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1967 Impala

1967ImpalaThe Impala name was first used for the full-sized 1956 General Motors Motorama show car that bore Corvette-esque design cues, especially the grille. Ed Cole, Chevrolet's chief engineer in the late 1950s, defined the Impala as a "prestige car within the reach of the average American citizen." From 1958 through 1996, Impala sales were in excess of 13 million, more than any other full-size car in the history of the automobile. The 1964 model year sales of 1,074,925 units (Impala & Impala SS) in the U.S. still stands as a record. 1965 wasn't far behind with 1,046,500 units. In 2008, Impala was the 6th best selling car in the United States and had the distinction of being the top selling American nameplate sedan.
1967ImpalaTotally redesigned in 1965, the Impala set an all-time industry annual sales record of more than 1 million units in the U.S., which has never been bettered. All new full-size Chevys eschewed the "X" frame for a full-width perimeter frame, a new body which featured curved, frameless side glass (for pillarless models), sharper angled windshield with newly-reshaped vent windows, and redesigned full-coil suspension. In 1965, Chevrolet introduced the Impala Caprice. Beginning with the four-door hardtop sedan body, Impala Caprices received unique upholstery, wood grained accents on the dashboard and specialty pulls on the insides of the doors. The Caprice Custom was reintroduced as the Chevrolet Caprice in 1966, taking the top position in the full-size Chevrolet lineup.
1967ImpalaEngine choices included the inline six-cylinder as well as the famous Chevy small-block and big-block V8s. Automatic buyers were given the option of the newly-introduced three-range Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission for the newly-introduced Mark IV big-block engine, displacing 396 cubic inches. The old 409-cubic-inch (6.7 L) "W" engine was discontinued early in the 1965 model year, so early-production '65s got the 409, as well as 1/10th of 1% had the 396 CID big-block. Moreover, other later-built cars had the 396-cubic-inch (6.5 L) as the big-block option with significant horsepower drawback. Two-range Powerglide, as well as Synchro-Mesh 3- and 4-speed manual transmissions were available. As with previous years, Impalas featured more chrome trim inside and out, with pleated tufted upholstery and door panels. The Impala would be the #2-selling convertible in the U.S. in 1966, with 38,000 sold; it was beaten by the Mustang by almost 2:1.


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The 1967 model was redesigned with enhanced Coke bottle styling. The curves were the most pronounced with the 1967-68 models. In keeping with federal regulations, safety features were built into Impalas during the 1967 and 1968 model years, including a fully collapsible energy-absorbing steering column, side marker lights, and shoulder belts for closed models. During the 1969 model year Impala production topped Caprice production by 611,000 units.
1967ImpalaThis ‘67 Impala is an original numbers matching 327 ci small block Chevrolet with Powerglide Transmission, posi-traction, factory tach and A/C. The body was removed from the chassis and all parts were media blasted. The frame and all suspension components were then powder coated in semi-gloss black. All new bushings, ball joints and steering components were installed along with a front wheel disc brake kit. The rear was checked and new bearings and seals were installed. After assembling the frame all new stainless steel brake and fuel lines were installed.

The original 327 ci small block Chevy was completely torn down and hot tanked. Richie from PCHS Racing Engines handled the build. A little more horsepower than the original 275 horsepower figure would be necessary so the engine build was based on the Corvette’s 327 345 horsepower, single four barrel engine. After all necessary machine work was completed the engine was assembled and then dyno tested. The engine made 355 horse power and 350 ft/lbs of torque. While the engine was being re-built the powerglide transmission and converter received a re-build of their own. A complete hot tanking and re-build was handled by Bobby from R&R Car Care in Deer Park, NY. Once everything was returned, the engine and transmission were assembled and dropped in to the assembled rolling chassis. 1967Impala

While the work was being done on the engine and transmission the necessary metal work began. A complete rebuild of the front cowl, front windshield pillars and roof area, rear window pillars and roof area and the entire rear filler panel took place. Partial quarter panel patch panels were installed and a passenger side complete floor pan was welded in. After all metal work was completed the vehicle was completely metal conditioned and prepped for epoxy primer. Once the entire vehicle was primed both inside and out, the complete passenger compartment and trunk area along the entire underside of the car was painted with Dupont Semi-Gloss black Imron. The body was then bolted back on to the frame using all new body bushings and bolts. The doors were fitted and re-hung along with the trunk lid. Check back regularly as updates will be posted as the work is done.

 

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