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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-12-2018, 03:35 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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1965 Impala Convertible Resto mod Build

Well my 65 Convertible is nearing completion and thought I would post some pics and share the journey.
My brief was that I wanted for all intense purposes a vehicle that looked fairly stock from the outside with a wicked stance. The engine bay had to be clean clear and decluttered, while I opted for a LS3 I didn't want the coils pacs etc to be visible, so for the untrained eye they would think this was maybe the stock engine.

The Body and chassis were separated modified and powder coated , I will post some pics to show the journey.

Lucky to start with a straight vehicle


Being in New Zealand we cant just shoot down the road to buy or exchange parts especially if wrong so I did a lot of research online and thru the forums on what works doesn't work etc as freight to our part of the world is a real cost so we had to get it right 1st time, so multiple vendors goods were collated in the US and delivered to my door.

Motor installed, transmission tķnel modified, exhaust built etc then every thing was torn down and motor and body separated



Strip down ready for firewall clean up


Firewall cleaned holes filled


Chassis Powdercoated wildwood brakes and Ridetech Air ride being installed


Engine had Eddie Motorsports pulleys fitted and Holley Intake manifold , painted bright red, Its running valve cover adaptors so I can install standard SBC Valve covers


Motor meets chassis Exhaust coated and fitted all hardline plumbed


Inner fenders matched to exterior colour
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-12-2018, 03:36 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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Happy with the stance


To cover the Oil fill/breather holes on the SBC valve covers milled a piece of alloy and included the Impala emblem



Air intake being fabricated


Colour matched air intake and radiator fill panel the same as the car

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Definitely one of the cleanest, well done 65's I've seen. Very nice Kiwipip. Great selection of parts and final outcome!

HOW A NOVICE REBUILDS A 66 IMPALA CONVERTIBLE:
http://www.impalas.net/forums/blog.php?u=1432
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-12-2018, 11:43 AM
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Liter =c.i.d.
4.8 = 293 or use a 283 engine decal
5.3 = 326 or use a 327 engine decal
5.7 = 346 or use a 350 engine decal
6.0 = 364 SOL here as there isn't an old school engine near it
6.2 = 376 or use a 396 engine decal
7.0 = 427 or use a 427 engine decal

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Liter =c.i.d.
4.8 = 293 or use a 283 engine decal
5.3 = 326 or use a 327 engine decal
5.7 = 346 or use a 350 engine decal
6.0 = 364 SOL here as there isn't an old school engine near it
6.2 = 376 or use a 396 engine decal
7.0 = 427 or use a 427 engine decal

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Here is a 6.2 Liter badge that would work.

https://www.amazon.com/Liter-Perform...NPEC5C0ERH84ZR
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-12-2018, 02:19 PM
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I noticed his BBC engine flags on his fender, so I figured he could use a TurboJet (or a TurboFire for a SBC) red and chromed adhesive air cleaner decal on his air plenum (as close as you can get to an air cleaner with EFI).

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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-13-2018, 01:46 PM
 
 
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Amazing job, nice details too.
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-20-2018, 01:25 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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I was going to install this LS Badge on the intake but the freight cost at USD $22.00 for this item sort of puts me off, I would hate if I had to freight something substantial.


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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-08-2019, 12:38 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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Well its finally all completed, some final pics




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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-08-2019, 09:42 AM
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That is a work of art!!

Absolutely perfect!

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