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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-01-2011, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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How to tell a true SS

I looking at doing a trade with a guy for a 62 SS Impala. I have only seen pictures up to this point. What do I look for to tell if its a true SS and What is it worth? Exterior is real nice but the interior is dated and a little faded as well as not original. Done in the 70/80s. Any help would be excellent so I don't get swindeled.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-01-2011, 06:20 PM
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How about sharing the pics so the guys can help.
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Pictuers hopefully

I'll try. I'm new to the site and not too good with this black box with a screen. I have them in my email and I'll give it a shot.
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Get the VIN and trim tag information. Assuming they have not been tampered with, some things can be learned.



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SS equipment

I'm more familiar with Camaros and Vets. Is there anything other that the vin # that might tip me off as to it not being a ss. Trim, fuel lines, interior? The guy seems lagit but he may have been fooled also. Just don't want to make a deal on somthing I'm not familiar with to find out later there was something I missed.
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pretty car, I'll have to stay tuned to these responses for some education. I thought that on these early/mid 60's Impalas that there was almost no way to prove an SS since it's just a bunch of trim stuff, right? (unlike the Camaros and Chevelles)

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look for indicators

My '62 is not an SS so I can't say for sure but you might give this a shot......if the inner bucket seat mounting brackets are welded to the floor and still have factory dum-dum (caulking) around the bracket edge to floor connection, and the console brackets are welded to the floor with the same dum-dum condition, and the grab bar mounting holes look factory punched out not drilled, then I think you could be highly confident it is an original SS.

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The 62 impala SS,was a trim option. The vin won't tell you if it is an SS..the steering wheel should have a script "super sport " on the horn cap, side mldgs have swirls in the taping, and the rear deck lid mldg should have swirls in it also...Look on E-bay at 62 impalas you might get a close up look at one
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Best way to tell an original car is with the original documentation that shipped with the car (this assumes the original owner saved everything). Without that original documentation (which people have taken to forging on some models of cars) it isn't worth a penny more than any other nice Impala of the same year. As stated an SS car is just a triim level. You are not buying anything different from any other car than bucket seats and a console (it was offered with six cylinders as well as V-8's).

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just what I was looking for.

Thanks, That kind of stuff is exactly what I was looking for. I plan to make a trip in two weeks to see the car in person. I'll post back with what I find if you guys are interested.
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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-03-2011, 09:30 AM
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Bud,
All you have to do is look at the TRIM code on the Fisher cowl tag (on the firewall behind the left inner fender). Trim codes were unique for bucket seat interiors and only an SS came with buckets. Just make sure the tag doesn't look brand new or tampered with.

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Verne - can you share the trim codes or a place to look them up?

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A 1962 Impala SS will have a body style of 1847 for a 2 door hard top or 867 for a convertible. To prove it is a SS the color code for the interior code (seats) has to be one of the following
815 for black
821 or 827 for green
831 or 843 for blue
845 or 854 for aqua
856 or 867 for fawn
875 or 879 for red, and
890 or 891 for gold

There are two numbers as the first Number is all vinyl and the second number is a cloth and vinyl bucket seat.

I personally do not undersatnd the obsession with paying extra for a "true SS" that isn't anything more special than bucket seats which can be installed by any one at any time with a better bucket out of a newer car. To me the only special SS cars where those that where light weight and came with big motors and lumber wagon hard suspension to race with; but that is just me.

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Sometimes on the trim tag it will be stamped SS. I have had a couple of '62s that were stamped with the SS.
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For SS models only:

815 is for black bucket interior for a convertible
812 is black bucket seat interior for a coupe

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