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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-25-2012, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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1966 Impala - Need help to decode Body Tag

I've just bought my first 1966 Chevrolet Impala Convertible and need a little help with the Body tag decoding.

I was told it was a 327 cu in (5.4 L) V8 - Two-range Powerglide automatic.

I think I've worked out the VIN number: VIN: 164676 J 240876

1 = Chevrolet
64 = Impala V-8
67 = convertible
J = Janesville, Wisconsin
Production number - 240876

But as you can see from the attached body tag photo it's not as easy:

04A
ST 66-16467 JAN- 2510 BODY
TR 859-A M-6 PAINT
W 2MSR
5Y
Currently the car is Lemonwood Yellow with Fawn interior that looks like gold. But there are areas of paint where it seems it was a metallic blue at some stage...

Can anyone help with the decoding as I'd like to get it right before fixing the rust in the rockers and painting it again.

As you can see from the photo, the cowl plate looks more like a 1965 plate than a 1966 plate, even the Trim color is 859 which they list in 65 as 'Saddle' but it's not listed in 66.

I've uploaded a short video on youtube with a few more photos on:


Thanks for any help
Peter
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-25-2012, 02:55 PM
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Welcome to the Team Peter!

Your car may have been built for export (or just loaded onto an ocean liner and shipped off to Europe where a shocked but wealthy American discovered that Roman roads and big American cars do not mix well, and abondoned it there). Either way I can not find a 859-A interior trim. What I do have translates as:

04 =====> Fourth month April,
A ======> First week of the month,
STyle
1966 ====> year it was built
16467 ===> Impala V-8 powered two door convertible body
JANesville, WI Assembly plant
2510 ====> Fisher Body sequence control number
BODY
TRim
859-A ===> you have a 870 Fawn interior with vinyl bench seat installed (but the owner tried to order a 869 which was a fawn vinyl bucket seat; I'll wager, as the reason for the typo on the trim tag)
M-6 =====> Body color Aztec Bronze (you have Cameo or beige on it now, but dash matches Aztec bronze) with a Black vinyl top
PAINT
Group One option codes W Tinted windshield only
Group Two option codes 2M PowerGlide Transmission
S =======> Rear Antenna
R =======> Rear Seat Speaker
Group Five option codes 5Y Deluxe Seat Belts

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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-25-2012, 03:17 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Hi Big Dave, thanks for the welcome and info on the car...it's a big help.

The car is actually still in Wisconsin, which means it's been a WI car all it's life...since it left the Janesville plant

I thought there must be a typo as the '859' only exists for 65 not 66, the current gold seats look like seat covers over an older gold interior.

I found a reference to the colors, but Aztec Bronze looks more like a dark red...and the dash color looks more like the Sandlewood Tan listed in the link below...I guess I need to find the correct color breakdown for the painter when we come to paint the car...this is the color reference I found:

http://www.oldride.com/library/1966_...et_impala.html

Inside the glove box is the same color as the dash, so your saying that was the original color of the car too...interesting.
I did see areas of a metallic blue on one of the fendersand some of the door jams, but that could have just been a change of color in it's life and before it was pale yellow.

Thanks for the translation on the tinted windshield, antenna, speaker and seat belts...it's always good to know the options.

The big question is...do I take it back to the original colors or repaint it something else...for example a black body with a red interior? I guess it's a personal choice at the end of the day...but the aztec with a black interior might look good too.

Many thanks

Peter
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-25-2012, 06:22 PM
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Take a look at the pictures in my share site if you want to see the Black/Red combination on your 66

64 Impala SS 327/300 survivor
67 Impala SS 327 triple black hardtop
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http://craigaacars.shutterfly.com/pictures
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859 was Vinyl Fawn in the Wagon. The A should stand for the standard bench seat which is what I have in my car and on my trim tag. Since it is a convertible they only offered Vinyl.

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Thanks for the recent posts, I did a quick search of the web today and found this photo of a 66 Impala in Aztec Bronze with a Fawn interior...and it looks a good color combination...I might have to keep it original now.
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...I also found these on the web...the yellow with black interior is good. But I think I prefer the black with red interior.

Craig, your cousins car look good, now his dash is red with a black body and the photo I found has a black dash with a red interior (a different red to your cousins car). Which is correct? is the dash painted the body color or the interior color...sorry for some many questions.

Thanks again in advance for any answers

Peter
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Peter,
The Red dash with Red interior is correct for a 66 Impala SS convert. The one in my photos is an unrestored original inside and out (true survivor class). The other one that you have shown is not a Super Sport and does not look correct.

The red interior is almost too much red until you get used to it then it grows on you.

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