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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-27-2015, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
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Questions/differences about a 67 Catalina Frame

Been looking for another frame to do some mods on my 67 Impala SS. I recently came up on a Craigslist ad for 67 Pontiac Catalina Frame that has me completely baffled.

https://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/pts/5375594383.html

If you check the craigslist link, you'll see the differences in the suspension arrangement both front and rear. I did some research and they say the Catalina's and Bonneville's are in fact GM "B" body cars. The rear suspension has the same arrangement as the "A" body cars and no need for a pan hard bar. the front lower A arm has a similar "A" body attachment method thus no strut rod arrangement like what's found on the Impala's.

I kinda like these features, anybody got an opinion on this and would it be possible to use this frame under my 67 Impala?

Thanks Rob
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-28-2015, 05:52 AM
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Dallas craigslist a guy parting out a 67 2 door hardtop doesn't look too bad.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-28-2015, 08:32 PM
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Ive parted a couple 67 Impala's. That Pontiac frame dosent look to far off. The body bolt location and placement of the wheel base would be important. This is one of the 67 Impala frames I sold.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-29-2015, 08:51 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Fellas, I think I'm gonna pass on the Pontiac frame. I posted this on a Pontiac Forum and those guys advised that it wouldn't fit the Impala. One of the members said the Hollander (sp) interchange manual said it wasn't interchangeable with the Chevrolet. My gut tells me that it would probably work, but I'm not going to chance it.

Dadstoy, you're killing me, lol. Wish we were closer, I would have loved to have gotten one of those frames.
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I bought a 65 Olds 88 once, thinking the frame was the same as a Impala. Wasn't even close. All I have now is a 65 and a 66 frame.
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I bought a 65 Olds 88 once, thinking the frame was the same as a Impala. Wasn't even close. All I have now is a 65 and a 66 frame.
Are the '65-66 frames not the same as a '67 ?? The floor pans are interchangeable from '65 -70, which indicates the frame mounts would be in the same location.

GA to OH isn't that far.... 650 miles. OK, it is a bit of a drive. I drove from MN to Oklahoma for a frame once

IF the wheelbase is the same on the Pontiac frame, it might work. It may be longer behind the rear wheels and would need to be shortened. This is the same between the Pontiac and Chev A body cars. I would carefully measure the width at the rad support mounting too. Bumper mount holes may be different. I would prefer the Pontiac suspension over the strut rod/pan hard set-up.
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