My 1965 SS 396 finally arrived from OHIO. - Impala Tech
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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-23-2016, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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My 1965 SS 396 finally arrived from OHIO.

Me and my dad partially restored the car in 1990 (Paint, quarters, trunk floor). She sat for 25 years in my dads car barn. I finally have the time and means to restore her fully. Looking forward to top down cruising!!
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-25-2016, 08:43 AM
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Looks good.

I see you have a Big Block in it.

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post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-25-2016, 02:16 PM
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Doesn't look like it needs much at this point! What are you planning to do? Looks like it's ready to just drive and enjoy!

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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-25-2016, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Thanks! It has sat for 25 years at my dads (inside) Needs normal things to drive. Fuel tank, starter alt, fuel pump, all new brakes. It drove good in 1991 when we put it away for me to go into the Navy. I plan to just cruise it around.

I really like the stance of this one, probably go this route once I get all the bugs worked out.
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post #5 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-28-2016, 09:49 AM
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Dont forget the rubber lines. All the brake and fuel lines that are rubber.

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Project update!!!

So its been over a year.........We put all new brakes from the pedal to the shoes on it as well as all new fuel system from tank to manifold. We did get it running and drove it around the block a few times. Powerglide wouldn't shift (found vacuum line rotted off). Suspension bushings shot. I couldn't get rid of a tapping in the #8 cylinder so we pulled the 396 out and found (2) .030 over pistons in #6 and #8. The rest were standard bore????? So we took the block .40 over and had new 9.5:1 pistons put on the reconditioned rods. The crank was perfect needing a minor polish. heads were rebuild. While the engine was out we took the engine bay to bare metal and resprayed it satin black. I also ordered the wheels in 17x8 and 17x9.5. I have got the whole family helping me now....Hoping to assemble the motor and reinstall it soon...then on to the suspension.
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post #7 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-17-2017, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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couple more pics.... Thanks for checking it out.
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post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-18-2017, 08:20 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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Rear wheels fitted....
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post #9 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-19-2017, 07:55 PM
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It looks and sounds pretty nice. I love convertibles.
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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-08-2018, 08:28 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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We got the engine assembled and down in the car ......
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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-08-2018, 11:11 AM
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Awesome job!! It looks great! Suggestions:
1) Consider a clutch fan.
2) Consider a "closed PCV" system, as opposed to an "open PCV" system. Closed PCV will vent to the air cleaner. Open PCV is the chrome breather you have on the passenger valve cover. The advantage the closed PCV contain oil vapers within the air cleaner whereas the open PCV is vented through the breather and into the engine bay. The closed PCV theoretically will keep the engine bay cleaner.

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post #12 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-12-2018, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Thanks for the input.

I am on the look out for the correct air cleaner (they are not reproduced and expensive).

My car came with the wrong radiator, no shroud, and the original meat cleaver fan.

I know its a departure from original, but its hot down here and I wanna drive this thing! I am going to run an "auto city classic" aluminum direct fit with electric fan. I'll just hide it with satin black paint....lol

I also cannot find the correct fan shroud, no one reproduces it that I know of.
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post #13 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-27-2018, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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Verified 17x9.5 with 5.5 backspacing fit just fine with a 275-50-17 tire. Plenty of room. 5 inch backspacing would have been a little better due to coil spring pocket on the frame, but no issues, about 3/4 inch clearance. well over an inch from the fender lip.
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post #14 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-27-2018, 04:16 PM
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Looks great
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post #15 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-26-2018, 09:56 PM
 
 
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Looks really good. I like the wheels with that red paint.
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post #16 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-19-2018, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Not much happened last 6 months, finished up engine bay (except for radiator) Engine sill needs fired up and broke in. Front wheels and tires on. Installed AM/FM radio and factory dash tach............
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