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Fick4fun
Posted 2016-04-10 8:31 AM (#509057)
Subject: 1963 imperial


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Hello every one I'm new to forums and was told this is the one for me. I have purchased a 1963 imperial with 29k on it from a buddies dad. The car has been in the barn since 74 I did get car running and driving but in turn have bent a push rod in cylinder 5. The motor is out and at shop to get redone so while I have motor out I am going to clean fire wall and frame and put disc brakes on front. Any help or tips would be great .thanks again new friends

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Fick4fun
Posted 2016-04-13 6:43 AM (#509273 - in reply to #509057)
Subject: RE: 1963 imperial


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Started tearing the front end off and let me tell you that thing is heavy. Lots of work to do on the fire wall before it gets paint and I'm going to por the frame where I can get at it for now. Any body know where I can get a brake booster.



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Paul Hettick
Posted 2016-04-14 2:24 PM (#509389 - in reply to #509057)
Subject: Re: 1963 imperial


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Just a suggestion. If the car only has 29 k on it why not just carefully clean it up and keep it as a survivor?
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Paul Hettick
Posted 2016-04-14 2:26 PM (#509390 - in reply to #509057)
Subject: Re: 1963 imperial


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Just a suggestion. If the car only has 29 k on it why not just carefully clean it up and keep it as a survivor? The car looks fantastic as is.
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Fick4fun
Posted 2016-04-14 4:11 PM (#509403 - in reply to #509057)
Subject: Re: 1963 imperial


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I am going to keep it as close as I can to that. It doesn't need much but when u have the motor out might as well clean and paint fire wall. I am also putting disc brake conversion on front so it is safer for family drives. I'm just trying to get it a little more up to date 30+ years on a barn does not help some things. I'll show u pics and what ever on it way to not being changed much
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imopar380
Posted 2016-04-14 10:39 PM (#509423 - in reply to #509403)
Subject: Re: 1963 imperial



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Nice car, welcome. Many people will tell you this is technically not a Forward Look car, but I will agree to disagree with them, as it retains the last vestiges of the Forward Look design by Virgil Exner! Basically it is a 61 Imperial with the fins shaved down, but IMHO the fins are still there, albeit almost horizontal! So there. :-)
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NicksGarage
Posted 2016-04-14 10:42 PM (#509424 - in reply to #509057)
Subject: Re: 1963 imperial



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These have more fins than a '61 Plymouth. I've helped pull front clips from these in the junkyard without a hoist and it's not very fun.
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Fick4fun
Posted 2016-04-15 9:05 AM (#509456 - in reply to #509057)
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I wish I didn't have to pull apart at all but you can't win every time. Wish I would have pulled off tires first would have been easier I'll prob finish fire wall this weekend and prob start putting it back together. I need to find passenger inner shear panel in the fender well this one is missing.
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NicksGarage
Posted 2016-04-15 9:35 AM (#509461 - in reply to #509057)
Subject: Re: 1963 imperial



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Time to address any suspension issues as well. Are you going to put the motor back in with the front clip off?
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Fick4fun
Posted 2016-04-15 9:47 AM (#509462 - in reply to #509057)
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Yes and I am going disc brakes on front and look for all the bushings and front suspensions parts to make it like new.
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FINS!
Posted 2016-04-23 9:46 PM (#510091 - in reply to #509057)
Subject: RE: 1963 imperial


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Beautiful car! I have a '63 convertible. Try Booster Dewey exchange if you still need a booster.
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Fick4fun
Posted 2016-04-24 8:26 PM (#510125 - in reply to #509057)
Subject: Re: 1963 imperial


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He is my next call after I get motor back in and the little things back together. Don't want to many irons in the fire I'll lose track.
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Fick4fun
Posted 2016-05-09 6:36 AM (#511086 - in reply to #509057)
Subject: Re: 1963 imperial


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Just finished working the fire wall yesterday. Starting to put back together. Starting on the inner fenders and engine compartment. Then hopefully I get motor back soon



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oldwood
Posted 2016-05-09 4:08 PM (#511120 - in reply to #509057)
Subject: Re: 1963 imperial


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Fick4fun
Posted 2016-05-09 5:29 PM (#511124 - in reply to #511120)
Subject: Re: 1963 imperial


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What kind of shape is it still in and what r u looking to get out of it

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Fick4fun
Posted 2016-05-21 7:58 AM (#512072 - in reply to #509057)
Subject: Re: 1963 imperial


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Did a little worried in engine compartment soon I'll have it all back together.



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Fick4fun
Posted 2016-06-23 6:41 PM (#514891 - in reply to #509057)
Subject: Re: 1963 imperial


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Finally got motor back and I hope it goes in easy



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Rodger
Posted 2016-06-23 10:44 PM (#514906 - in reply to #509057)
Subject: Re: 1963 imperial


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Hola

As I look at the colour of The Engine --- what colour is it ???



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Fick4fun
Posted 2016-06-24 7:10 AM (#514923 - in reply to #509057)
Subject: Re: 1963 imperial


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Ya that is not the color i wanted it was sopoused to be chrysler turquoise but the build shop put chrysler blue so I'm going to have to repaint it and put a bunch of brackets on that were left off and if anybody knows or has put headers on these old cars let me know if it's worth it.
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Fick4fun
Posted 2016-07-08 7:02 AM (#516207 - in reply to #509057)
Subject: Re: 1963 imperial


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There i fixed the color now I just need to put back together and get her on the road.



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Fick4fun
Posted 2016-09-09 7:21 PM (#520885 - in reply to #509057)
Subject: Re: 1963 imperial


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Just about done with motor. Next step clean frame and put together.



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Posted 2016-09-09 7:50 PM (#520893 - in reply to #509057)
Subject: Re: 1963 imperial


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Nice lookin engine ,You need to spend the time to get that alternator detailed ,If you find a good alternator shop they can clean and clear coat it it will look Great ,Keep up the good work ,Nice car .
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Fick4fun
Posted 2017-12-02 8:05 PM (#553581 - in reply to #520893)
Subject: Re: 1963 imperial


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She is now up and running



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SaratogaFan
Posted 2017-12-03 8:09 PM (#553632 - in reply to #509057)
Subject: RE: 1963 imperial



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Beautiful Car!
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