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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-23-2015, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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hello from s.c.

hello..new guy here. steve... car nut from birth as far as I can remember...anyhow I just picked up a nice old 69 impala 4dr hardtop, 327, powerglide, power steering, power drum brakes, factory air, am radio,and documented 26,4xx miles... its been parked since 1987, I have got it to start with just a set of points and some gas down the carb...I mainly got this car to save it..it was headed down the wrong road.... I was gonna old school cool it until I found the paperwork verifying the mileage...had plans for chrome reverse rims and skirts..... nothin fancy but I think it needs to stay bone stock....floorpans look like new, perfect dash and on and on.... anyhow, heres a few pics..




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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-23-2015, 07:08 PM
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Welcome to the Team Steve!

Nice Find. Glad you are leaving the fender skirts off. I hate those things. Can be a real problem with a flat tire when I had to make AAA calls with the gas station wrecker I worked at back when fender skirts were the in thing (many, many moons ago).

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Welcome to the forum and congratulations on your amazing find! Good luck with the rebuild. Should be alot of fun to work on. If you ever get stuck on anything, feel free to ask away. There's plenty of folks on this site that can help you get it right.

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post #5 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-25-2015, 08:08 AM
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Interesting car.

Keep us posted on it.

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post #6 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-26-2015, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Looks good.

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Can you post a picture of the trim tag on the firewall and a clearer one of the broadcast sheet? What's the dealer listed on the back of the protection plan?
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post #9 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-06-2015, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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engine pad numbers
190239601
K0613F3

sorry but this is as good as I could get of the tag,







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post #10 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-06-2015, 10:25 PM
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As said, nice find and glad you are back posting. I'll assume you weren't in the severe flood damage areas. I feel for all those affected by this disaster...

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'38 Chev coupe street rod
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we were very fortunate...no damage whatsoever
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post #12 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-26-2015, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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pulled the valve covers and intake off...... what a mess!!!!! very thick sludge.... don't think I can clean it up without disassembly.. so the motor is coming out.. gonna go through it, new kit, rings seals bearings and gaskets, having the heads redone with hardened seats and an upgraded cam lifters and springs... looking to find and install a correct era cast iron 4bbl intake and q=jet along with a correct air cleaner... want to keep it looking stock..
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If this is a 396 I would pull the whole motor as is and then store it. I would replace it with a 496 (454 with an off shore stroker crank and bored 0.060" over) only I would look for a 496 based upon a rebuilt two piece Mark IV block. As to heads a set of oval port heads with 2.25" inch tuliped stainless swirl polished intake valves and 1.88" stainless steel exhaust valves with your hardened seats cut into the heads. I would also pocket port the heads and clean up any casting flash in the ports. You can also polish the exhaust port and clean them up (trim the valve guide and reduce the roof to gasket line) as big blocks are famous for their poor exhaust ports (and small valve size compared to displacement, and having good and bad ports, and a rotten combustion chamber shape: but some how gets the job done).

If it is a 396 I would retain the 396 decals, otherwise I would substitute some 390 horse 427 decals, as the 427 was only used in the Corvette and big cars, but rarely ever a 425 horse high performance version.

No one will ever know the difference (most can't tell them apart visually), but it makes a real seat of the pants improvement to go from a 396 to a 496. Unless some one is checking number no one but you and your machinist will ever know.

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If this is a 396 I would pull the whole motor as is and then store it. I would replace it with a 496 (454 with an off shore stroker crank and bored 0.060" over) only I would look for a 496 based upon a rebuilt two piece Mark IV block. As to heads a set of oval port heads with 2.25" inch tuliped stainless swirl polished intake valves and 1.88" stainless steel exhaust valves with your hardened seats cut into the heads. I would also pocket port the heads and clean up any casting flash in the ports. You can also polish the exhaust port and clean them up (trim the valve guide and reduce the roof to gasket line) as big blocks are famous for their poor exhaust ports (and small valve size compared to displacement, and having good and bad ports, and a rotten combustion chamber shape: but some how gets the job done).

If it is a 396 I would retain the 396 decals, otherwise I would substitute some 390 horse 427 decals, as the 427 was only used in the Corvette and big cars, but rarely ever a 425 horse high performance version.

No one will ever know the difference (most can't tell them apart visually), but it makes a real seat of the pants improvement to go from a 396 to a 496. Unless some one is checking number no one but you and your machinist will ever know.

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I just picked up a nice old 69 impala 4dr hardtop, 327, powerglide, power steering, power drum brakes, factory air, am radio,and documented 26,4xx miles...



'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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Well you can ignore that advise. 327 can become a 383 (which is a big block engine if you had a Rod runner or similar Chrysler product). But I would look at a 400 SBC if you can find one to rebuild in lew of the 327 once again keeping it all original.
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post #16 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-24-2015, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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i kinda feel that just doing a refresh on the matching #s engine and tranny will take nothing from this car.. in fact I think it would greatly enhance the value making it a reliable driver.. that is what I have in mind for this one.. new brake lines, fuel lines. disc front swap. 4bbl and electronic ignition, refurb the air and that's about it..i should be able to get it where I want for around 3k, doin it myself.
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i kinda feel that just doing a refresh on the matching #s engine and tranny will take nothing from this car.. in fact I think it would greatly enhance the value making it a reliable driver.. that is what I have in mind for this one.. new brake lines, fuel lines. disc front swap. 4bbl and electronic ignition, refurb the air and that's about it..i should be able to get it where I want for around 3k, doin it myself.
Sounds like a good plan.
I have installed the Pertronix III conversion in 2 of my original distributors but bought their complete cast body retro look distributor for my '62. It looks like an original distributor and with the black painted 45k coil, it's hard to see that it isn't.

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'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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post #18 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-28-2016, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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just thought id stop in and say hey, I'm still around. just haven't been able to do much on the 69 .... had surgery on my neck and been unable to turn any wrenches so no progress other than getting the engine to the shop.
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