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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-26-2012, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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New Guy CT 1965 409

Hi Guys, member of Team Camaro and I just picked up a 1965 Impala 409 (JB), 4-Speed, 12-bolt 2 owner original 76K mile on it and about 98% complete and runs.Matching # drivetrain.

Just seeing how rare/desirable a car like this is, she is a project car, pics and details very soon.

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Jeff G.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-27-2012, 03:55 PM
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Very nice Jeff,
Colors? Model?

Of course the 65 409's are very rare and hard to find these days so any original numbers cars are worth big $$.

Congrats on your find

Welcome to the site. Things are a little quieter here than over at the camaro site so be patient.

Parts are a bit tougher to find for the Impala than the camaro but thats half the fun ... right?

Just to start you out ... How are your rear quarter trim/cove moldings?????

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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-27-2012, 08:02 PM
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Welcome Jeff, Nice find.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-27-2012, 08:22 PM
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Welcome to the Team Jeff!

That is a very rare car indeed. They only made them for the first three months while awaiting the GM board's decision on the 396. The board had to decide if they where going to release the new big block with a 409 displacement, recreating the Mystery Engine from the 1962 year of competition in NASCAR, or to build it as a "stroker" motor with a much smaller bore and a long, long 3.760" stroke. Because of this hold up, all of the initial castings of the 1965 (and early 1966 castings since the first production run wasn't used up in 1965) 396 blocks will bore out to a 409. That way production could go either way. While they vacillated in making the decision a few 409's went out the door to meet demand from dealers, but very few so this is a very rare car.

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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-27-2012, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Hey Guys, this is my first Impala, looked at a handful of them over the years but never pulled the trigger.

I just got the car today so I'm going through it and slowly documenting, I got the Trim Tag, Vin # and Stamp on the 409. Vin # and JB is very clear on the block pad.

The goal is to get it running safe, guy had a open gas can running the car! Yikes, unfortunately I don't have the skills to restore this car so it will be available in the future.

Just wanted to share this car with everyone here, So please bare with me.


http://community.webshots.com/user/jeff69rag2001


Thanks guys.

Jeff G.
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Hi Jeff,

That car is really neat. Haven't seen any others in New England! My Dad and I are quite knowledgeable on the 65 409's so feel free to ask any questions. Can you post a picture of the whole engine? Any original manuals in the glove box? The engine suffix is JB, 340hp with manual trans. Is the rear axle a DD code 3:31 open or a DH code 3:31 posi

The cowl tag breaks down like this:
01B body build 2nd week of January
65-16637 65 Impala SS coupe body
FRA 3349 3,349th 16637 body built at the Framingham, MA assembly plant
815 Black bucket seat interior
R-6 Red paint with black vinyl top
E tinted glass
2L M20 4spd
2S rear antenna
2R rear seat speaker
3C padded dash
L is standard seat belts

Warren

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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-28-2012, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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Hi Warren, yes pics coming soon, getting everything cleaned up just got back from Napa with parts.

I decoded the car and states this color Y-6, not R...



The original color of your car is: Crocus Yellow




and finding parts is tough, not much for sale....yikes.


Thanks again...


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Hi Jeff, that's right. I'm not sure why I was thinking the R for the paint code. I remember saying yellow but must have had another car in mind that was red.

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Where are you in CT? I'd love to take a look at the car the next time I'm passing through since it's a mostly original car.

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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-11-2012, 03:55 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Hi Guys, got the 1965 Impala 409 running today not bad for a 45 year old motor.



Updated Pics

http://community.webshots.com/user/jeff69rag2001

Enjoy.

Jeff G.
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