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Vehicle sighting - 1964 Chevy Bel Air #5207015 09/07/19 11:00 AM
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Saw this beauty yesterday, in front of the garage where the '60 Impala was a couple of months ago. The complex blue and green paint job is obviously not from the factory, but looks great in real life. I wish the hood had been up - I think there's a good chance the car came equipped with an inline-6, and wonder whether the six has been replaced by a 350. The column-mounted shifter is a classic PRNDL, indicating a 2-speed Powerglide way back when.

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I had two of them straight 6 with 3 on the tree and another with a 283 3 on the tree, they were not that pretty though. Thanks for posting the pic, brings back memories.


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Nice pictures Thanx! I hope it has the 230 6. Way too many great cars and trucks ruined by an SBC


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Re: Vehicle sighting - 1964 Chevy Bel Air [Re: Number_35] #5207027 09/07/19 11:16 AM
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Re: Vehicle sighting - 1964 Chevy Bel Air [Re: Number_35] #5207029 09/07/19 11:18 AM
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To bad it's not a 2 door. Not sure why GM made the Bel Air and the Impala almost identical.

Re: Vehicle sighting - 1964 Chevy Bel Air [Re: Trav] #5207041 09/07/19 11:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Trav
I had two of them straight 6 with 3 on the tree and another with a 283 3 on the tree, they were not that pretty though. Thanks for posting the pic, brings back memories.


My first car was a 1963 Impala (three taillights, not two) - 230 cube straight 6, 3-on-the-tree with Overdrive.

Black with red interior... not as nice as this!


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Re: Vehicle sighting - 1964 Chevy Bel Air [Re: andyd] #5207054 09/07/19 12:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Linctex
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I had two of them straight 6 with 3 on the tree and another with a 283 3 on the tree, they were not that pretty though. Thanks for posting the pic, brings back memories.


My first car was a 1963 Impala (three taillights, not two) - 230 cube straight 6, 3-on-the-tree with Overdrive.

Black with red interior... not as nice as this!
And my first was an old battered rusty '63 Biscayne wagon, 6-banger with a 3 on the tree. Dad tried to trade it in when he bought the '67 Chrysler Newport in '72 but they wouldn't give him anything for it. It sat for almost two years until I was driving. These cars were undervalued at the time. They were just old tired workhorses in the '70s.

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Nice pictures Thanx! I hope it has the 230 6. Way too many great cars and trucks ruined by an SBC
Agreed, I like it when they're kept original. Did see a '67 Biscayne a couple of years ago - it was an unrestored survivor. Talked with the owner and was amazed to see the inline=6 when he opened the hood for me.

Re: Vehicle sighting - 1964 Chevy Bel Air [Re: Number_35] #5207101 09/07/19 01:24 PM
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Nice looking car, but those Dayton wheels... puke puke


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Back in the day when GM produced nothing but classic designs. RIP "old" GM!


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My first car in 1980 was a 66 Impala, 283 power glide. Great reliable car, lots of high school era memories with that car. Wish I still had it.


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Nice car. Thanks for posting.


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Re: Vehicle sighting - 1964 Chevy Bel Air [Re: Number_35] #5207152 09/07/19 02:45 PM
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The powerglide on my 1957 Chevy was PNDLR, not PRNDL. Are you sure it was PRNDL on this car?

Back then they put Low and Reverse next to each other so you could rock a car out of a mired situation.

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Originally Posted by Kestas
The powerglide on my 1957 Chevy was PNDLR, not PRNDL. Are you sure it was PRNDL on this car?
Back then they put Low and Reverse next to each other so you could rock a car out of a mired situation.
Chevy changed the shift pattern in 1958 due to safety concerns.

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Re: Vehicle sighting - 1964 Chevy Bel Air [Re: Number_35] #5207200 09/07/19 03:56 PM
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My buddy had two in a row with a 283, 3 on-the-tree. We’d go 80 miles per hour in 2nd gear before shifting into 3rd. laugh

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Originally Posted by Snagglefoot
My buddy had two in a row with a 283, 3 on-the-tree. We’d go 80 miles per hour in 2nd gear before shifting into 3rd. laugh

That was about the same gearing my '68 Impala SS 327/300 HP convertible had with its' Turbo 400-55 in 1st, probably 85 in 2nd, I never was brave enough ti top it out in 3rd (broken top frame, flapped at high speed when up).


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