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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-09-2015, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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65 Biscayne suspension in a 68 Impala?

Hi all. This is my first post to these forums, excited to be here.

I have a 68 Impala 4 door hardtop that needs all new suspension (50 year old wear). I found a guy with a 65 Biscayne 4 door hardtop that has all new poly suspension throughout. He found out it has a bent frame and wants to scrap it. He basically told me I can take anything I want from the car other than the engine and engine components.

Will the suspension from the 65 biscayne work on my 68 impala? I think the difference is in the rear control arms? Can I use his new coil springs in mine?

I'm also hoping to swap over his door panels, window regulators, etc. Maybe the front bumper. Please let me know if you know what fits and doesn't between these two cars.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-09-2015, 04:10 PM
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Welcome to the Team Jared!

If you use everything it will all transfer over. That means using his complete rear control arms as you can not swap just the top pair as I under stand it. I know there is a
difference in the length but I assume if you use his rear end as well as the arms it will still leave the rear end centered in the wheel well (it is also easier to just cut one end loose and take everything from shocks to control arms out attached to the rear end).

The front ends I believe are totally interchangeable though I think there is slight difference in the bumper brackets on the frame horn.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-09-2015, 04:37 PM
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If someone told me I can take what I want, I would do exactly that. Take that poormans Impala for everything it's got! sell what you don't use, and be a nice guy and cut your buddy in on the profits.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-09-2015, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Quick responses, thanks!

I'm mainly concerned with the front end suspension. The rear on my car needs new springs, but someone installed air shocks along the way that seem to be holding up. Anyone know if the springs will work?

I plan on taking just about everything that's light and doesn't take a huge amount of space. Mostly interior stuff, but I'll probably take the glass as well. The car has basically all of the trim. If anyone on here is looking for something in particular, I can pick it up.

He has a nice steering wheel for the 65 that's separate, $100 for that.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-10-2015, 05:30 AM
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U-haul rents car hauler trailers and can weld on a Class III Reese non-weight distributing hitch at the rental location usually; unless you are driving an economy car in which case the best you can do is a Class II.

I would pull the motor and tranny and load the rest on the trailer and take it home with you. Once at home you can transfer parts at your leisure.

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-14-2015, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Does anyone know if door panels from a sedan will fit a hardtop?
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-14-2015, 09:31 PM
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Body parts and interior parts wont interchange. Front suspension on a 68 is similar to a 65 but with some changes. Iddler arm mounts different. Tierods are different. Spindles are different. Springs should work. Upper and lower front A arms will work. Upper arms in the rear are different.
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