66 Impala Super Sport Chassis/Frame - Impala Tech
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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-11-2020, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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66 Impala Super Sport Chassis/Frame

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I have a 1966 Impala SS convertible, 396CID, Automatic (from a 68 truck). I suspect the frame was changed because
1. There were clutch pedal brackets bolted to the frame below the master cyl.
2. While installing the Body mounts the frame did not have the mounting holes under the center of the doors. (I had to drill them).
3. While driving it feels like it flexes allot. Or this maybe the way they were back then?

The floors have been replaced so I cannot tell by the shifter access location.

I'm afraid it has a coupe or 4 door frame. How can I tell if it has the correct frame?

I also would love to know what engine & trans it came with.

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-12-2020, 10:29 AM
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The convertible frame has extra boxing and supports. Check the Chassis Service Manual, there are likely specs and photos for the differences. Probably found on Google Images as well.
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Two doors, four doors, wagons, and ragtops.
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Convertible got it's own frame that was stamped from a heavier gauge of metal and drawn deeper for a additional strength. this was used not because GM liked spending money on materials but because with the doors open the only thing keeping the car from breaking in half is the frame (a hard top is a big architectural arch connecting the the front and the back to add strength).

If your frame is original you can read the "hidden" VIN stamped on top of the frame behind the passenger side rear wheel. You will need an inspection mirror to do this while lying upside dow and getting all of the sand and road grime off the top of the frame in your face as you look for the numbers. Please wear safety goggles as a friend of mine went blind doing this (it was how I inherited his 1958 Corvette project).

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-13-2020, 11:10 PM
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according to my Hollander's 39th edition, the '66 convertible had a frame that was shared with no other vehicle or year. as Big Dave pointed out, it will be a boxed frame.

when I had to replace the tranny cross-member on my '67 convertible in the early '90s (x-member was rusting out), it dropped into pockets that had been welded on the frame. however I had to use a x-member from a hardtop which was wider. I know this because I actually pulled mine from an open frame in the junkyard with no body shell on it. My recollection is that that frame was not boxed and simply had holes drilled in the frame for bolting the x-member down. All the curves in the x-member were in the correct place, the x-member was simply an inch or two wider on each end. I clamped it flat in a vise, trimmed the ends, drilled new holes in the x-member ends and dropped it in.

I mention all this as to give you a reference point. Unfortunately, as Dave pointed out, the only real way to be sure is to look for the hidden VIN stamped on the frame. according to a thread I found on chevytalk forum (chevytalk.org/fusionbb/showtopic.php?tid/343316), my hidden VIN is located on the driverside frame top. some people even said they did body off inspection and found no stamping whatsoever. take it for what it's worth,let us know if you find the VIN frame stamp.

if you need some visual references, try searching on Google for the following string "1966 chevrolet passenger vehicle hidden vin" and click on the images category after getting search results

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Quote:
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It generated many results, but you were right. It is indeed a boxed frame.
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if you need pics of a 66 vert frame I can take some for you.

HOW A NOVICE REBUILDS A 66 IMPALA CONVERTIBLE:
http://www.impalas.net/forums/blog.php?u=1432
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FYI - third response!!

Yes PICS would be appreciated
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-23-2020, 08:16 PM
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Here's some pics off of my 66 Impala Vert. Like they noted above, the frame is boxed, and I think it has an extra cross-member around the back-half that non-Verts didn't have.
I'm sure these pics will be showing up out of order. All are passenger side shots.

You'll probably have to click on the links to see the pictures as this site won't show them from my hosting site.
(However, Android Tap-a-talk app does!)
They're too small when hosted here on-site.



http://www.media-swap.com/Impala/IMG..._184434465.jpg
http://www.media-swap.com/Impala/IMG..._184601116.jpg
http://www.media-swap.com/Impala/IMG...518928_HDR.jpg
http://www.media-swap.com/Impala/IMG...500381_HDR.jpg
http://www.media-swap.com/Impala/IMG..._184447786.jpg
http://www.media-swap.com/Impala/IMG..._184721388.jpg
http://www.media-swap.com/Impala/IMG..._192455573.jpg

HOW A NOVICE REBUILDS A 66 IMPALA CONVERTIBLE:
http://www.impalas.net/forums/blog.php?u=1432

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pictures corrupt or link broken?
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-23-2020, 09:02 PM
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I see them in the editing/post creation but this f'n site uses a 3rd party web-protection that says my hosting site is a malware site. (which it's not of course. Tried to get specific answers as to why that is and I just get nuttin' but crickets. Can't fix it if they won't point it out.)

HOW A NOVICE REBUILDS A 66 IMPALA CONVERTIBLE:
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