Time to Shine: 1964 Chevy Impala Has "Only 2 Holes" in the Floor, Full Restoration Needed

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Photo: eBay seller revolucion-mexicana13
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With a new generation on the radar, it didn't make sense for Chevrolet to invest heavily in the 1964 Impala. And yet, the GM brand still introduced welcome refinements, including the engine department, where the 409 was again a worthy big-block option.
The 1964 Impala remained a full-size model whose sales were continuously rising. It was already the best-selling model in the United States, but the 1964 model year fueled the growth, paving the way for a major achievement in 1965. The next Impala became the first car in the US whose sales surpassed one million units in one year.

A 1964 Impala hit the web earlier this week to look for a new home.

I hate to provide spoilers, but I must warn you from the very beginning that this Impala isn't aimed at the faint of heart. It's a rough project with "only two holes" in the floors (the seller's own words), but the rust has already made the typical victims. Many parts are also missing, likely as this Impala served as a donor for another project.

Say what you want about it, but this 1964 Impala doesn't deserve to be thrown into the crusher. I've seen many rough cars, but eBay seller revolucion-mexicana13 says this Impala still has all the side trim, and the frame is solid. These could be considered good starting points for restoration, especially because you also get the door and the side panels.

The car still has its front and back seats, albeit not in good shape, though it no longer has a drivetrain. I'm certain the engine and the transmission were donated to another Impala, so if you want to bring it to the road, you'll need a new mill to put the wheels in motion. While most people consider the lack of an engine and a transmission a reason to walk away, look at it this way: without a drivetrain, the car is more affordable, leaving the door open to any engine upgrade you like.

A 409 would be great for a restored Impala, and I recently found a bunch of them on Craigslist at a decent price.

The best way to tell if this Impala is worth a second chance is to check it out in person, so contact the seller and discuss all details before bidding. They posted the car on eBay without a reserve, meaning that it only needs a single bid to leave for a new home. Fortunately, the car has already received an offer from someone willing to pay $300. I expect the battle to get more intense in the next few days, especially as the bidding started a few hours ago, and diehard Impala fans haven't discovered this hardtop yet.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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