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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-04-2020, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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1966 Impala Convertible Top

What is the easiest way to replace my convertible cylinder's on my 66 impala and does anyone have information regarding taking the convertible top frame off. I thinking I want to re-paint and I'm thinking that is the easiest way to change the cylinders. Help please, thank
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-04-2020, 07:53 PM
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If you take the rear interior side panels off you should be able to get at the lower cylinder connection point. The upper one attached to the convertible frame. From there you would undo the hydraulic lines to drain the brake or transmission fluid before replacing the cylinders. This is only my ideas as I have a nova convertible. I have not replaced my cylinders but did replace the hydraulic pump.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-12-2020, 04:07 PM
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Replaced mine - to me was pretty simple.

1. Remove back seat
2. Remove window crank handles.
3. Remove door thresholds.
4. Remove lower - then upper side panels
5. Remove lines. (be ready to catch fluid)
6. Remove inner and outer upper mounting bolts. (there is no lower mounts)
replace cylinder(s)
I would recommend to change the line assemblies while your in there. - you would probably also need the 3 rubber mounts for the motor if you replace the lines. When you refill the system go through UTube for bleeding info.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-12-2020, 04:40 PM
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What they said ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

I did mine, it really is not very hard. the motor can be a pain to fill up and top off due to it's location.
Be sure to cycle the top up/down several times after your new cylinders are in, being sure to keep the pump/motor filled. Helps to have a friend with ya.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-14-2020, 12:49 AM
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I didnít know 66 Impalas were so popular! I see thread after thread about them.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-14-2020, 02:09 AM
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Just look at any Hemming's Muscle Machines magazine It contains pictures pf individuals owners cars that have been restored, and those same cars going on the action block.

It lists the average resale value of every make and model by year. The 1964 has the highest average price followed by the '66. The '67 is $10,000 cheaper than the '66 in average price which to me is a measure of how popular it is.

I personally never saw the TV show that featured the 1967 Impala (I don't watch TV other than the news, or drag racing). I used to watch Star Trek, and Babylon 5, and my favorite Star Gate but they have been off the air since forever.

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