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my 66' impala hardtop :)

ari666

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im editing post #1 so people who are new dont think... "well WTF is this?"

Year, make and model
1966 chevy impala 4 door hardtop

Colour
1966: 8692 seamist jade
sometime in the 80's: white
2009: seamist jade
2010: seamist jade and matte black
2013: seamist jade, matte black and atomic green
2014: atomic green, herron white (with flake)

Engine
1966: 327 SBC
2013: L29 7400 VORTEC 7.4ltr 454

Gearbox
1966: 2spd powerglide
2011: T700 4 speed auto

Interior
vinyl/mould/velour

Current mods and extras

fluffy:
7.4ltr 454 from a 1996 silverado C3500 truck

factory 4 bolt mains
cylinders checked/honed
new rings
bearings
gaskets
crane 01-418-8 cam
110 lobe sep
230/236 [email protected]
517.72 intake 528.04 ex lift
good for power up to 5800rpm, but intake wont allow.
running 0411 LS1 PCM and HP_tuners real time tuning software
currentlt 24lb injectors but upgrading to 60lb dekas once i can get it on a dyno
bosch 044 as drive pump
carter black as a lift
2ltr ally swirl pot underfloor

heads:
heads decked 20 thou
ski jump removed
valve guides knife edged
full port
valves resurfaced, new seats
valve spring rotators deleted
1.72 ration adjustable "roller" rockers
new k-lines
new stem seals
double valve springs
heavy duty collets and retainers

sump:
chopped and sectioned to allow extra height
oil cooler fitted for extra oil

ehxaust:
castle custom headers
2" primarys
3" collector
2.5" dual system
2 magnaflow 91006 cats
2 walkinshaw VE stainless steel 2.5" mufflers
4 2" dumpers just b4 the diff

diff:
chevy 12 bolt 8.75" (slightly smaller than ford 9")
Eaton Tru-Track diff center
new bearings and seals

transmission:
T700R4 from a VQ statesman
kevlar clutches
13 vein kit
beast sunshell
various mods to shifting like corvette servos, 1-2 accumulator etc etc

brakes:
2001 mustang "hydro boost" hydraulic booster system
BA dual pot rotors front [read: brembos]
pontiac single pot rear discs


Future mods

60lb inectors
super/turbo charger
carby style manifold
hybrid electric engine
hydrogen boost

who the fk knows? lets just see what happens.

anyway, these are the pics of the day i got it.



and this





 
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Haha awesome... should be fun fixing it up... costly.. but fun! :p
 

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ah, see i was going the other way. i love the 65' tails, but in black also. this car was born green and will go green again, but dont think i am gonna go with the original vinyl roof. maybe just a tan/gold pearl.

i have NFI why someone would want to paint this car white, but meh. whatever. its my job now to get it back to chevys (gods) plan for it.
 

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Do I hear LS2 Impala?? you know you want to!
 

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needs wires too.
 

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Phat as fu*k man, are you keeping this engine? if you need parts let me know I've got a heap here in NZ, and if they're that hard to find over there too then you need as many friends as you can get LOL
 

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Interior pics? looks clean inside.

Good luck with it, would be great fun to start a project on something like that. Great fun (heartache and endless cash supplies and frustration) but good luck!
 

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nice, i like the chair you've got set up too - is that for when your'e out side having a beer thinking about what to do it. these are getting more rare and you'de be lucky to see one a month, good luck, keep the pics updated.
 

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Just saw the Jesus fish on the back , remove right away :p
 

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Just beautiful :) Do a nice motor, and refurbished interior - but leave the outside the way it is :) It's got so much character! I love it :D
 

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If Mortons got a keen eye he will be able to see that the HQ and Chevs of the late 60s share the same basic F body chasis and suspension :)
 

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thanks heaps guys. its gave me a little buzz to read your comments.

i was gonna keep the 327 and i am thinking of sourcing NOS stock parts to make the 375HP version of the block. i have not been able to find any info on the rochester fuel injection setup so i may drop that idea and just build a weapon out of edelbrock stuff instead :) there is a website called "summit racing" which is like me, 7 years old, walking through a toyshop. the Mrs is from denver, colarado, so i can get her folks to post stuff over as gifts ;)

plus my mate has a 454, and he is in my ear something crazy about dropping it in this, but i dunno... i dont think i want that kinda torque, full chassis or not, itll be a bit silly.

its gonna be one long haul, but i think itll look really classic when its done. and dont worry;

the fish on the boot was the first thing to go :)

will post up pics whenever i get something done.
 

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Bah, there's no such thing as too much torque. You're dreaming. I have a good mind to drop a 454 into my HQ and put the power down through the stock 185s... ^_^
 

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Bah, there's no such thing as too much torque. You're dreaming. I have a good mind to drop a 454 into my HQ and put the power down through the stock 185s... ^_^
I'd guess that they would last all of 30 seconds! lol

To the OP: schweeeet! Impalas are the bomb, my old man still regrets selling his 63 about 10 years ago. Keep us posted :D
 

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