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Real Rides is a muscle car restoration workshop in Auckland, New Zealand. We specialise in the restoration of 50s-70s American and Australian muscle cars and restomods.

NZV8 Feature – Real Rides 63 SS Impala

For those of you who don’t know, we built the majority of this 63 Impala in 12 days back at the start of 2020, in preparation for the Kumeu Classic Car and Hot Rod Festival. Since then the project has fallen by the wayside a bit as we worked on other (paying) jobs, but now we’re happy to announce it’s complete!

63 SS Impala

After being imported from Japan, this Impala originally came into our shop for a simple panel and paint job, however the owner decided to abandon the project and put it up for sale. A sucker for unfinished projects, we snapped it up and formed a new vision for the SS.

You can go back and follow our progress over those first 12 days here, otherwise Marcus Gibson from NZV8 has done a fantastic write-up about the build which you can read for free online here.

1963 SS Impala – Specs

OwnerReal Rides
Engine496 Big Block Chev by Prescott Engines
Forged Internals
F1 Procharger
Drivetrain4L80 full manual shift overdrive transmission
Moser 9″ Ford rear with Tru Trac and 4.11 gears
SuspensionFront: Strengthened control arms with QA1 coilovers and drop spindles
Rear: Global West 4-lik with coilovers and panhard rod
BrakesFront: 15″ Wilwood with 6 pot calipers
Rear: 14″ Wilwood with 4 pot calipers
Wheels & TyresFront: Yarro 20×9.5 with 255-30-20
Rear: Yarro 20×11.5 with 325-25-20
ExteriorRear Rides custom steel front spoiler
Sill extensions
Side exit exhaust
Rear diffsuer
Carbon fibre hydrographics on bumpers and trims
PaintMain Colour: GM Beige
Trims: BMW Satin Bronze
InteriorStock Interior
Dakota Digital Dash

1963 SS Impala – Gallery

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