A 1967 CHEVROLET IMPALA SUPERNATURAL RESTORATION
October 10, 2015 - My family and I were heading to a fair in a rural part of Maine when I thought I glimpsed the distinctive lantern lights of a 1967 Impala on a car sitting on the side of the road. "Nah," I thought, thinking it too good to be true. But we did a quick turn to double check, and sure enough, it was! We pulled into "Skips Auto Repair", a small, roadside repair shop, and asked a mechanic on duty in one of the weather-worn garages if it was for sale.
"That's why its there," he replied, in true Maine fashion.
We wandered out back to look at the piles of junked cars behind the garage, and on our way back to the car the mechanic told us that Skip, the owner, had just pulled in. We chatted for a bit, and when I asked about the car, he said it was for sale. It had been his mom's car - one owner. She had purchased it new at the end of 1966, but had stopped driving it when her husband, Skip's dad, passed away in 1984. It had been in and out of storage since then. It had 49,000 original miles, and according to the stickers still on the car, it had been purchased at a Chevrolet dealership in right there in Maine. After a friendly negotiation and reassured that the car would have a good home, the car was mine!
Its been a long restoration process, but definitely an enjoyable one! I have learned a lot about cars in general - I've always been a hands on person - and have had some great mentors along the way. I can't say enough about the Facebook groups that I found who's sole purpose is to connect fellow 67 Impala owners. I've watched countless hours of YouTube videos and even created some of my own. I've pulled out the seats and disassembled the dash and bagged and tagged endless nuts and bolts. I've scoured eBay for countless hours, searching for parts. I've worked closely with Scott and Fred, owners of Double S Speed Shop in Portland, Maine, concerning the restoration and accuracy of the car.
As of February 2018, The Trickster is out of the shop and home! She's running and driving and just need some cosmetic work - door panels, interior trim, lots of the little stuff that I will be working on.
Stay tuned, I will continue to update and add pictures and share our adventures! -"Trickster Randee"
I love going to the SPN Cons! Nov 2016 photos - with Jared Padelecki (Sam Winchester), my restored sun visors signed by the cast, and Jared and Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester) at the convention.