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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-08-2013, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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My 1965 Convertible SS

I found this one out beside a farmers barn rotting away.
It is a nice optioned Impala SS with the tilt, pw, ps,pb, 2 spd wipers and trunk release as well.

Style 16667
body # 100006
Trim 802 paint Y

B70U63A31M35T-10

the vin is 51666700016, pretty early.

The engine, tranny and diff were not original.

So over the past few years have and dropped a LT1 and T56 6 speed,long tube headers, aluminum rad with Z-28 electric fans, 4 wheel discs, tubular suspension front and back,rear air bags, hid headlight and led tail lights, 20" Foose Nitrous wheels and replaced instruments with with Autometer Cobalt gauges.

Just getting it ready for paint, and install the interior. I have not decided on a color yet.

either a Corvette Sunfire yellow or the 2009 Harley Twilight Blue.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-08-2013, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Here are a few pics from when I found her
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post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-08-2013, 07:30 PM
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Interesting vehicle and mods. Sounds like you completely reversed its' life.

Car must have had quite the life with the non-original drivetrain you mentioned and what looks like some Buick wheels!

HOW A NOVICE REBUILDS A 66 IMPALA CONVERTIBLE:
http://www.impalas.net/forums/blog.php?u=1432
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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-08-2013, 11:46 PM
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I agree. Interesting car.
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post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-09-2013, 01:10 AM
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Very cool, most likely one of the first cars off the assembly line for 65. There should be a build date, top right corner of the cowl/firewall tag. It will be something like 1-8-27. First digit will be a 1 or 2, for first or second shift, next is the month, 1-12, last is the day, 1-31. What does it have there?
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I found this one out beside a farmers barn rotting away.
It is a nice optioned Impala SS with the tilt, pw, ps,pb, 2 spd wipers and trunk release as well.

Style 16667
body # 100006
Trim 802 paint Y

B70U63A31M35T-10

the vin is 51666700016, pretty early.

The engine, tranny and diff were not original.

So over the past few years have and dropped a LT1 and T56 6 speed,long tube headers, aluminum rad with Z-28 electric fans, 4 wheel discs, tubular suspension front and back,rear air bags, hid headlight and led tail lights, 20" Foose Nitrous wheels and replaced instruments with with Autometer Cobalt gauges.

Just getting it ready for paint, and install the interior. I have not decided on a color yet.

either a Corvette Sunfire yellow or the 2009 Harley Twilight Blue.
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My two cents is paint it the original colour seen on the firewall, kind of unusual and it's a beautiful colour!
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I had heard the Canadian cars had body color fire walls.
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This sounds like it is going to be a runner. I love the 6 speed in my corvette
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I had heard the Canadian cars had body color fire walls.
Yes, that is true, I just always forget when they changed to black. It was either 1968 or 1969.
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That's going to be a fun little project!
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Thanks, the firewall is the original colour, and I like it as well.

The issue right now is getting an upper rad hose to fit to the lower connection on the rad and have tried an assortment of hoses as I would prefer to trim a moulded hose instead of using a generic one
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post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-18-2013, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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I looked on the cowl trim tag and there is no other information on it. I did find a few pics while I was building it. It had been moved down on the priority list when I started playing with motorcycles
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The dash has had a major redo.
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From what I've learned prior to '63 the firewall color was the same as the body color. And after 63, the firewalls are all semigloss black.
Somewhere mid year for the 63s, the firewall color changed from body color to semigloss black. Somewhere there is SN information the denotes the switch over.

I saw a white 63 with a white firewall with semi-gloss black or gloss black components. This looks pretty sharp. But a semi-gloss firewall looks great as well.
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post #15 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-21-2014, 11:37 PM
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Yes, that is true, I just always forget when they changed to black. It was either 1968 or 1969.
Yes, true for the US cars from what I've seen and heard but as stated above, on this car it's correct in body colour because it's a Canadian model.
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