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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-20-2011, 11:59 PM Thread Starter
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Howdy- 65 Impala SS- So. Cal.

Hello all,
I have had this '65 since 1982. Built in May in Van Nuys. She's been ignored for awhile and it's time to get at it.. My goal is to rebuild her stem to stern and improve upon all of her original attributes. A few years back, (late 90's?) Car Craft magazine tricked out a '65 Impala SS known as Project Heavy Metal. I saw this car while it was being built. They had nearly completed it when it was stolen. The idea was to make it go fast, handle, stop and look sweet. They succeeded. Sadly, the car vanished and just a few parts have turned up over the years..

I would like to go down the same path and using even more modern and efficient parts & would like to build a fun, fast and good looking Impala.
I'm presently considering an LS v. Big Block powerplant and possibly injection to maximize power and mileage.. Also planning on a 4L80 auto and some big brakes. This while keeping an original sleeper look.

Any and all comments or advice on products you like or dislike is welcome..
I have visited here many times, can't recall if I ever registered before so I did or did again..

It's a good forum and my thanks to those that started this..

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-21-2011, 12:21 PM
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Welcome to the Team Greg!

You don't have to choose between a big block or an LS-x motor. Chevy combined the two in the 8400 Vortec engine found in a lot of three quarter ton SUV and pick-ups. It is a 496 cubic inch (454 stroked a quarter inch) with it's own LS style cathedral port heads. Change the cam and the computer over to a FAST controller and you are looking at an easy thousand horsepower motor that idles like you mom's grocery getter.

Of course even with the stock aluminum heads that is still about 120 pounds more weight over the nose than a small block Chevy would be; so you are going to have to work harder to lighten the front end and improve your suspension. (battery in trunk saves 40 pounds, aluminum radiator another 19 pounds, aluminum water pump 4 pounds less, fiberglass hood 36 pounds, etc.)

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-21-2011, 01:01 PM
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That's funny, I have had my 64 since 82. Must be something in the water that has recently been added to get people into restoring cars

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