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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by boofers20, Sep 29, 2020.
We need a "That car gives me a boner" button.
It's most definitely bonerrific.
This. But if on a budget, skip the super charger and the expensive engines.
Any decent v8 with a manual 4 speed is fine. You're not building a race car.
Somebody pimp slap the LS noobs. Old cars like this deserve well tuned classic engines, not some boring dishwasher engine from an Express van. The LS lacks the character of a big cam carb'd manual car.
This is my personal opinion, and not a swipe at the OP. As a gearhead, I just hate how quick people are to start cutting on cars and bikes. That car has been just fine for 55 years, but the new owner wants to start chopping before even taking possession. I see it all the time, where someone gets their first bike, then modifies every single part of it. Cutting, grinding, welding, etc. In the end what they have isn't as nice as what they started with, then they sell. Just look at all the donk cars, and cafe racer bikes out there. It's the original cars and bikes that draw my attention. There are exceptions, but not that many.
But yeah, skip the SCer, it's really not necessary.
The world of automotive modification is wide and deep. A car like that can be anything you want it to be, everything is available for it.
It's not necessarily about cutting, grinding and welding until it's not recognizable, it's about resto-moding to something that looks just as good, pretty much original, but performs much, much better.
i don't see anything wrong with swapping in an automatic... it's your car and you can do everything you can afford to make better suited to your taste. not like it's a Historic National Treasure that needs to be displayed in a Museum... go with the trans you can afford now, maybe some time in the future you will go with something else... do what you need to do and get it on the road!
Yeah I don't plan to chop it up, or put 30 inch rims on it.
I want to pull the frame from the body, wirebrush it and paint with rust prevention
Repair the few rust spots on body and repaint
Change to 4 wheels disc brakes all around
Maybe put an air ride suspension system on it
That's about it mechanically
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I say learn how to drive stick. It's a lot of fun learning and mastering it. I really miss it. Every car i owned up until my truck 5 years ago has been manual. I like the control over the vehicle and the "interactive" part of driving. Plus i prefer complete control over the transmission when going up/down hills.
Have you considered coil-overs rather than bags for the suspension?
My uncle Charlie had a '65 Impala in that signature Chevy blue. Man, I loved that car. Coolest thing ever when you're a 6 year old kid riding around town in it LOL.
I agree with most of the above. I had a 64’ impala four door, with a straight six, and three on the tree. I loved that car! Just learn to drive it.
Did the impala in that year ever come with a 400?
No the 400 did not come in a 65, or 66. 396 was possible option. Ive got a 65 396 out of a impala.
Keep the manual and the stock motor - simple and original.
But, I'd likely swap the carb for a TB at the first sign of it becoming a headahe.
My parents had one when I was a kid. I didn't see it as cool then. Now it'd be the bomb if I were into such things.
Amen...you actually have to "Drive" the car...what a concept!!
Any turd can swap an old cars motor to an LS (boring!) motor,but to me,that kills the look of the older cars. Yes,I have tons of cash in this motor,but when I pop the hood,more will be impressed with seeing this than an LS motor under my 70 Buick's hood...
my problem is my back and knees which I have issues with and might prevent me from enjoying a hot rod.
Correct, the current owner's uncle swapped out the original 327 with a small block 400 cid. the original block and heads are included in the sale
No three on the tree- but one time when we were all at the ranch for a weekend I told my daughter she and I were headed to town.....on the way to the farm truck I told her I'd teach her how to drive a standard. She thought that was great. I tossed her the keys - she got in the driver's side and said, "what's the extra brake pedal for?"
Let's just say it took a while and I'm very glad we were in a crapped out beater of a pickup. It was one of the few times in my life in which a bit of clutch slip actually helped things.