Body off the frame, rotisserie restored to excellent condition. Just purchased 3 outstanding cars from a collector in Alabama, this is one of them.
The 409 is legendary, even immortalized in a song by the Beach Boys. The 425 hp version was an absolute beast, more horsepower than cubic inches.
EXTERIOR: Show quality. Always a southern car. Built in Atlanta, I bought it in Alabama. The body is outstanding. Both sides are straight. Smooth all along the bottoms, there are no bubbles. .....
The panels fit square and flush. The beautiful silver metallic has a very glossy clear coat finish. It has a lot of depth like you could reach your arm into it. The trim is exceptional. Upfront the grill, emblem, bumper is excellent. The stainless trim around the glass, rain gutters and on top of the doors is straight and polished. New chrome bow tie mirror on each side, new door handles. The SS trim down each side has the machine turned inserts, it's in excellent shape. It has the optional rear mount antenna and fuel door trim, both look new. In back the tail panel, bumper, bumper guards are excellent. Door jambs are painted glossy, new weatherstrips, window seals and sill plates. Glass is very good, windows fit nice. New windshield. New 15 inch Cragar wheels give it that old school muscle look, especially being fatter in back.
INTERIOR: Love that red interior, it really pops against the silver exterior. It is a factory bucket seat, center console car. Also has optional padded dash and tachometer. The entire dash area is restored beautifully. All the chrome and trim sparkles, the metal is painted real nicely, dash pad is new, lenses and instruments are excellent. New glovebox liner, has owner's manual. New carpet and carpeted floor mats, there are some baggy wrinkles on the center hump. Very nice original 4-speed console. The seats have been reupholstered, door panels have been replaced. Up above the mirror, visers and headliner were replaced. Headliner fits nice and tight. Over all the trim, kick panels, window cranks, armrest bases are all really nice.
ENGINE COMPARTMENT: Under the hood is a beast of a motor- 409 with 425 horsepower. It features a factory aluminum intake with two big 4-barrel carbs. The motor was remachined, runs smooth, runs strong. All the components look restored- wiper motor, alternator, brackets, pulleys, master cylinder, washer bottle, wiring harness etc. Has correct glass fuel bowl, chrome w-shaped valve covers and the big dual snorkel chrome air cleaner. New clutch fan, larger radiator radiator with a slant top which was unique to 409 only. Has correct spring clamp battery cables. The metal is all clean, painted neatly. radiator support the firewall inner fenders are all clean metal painted in a satin black. The casting numbers on the back of the block are specific to the 1963 409 motor, the numbers on the front do match the car.
TRUNK COMPARTMENT: All clean metal with a gray and white spatter finish paint. New three piece trunk mat. The spare rim and jack are painted up real nice, has a new tire. The bottom of the trunk lid and jamb are glossy silver. New decal and weatherstrip. Also included is a set of original SS hubcaps, in really nice shape.
UNDERSIDE: Wow, it's extraordinarily clean. The body was moved from the frame and placed on a rotisserie, then flipped on its side. The bottom of this car appears to have completely dry, rust free original metal. The inner rockers, floor pans, braces, lower quarter panels are all smooth and clean. Sprayed with zinc phosphate primer. The chassis was completely taken down to a bare frame, no rust. It was cleaned and painted satin black. The front suspension and steering was completely rebuilt. New springs, ball joints, bushings, shocks and power steering parts. Rear suspension is new- bushings, springs, shocks. Has The components are detailed in the proper finishes, has assembly line markings on the springs. Brake system is completely restored, has metallic linings. E-brake system is new. New fuel system-tank, straps, lines and sending unit. All new correct exhaust system, neatly runs along the X frame. Even the bottom of the motor is spotless. Fuel pump, starter, flywheel cover look new. The T-10 4-speed trans and linkage look fresh. The body was reunited with the chassis with new bushings. Very impressive under this car.
This 409 is real fine. The 425 hp is legendary. This is one of the best examples there are. Someone will really enjoy this car.
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