1962 Impala SS Revival: Metal
By Ken Stadele – Photos by Ken's Klassics
Old Cars Guide To Auto Restoration recently took a trip through the rural countryside of southwestern Wisconsin to visit Ken's Klassics, a top-shelf restoration shop near the tiny town of Muscoda. Ken's Klassics has been around for more than three decades and has made a reputation restoring high-end classics – Pierce-Arrow, Packard, Cord, Auburn, Porsche, Cadillac, Ferrari – you name it, it's probably been through Ken's doors.
The shop gained a reputation early for its work on several Pierce-Arrow projects, but owner Ken Stadele takes on all kinds of projects, from vintage muscle, to 1950s favorites, to trucks, resto-mods and hot rods. Most of the projects involve a total ground-up restoration, and that was the case with a 1962 Chevrolet Impala SS the shop took on this year.
The project vehicle was a solid but weather-beaten hardtop that was located in Arizona. It was immediately ticketed for a complete rebuilt that would eventually include a new Ferrari Red paint job, tan interior, new GM crate motor and modern automatic four-speed tranny.
We had Stadele narrarate the major steps the shop has undertaken to get the Impala's exterior ready for final bodywork and paint.
Ken's Klassics takes no shortcuts when it comes to making a car look its best...