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    Thread: 63 Biscayne

    1. #1
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      63 Biscayne with Schwartz Performance Chassis

      I've posted a few times on here but, have finally done some work on my car although what I've just done will be undone. I'll explain below.

      What I have is a pretty stock 1963 Biscayne. It has has a decenter interior, a 454 with a TH-350 transmission and it runs OK, once you get over the exhaust and oil leaks. When I first looked at the car, I could see that the floor pans were replaced but, instead of cutting out the old ones, they put some others on top of the old ones therefore; I'll have to change them again.

      I purchased it in Arizona and drove it back to Kansas and the one question I didn't ask is where the car was titled in originally because it is an Illinois car so, I think once I blast it I'll find more rust than just the floor and trunk pans but, live and learn.

      When I first purchased it, it had some really lame exhaust cut-outs on it and those were the first to go. Followed by installing some new trunk hinges that ended up being harder than they should have.

      The plans for it are a Schwartz Performance frame, LS series engine, new wiring, new interior, different bucket seats, paint, Dakota Digital VHX gauges, air conditioning, power windows, new wiring, etc. Still trying to decide on color combinations but, I'm thinking a dark silver on top with a dark metallic blue, black or something else on the bottom. At the rate I'm going I have plenty of time to decide.

      Because I'm dropping this off next month to Schwartz for the frame install, I figured it would be a good idea to at least get the peeling paint on the roof covered so that I didn't have to deal with more rust than I already do. The paint was already peeling so, I figured it would be easy to strip...Wrong answer. The only part that came off easily with the razor blade was the top four layers, not the other five that were below it.

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      63 Biscayne
      Schwartz Performance Chassis

      My build thread: https://www.pro-touring.com/showthre...ht=#post916553


    2. #2
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      Well, a major step has started. I dropped it off with Schwartz Performance on Saturday to have the frame built. Got a chance to get a tour of their operation, very impressive work going on.
      63 Biscayne
      Schwartz Performance Chassis

      My build thread: https://www.pro-touring.com/showthre...ht=#post916553

    3. #3
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      My rendering is in hand.
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      63 Biscayne
      Schwartz Performance Chassis

      My build thread: https://www.pro-touring.com/showthre...ht=#post916553

    4. #4
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      Going to be cool! Keep the updates coming.
      62 Impala SS

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      love it!
      My 65' Impala SS
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      18/20 Wheels

    6. #6
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      love it! my Dad had a '63 biscayne for a while in the early '80's, inline 6 3 speed stick, no seatbelts, non power drums, awesome...
      Keith C.

    7. #7
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      Updates

      It's been a while since I've updated here. Latest news is that the frame is complete! Now, I just have to go pick it up and start with what work I can get done before I move this summer.


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      63 Biscayne
      Schwartz Performance Chassis

      My build thread: https://www.pro-touring.com/showthre...ht=#post916553

    8. #8
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      those are gorgeous cars, and it will be one great looking PT car! hope to check it out in person one day

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      Very nice. The rendering looks cool, although I kinda like the steel wheels and hubcaps too.
      1966 Caprice - L92/4L80e, Ridetech/Hotchkis Suspension
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      1989 Camaro Iroc Z G92 5-Speed (one of 300 as optioned). Bone Stock.

    10. #10
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      Finally have it!

      After a long road trip from PA to IL, I now have it! I am very impressed with the work that Schwartz Performance did, I can't wait to drive it. Unfortunately, that is going to be about three years from now...

      Because I'm moving in a few months, I can't proceed with all of the big things, stripping, media blasting etc., so I'm doing what I can.

      This weekend is the start of narrowing the bumpers.


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      63 Biscayne
      Schwartz Performance Chassis

      My build thread: https://www.pro-touring.com/showthre...ht=#post916553

    11. #11
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      That's going to be a very cool ride when your done with it. I love the Biscaynes because the cars have great lines that are easier to appreciate when the trim isn't all over it.
      _______________
      1969 Camaro
      1966 Skylark
      1964 Lemans
      1960 Biscayne
      Steve

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      Nice attention to detail on the bumpers. I will be doing the same thing to my 64 fairlane. This is going to be a nice Biscayne!
      Matt
      2015 Mustang PP GT
      Resto-Mod Coyote powered 1964 Fairlane 2 door post!

    13. #13
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      Thanks!

      This is going to be a long project. It doesn't help that I have to move again this summer.

      Does anyone know any good bumper designers? I want to go with this look for the back but, think it is beyond my capabilities...

      http://www.superchevy.com/features/p.../photo_06.html
      63 Biscayne
      Schwartz Performance Chassis

      My build thread: https://www.pro-touring.com/showthre...ht=#post916553

    14. #14
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      Front bumper finished rear started

      I finally finished up the front bumper, much easier and I'm much happier with how it came out compared to the rear one.

      Now, the rear...I have the center section complete and I'm happy with it but, not really wild about how the ends are lining up. Part of it is because the center section is so bent therefore; I ordered another one.

      Always open to suggestions.

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      63 Biscayne
      Schwartz Performance Chassis

      My build thread: https://www.pro-touring.com/showthre...ht=#post916553

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      I've finally had some time to finish tearing it down. Almost complete minus some extra junk in the trunk...I found the first of what I'm sure is going to be a lot of bondo around the B pillar and I'm open to suggestions on how to fix it.

      Because of the cold weather, I can't drop it off at the media blaster yet so, figured I would use the time to start filling in the myriad of holes in the firewall.

      I also figured out how to make the rear bumper look the way I want by using the ends from a 62 Impala.
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      63 Biscayne
      Schwartz Performance Chassis

      My build thread: https://www.pro-touring.com/showthre...ht=#post916553

    17. #17
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      You are right in the middle of the no fun phase. Just keep pushing, it's going to be worth it.
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      1966 Skylark
      1964 Lemans
      1960 Biscayne
      Steve

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      I've had some time to work on the dash, almost completely finished minus filling in the speaker grill.

      I haven't quite hit the no fun stage yet...That will take place when I start having to block sand it :(

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      63 Biscayne
      Schwartz Performance Chassis

      My build thread: https://www.pro-touring.com/showthre...ht=#post916553

    19. #19
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      amazing build. I'm going to be following this for sure. I love these '60s style cars.

    20. #20
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      I've done a bit more to it. Filled some more on the dash and pretty much fixed the trunk lock hole. Found a bit more rust along the trunk weatherstrip channel but, nothing that can't be fixed by brazing. Also figured out that a new hood is now on my list of things to buy.

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      63 Biscayne
      Schwartz Performance Chassis

      My build thread: https://www.pro-touring.com/showthre...ht=#post916553

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