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NASCAR 1965 Impala's?

Are there any old pictures of 1965 impala's competing in NASCAR? Was there a GM ban on racing at that time? Thank you
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65 Impalas were used. There was a great shot of one going through a turn at Riverside that Car Craft used as inspiration for project Heavy Metal in the early 90s. I'll see what I can find... BRB...

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Are there any old pictures of 1965 impala's competing in NASCAR? Was there a GM ban on racing at that time? Thank you
<edit> I'll post them as I find them... Smoky Yunick and one of the Yarboroughs had 65s, too... note the engine displacement on Smokey's black and gold car!






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I think the ban hit in '64. But that wouldn't have stopped someone who wanted to run a Chevy, or any GM model without factory backing; and I'm sure many did.

Keep Googling, you'll find something.

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Google this - 1965 Impala NASCAR and then click on the IMAGES link on the top left of the results page. You'll find what you're looking for...

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Here's a couple of a Bobby Allison driven, Smokey Yunick owned car. Who here wouldn't want that 427? Anyone? I thought so...

http://www.slotcars4u.net/darkside/n...on65Impala.jpg

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Thanks for the help in finding some nice pictures. Dan
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Here's a couple of a Bobby Allison driven, Smokey Yunick owned car. Who here wouldn't want that 427? Anyone? I thought so...

http://www.slotcars4u.net/darkside/n...on65Impala.jpg
Heck, its probably like the Chevelle he ran, 7/8 scale................

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I wonder how wide those stock wheels were back then?

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Wow that's cool. And back then an Impala in NASCAR actually looked like an Impala.
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I'll tell ya, I'd like to find some color photos of some '58-'60 Impalas racing in NASCAR.
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There was an ex-nascar 65 Impala SS with a 427 on ebay a few years ago down south. I remember it had radio and heater delete, which was cool.
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Found this on Craigslist. NOT MINE.
http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/cto/1724180640.html

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1965 Impala NASCAR SS

Hey guys, Shaun Coleman here -- found this posting figured I'd reply! I own the car mentioned above (heater delete 65 NASCAR Impala, which was listed on Ebay). I restored the old girl Roy Mayne's 65 Impala SS for the 2010 Monterey Historics in under 30 days!

I'm going to be racing her again at the end of this month in fact at Laguna Seca again in an SCCA vintage event.

Its a neat car and a lot of fun to drive. It was a great experience restoring her and getting help from the Chevy and Impala folks around the internet.

P.S. During the restoration we lost the interior trim dash piece for the heater delete (the piece inside the car which covered where the control panel was). I've been searching for months trying to find a replacement without luck. Anyone know where I might be able to find one?

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some picts of the old girl racing

Some picts of her racing, some cool ones with Wendell Scott who also drove a 65 Impala in some races.




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I wonder how wide those stock wheels were back then?
They where the stock width up untill they where chucked up on a lathe and cut open. Then a band of steel was welded in to make them any with they wanted. Just like they do today with steel wheels raced on your local roundy round track.

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Shaun, welcome! So great to have you here. I have followed the story on your car, and it is amazing. You should start a project thread so everyone can see what was done during the resto.

Any chance of you bringing the car to Bobby Rahal's Legends of Motorsport Weekend at Mt. Tremblant? http://www.lecircuit.com/events.cfm?ID=7

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They where the stock width up untill they where chucked up on a lathe and cut open. Then a band of steel was welded in to make them any with they wanted. Just like they do today with steel wheels raced on your local roundy round track.

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Hi guys, they are 15x8 tractor wheels with 6 lugs! I had new ones made up but the originals are from some kind of old farm equipment as well as the hubs.

Roy Mayne purchased the underpinnings; rear end, spindles, and other major suspension pieces, off of Rex White and his 1963 Impala and put them on this car. They are some beefy pieces, the hubs are massive.

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Shaun, welcome! So great to have you here. I have followed the story on your car, and it is amazing. You should start a project thread so everyone can see what was done during the resto.

Any chance of you bringing the car to Bobby Rahal's Legends of Motorsport Weekend at Mt. Tremblant? http://www.lecircuit.com/events.cfm?ID=7
Hi there, thanks for following the story!

No plans right now to take the car there. I am looking to do a roundy-round vintage event if anyone knows of one this summer?

My 2011 event plan for the car so far:

1) April 30-May 1 - Laguna Seca SCCA Vintage
2) July 8-10 - Portland Historics, PIR
3) July 23-24 - NASCAR West K&N Race Portland (support group)
4) (tentative) Sept 24-25 - Coronado, San Diego.

Maybe a few car shows here and there but I'd really like to go east for a good circle track event for fans to see the car.

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wow, great story.
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Great pictures and info! Is the suspension geometry modified much from stock?

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Great pictures and info! Is the suspension geometry modified much from stock?
Hi, the geometry is pretty much the same as stock. It is moved forward slightly from stock mounting in the front, the rear is bone stock except for the bite bolts and shock mounts. It did have 1200lbs springs in the front which is crazy high (shocks in those days were horrible, we brought this down to about 700lbs with the new technology shocks).

The biggest difference between the "stock" car and the NASCAR version is how beefy everything was. 4 Shocks in the front and in the back (two on each side) and they literally welded about 400lbs of plate steel along the chassis and welded in rebar pieces onto the a-arms to strengthen them.

They didn't know much about how to make things last in those days, they just welded a bunch of steel and called it a day .

You can see the rebar here on the A-arms along the edges (the curly looking things on the edges).




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some more on the same #46 car...(stumbled on this impalas.net thread looking for 65 engine shots on google...lol) long live the '65s!

http://bringatrailer.com/2010/06/15/...vrolet-impala/

http://blog.webridestv.com/2010/10/f...-ebay-for-75k/


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