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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-17-2016, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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Considering purchase of 1966 Impala

I am looking at a 1966 Impala SS with a 468 big block and a turbo 350 auto transmission. Unsure at this moment of miles on the engine and on the car. Looks clean in photos. Waiting on response from seller. Seller is asking $22k obo. What do you guys think? I don't know that much about them. Ad reads:


Things I should ask about? Things I should look for? Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-17-2016, 10:54 PM
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Welcome to the Team!

You are buying a Car, not an engine or transmission. The condition of the sheet metal and the completeness of the interior should be your highest priority. Though with that engine you will be buying a new transmission very soon as the TH350 was never put behind a BBC for a reason, as it is made out of aluminum, it will break when the engines torque ties to move a heavier car (case of the irresistible force meeting the immovable object, and the weakest link will most likely be the tranny). If it has a ten bolt rear end it could be a race to see which breaks, first tranny, or rear end. under any kind of what used to be called "abuse" by warranty adjusters at Chevrolet dealerships.

Ignoring the motor, which you know next to nothing about, though I am sure you think it has all the best parts in it; my experience with these engines tells me it will most likely be a rebuilt pick-up truck motor with small peanut port heads. Instead have someone familiar with body work look at the car for an assessment of it's physical condition. Fresh paint and plastic body filler will look good when fresh but any corrosion hidden by the paint will continue and crude patches will literally fall off the car. If it is a flawless physical specimen then it could be worth the money, otherwise be prepared to negotiate on the price if there is any rust hiding under fresh paint.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-18-2016, 08:13 AM
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I bought my 64 SS in Dec/2015 and it took me 7 months to find the right car at the right price.

My approach for finding the right car was to put less weight in the condition of the mechanicals because if I could not do that work myself, engine and transmission rebuild prices or prices for new components can for the most part be easily quoted. Body work is an entirely different set of circumstances and I know very little when it comes to welding body panels etc.

For that reason, I took my cousin who used to be an auto body tech and is now an insurance adjuster who deals with body work all the time. I admit that I am lucky to have a person like this readily available.

I mention all this because I am continuing the theme that Dave noted. In order to minimize risk during a purchase like yours, it is ideal if you have a car be inspected by a person who knows exactly where to look at all the nooks and crannies of every body panel part.

Good luck.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-19-2016, 04:09 PM
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Welcome, Here's my thoughts. To pay 22,000 for a 66 Impala, first take it to a reliable mechanic with a lift to be inspected. Second, why does it not have the original motor, trans? Third, Is interior in decent shape. Original or custom. Forth, Check the numbers, is it a true SS big block car. Fifth, Body work. These cars are nortorus for rust. Back windows,windshield top and bottom, Trunk and floorboards. Frames are a haven for rust through. Look for shoddy repairs. Check overall condition of car and make your decision. Dont be afraid to ask for help from local experts and take pictures of questionable areas.We are here to help also.  69
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