Today we got the body and doors back from the body shop, installed the body onto the frame and Phil was able to paint the doors, and put a first coat of paint on the roof.
Tomorrow Phil should be done sign painting and we just might have a running motor; keep your fingers crossed! More photos and maybe even a video tomorrow…
Body on the car! Note the new wheels will get here early next week; these are the old original ones which we are going to sand blast as a backup pair later.
Restored dash and original gauges ready to go into the car tomorrow!
I hope to see this car in person some day. You’re doing a fantastic job. Keep It up!!!!
I just want to thank you for sharing the restoration of this wonderful car. I check your site every day to see the progress. I own several 65 Impala’s just wish i could get work done as fast as you. Thanks again for letting all us ol chevy guys follow along. Mike
Was that the orginal color of the car?
The copper pipe coming out of the left taillight is that the fuel vent?
I noticed in some of the older pics that the left taillight was missing.
Where in the world are you getting six lug wheels to fit? Custom made.
It is looking great.
YES everything is original down to the little copper pipe 🙂 Seriously though, this car was complete — pretty much all we did is media blast her, restore the mechanicals and reinstall — The color is Evening Orchid, a factory color in 1965 on I believe all full size cars including Pontiac GTO and Impalas — The little copper pipe is a fuel overflow — See this photo for how it was connected when we got her (its black in this picture because of corrosion) https://nascarimpala.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/10_small.jpg
Re: the wheels, yep they are custom alright. Stockton Wheel in you guessed it, Stockton California are making them up for us. They used to build GN stock car wheels back in the day for the west coast teams.