Ray's Chevy Restoration Site

Photos and History of Dad's 1963 Impala SS

Page 2 of 6 ... January 1998 - January 2000

Body, Paint, and Trim

This photo was taken at the body shop. The front fender has been stripped and etch primed. The door is off to have some rust welded up. The hood also had quite a bit of rust along the front edge so we ended up replacing that with a better one off a parts car.

There was a fair amount of rust on the driver side quarter panel. The passenger side wasn't as bad, but both sides were cut out and replaced with patch panels from the wheel opening forward. The above photo also shows the several layers of paint that were on the car.

November 1999 -The Impala was painted with Dupont ChromaBase in its original color of Ermine White.

December 1999 -About a week after the car came back from the body shop, we started putting it back together.

We used re-chromed bumpers from Bumper Boyz, a nice used grille, and NOS hood lip molding and fender trim to complete the front end. The hood emblem and fender spears are excellent reproductions from Trim Parts.

We also added an original power brake booster.

Next, we installed new door and roof rail weatherstripping. We also put in some of the new interior parts (package tray and dash pad) before taking the car to an upholstery shop for the rest.

Continue on to Page 3 (January 2000 - August 2004 ... Interior and After Photos)

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