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Working - American Graffitti 1958 Impala
Posted by SuperFleckMoonbird on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 10:13 PM

Like tuck and roll.....


 

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Posted by High octane on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 11:24 PM

That tuck 'n roll is lookin' good.

High octane

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Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 7:19 AM

Yeah, I agree. That tuck & roll looks fantastic. Cool project.

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Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

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Posted by smhardesty on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 1:13 PM
Which kit is that? I now have 2 of the AMT kits. I'll be following this thread now, but wondered if this was an AMT or a Revell kit. Thanks, and keep those photos coming!

Steve

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Posted by 93slammer on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 1:20 PM

That is the AMT kit. The Revell kit does not have opening doors.

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Posted by smhardesty on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 1:33 PM
OK. I got 2 pieces of good info. Thanks!

Steve

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Posted by SuperFleckMoonbird on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 10:23 PM

Yes, this is the AMT kit...number 6548 to be exact.

Here is a comparison of the kit interior with the work in progress....I think I bought out all the strip plastic in this size at the LHS.

The inspiration :

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-Is that tuck and roll? That's bitchin' tuck and roll! You know, I really love the feel of tuck and roll upholstery.
-You do?
-Yeah.
-Yeah? Well, get in and I'll let you feel it... I mean, you know, you can touch it... uh... I'll let you feel the upholstery.
 
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Posted by montelsc on Thursday, March 23, 2017 4:05 PM

Wanted to do the same thing with my 58 impala unfortanatly its still sitting in the closet 

il be watching to see how yours turns out

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Posted by SuperFleckMoonbird on Thursday, March 23, 2017 6:28 PM

Thanks guys.

I'm debating what engine to put in this....the stock version that came with the production line....a 348-cubic-inch engine or, go with the bragging rights that Terry the Toad (er...Terry the Tiger) claimed when boasting of the car - a 327 Chevy V-8 with six Stromberg carburetors.

http://blog.caranddriver.com/field-car-no-more-ray-evernham-restored-the-58-chevy-impala-from-american-graffiti/

http://www.caranddriver.com/photo-gallery/field-car-no-more-ray-evernham-restored-the-58-chevy-impala-from-american-graffiti#3

 

 

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Posted by CanesBart on Thursday, March 23, 2017 7:50 PM

Looking good.  Wow, the '58 is a lot different than the '59

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Posted by montelsc on Friday, March 24, 2017 6:41 AM

Id definitly go with the 327 seems to be correct for that version    Yes

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Posted by rusty32rod on Friday, March 24, 2017 10:15 AM

  327 with the strombergs! love the interior work. i've been wanting to do the same build for years, just haven't gotten to it yet. keep it coming.

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Posted by smhardesty on Friday, March 24, 2017 1:30 PM
OK, please excuse me if I’m throwing water on your 327 fire. The 327 wasn’t introduced until 1962. In 1958 the choice for V8 power was limited to the 283 and the 348, I think. I don’t know if you’re trying to be period correct or just building a nice street rod, but thought I’d throw this out at you.

Steve

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Posted by montelsc on Friday, March 24, 2017 2:35 PM

Right it wasnt around in 58 but the movie (american graffitti) was made in 73 

and all the events were took place in 62 

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Posted by smhardesty on Friday, March 24, 2017 3:13 PM
Ouch! My bad. I guess that’s what the reference to Terry the Toad (or Tiger) was. OK, I’m sometimes a little slow. I should have researched it instead of trying to think. My old noggin doesn’t respond the same as it used to. Carry on!

Steve

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Posted by SuperFleckMoonbird on Friday, March 24, 2017 4:22 PM

smhardesty
Ouch! My bad. I guess that’s what the reference to Terry the Toad (or Tiger) was. OK, I’m sometimes a little slow. I should have researched it instead of trying to think. My old noggin doesn’t respond the same as it used to. Carry on

No problem...good points you bring up.

There has been a lot of fun debate on graffiti forums - not only as to whether this '58 Impala really could have had a six stromberg/327 or not, but also what that badass Falfa '55 Chevy would have had in it when it went up up against Milner's Coupe, and who would have won. Folks have referred to the Two Lane Black Top version of the black '55 Chevy for engine type - but that was a later edition and the car might have had a much different setup in '62.

Almost as much fun as the debate as to whether a dual quad Dodge 413 actually would have beat that fuel injected Stingray in the beach Boys "Shutdown".

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Posted by Force on Saturday, April 22, 2017 4:17 AM

Nice start, I'm going to follow this build closely.

Of course you could have a 327 in a 58 Impala in 1962 as it was the first year for that engine...but could a High School boy afford a brand new engine and "hop it up" with a new intake manifold and 6 Strombergs, that's the question...he could of course have wealthy parents...so it's possible. 

The thing with the Falfa 55 is that, as many of you know, the car was modified from the Two Lane Blacktop outside scenes car, the engine in that car was a 427 L88 after what I have found out during my research about the TLB cars, the other two built for the TLB movie had 454's...the engines have the same outside apperance tho'.
But the American Grafitti movie are supposed to take place in 1962 and the Chevy 396/427/454 "Rat Motor" hadn't come out back then as the first year for the Mk IV Big Block was 1965, so the 427/454 in the TLB 55 is wrong for the time period the AG movie supposed to be from, the TLB movie takes place around 10 years later and the 396/427/454 was for sure in production by then.
So if you want to be true to the Falfa car itself it should have a 396-454 "Rat Motor" and if you want to be correct for the time period the American Grafitti movie took place you would go for a 348/409, 327 or anything else available at the time.

 

Håkan Persson Sweden

John Force 16X NHRA Funny Car Champion

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