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Octane 11-08-2015 10:51 AM

65 Impala... a new chapter begins
 
Hi All,

I introduced myself and my beast here in 2011...
Another 1965 Chev Impala


Since my last post, we have converted it to 4-wheel discs and it now runs on 15" rallys to clear the rotors/calipers...

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3781/...87819b86_c.jpg

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7353/...3b2801e2_c.jpg


That was back in Dec 2012 and have enjoyed cruising it ever since, but the mod bug has bitten again. This turned up on Sat...

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3724/...84c378ac_c.jpg


With this in it...

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/395/2...44d5890c_c.jpg


Series II VZ SS ute = 6L + 4-speed auto, ready to transplant into the Impala.

I have been slowly gathering information - and have a plan - but if any of you have done this conversion before and know of any tips and tricks, I would love to hear from you!

Post away...

JD

Big Vic 11-08-2015 09:49 PM

Nice swap. Sorry got no tips for you but plenty on American web sites. Keep us up to date on your progress

Russ 20-09-2015 03:25 PM

JD,

How's the swap going?

Very interested as I'm considering a similar change for my 67 once 2016 comes.

Octane 25-10-2015 08:04 AM

The swap is progressing slowly but surely.

My plan is to run the Chev as-is while it has rego and test the modified wiring harness + fuel system + cooling system off the car on a test frame.

Well, the test frame is complete! And Fri night saw the engine + trans bolted up onto its new (temporary home)...

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5780/...66c33854_c.jpg

Now to mock-up the cooling system...

JD

Octane 04-11-2015 03:56 PM

More test frame assembly goodness
 
Radiator and cooling system added...

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/736/2...b305be44_z.jpg

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5753/...a3796395_z.jpg

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/686/2...ecee1741_z.jpg

Radiator is off a VT Series II SS 5.7L with hoses to suit.

Fuel + wiring next.

J

Nev68 05-11-2015 06:32 PM

I like where you are heading with this build.

Is that cross member under your engine mounts substantial enough?

Russ 05-11-2015 06:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nev68 (Post 174745)
I like where you are heading with this build.

Me too.


JD, have you checked the clearance of the Air-Con compressor? I know that on the GM A-bodies (Chevelle's, El Camino's, etc) they need an aftermarket bracket system to move it up top.

Octane 09-11-2015 08:07 PM

@Nev68
Quote:

Is that cross member under your engine mounts substantial enough?
Yep, plenty strong enough... I spent waaay too many hours analysing it :)
In practice it works a treat; rock-solid.


@Russ
Quote:

JD, have you checked the clearance of the Air-Con compressor? I know that on the GM A-bodies (Chevelle's, El Camino's, etc) they need an aftermarket bracket system to move it up top.
VERY good question! I have read the same re. A-bodies, as well as alternator clearance on the other side. I have done a lot of scouring and haven't come up with much information for our B-bodies.

The plan is to swap the oil pan and trial-fit it. If it is no good, I'll go ahead and purchase Holley ancillary relocation brackets.

The other issue is headers. Most of the info out there is Camaro/Chevelle related. Apparently factory LS3 headers drop straight in. I have a set of LS2 headers which apparently do NOT work for A and F-body. I am keen to not spend mega-$'s, we'll see.


In other news: Test Run

J

Nev68 10-11-2015 06:04 PM

Noice!

Next step?

Octane 17-11-2015 12:15 AM

Next is pull the trans off the engine and put the Holley oil pan on.

Octane 06-12-2015 12:47 AM

Today saw the engine + trans come off the test stand...

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/627/2...a8a1c527_z.jpg


...and get separated...

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/679/2...da993d51_z.jpg


While it was apart, we replaced the rear main, before fitting the Holley oil pan...

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/575/2...46715d96_z.jpg


Next: a clean and a lick o' paint.

John

Octane 22-12-2015 12:23 AM

Chev Orange!
 
Stripped, clean (after LOTS of cleaning) and masked...

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/580/2...63460f66_z.jpg

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/596/2...aafa861e_z.jpg

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/742/2...0466fc17_z.jpg


Ready for some colour...

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/578/2...c164615a_z.jpg

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5823/...a2c25ba6_z.jpg

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5830/...e8227614_z.jpg

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/654/2...e14cbb45_z.jpg

J

69stang 22-12-2015 11:44 AM

Loved your start up video congrats on progress so far.

Russ 30-12-2015 09:24 AM

Hey John, quick question.

How did you go with the fuel tank? I see on your Flickr account you bought the 64-67 A-body tank.

I was looking at this tank as it looks identical to my 67 B-body tank (Impala EFI-ready tanks stop at 66. No surprise)

Any chance of photo's and measurements of the tank when you get a chance?

Thanks for your time.


Edit: Scratch the dimensions request. Got them online.

Octane 16-01-2016 10:28 PM

Hi Russ,

A good pick-up!

I ordered a Tanks Inc. kit through Summit which included tank + pump + sender.

The only problem is that even though the kit is for a '65 Impala, the tank included in the kit was for an A-body (TM37-2T)... the components listed (and sent) were wrong.

Fortunately Summit came to the party and sent me the correct tank (TM37C-T).

J


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