1963 Chevy Impala

Joe LohrCompleted Projects

This 1963 Impala came to us for an engine and chassis originally, but soon morphed into a full build! It started as a mostly straight car with the owners wanting some cool upgrades and modern conveniences, like stopping and going! We blended some of the original parts with some go-fast & stop-well upgrades and a beautiful new paint job and interior. Oh, and it even has cruise control!

Final weight with 1/2 tank of fuel: 3,899 - 47.7% front weight, 52.3% rear.

Frame & Suspension

  • Schwartz Performance G-Machine chassis system
  • Power steering rack
  • Ridetech single-adjustable coilovers
  • Racing style splined sway bars
  • Wilwood 13" 6 piston front, 4 piston rear brakes


  • GM LS3 crate engine
  • GM Performance wiring harness & ECU
  • Holley serpentine drive system w/AC & power steering
  • Custom air intake


  • Chevrolet Performance 4L65e automatic transmission
  • US Shift electronic trans controller
  • Custom steel driveshaft
  • Moser 9” rear end, 31 spline axles
  • Moser 9” third member with TrueTrac differential, 3.70 gears

Wheels & Tires

  • US Mags aluminum wheels
  • 18x8" front
  • 18x9.5" rear

Paint & Body

  • Sheet metal repair by Schwartz Performance
  • Corvette grey color- bodywork & paint by Steve Nick

Other Features

  • Custom leather upholstery - dash, seats, and door panels. Upholstery by Shane Cassin, Cassin Customizing
  • Trunk-mounted Optima Battery
  • American Autowire wiring harness
  • Vintage Air Gen IV Magnum AC system
  • Dakota Digital VHX analog gauges
  • Cruise control system

Arrival gallery

Chassis fabrication and fitment gallery

Sheet metal fabrication and body repair gallery

Mock up assembly before paint gallery

Body shop and prime gallery

Paint gallery (before wet sand and buff)

Final Assembly gallery

Interior gallery

Completed gallery