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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-01-2012, 12:01 AM Thread Starter
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Important Question for You Guys

I am strongly considering buying a numbers matching 1965 SS 396. My question is that the car is all original. Drums front and rear,most engine parts,suspension parts ect original. Where do I start with replacing and upgrading the car for safety and to update the performance to get the most out of the cars potential? And please give me your view on a fair price for this car. Paint was redone. Paint and crome and interior look great. Car runs very well and has factory ac. Whats it worth. Thanks for your help
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-01-2012, 08:26 AM
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For safety, I would start with the brakes. Either Original single master cyl, Upgrade to a duel mater cyl., or go for a disc brake conversion. Just make sure the brakes are safe. From the sound of what you describe, its a nice car that doesn't need restored. So the order I would go is Brakes, Suspension, Engine and trans.
As for price? With out some photos, around $20,000 + or - .
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-01-2012, 10:27 AM
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The Mecum auction just ended this weekend. You can check some of the Impala sales to get an idea of prices. I'm in the market for a '65 SS myself but haven't found one yet.

As far as safety goes, as mentioned, get rid of the single reservour master cylinder in favor of a dual master cylinder. If the brake lines are original you might want to replace them as well. I had a brake line failure on my '63 Impala back in 1969. With only the single cylinder I had zero brakes. Not fun.

I also think seat belts are a must have. Because the ball joints carry a lot of weight on these cars you might want to check them out as well. Lift the tire off the ground a few inches and pry upward with a pry bar. If you have a lot of play you might want to replace those as well. A badly worn ball joint can cause a wheel to come loose from the knuckle. Again, back in the day, a buddy of mine lost a wheel while bumping over a set of railroad tracks at low speed.
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