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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-09-2016, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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Said hello to the Impala today

As I was parking my latest acquisition with it...






'62 Impala SS 409 TH350
'66 Chevelle SS 496 M20
'70 Chevelle SS 396 M20
'67 Camaro ss/rs 350 PG
'38 Chev coupe street rod
'54 Chev 210 2 door
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-09-2016, 11:38 PM
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I would take that 62 over the Chevelle any day!!


The Chevelle is a very nice car as well, I just love Impalas.
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post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-09-2016, 11:40 PM
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Nice looking 1970 Chevelle project. Have you introduced your self over at Team Chevelle yet? You will be amazed at the volume of that board compared to ours.

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I've been on Team Chevelle since before auto forums bought it from Al and Dot.

'62 Impala SS 409 TH350
'66 Chevelle SS 496 M20
'70 Chevelle SS 396 M20
'67 Camaro ss/rs 350 PG
'38 Chev coupe street rod
'54 Chev 210 2 door
'69 Chev C10
'89 Chev R3500 roll back
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I would take that 62 over the Chevelle any day!!


The Chevelle is a very nice car as well, I just love Impalas.
The Impala will be a driver this year. I'm really looking forward to local cruising with it...

The Chevelle is rugged. I will drop an engine/trans in it this summer so it "yard drives" but that will be the extent for a while. It really needs the entire floor from the firewall to tail panel to do a proper restoration.

I like Impalas but the Chevelles have a strong pull on me. If I were to buy another full size, it would be a '66 Caprice. I had one in the mid 70's with buckets, console and gauges and really like the tail lights and roof line of the Caprice. If a big block, 4 speed project came along, it would be a "must have"...

'62 Impala SS 409 TH350
'66 Chevelle SS 496 M20
'70 Chevelle SS 396 M20
'67 Camaro ss/rs 350 PG
'38 Chev coupe street rod
'54 Chev 210 2 door
'69 Chev C10
'89 Chev R3500 roll back
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You can have both an Impala and a Chevelle in one car (or Caprice if you want) just buy a 1977-'99 "full size" car as it is the same size dimensionally as the 70 Chevelle and is close in weight when put on a diet as a 1970 Chevelle. It just happens to look like a Taxi/Police Car because that was most peoples experience with them.

Makes a great sleeper when you get a four door body with a huge displacement BBC under the big flat hood. No one knows what hit them.

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I saw a caprice for sale like how you described. The car is a bit pricey because it's not a project but, I took of a screen shot of the ad for you anyways.
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The 70 Chevelle was my first automotive love. Some day I will add one to the stable. Closest I ever came was a 70 Malibu coupe when I was around 18. Green on green.

Two doors, four doors, wagons, and ragtops.
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I saw a caprice for sale like how you described. The car is a bit pricey because it's not a project but, I took of a screen shot of the ad for you anyways.
I'll say it is pricy that is only two grand less than I paid for my car brand new off the lot in 1985 (it was ordered by a cabby to use in town but his financing fell through come time to accept this special factory order; so I bought it for MSRP less his twenty percent deposit to order the car from the factory).

You can find low mileage mid eighties B-bodies with a 305 and 700R4 tranny (mine had a 200R4) for two to three thousand as drivers with good paint and interior from retirees around here. (Retirees are dying to move to Florida, which is why the major used car wholesalers and resellers of antique furniture flock to estate sales in Central Florida).

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Caprice / Impalas cost $23,500 in 1985? Wow, didn't know that they were that expensive.
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I saw a caprice for sale like how you described. The car is a bit pricey because it's not a project but, I took of a screen shot of the ad for you anyways.
Thanks for teasing me...
Nice car but, yeah, he'll own it a while at that price. I know they are becoming more valuable but I think it's about 5-6k high yet.

I'll be in FL next month, but on the other coast and down to Key West. No time go go see it...

'62 Impala SS 409 TH350
'66 Chevelle SS 496 M20
'70 Chevelle SS 396 M20
'67 Camaro ss/rs 350 PG
'38 Chev coupe street rod
'54 Chev 210 2 door
'69 Chev C10
'89 Chev R3500 roll back
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The 70 Chevelle was my first automotive love. Some day I will add one to the stable. Closest I ever came was a 70 Malibu coupe when I was around 18. Green on green.
I can help you with that goal...
I'll be selling the other Canadian built 70 SS. It is an automatic with nice options.

'62 Impala SS 409 TH350
'66 Chevelle SS 496 M20
'70 Chevelle SS 396 M20
'67 Camaro ss/rs 350 PG
'38 Chev coupe street rod
'54 Chev 210 2 door
'69 Chev C10
'89 Chev R3500 roll back
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Thanks for teasing me...
Nice car but, yeah, he'll own it a while at that price. I know they are becoming more valuable but I think it's about 5-6k high yet.

I'll be in FL next month, but on the other coast and down to Key West. No time go go see it...


It's craigslist, everything is over priced on there for the most part. After it sits for so long they eventually come back to reality... Well sometimes they do.

There's another 66 caprice I found for 12 that's just as clean except it has front bench and a 327.
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I see I never updated this post last year.
I did get the Impala to driver status and drove it a few times, but it seemed to have spun a bearing and lost oil pressure... I didn't get into the engine, as I was way deep in other "things", so I parked it on a lift and it is still sitting there now.
However, earlier this week, I came across a replacement engine for it. I have been checking sources occasionally over the last year for a reasonably priced W motor and Tuesday, this one followed me home. I haven't run all the numbers yet, but it's a running engine, ready to drop back in. Supposed to be a '65 with a .040 over rebuild. May be a truck block, but hey, they seem to be more sought after to get the compression friendly for street use.




'62 Impala SS 409 TH350
'66 Chevelle SS 496 M20
'70 Chevelle SS 396 M20
'67 Camaro ss/rs 350 PG
'38 Chev coupe street rod
'54 Chev 210 2 door
'69 Chev C10
'89 Chev R3500 roll back
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The reason there are more truck blocks sold today is because there are so few passenger car blocks that survived the abuse people put them through. Truck blocks are stronger castings than the passenger blocks containing more tin in the mix when cast and having thicker main webs. Only down side is the notch cut in the block to kill compression but it it can be brought back to passenger car status with a cylinder sleeve (eight of them).

Makes you wish they were cast out 356 aluminum as then you could simply weld up the cavity.

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Well that ought to get the old impala back on the street and looking for a little more fun.
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post #17 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-27-2017, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
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Well, it is a truck block and everything I've read about this casting number is, they were used in either passenger car or truck. Same block, no changes and used interchangeably. The difference being the notch and flat top pistons to lower compression to 8-1.
Hopefully, the rebuild pistons have enough dome to get the compression back up around 9, but I'm not going to pull it apart just to look. The goal is to get it in the car and running this summer.

HEADERS...OMG. I'm used to buying painted headers for ~$200. Headers for a W motor are crazy !!! I may use the manifolds but even just the down pipes are $200...

'62 Impala SS 409 TH350
'66 Chevelle SS 496 M20
'70 Chevelle SS 396 M20
'67 Camaro ss/rs 350 PG
'38 Chev coupe street rod
'54 Chev 210 2 door
'69 Chev C10
'89 Chev R3500 roll back
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