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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-16-2019, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Helping big brother with his 59

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I owe my interest in cars to my older brother and his 59 Impala. It had a 301 with dual WCFB's He drag raced it for a number of years before he sold it to start a family and buy a farm. It is the car in my avatar. My first ride in the 59 at the age of 11 or so, changed my life. I do not currently own an Impala, but happily, brother Larry has bought one which he plans to take to the vintage drags. I have joined this forum in a search for Impala knowledge, so I can help him in his quest to recreate the Impala of his youth. Not sure if the pic attached to my profile, so here are pics of the "new" 59 and the original (taken in 1967)
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-16-2019, 07:52 PM
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Welcome to the Team Bob!

He must have had a spacer blocks in every open coil of his front springs. It's hard to get the car's front end that high other wise; even without a motor in the car. A 301 was what every one else called a 327 block with a 283 crank in it before Chevy went TransAm racing with the Camaro in 1967 calling it a 302.

A 302 with a fifty pound fly wheel and a set of 4.10 cogs (as high as you could get from the factory for the early Chevy rear ends; though the aftermarket sold a 4.56 ratio gear set) was state of the art in the mid 1960's. With a set of pie crust recap slicks out back. Probably running a Borg-Warner T-10 as the Muncie would be pricey in 1967.

Wish you both luck.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-17-2019, 09:06 AM
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Beautiful '59 in that first picture.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-21-2019, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Yep, the engine was out in this picture and no doubt that spacer blocks were being used. This 301 was the original 59 283, bored 0 .125 over. The cheaters in back were Casler's. The trans, indeed was a T-10
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-04-2019, 05:39 PM
 
 
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a set of 4.10 cogs (as high as you could get from the factory for the early Chevy rear ends; though the aftermarket sold a 4.56 ratio gear set)

Big Dave
Don't you mean 'as low as you could get'? 3.36 was as high as you could get in tho 50's. I believe.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-04-2019, 05:46 PM
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High as in numerical ratio! Highest number (or as you state the lowest gear ratio) offered was the 4.56:1 in the aftermarket. Axles couldn't support any higher torque multiplication without twisting in two.

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