It's time to let go of the 67 Impala, it's been in the family 35 years. My grandfather bought it from the original owner in Ferndale, Washington, also where it was originally bought new in 1967. The car has been in Washington State for most of it's life, treated well, never wrecked.
My father drove the car to Toronto, Canada in 1999. It was never registered in Canada, just basically stored there. In September 2017, we drove it to Michigan where it was parked in storage. We had intended to drive to Washington State and invested $1500 in tires, muffler, and engine tune-up, but it was running rough shortly into our trip and we decided to park it and ship it home instead. I just got it trailered back to Washington in summer 2020.
It is registered in Washington state to me, Rob Blumanthal, with current 2021 plates and registration, and title is in hand. I have many of the Washington registration papers (from 1976-1999), and most of the receipts for parts and labor for the last 30 years, even all the old insurance cards grandpa kept. It has four brand new tires, new distributor, new muffler, new fuel filter gasket, new plugs and wires, distributor cap and points, and new coil. Also installed a new vacuum module on transmission.
Mileage is 157,600. The engine was rebuilt 50,000 miles ago. I had new plugs and wires put in and a tune up recently and it currently runs and drives. This is the original 327 Turbo-fire 275 HP engine and 3 speed Turbo-Hydratic 400 transmission (the 400 trans was used instead of the Powerglide 2 speed in the late 1967 models). It has the stock-from-factory larger valve heads on it, like on the corvettes, the biggest valves available on the 327. The heads were redone 25,000 miles ago, with new valve guides and seats also. Stock 4 barrel Rochester QuadraJet carburetor. It has a hesitation in the carburetor upon acceleration, briefly, then runs strong up to speed. It may need carb tuning or rebuild. The brakes are tight, the suspension is quiet and it rides smooth like floating on a cloud.
The body is straight and strong and is mostly cancer free. Mostly just surface rust. A few small rusty compromised spots on the bottom corner of the rear wheel wells, and some behind the front wheel well. Door jambs look good and rust free. There is small stretch dent above the passenger rear wheel well. There is a dent on the front pass. fender where the car was scraped by a trailer just last year. A few small dings here and there. It is the original paint, although some small spots are worn to metal. All trim pieces and chrome are intact, and bumpers are undented. The front windshield was replaced a few years ago and is in great shape.
The floor pans are solid. The frame is straight and solid. It needs straps for the gas tank soon. The rear body mounts on the trunk floor need attention as the metal is rusted through in those small areas. The trunk floor otherwise appears solid. There is some light rust deterioration under the rear deck from a window leak years ago. There is some deteriorated metal at the trunk seal along the rear edge.
It was stored in a garage barn for several years while in Canada, then about 5 years ago moved outside and tarped. The glass was all intact (for 50 years!) until 2016 when unfortunately a freak tree fell over and poked a hole in the rear glass window. So that will need to be replaced, the window trim is just slightly dented, and a small dent in the trunk, but for the large tree that fell, it was relatively light damage thankfully.
The interior is worn but in pretty decent shape, but was briefly exposed to some moisture through the open back window. Some light surface rust appearing on the dash, but otherwise good condition, all the knobs and buttons work except the clock. Tilt steering wheel. Heater works. Radio has stopped working just recently, could be a fuse. The headliner is nearly perfect. (The rear bench seat is not pictured but I had just removed it for cleaning, it is in pretty good shape but has some wear and discoloring).
I have purchased a new rubber rear window seal, new roof rail weatherstripping (along the top inside of the door windows), and chrome window felt strips (the thin chrome trim along bottom of the door glass). Also have bought and have ready to install new window vertical seals (the rubber and chrome seal between the side windows on the doors. When all 4 windows roll down there is no post, and when the windows are up, the front and back windows seal to each other). I'll also include a new (original style) antenna ready to install. Have spent about $400 on these new accessories, they are new-in-box and ready to install.
Also comes with the original owners manual and maintenance receipts, and also has the original ignition and door keys, original jack, floor mats, chrome door bumper guards, and all 4 original hubcaps. There is a spare tire in the trunk. Also will throw in an extra large car cover.
Fun to cruise around, everybody is your friend in this beauty.
Happy motoring -
Here are some current videos from February 2021
Here are some current photos from February 2021
Here are some photos from 2015 while it was stored in Toronto, when the rear window was still intact
For the Supernatural (TV Show) fans of "Metallicar" (aka "Baby"), this is the model from the show, all except the factory A/C and bumper guards and corner lights, which it does not have. Close enough, this classic is a gem and there aren't too many originals left.