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I've been asked by many to document my 1966 Impala SS RestoMod build. I'll keep updated this thread... so it may end up being a bit long.


Background on the Build Strategy:


The intent of this build is clearly a Resto Mod, with modifications being the key focus. I want a modern chassis, suspension, braking, steering, tires and comforts, but pretty much "look" like the original 66 Impala SS.


So, this Classic SS won't be close to the original except the body. It will be a modern classis/suspension, the motor will be a new Dart SBC 434 making ~550-HP and ~540-torque. Since this Impala will be my have fun weekend drive and small trips to shows, my requirements to the engine builder were "streetable" torque & hp, good vacuum for power brakes, dual plane intake, throttle body fuel injection and brand name, USA build engine components. This power plant will drive through a McLeod RST twin clutch, Tremec TKO 600 5spd manual trans with .64 overdrive and a posi track Chevy rear end. Power brakes (13" Disc front and 12" Disc rear), power rack and pinion steering and hydraulic driven clutch are part of the mix also. The SS will also have air conditioning, Dakota Digital Analog gauges, NSEW direction compass, outside temp, auto dim, and a backup camera. My gauges will be custom made and the speedo is GPS driven (giving me mph, 0-60 time, 1/4 mile time, altitude, compass heading, time of day, trip odometer and total miles).
So, bottom line, a total custom Impala SS with 52+ year old sheet metal.

I'll start with a very good condition car, 283 V8 and 3 on the tree manual transmission. I've included the "starting" pictures.

Background, I've done sever cars and trucks in the past, e.g, 65 Cobra 427 S/C, 70 Mustang Boss 529 (yes, 529), 68 Corvette, 52 Ford F1 pickup and just completed and sold a 68 Triumph TR250. I've learned a lot from this and other forum's members like all of you. Hopefully what I can share can help some of you as much as the help I've received. As soon as I sold the Triumph, I found and bought the 66 Impala SS from StreetSide Classics by Charlotte.

So, stay tuned and I'll start the updates. I've just started this project and will take tons of pictures to show the progress along the way.

Thanks Mark
Brevard, NC
 

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First Pictures of new engine build

I just received my first engine build pictures from the Engine Factory. They started with a new DART block (SBC) board and stroked to 434ci @ ~540HP.

I'll be getting more picture through this week, with final video of engine running/breakin at the end of the week. Plan is to ship by Friday and I'll receive next week.

http://www.impalas.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=21034&stc=1&d=1525180911
http://www.impalas.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=21034&stc=1&d=1525180911
http://www.impalas.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=21050&stc=1&d=1525180992

I've started the dismantling of the frame/chassis from the body. My great friend, Steve O, help me separate the body from the frame... here's a few pics of that:
http://www.impalas.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=21058&stc=1&d=1525181164

The above pic you see we used a 4x4 to have the body seam to rest on.
http://www.impalas.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=21066&stc=1&d=1525181256

The above is a clear shot of the seam on the 4x4

I'll be updating the dismantle of the chassis soon.

Stay tuned,
Mark
 

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Body from Frame/chassis

Just found out I can only attach 5 pictures?? So here's a few more on the removal of the body from the chassis:
http://www.impalas.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=21074&stc=1&d=1525182205
http://www.impalas.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=21106&stc=1&d=1525183793

And a few chassis dismantle pics:
Lots of bolts were froze and had to be cut.
http://www.impalas.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=21082&stc=1&d=1525182558

And a few pics of diff rear end breakdown:
I will completely rebuild the diff with all new parts, 3.73 ring and pinion, bearings, Posit lock, and axles.
http://www.impalas.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=21090&stc=1&d=1525182715

http://www.impalas.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=21098&stc=1&d=1525183243

BTW, I take 100s of pictures and they are always high resolution. If anyone ever want to see something else, let me know. If you send me a PM with your email address, I can also send you the high resolution pic vs the reduced quality allowed on our forum's threads.

Thx, Mark
 

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Looking good! Is that an aftermarket posi?

I wish I had a lift in my garage, not to mention more space.
 

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Striped Frame and mounted

I now have the frame striped of everything and mounted on a ghetto rotisserie, i.e., I'm using two engine stands.... works great I might add and I can rotate 360*. I'll get a basic cleanup and have the frame sandblasted.
In this first shot, I already have the rear of the frame mounted to the rear engine stand and now using my shop hoist to lift and mount to the front.
http://www.impalas.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=21169&stc=1&d=1525263801

In this shot, you'll see the front mounted with some angle iron and hooks
http://www.impalas.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=21177&stc=1&d=1525263941

The following shot shows the frame rotated and cleaning has begone.... I bet I removed at least 50 lb of dirt and rocks from the frame. I used water and my air compressor. Also, I found a few week spots/rust troughs that will need repaired. I will also plate the entire mid section of the from and box in the two rear rails.
http://www.impalas.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=21185&stc=1&d=1525264075

Last pic shows the clean up as far as I'll take it.... not off to the sandblaster !
http://www.impalas.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=21193&stc=1&d=1525264244

Stay tuned, more to come
Thanks Mark

PS: as always, comments welcome, including suggestions on how to do better and changes/additions I should consider while at this stage. I have a detailed process I'll do on the frame after sandblasting... e.g., Clean internal frame again, wash down the sandblasted exterior with Eastwood's "AfterBlast" product. It's basically Aqueous cleaners and phosphoric acid that clean and etch the metal, but most importantly, protects the bare metal with a Zinc phosphate coating that improves paint, primer or powder adhesion..... and also protects against flash corrosion! Great Product I've been using for years. Perfect for new welds also.
 

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Not sure if you are, but are you considering going through and redressing some of the factory welds on the frame? It tends to be more of a cosmetic issue, but obviously if your going through all this work it may be worth doing. Some of those factory welds can look pretty ugly as they did them on an assembly line.
 
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Not sure if you are, but are you considering going through and redressing some of the factory welds on the frame? It tends to be more of a cosmetic issue, but obviously if your going through all this work it may be worth doing. Some of those factory welds can look pretty ugly as they did them on an assembly line.
Deadwolf, I sure am. I'll also add gussets, etc. to beef up the frame, along with the plating. In addition, I just got the idea from BA, to add a drivers side rear upper control arm and brackets. Summit racing has all I need. I'll document all that during the diff rebuild.

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Sandblasting complete

I had the frame sandblasted... David came over, picked up the frame for me and I followed him to his shop a few miles from my house.... I then stayed to watch and help him unload/load and flip the frame. He was done in about an hour.... he had a really powerful blaster.

Here's a pic of the blasting:
http://www.impalas.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=21201&stc=1&d=1525348507

Here's the frame back home, on the engine stands, all blasted.
http://www.impalas.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=21209&stc=1&d=1525348574

http://www.impalas.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=21217&stc=1&d=1525348664

As I said in a previous post above, I now apply a heavy coat of Eastwood's After Blast to help clean and protect the blasted frame:
http://www.impalas.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=21225&stc=1&d=1525348791

And, clearly visible on the rear left frame rail is the VIN, Part Number, Manufacture BUDD and the date 12/30/65 (full disclosure, I had to post questions in the forums General Tech section to get the answers to what all these numbers meant. here's the link if interested: http://www.impalas.net/forums/2-general-tech/36322-help-numbers-66-impala-b-body-frame.html )
http://www.impalas.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=21233&stc=1&d=1525349109

I'll now start any repairs to the frame, including "beefing" up and welding all the seams. I'll then reapply the After Blast and start the internal frame rust stop process.

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Engine Build

Engine Factory has sent me a few more pics.... we had a slow down, but the engine is now built and this Monday, May 14, it will be started and broke-in with a 40 min run. I think they send me a video of that and if they do, I'll share it here. Should then Ship Tue.... so I should have within a week or so. Fingers crossed.

Again, this engine is a New Dart block SBC stroker 434ci ~550hp / 530 torque.

I haven't started the Frame repairs or reinforcements yet... too many other things to do currently.... but it will be soon!

Thanks Mark

http://www.impalas.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=21242&stc=1&d=1526209858
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Engine completed and Shipped !

Well, Engine Factory finished my engine last Friday and Monday way the startup and initial break-in where they run it for 40+ minutes and also check for any leaks, set timing, let the Holley Sniper EFI learn a bit, etc. Attached are a few pics of the engine on the startup stand and a link to see and hear the engine startup and run. I expect delivery this coming Monday, 5/21.... so more pic's to come.

Thx Mark

Link to video: (btw, you don't need a facebook acct to watch the video) https://www.facebook.com/MuscleCarEngines/videos/10158643888253990/

http://www.impalas.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=21322&stc=1&d=1526584191
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The next picture is of the Holley Sniper EFI video screen that will set in the car... I plan to mount out of sight in the glove box or concole.

http://www.impalas.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=21338&stc=1&d=1526584271
 

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Hello all,

I'm moving my build thread to Chevytalk.org.... here's te link: Mark's 66 Impala SS RestoMod Build - ChevyTalk - FREE Restoration and Repair Help for your Chevrolet

The main reason is this forum has a lot larger membership and they'll make my build thread a Sticky so it doesn't get lost moving down if I don't make some updates for awhile. Making it a sticky allows more people to see and benefit from it.... as a lot of the things I'm doing apply to many cars and models. Lastly, I can incorporate pictures in the main body of thread with captions under each picture. Hope to see you all over at my new build thread... and remember, register to become a free member and subscribe so you get notices when updates to the thread are made.

You can register free with this link: http://www.chevytalk.org/fusionbb/index.php?referral/275667/

Thanks Mark
 
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