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post #11 of 49 (permalink) Old 08-23-2018, 07:05 AM
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I should add here that owner #2 who had the car for a bit less than 2 years never registered or drove the car - other than driving it off the roll-off and into his garage. Once he bought it the original drive train (283, Powerglide transmission, and non-posi rear end) were pulled out and new replacements ordered. While the mechanicals were being acquired, the car was stripped of every single piece of trim (interior and exterior) and repainted. The poor bugger had almost $25K in the car and never got to drive it!

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Pics to come next week. The car is currently at a hot rod shop getting new suspension installed. Will have it back on Tuesday, then pics within a day or two.
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My first car was a 65 Impala, dark blue two door coupe. 283 with a powerglide. Then I bought a Black coupe with a 409. The 409 had a lot more motor than brakes and suspension. And a serious thirst for hi-test. About 9 mpg.


If that 65 you have was originally a low horse power small block, then you need to check to see if the rear has one or two upper link arms. Most only have one upper link, and its real easy to yank it out of the cross member.


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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!

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Then I bought a Black coupe with a 409. The 409 had a lot more motor than brakes and suspension. And a serious thirst for hi-test. About 9 mpg. .
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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!

My first Impala was the 65, and the last was a 95 SS. Had the 65 409 and a 72 350 in between. Nice used ones were real affordable till the taxi industry took an interest in them.


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Finally! The Impala is back home in it's garage after having spent several months at a professional hot rod shop in Sarasota having Vintage Air A/C installed. They also replaced all suspension parts with new Ride-Tech and AccuAire components. They also did a handful of small jobs for me including mounting and balancing of tires/wheels and taking it for a front end alignment. I was hoping to get some updated pics posted here but personal commitments had me tied up the last two days and now we have Tropical Storm Gordan messing up the next couple days with heavy rains. The plus side is that we're hoping the storm will break up and dilute the red tide problem we've had for about 2 months now. I'll get updated pics this coming week but here's what I have for now.

1) Billet Specialties wheels - titanium colored center section with a diamond cut (looks like brushed stainless) rim portion. 18" x 8" on front / 20" x 10" rears with 225 x 40 Nittos on front and 275 x 40 Nittos on rear.

2) pic of car the day I received it off the transport from SoCal. Excellent body and paint, terrific pro built motor, and everything else needs doing

3) car on lift with wheels being 'mocked up' so that we could measure for maximize tire size before ordering tires
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