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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-09-2009, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
 
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1961 Impala Buildsheet????

Do 1961 impalas have buildsheets like later chevys do? If so where in the interior can they be found? I know different factories sometime place them in different spots in the interior????
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Do 1961 impalas have buildsheets like later chevys do? If so where in the interior can they be found? I know different factories sometime place them in different spots in the interior????
I think that you are out of luck on this one. I have had numerous 1961 Impalas and have never seen one hidden in the seat springs, quarter panel, or any place else. Good Luck ! I sure would like to see one if, in fact they exist.

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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-17-2009, 06:01 PM
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All GM cars have build sheets, it is just a matter of luck in finding one because they are supposed to be trash. The worker used a build sheet to install options. The more options your car had the more likely you are to find a build sheet in the car, as somebody might have got lazy and tucked one out of sight somewhere. The down side is that they are close to fifty years old now and they were not protected or preserved (trash rarely is). Another consideration is that these were typed instructions not a computer read out (they hadn't been invented yet) so many do not recognize what they are when they see it.

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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-17-2009, 08:04 PM
 
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my flint built '61 4dr impala sheet was under the rear seat.
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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-17-2009, 10:18 PM
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On my 72 I found it under the passenger side seat I did not know what the hell it was it was faded and weather got to it.

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This would be a good question for Warren. He's the build sheet guru. The location of most hidden build sheets depended on what plant the car was built at. Some assemblers placed them in the seats, either front or back. Others above the gas tanks, etc.
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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-18-2009, 05:20 PM
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Depends upon the worker.

A build sheet is a set of instructions the assembly worker. each car came down came down the line with a build sheet for every work station that would install an optional part.

the worker took a copy got the part and installed the part, he was supposed to then walk to the trash and throw it away (or stash it somewhere where no one (like the QC tech) would ever find it in the car). Next work station next optional part next chance of getting a copy of the build sheet.

Custom radio, up under the radio below the speaker in the dash. Courtesy light group, above the glove box or behind the lower kick panel. Map reading light instead of a standard dome light, above the head liner panel. Cut pile carpets with matching vinyl mats (under the rug). Console with gauges under the console, or under the dash.

Just think where would you stash trash if you were working on a part install and were too tired to walk to the trash can.

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1961 Fuelie Impala

When I bought my car, I was handed a fuel injection unit (in pieces) in a box. I was told that it came with the car, and that the person before him did the same thing. I have researched it, and it I can not find a 1961 Impala fuelie. My research, however, indicates my car appears to have been a "dealer owned demo." Apparently in the late 50's early 60's, each dealer received a fully optioned vehicle to show to customers if someone wanted to order a car. It has every option avail, PS/ PW/ PB/ PS/ AC/ 3 spd column w/ overdrive / push button radio, and now, possibly a dealer installed fuel injection. Has anyone ever heard of this? Thanks
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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-10-2014, 12:26 PM
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To my knowledge, the last year for Fuel Injection in a passenger car was 1959. The only thing I can "guess at" would be that someone ordered the '61 brand new and really wanted that option. Seeing that it was not available, the '59 option still might have been available to order through the parts dept. Now an ambitious dealer could have very well installed it or possibly the owner himself or his mechanic. Try to see if you can find any Date Codes anywhere on the FI Unit.

BTW, it sounds like an interesting car. Do you have any pictures of it available?

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My father was offered a stlightly used 1957 Chevy that had been driven for six months by the sales manager. It also had every option on the list factory installed including A/C (Unusual for a car sold in Buffalo N.Y.).

Did my father buy this beautiful black on black car with a 283 under the hood and a four speed? Noooo! He picked out a brand new blue 1958 Biscayne two door powered by a 235 six cylinder with a three in the tree manual. Only options were a heater and a AM radio. He could have had either car for the same price since he was paying cash.

After getting my ears boxed for my unsolicited opinion, he stated the six was more powerful and he didn't trust the V8 design. He was very distressed to learn that none of the vehicles he had to chose from had a 235 six when he bought his next new car in 1965, an evening orchid with deluxe black cloth interior two door Impala with a 283 (he didn't trust the new 327 as it was still new and thought they hadn't gotten all of the bugs out of it).

My mother wrecked that car and he shopped around and found a police car that had been ordered by the Chief of Police for the City of Clearwater, FL. Unfortunately for the dealership the chief had neglected to get the purchase authorized. The city manager denied the PO and the dealership had tried to unload the car for a while before my father showed up drawn by the price advertised in the paper. It was a Ermine white Caprice Classic four door with a 300 horsepower 327 under the hood, 15 inch Rally wheels disc brakes up front heavy duty 9C1 suspension with coolers on all fluids. It had a Caprice black cloth interior with the Flour de Lis emblems embroidered in the cloth.

Finally my dad buys a four door family car when the only one who didn't have their own car and had been driving for a while is my youngest sister. They call me Big Dave for a reason. I was six feet tall in the fifth grade. Now I wouldn't have to be a contortionist to get in the back seat. Only instead of riding with my parents in their new car, I took mine (just to embarrass them) as it was fast and loud.

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61 Impala

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Beautiful car.

I'm going to say that the 283 a Power Pack Engine (230 HP).

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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-13-2014, 12:56 PM
 
 
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How would I tell?

Also, I forgot to mention I had the car looked at at Mike's Chevy, a local classic Chevy supply. He said the best way to tell if the car was a FI, was the metal fuel line from the gas tank would be a 3/8 as opposed to a 5/16. When he check, he said it was in fact, a factory 3/8 line. The mystery continues...
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Yeah, but the main thing here is that no FI's were offered in '61, as mentioned. Now someone could have changed the lines, same as how they could have installed a '59 Unit on it.

The way to tell if you have a Power Pack Engine for sure is by the Engine Code stamped on the Front Pad. But, if all original, it will have a 4-Barrel Carb and Power Pack Marking on the Heads. Let us know the Code though and we will be able to decipher it for you. Also don't forget to try to get a Date Code from the FI Unit as well.

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