If you saw my post from last week, then you may have already seen a little hint of this car. There was one picture in the post where the Diamond T was sitting in the field and this car was parked next to it. So, if you did read last week’s post, then you also know how excited I was to bring the Diamond T back to the shop. But, when finding real treasure, you also have to absorb everything around it. You never know what you might find.
In this case, we have what looks like a plain-jane 1966 four-door Impala. Of course most people think it has too many doors. But these days, cars with two-doors are harder to find and they are getting expensive. A good four-door like this would be a great car to start with and is family friendly.
So as I loaded the trailer, I knew I had some quality inventory, but it wasn’t until we started cleaning it out that the true story came out. This is what excites us. This is why I come to the shop every day. This if really cool stuff!
In the glove-box, we found papers. Lots of papers.
From the build sheet we can see that the car was born on June 20, 1966. It was blessed with a High Output 327 cubic inch small block, a two-speed transmission, 12-bolt rear-end, heavy suspension, and optional lights in the rear bumper.
From the warranty we can see who bought the car on October 3, 1966, and we have the Protect-O-Plate. How cool is that?
Today, it has a little over 97,000 miles and I believe it spent its whole life in Southeastern Montana. I was told that the transmission went out before being parked in the field. When I brought it home, the car was mostly a dull, gold color, bu there were also parts that were red. Upon closer inspection, we found that the original red metallic paint had oxidized and turn into what we saw as gold. After a long day of scrubbing, we now have it back to mostly red.
It’s all cleaned up now and ready to move on to its new home. This one has a lot of potential and I am sure it will be cruising the street soon enough.
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