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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-14-2018, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
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New guy doing a 66 Impala SS RestoMod

Hello to all. I just picked up a very nice 66 Impala SS as my next project. I've done a lot of restomods and new builds... but looking forward to this classic. I'll document the entire build.

here's a few pic's of the starting canvas:

Thx Mark
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-14-2018, 09:17 AM
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A 3-Speed on the Column Super Sport.

Very Rare.

Especially for a '66.

-Parting Out over 75 '58 to '73 Full Size Chevy Cars-

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-14-2018, 09:33 AM Thread Starter
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I know... was sure strange to me..... That will all be removed with a Tremec TKO600 5spd, 400+ hp SBC350, etc. I'll use a Flaming River tilt steering column, add AC and rebuild the chassis, remove the body for minor repairs, new bushings, etc. The car even came with the original paper work... see pics. On this car, the rear had 3 link suspension... was that standard

Mark
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-15-2018, 09:46 AM
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Welcome to the Team Mark!

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I know... was sure strange to me..... That will all be removed with a Tremec TKO600 5spd, 400+ hp SBC350, etc. I'll use a Flaming River tilt steering column, add AC and rebuild the chassis, remove the body for minor repairs, new bushings, etc. The car even came with the original paper work... see pics. On this car, the rear had 3 link suspension... was that standard

Mark
The SS was a a model not a performance package as on the Nova, Camaro, or Chevelle. The Impala SS could be ordered with a 230 six cylinder and a three speed manual on the tree. As such it will have the base suspension which was a three parallel control arm and Panhard bar rear suspension.

You can upgrade your suspension to either the heavy duty (RPO F40) or the (RPO F41) sport suspension by finding an old police car (has to have the Certified Speedometer to be a SEO 9C1 optioned car) in a junk yard and bolting or welding on all of the suspension members and bracket that it used.

If you are contemplating installing more than the base power level (under 300 horsepower) you will need to upgrade your suspension to be safe. Keep in mind that back in 1963 when your car was still just ink marks on paper on a drafting table the design parameters where for a national speed limit of 45 mph. Your drum brakes where designed to stop your car in a time when there were few to no interstate highways. Your suspension was tuned to bias ply tires that had an 84% aspect ratio where today it is hard to find a tire with more than a 60% aspect ratio on a radial tire carcass. Shocks, springs, control arms, tie rods, and brakes all need to be brought up to modern specifications with the addition of added power.
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Big Dave, thanks for the info.... very good to know.

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-24-2018, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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I've started my build thread at:

http://www.impalas.net/forums/8-rest...tml#post215786

Thx Mark
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-24-2018, 09:42 PM
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Welcome to the site Mark. Nice car to start with to make even better!

HOW A NOVICE REBUILDS A 66 IMPALA CONVERTIBLE:
http://www.impalas.net/forums/blog.php?u=1432
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