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Year, Make & Model: 1961 Chevy Impala

Appointment Information

Date and Time of Inspection

JULY 6, 2021

With Whom Did You Confirm the Appointment

VEHICLE OWNER

Who was Present for the Inspection

VEHICLE OWNER

Test Drive

Odometer Reading Before Road Test

77,000

How far AND to what speed?

N/A

Does the vehicle drive straight? YES or NO

UNKNOWN

Steering Performance? Tight or Sloppy

UNKNOWN

Brake Performance? Good or Needs Work

UNKNOWN

Suspension Noise? Comment

UNKNOWN

Any significant wind noise?

UNKNOWN

Odometer Reading After Road Test

77,000

Comments: VEHICLE WAS NOT ABLE TO BE DRIVEN. VEHICLE HAS NO WIRING, BRAKES ETC AT THE TIME OF THE INSPECTION.

Engine


Engine Size:

383

Designation: (HP)

 

Performance

N/A

Start Up Easy or Hard

EASY

Any Hesitation on Start

NO

Oil Level / Quality

FULL / CLEAN

Carburetor (Make/Model)

EDELBROCK *

Engine Smoke

NO

Signs/Evidence of Leaks

NO

Engine Noise

SLIGHT LIFTER NOISE

Comments: * VEHICLE HAD 2 - F=4-BARREL CARBURETORS BUT THE MANIFOLD WAS CRACKED WO A 4-BARREL MANIFOLD WAS INSTEALLED; THE OLD MANIFOLD AND CARBURETOR WAS IN THE TRUNK.

Transmission

Transmission Type:

AUTOMATIC

FWD / RWD

RWD

Fluid Level / Quality

FULL / CLEAN

Clutch Operation

N/A

Signs/Evidence of Leaks

NO

Miss Shifts

N/A

Overall Performance

UNKNOWN

 

 

Comments: TURBO 350 TRANSMISSION. VEHICLE WAS NOT ABLE TO BE DRIVEN.

Steering

Steering Type

MANUAL

Performance

N/A

Fluid Level / Quality

N/A

 

 

Signs/Evidence of Leaks

N/A

Feel when Stationary

SOME PLAY 1/8TH TURN

Comments:

Brakes

Brake Type: Front and Rear

DISC ALL 4

Performance:

N/A

Fluid Level / Quality

UNKNOWN

Noises

N/A

Signs/Evidence of Leaks

NO

Feel When Stationary

N/A

Emergency/Parking Brake

NONE

 

 

Comments:

Rear End

U-Joints:

NEW

Performance:

N/A

Signs/Evidence of Leaks

NO

Noises

N/A

Comments:

Air Conditioning

Air Conditioning:

 

Operation / Noises

 

Signs/Evidence of Leaks

 

Blow Cold / Cool / Warm

 

Temperature Control:

 

 

 

Comments: VEHICLE IS NOT EQUIPPED WITH AIR CONDITIONING.

Suspension

Suspension Type

TUBULAR A-ARM

Signs/Evidence of Leaks

NO

Operation / Noise

N/A

Any Loose Items

NO

Drive Train Type

RWD

Any Deteriorated Items

NO

Signs/Evidence of Leaks

NO

Any Wandering on Road

UNKNOWN

Bounce Test? Comment

FIRM

 

 

Comments:

Cooling System: Radiator

Temperature / Fan

OK

Performance / Noise:

UNKNOWN

Coolant Level / Quality

FULL / RUSTY

Signs/Evidence of Leaks

NO

Engine Idle Length of Time

5 MINUTES

Any Overheat During Idle Period

NO

Comments:

Wheels / Tires Type:

Type (Manufacturer/Factory):

Wheels:  STEEL

Tires: FB GOODRICH

Tire Size:

Front - 215/55/15 Rear – 275/60-15

Spare Mfg / Size:  NONE

Tread Depth:

8/32

Spare Tire Tread Depth: N/A

DOT / Are they current?

NO / 16 YEARS OLD

 

Any Wear or Curb Damage?

NO

 

Jack and Equipment?

NONE

Condition of Jack Equipment:  N/A

Comments:

Exhaust

Type (Dual or Single)

DUAL EXITS ON BOTH SIDES IN FRONT OF  REAR WHEELS

Mufflers:

YES / FLOW MASTERS

Headers:

YES / COATED CERAMICS

Accessories (i.e. chrome tips, etc)

NO

Exhaust Loud or Quiet:

LOUD

Comments:

(OP–Operational     INOP–Inoperable or N/A)

Exterior Lighting   

UNK

Interior Lighting

UNK

Horn

UNK

Turn Signals

UNK

Power Windows

N/A

Power Locks

N/A

Power Seats

N/A

Gauges 

UNK

Power Mirrors

N/A

Clock

N/A

Trunk Release

N/A

Wipers & Washers

UNK

Security System

N/A

Fuel Door

OP

Hood Release

OP

Power Antenna

N/A

Radio

STOCK

Front Defrost

N/A

Rear Defrost

N/A

Heater

N/A

Cruise Control

N/A

Cigarette Lighter

N/A

Steering Tilt/tele

N/A

Teak Steering Wheel

N/A

Radio Mfg

CHEV

Conv Top UP

N/A

Conv Top DOWN

N/A

Top Boot ON / OFF

N/A

T-Tops ON

N/A

T-Tops OFF

N/A

Hard Top ON

N/A

Hard Top OFF

N/A

Sunroof OPEN

N/A

Sunroof CLOSED

N/A

Odometer

UNK

Speedometer

`UNK

Trip Meter

N/A

8-Track

N/A

CD or Other Audio

N/A

GPS / Navigation

N/A

Bluetooth

N/A

Back-Up Camera

N/A

360 Cameras

N/A

Satellite Radio

N/A

Keys for ignition, doors, trunk etc

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments: THERE IS NO WIRING IN THE VEHICLE FOR LIGHTS, GAUGES, HORN, ETC. THERE ARE WIPER MARKS ON THE WINDSHIELD.

Interior

Bench or Bucket Seats:

BUCKETS / VERY GOOD

Seat Color:

RED

Seat Material

VINYL

Seat Material Condition

VERY GOOD

Interior Door Panels Material & Condition

VINYL / CARPET VERY GOOD

Headliner Material & Condition

VINYL / VERY GOOD

Sun Visors Material and Condition

VINYL / GOOD TO VERY GOOD

Dash Condition

GOOD

Carpet Condition

VERY GOOD

Shifter and Console Condition

GOOD

Ashtray(s) Condition

FAIR

Trunk Area, Under Carpet

N/A - UNABLE TO OPEN AND VIEW TRUNK

Condition of Steering Wheel

AVERAGE

Condition of Trim

GOOD

Comments:

BODY & PAINT

Exterior Body Style

COUPE

Quality of Paint

GOOD / VERY GOOD

Body Steel?  

YES

Body Fiberglass?  

NO

Body Straight OR Waves?

WAVES

Any scratches, orange peel?  

 

Color

WHITE

Collision Damage –

NO

Sports Options

N/A

Glass Condition –

COMMENTS

Doors & Hinges Condition

VERY GOOD

Doors & Hinges Operation

VERY GOOD

Any gaps when windows closed?

YES

Condition of Seals / Weather-strips

GOOD

Any Signs of Bondo?

YES

Any Miss-Aligned Panels

HOOD / DOORS

Rust anywhere?

NONE VISIBLE

Condition of Chrome

GOOD / VERY GOOD

Any Rust-Through on Body?

NONE VISIBLE

Any Structural Issues on Body?

NONE APPARENT

Comments: THE LEFT AND RIGHT REAR WINDOWS ARE NON OPERATIONAL; REQUIRE ASSISTANCE TO RAISE. LEFT SIDE DRIVER VENT WINDOW IS DELAMINATED. EVIDENCE OF BONDO BOTH DOOR LOWER AREAS, LEFT SIDE FENDER TO DOOR. RIGHT SIDE REAR TOO CLOSE. HOOD TOO HIGH; REAR TOO CLOSE AND LEFT SIDE IS TOO WIDE.

UNDERCARRIAGE FRAME

Front End Type

TUBULAR A-ARM

Condition?

VERY GOOD

Floor Pan: Hard or soft?

PAINTED WHITE

Any rust?

NONE VISIBLE

Trunk Pan: Hard or soft?

UNKNOWN

Any rust?

NONE VISIBLE

Any undercoating?

NO

Type and if conceals anything.

N/A

Any Rust-Through?

NONE VISIBLE

Any Structural Issues?

NONE APPARENT

Comments:

Vehicle Modifications (Please List):

ENGINE, TRANSMISSION, RADIATOR, FIREWALL, WHEEL WELLS, EXHAUST, WHEELS.

 

Comments:

IS THE TITLE AVAILABLE AS REQUESTED? NOT PRESENT

WHAT IS THE VIN RECORDED ON THE TITLE? AVAILABLE IN OFFICIAL REPORT

WHAT IS THE VIN RECORDED ON THE VEHICLE? AVAILABLE IN OFFICIAL REPORT

ARE THE ODOMETER TUMBLERS ALIGNED? YES

IS THERE MUCH BRAKE PEDAL WEAR? NORMAL

CONDITION: Class 4 (See attached breakdown of Classes)

FAIR MARKET VALUE: $20,000

** THE VALUE WAS DETERMINED BY USING A SIMILAR VEHICLE SOLD AT AUCTION IN APRIL.

OVERALL COMMENTS:

  1. DUE TO LACK OF WIRING, ROAD TEST AND VERIFYING OPERATIONAL ITEMS WAS NOT POSSIBLE.
  2. THIS IS AN AMATEUR RESTORATION.
  3. PAINT IS GOOD OVERALL.
  4. LOTS OF BONDO ON THE REAR WHEEL ARCHES, FIREWALL AND AROUND THE HEADLIGHTS.

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CONDITION CLASSES

Class One (Excellent):

Almost always a “body off” restoration, or an untouched, factory-perfect, piece that is very close to perfect. All components are either original or appear as new and are fully operational. This car is a top show winner and is not driven, but transported to shows by trailer. This car is almost “one of a kind”. This particular class of vehicle is very rare. The vehicle is completely detailed, including the engine compartment, interior trim, wiring, suspension, paint, and frame. Ideally, this vehicle has been judged with other vehicles in its class and achieved the highest point ratings.

Class Two (Very Good):

This car is well restored with an eye for detail. The interior and exterior show minimal wear, and it runs and rides smoothly. The car is driven very little (maybe 800 to 1,000 miles per year). This class is a slight grade below Class One. A Class Two has not been detailed to the extent that a Class One has been. This class (Class Two) has some evidence of use and wear, although not very much. It is considered “cherry” or “mint”. This vehicle might appear as a Class One until judged against one. It would not qualify as a 95, or better, “point” vehicle. (This class should have no rust on the undercarriage, not even surface rust.)

Class Three (Good):

This is a functional, drivable vehicle in good overall condition needing no, or only minor work. Most vehicles at car shows reflect this condition. This car is what is termed a “20 footer”. From 20 feet, it may look very good. Close inspection, however, would reveal some worn interior trim, and less than perfect paint (worn, and perhaps faded). You may even see some early evidence that surface rust is beginning in the body panels. This car is completely operational and is an “older restoration”. It is driven fairly often, runs great, and is enjoyed by its owner. It is probably a candidate for a full restoration. The undercarriage may display surface rust, and may be in need of detailing. Chrome and trim may exhibit limited pitting

Class Four (Fair):

This type of car is a fun “driver” with a solid frame and is structurally sound. This car is in need of considerable work. It needs work in and out. Cosmetics, body, and mechanical components all need work, to some degree. It is not a serious collector candidate. Soft floors, isolated areas where rust has eaten through (but not structural), excessive use of Bondo, lots of pitted chrome, glass repairs are symptoms of this condition. Badly soiled headliners, badly soiled and ripped upholstery, rusted out trunks are also signs.

Class Five (Poor):

This type of car is in need of complete restoration and may, or may not, be able to be driven. The exterior body panels have significant areas of rust-through. The floor and structural components may, or may not, be intact. This car is usually the first project for layman’s attempt at restoration.

Class Six (Parts Car):

This type of car is good for parts only.

DISCLAIMER

This inspection and the opinions expressed are exactly that, opinions. Many parts perform perfectly until the moment of failure. Failure may occur suddenly and without warning. The inspector and/or all parties relative to the compilation of this report cannot accept liability for failures, which may occur after the inspection is completed. By accepting this report, the consumer acknowledges that the inspector and/or all parties relative to the compilation of this report, cannot be held responsible for any and all alleged vehicle defects, and further, the consumer releases and holds harmless the inspector and/or all parties relative to the compilation of this report from any and all further claims on this vehicle. No warranty for this vehicle is implied or given by the inspector and/or all parties relative to the compilation of this report. In each case, the consumer has the opportunity to see the car in person before he or she buys the car. Buying this car based on this report alone is completely at the consumers’ own risk.

 

JJ’s Auto Pre-Purchase Inspections does not do the inspection for you. JJ’s Auto Pre-Purchase Inspections is a company that facilitates the completion of your inspection through its affiliates, inspectors, or their contractors. The inspections are placed with an independent inspection service or contractor in the area where the vehicle is located.

 

The Independent Inspector provides a visual inspection of the vehicle. That statement is not meant to imply that we warranty the vehicle. The inspector does not move, remove or reposition anything during the inspection process. Due to potential liability, the inspector does not drive the vehicle but will be in the passenger seat with the owner, or a person authorized by the owner, to do the actual driving. We simply give you a good visual report on the vehicle. No warranty is implied or given. It is up to the buyer and/or seller to provide a lift to inspect the underside. A jack and jack stands are NOT acceptable. The seller and/or buyer must also provide a well-lit area for the inspection to take place with ample room for the inspector to perform his/her job.

 

We like to say that the Independent Inspector is like having your best friend look at a vehicle for you when you can't physically look at the vehicle yourself. It's the next best thing to being there. The Independent Inspector is working for the buyer in this instance.

 

We are dealing with vehicles that are 40 years old or older in many cases. If you contract for an inspection you must understand that the Independent Inspector will NOT find everything wrong on a particular vehicle. If a vehicle has a leak that is not constant (often called seeping,) the Independent Inspector might not detect it. He will not find every problem on a vehicle. Often these vehicles have far more Bondo in them than can be detected in a visual inspection. What this service should be used for is to make sure that a vehicle that is advertised as being in No. 2 condition is not in fact a No. 4 condition vehicle. In other words, the Independent Inspector will help to determine if you are buying a vehicle that was grossly misrepresented based on its condition class and purchase price. (See the definition of condition classes at the end of your report). The appraisal fee is based on the inspectors’ written/typed report and digital pictures. JJ’s Auto Pre-Purchase Inspections, and Quality Control are determining the appraisal based the inspectors’ report and pictures. Neither JJ nor Quality Control has seen the vehicle first hand.

 

The Independent Inspector simply inspects the vehicle. We do not counsel the buyer. We do not make recommendations on whether to buy a vehicle. As in all cases, the buyer makes his or her own decision on whether to buy a vehicle. We suggest that the best way to use the Inspection Service is to have us look at a vehicle and issue the report. Then if the vehicle seems to be what was represented to you by the seller, make a final inspection of the vehicle yourself, prior to purchasing the vehicle. Because we are dealing with 30- to 50-year-old vehicles, we do not warrant the condition of any vehicle. That means we will be happy to look at the vehicle to see if there are any visible problems, but we are not providing any guarantees or warranties on the vehicle.

 

Understand in advance that if you buy a vehicle and you find something wrong with the vehicle after your purchase, we will NOT reimburse any expenses that you are charged to fix the vehicle. This is not a mechanical warranty. JJ’s Auto Pre-Purchase Inspections, or its affiliates, inspectors, or their contractors related to the inspection, will NOT reimburse you for any repairs, mechanical failures or bodywork you have done after the purchase of a vehicle.

 

The inspection reports show the areas of the vehicle, which are visually looked at in the report. The report covers only those areas. Do not assume that the Independent Inspector will inspect anything other than the areas covered by the report form.

 

The contents of this report will tell you what the Inspector finds at the time of the inspection. Please understand that after the Inspector leaves the vehicle we are not in control of what might occur to the vehicle, nor do we have control of parts that may be on the vehicle at the time of the inspection, but taken off or switched later.