spending $ on it.
Having a solid plan will keep you on track. You're right about classic cars/hot rods being money pits. For damned sure about half the project will cost double of what you had planned for!My sympathies. My '68 Wildcat coupe developed a head gasket leak earlier this year and to be prudent I parked it, after 15,000 miles in 4yrs. I just KNOW from experience that once I pull the heads and send them off to be tested a solid money pit will start to appear under the car and it will take some filling. So I had to make a command decision. In 2019 all money is going into the 2019 Road Glide, associated parts and paying it all off. The Wildcat is gonna have to wait until 2020. I ain't made of money.
I actually prefer the 67-72 body style but this one was "free" from my father in law. Now I'm about $5k into it with no end in sight. It is actually fun just to play with. I have no idea how far I'm going with it. Your project is way ahead of mine Fuzzy. Good luck.I have a soft spot for late '60s/early '70s step side C10s. I spent an average 60 hours a week in company owned pickups during that time period. They were equipped with SB V8s and were quite quick .... once you got them off the line.