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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-28-2017, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Working to get another 65 SS on the streets

Greetings All,

I'm doing this a little backwards. I just jumped into asking questions without introducing myself.

With approval (and high level of interest) from my wife, we pulled the trigger on the purchase of a classic Impala. My dad had one when I was a kid, wished he haddn't gotten rid of it, now I'm in the position to get one. So, after searching the intertubes and local sales, we located a very nice 65 Impala that has been off the road for quite some time.

It looks to be an older restoration and is quite complete, but now is starting to have issues due to lack of maintenance and some miss-tinkering by various owners after the restoration.

At this point, I'd say it is a good 50-footer car - looks good driving down the street, but would not do well in a car show. It has some mechanical upgrades, but nothing that alters the stock body, frame or suspension. All of which is exactly where I'd like this car to be - with a few more upgrades to make it more reliable. (see specs as I know them in the sig.)

Auto-restoration is not new to me, but the nuances of '60's Impalas are. So, I appreciate all the help you all have shown me so far - and I hope to return contribute in the future.

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according to the body tag: (if I'm reading this correctly)
Build Date: Third week of November, 1965
Impala SS 2-door coupe (V8)
Arlington TX plant.
Original Paint: Evening Orchid (currently Crocus Yellow)
Original Interior: white/black (currently Black)
Factory Air Conditioning

not on the tag:
396 TurboJet (non-matching number)
3-speed, Automatic Transmission (TH400?)

12 bolt,
locking rear differential (
3.30? gear ratio)
Tri-Volume Horn (GM Accessory)
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-29-2017, 02:33 PM
 
 
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Nice car man! Welcome. Would love to see more pictures of it.
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-01-2017, 06:12 AM
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Evening orchid is a one year only color and it would look a lot better if it were correct. I have a 65 Pontiac convertible with iris mist original paint which is the same color.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-01-2017, 06:19 AM
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My mom's '65 four door hard top was colored Evening Orchid with a black vinyl top, and a it had a back cloth interior. Very nice color combo.

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/e1/94...5caf1355f2.jpg

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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-01-2017, 01:21 PM
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Good looking car, welcome to the site.

HOW A NOVICE REBUILDS A 66 IMPALA CONVERTIBLE:
http://www.impalas.net/forums/blog.php?u=1432
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-01-2017, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Thanks Guys! (I realized it was a good find as soon as I saw it.)

I've only had the car for a little more than a month now and I'm still working on it so that it can pass safety inspection.

So far... replaced flywheel, starter, battery, ignition switch, rebuild accelerator pump on carb, replaced fuel pump, replaced rear axle, new rear disc brakes, a laundry list of electrical issues including lights and horn...

Next step is to upgrade the master cylinder, booster and proportioning valve.

and then (crossing fingers) I'm hoping it will pass inspection.

Then we'll look into those recommended reliability upgrades . . .


Txbobcat: Good to know it was a one-year-only-color. When I get to a point of doing a real restoration, I can do something about that.

Big Dave: Thanks for the pic! I also need to get a set of the stock steel wheels with wheel covers... because of nostalgic reasons.

MikeN: I'll work on that this weekend.

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according to the body tag: (if I'm reading this correctly)
Build Date: Third week of November, 1965
Impala SS 2-door coupe (V8)
Arlington TX plant.
Original Paint: Evening Orchid (currently Crocus Yellow)
Original Interior: white/black (currently Black)
Factory Air Conditioning

not on the tag:
396 TurboJet (non-matching number)
3-speed, Automatic Transmission (TH400?)

12 bolt,
locking rear differential (
3.30? gear ratio)
Tri-Volume Horn (GM Accessory)
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-01-2017, 07:51 PM
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The optional simulated-mag wheel covers would look great on that car.

1967 Chevrolet Impala SS convertible - Ermine White C1
1967 Chevrolet Impala SS 396 - Marina Blue FF
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-03-2017, 08:20 AM
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Looks like you have a very interesting 65 Impala SS. My very first 65 SS back in HS was a yellow one. I've owned several sense. My absolute favorite color is Evening Orchard.

http://www.impalas.net/forums/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=521&dateline=14693626  69
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-08-2017, 09:44 AM
 
 
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love the stance of the car! Congrats.
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