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  1. Post on our FB page. OK where are our Chevy guys at?!! Check this out! Real deal, 1963 Chevrolet impala 409, 4-speed!! This one just came in for some service work. I can’t wait to get to the shop to take a closer look at it.
  2. I did. Thank you. Must of been a one time ad. No response.
  3. Great that you found us. Join my FB page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/406019856199113/?multi_permalinks=2225827797551634&notif_id=1619114004654362&notif_t=feedback_reaction_generic&ref=notif https://www.facebook.com/groups/141145849948238 The 62 409 below ran low 7s in the 1/4 in the late 80s.
  4. Member Ron Stalbaum racing in the day at Union Grove,Wis Two closely equipped black/red interior 409 BelAir CHEVROLETs The 409 in the far lane was Dickie Strang,who was sponsored by Nelson CHEVROLET and it's salesman Bob Dehlia,who a year later ran his own Impala Z-11 427cuin. That car of Strang's wound up in my hometown and prompted my interest in the RPO Z-11 factory racer.
  5. Z11 valve covers are the same as the 409 covers. Little different on the comers that I can remember.
  6. https://www.topspeed.com/cars/chevrolet/1963-chevrolet-impala-ss-mystery-motor-ar129908.html Owning any car driven by the legendary Junior Johnson is awesome, but the rest all pale in comparison to this Impala SS. And the reason they do not compare is because of what is under that hood, the “Mystery Motor.” As we stated the Mystery Motor isn’t so much a mystery, as we know it is a limited production Mk II 427 cubic-inch V-8. This truly is a `tweener engine, as it features the same bore spacing – the distance between the centermost point of on cylinder to the next – as the Mk I 348/409, but has the same 4.31-inch bore and 3.65-inch stroke as the Z11 427 cubic-inch engine found in production 1963 Impalas. On top of all of that, the Mystery Motor features the same two-plane cylinder heads found on the “Porcupine” engines, the Mk IV engine. It really appears as if the MkII was Chevy’s own guinea pig engine. All of this and a little bit of tuning pumped the 427 cubic-inch V-8 engine to a massive 600 to 650 horsepower, a full 173 to 223 horsepower more than the 427 was rated. This is what many people attributed Johnson’s 1963 success to, but they later found that his was a pretty good driver too. Back in `63 many racers often assumed Junior Johnson would either take 1st place or retire before the end, due to engine failure, as there were very few cars, if any, that could hang with the Impala’s 165 mph top speed.
  7. Mystery Motor stuff. https://www.topspeed.com/cars/chevrolet/1963-chevrolet-impala-ss-mystery-motor-ar129908.html
  8. https://howellefi.com/bill-howell-history-part-2 Some Z11 info
  9. Yes, that's why I said W 427. Mystery Motor was the 454 configuration engine. Used in NASCAR only. Z11 was 1/4 mile only. Lot of info on Google about the Z11 and the Mystery Motor.
  10. Rare 63 Z11. 427 with the W block. Irvin Johns Z-11 Chevrolet from Broadway Chevrolet Louisville KY. Junked in 1965 after engine pulled and 283 dropped in. Was wrecked shortly afterwards (hit in the rear hard). Aluminum front end was sold to the owner of Ragamuffin ‘63 409 in Chicago.
  11. From my FB page. This is the Impala my father and I have been running at PSMDR & muscle car races since 1998. The car has been in our family since 1981. It is a 409/425, original paint/interior with 12k miles. We ran the original drivetrain until 2003. It went a best of 13.06 @ 105. The built to rules combo ran a best of 12.72 @ 111. Only after I figured out how to keep 2pc driveshafts and the rear diff/axles to live with his power-shifts... Cool 61
  12. I boult and sponsored this car in the 80s. Took 2nd at the Nationals in Bristol. 409 Small heads Big cam 650 Holy 2 barrel. Power Glide. 4000 stall Trans brake 2 piece drive shaft Camaro 12 bolt 4.88 3600lbs with driver Over 1000 runs and only one break down. Electric fuel pimp gave out. We would race the car and after the race, we would park it and go watch the races. Only open the food at the beginning of the day to jet the carb if needed. Owner Mike Zubal out of Dearborn MI. Passed away in 2006
  13. Not actual picture of the car. The pictures where I bought the car is. I bought a 65 British Racing green roadster fuel car in 74 when I got back from Nam. It was sitting in front of this printing place that still in business today on my garbage route in Redford Township MI. I was a garbage man. LOL 1800.00. I put 10.00 for a deposit to hold the car until the next day to do a withdraw from my employees credit union. I had 1500 from the NAVY separation pay and had to borrow the rest.
  14. Possible 348 and if your real lucky, a 4 speed with tri power. That car with those options with the car in restored condition would be in the 6 figures easy. 1st year for the Impala 1st year for the big block. When the W engine started.
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