Shark of the Month October 13
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Was northern Maine, now gulf coast of Florida
Thermodyne - Thanks for the warning about the rear suspension. Your blue '65 color was called Danube Blue, and if you got a 409 it was produced early in '65 model year because they discontinued the 409 and replaced it with the 396 in February. The 1965 Impala was the highest volume nameplate ever for all the GM marques all time, a record that stands today. The new coke bottle styling was a huge hit. They produced 1.7 million Impalas that year.
The amazing thing is when you go to research what engine, transmission, and rear end options were available in '65 there was an almost limitless choice of options.
"The buyer of a new 1965 Impala had a choice of 10 engines ranging from the standard 230-cu.in., 140hp straight-six all the way to the tire-shredding 425hp, 396-cu.in. big-block V-8. After the base 230, you could opt for a 250-cu.in. straight-six, then two optional 283-cu.in. small-block V-8s with either 195hp or 220hp. The 220hp version came with a four-barrel carburetor, dual exhausts and resonators. Next up were two 327-cu.in. V-8s with either 250hp or 300hp. Then came the 396-cu.in. big-block V-8s with 325hp and 425hp.
The 396 engine was introduced in February 1965 and was destined to replace the 409, which was still available in 340hp and 400hp versions. By this time, the 409 had become outdated; the 425hp version was dropped, and eventually, the engine was ousted from the option list due to low sales. During the 409's final year, just 742 of the 400hp versions were sold and 2,086 of the 340hp engines found their way into 1965 Impalas."
Transmission options included 3 on the tree, three on the floor, four on the floor (M20), the close ration HD 4 on the floor (M22 "Rock crusher"), the 2 speed automatic "Powerglide", and finally, the 3 speed TurboHydramatic 400.
Then add to all those choices all the various rear gear ratios you could get with either the 10 bolt or 12 bolt rear ends. The options available in '60s was mind blowing. A far cry from today when in most cases your only options are navigation and moon roofs!
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” - HST
Last edited by Uncle Fuzzy; 08-27-2018 at 03:02 PM.