This was my first car I ever bought. I joined the military in 2005 and was stationed across the country, far from home. I didn't need a car right after boot camp because after my training I was going straight on deployment to the middle east. While I was in the 'sandbox", I talked to my cousin's husband who was selling a 1965 impala SS with a 454. I debated for awhile to either do the smart thing and buy a gas friendly commuter car or get this gas guzzling monster. I made up my mind and for half a year I stared at this picture of a car I couldn't wait to get a hold of. Me being the Chevy man I am today, I am SOOO glad I chose to invest my money in the Impy. So as soon as I arrived stateside, I flew straight to California and got this beautiful car. "Becky."=)
More pics of our 'project in motion', all pre-modification. We are second owner of this former Arizona beauty, sold to us by the mechanic who was the service advisor for the dealer where the car was originally ordered.
The mechanic moved to Norman, OK some years ago, and the owner asked his former service advisor to sell the car up here, so he wouldn't have to see his 'baby' chopped up. I bought the car on the proviso I would keep it true to "Old School" style and not do anything radical or outside its original style 'generation.' I plan to keep that promise.
454 bored over .30
150 ft. Burnouts
Midnight Blue Paint Job.
Bright White Seats w/ Black Trim.
275 / 327, TH400, Air, P/S, P/B, Disc Brakes, Tinted glass, STILL runs like a kitten on rebuilt Q-Jet and gets me 12 mpg city, 15-17 highway!
Original 327 engine.
Super Sport Package.
Floor Console, Shifter.
A/C, P/S, P/B (drums all 'round). Orig. owner had Pertronix ignition installed later in his ownership, and ordered car with the 275 HP 327 and TH 400 in place of the base six and Powerglide. Fun combo, eh?
Big Block 454 bored over .30
Turbo 350 Transmission w/ Stage 2 shift kit.
Limited Slip Posi.
American Racing Torq Thrust II rims.
Viper Alarm w/ Motion sensors. 2/way
Polished and Ported Hedman Shorty Hedders
Matched ported intake.
Blue racer street cam, power @ 2000-5800 rpm.
Edelbrock 750 Carburetor.
Hughes Stall converter, 2000 stall.
Monroe rear air shocks.
Dual Flowmaster Exhaust
Crane magnum roller rockers.
Edelbrock performer intake.
Manifold matched ported to heads.
Glowshift Tachometer w/ shift light.
Hitachi Gear reduction starter.
Spectre muscle car cold-air intake.
Moroso Gold valve covers.
new 4 core radiator.
Sony deck, infinity (2)6X9's,(2)12" Rockford Fosgate Subwoofer
(2) Dub edition 1800w Amps. (2) Kicker 3 1/2's, (2) Kicker Tweeters crossovers.
So far, since these pics he's had a Pertronix ignition conversion, a front disc brake conversion, urethane suspension, new front end suspension, new coil springs all 'round, new shocks, 4-core radiator and high-volume water pump, 1" carb spacer, A/C conversion (from R-12, though it wasn't my first choice) and new tires.
15X8" radials are next (current tires are cheapie Chinese-made things to get me through the winter), to be mounted on Cragar S/S (preferred) or Keystone Kustom Klassic wheels.
That brings up a question: has anyone heard of either of these wheels having big quality-control problems within the last few years???
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