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Old 11-08-2015, 10:51 AM
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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...






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...




With this in it...




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!

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Old 11-08-2015, 09:49 PM
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Nice swap. Sorry got no tips for you but plenty on American web sites. Keep us up to date on your progress
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Old 20-09-2015, 03:25 PM
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JD,

How's the swap going?

Very interested as I'm considering a similar change for my 67 once 2016 comes.
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Old 25-10-2015, 08:04 AM
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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)...



Now to mock-up the cooling system...

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Old 04-11-2015, 03:56 PM
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More test frame assembly goodness

Radiator and cooling system added...







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

Fuel + wiring next.

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I like where you are heading with this build.

Is that cross member under your engine mounts substantial enough?
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Old 05-11-2015, 06:46 PM
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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.
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Old 09-11-2015, 08:07 PM
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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.


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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

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Noice!

Next step?
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Old 17-11-2015, 12:15 AM
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Next is pull the trans off the engine and put the Holley oil pan on.
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Today saw the engine + trans come off the test stand...




...and get separated...




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




Next: a clean and a lick o' paint.

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Old 22-12-2015, 12:23 AM
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Chev Orange!

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








Ready for some colour...









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Loved your start up video congrats on progress so far.
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Old 30-12-2015, 09:24 AM
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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.
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Old 16-01-2016, 10:28 PM
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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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