Build Thread: Nick’s 1965 Impala Super Sport

Update Pics Here

To give a little back story on my car: I bought my 65′ impala when I was 16, and have had it ever since. It has been my daily driver through high school and college. I have done little things to it along the way, but have really been active the last three years with the car. I had the numbers matching 327 completely redone, as well as the 461 camel hump heads, and powerglide tranny. I put a mild cam from Comp Cams in it too. I also,  upgraded to 13″ front disc brakes and dropped spindles, and 2″ rear lowering springs (might cut a 1/2 or coil out of these too), to get a nice stance. I am running 18″ wheels up front and 20″ wheels out back. Put a new dual master cylinder, power booster and all new brake lines on it as well. Also, aluminum radiator, blue dot tail lights, dual antennas, and a nice remote keyless entry setup. I have literally done everything myself (in my little one car garage) and learned quite a bit in the process. For handling, I added Addco beefy sway bars both front and rear, and then decided to lose the coil spring suspension in favor of air ride. I wanted my cake as far as stance goes, but I wanted to eat it to when it came to having a practicl ride height for driving. Thus far, I have finished the rear air bag install and compressor system and will be doing the front next. Also, I decided to ditch the powerglide in favor of a stage 2 built 200-4R tranny with lock up torque converter and .67 final drive ratio. This is complimented by a B&M speed control lockup module.  My tastes have matured along the years, and although I like original cars, I wanted my impala to be a car that I didn’t have a reason not to drive, so some of my custom choices were influenced by a slight pro-touring streak, which focuses on the actual driving of the car (Read: Engine, Braking and Suspension).

Also, As luck would have it, I hit a deer with my impala, and after sourcing a new front clip, I decided to replace the last piece of metal on the car that has evidence of a poor previous repair: the passenger rear quarter panel. After buying a welder and having a friend show me how to weld, I am about 95% done with the quarter panel replacement process. It wont be long now and it will be in new paint and back on the road for good!

I’ll keep updating the thread with progress pictures as I near completion, but this should get you caught up. Pics are in no particular order.

Let me know your thoughts!

65 SS 2 Disc3 imp4 imp6 imp7 imp8 imp9 DSC_0003_3145 DSC_0008_3150 DSC_0009_3151 DSC_0023_3126 DSC_0023_3165 DSC_0127_2311 DSC_0134_2318 DSC_0136_2320 DSC_0139_2323 IMG_1933 IMG_1935 IMG_1936 IMG_1937 IMG_1938 IMG_1953 IMG_0943 IMG_0972 IMG_1011 IMG_1072 IMG_1117

My 65 impala SS air ride install from Nick on Vimeo.


Update to story here.


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  • william Cones 2 years ago

    Nick, Amazing looking car. I recently have been working on my 65 Impala and checking out your finished project is definitely inspiration especially since I just finished a majority of my floor pan work. I am currently working on blasting the interior and getting a fresh coat of sealer and color. I have no interior except the two ss bucket seats that came with the car when I purchased it. I am looking at getting some tires and wheels and like your setup. Did you have to do any modifications to fit your 18’s and 20’s? Also what size tire are you running?

    • Nick william Cones 2 years ago

      Thanks William! Nope, I didn’t have any issues at all with either the 20’s or the 18’s. I’ve since switched to 18’s all around (18×8’s up front and 18×9’s out back. Also, I just pulled the trigger on some new tires, 245-45-18’s for the front and 275-40-18 for the rear. I’ll be doing a write up on the new tire package and adding more videos to the youtube page. Check it out there, and be sure to like and subscribe to get notified when we post new vids! I’d love to see some pics of your 65!

  • Rob 4 years ago

    I’m currently working on a 65
    And was wondering how the quarter skins lined up? I’m doing full skins also. And am doing wheel wells and full trunk one piece floor. Any advice?

    • Nick Rob 4 years ago

      Hey Rob,
      My advice is to take your time. The little detail work will be a big factor in how it goes. Take your time lining things up and don’t rush. For the welding, spread out the heat to avoid warping the panels.
      Good luck!


  • Anonymous 5 years ago

    Nice, I just purchased a 65 Impala am doing a LS swap. What wheels, size and offset did you go with?

    • Nick 4 years ago

      I have 20×8.5’s out back with 4″ of backspacing and 18×8’s up fron with 4″ pf backspacing. They are Showwheels streeter wheels.

  • samuel 5 years ago

    Nick, great story! I am currently restoring a impala and was wondering about how you done your quarters is it easier to do it from the top body line or would you have done it different if you had to redo it? Fixing to put a quarter on mine and been wondering how to attempt it thanks!

    • Nick samuel 4 years ago

      I had some good help on mine, which is why I went the direction I did. Using the body lines ensures that there wont be a imperfection somewhere on the panel in a flat spot, which is considerable harder to “hide” than the body line where I did mine.

      Take your time and be patient!

  • Jon 6 years ago

    Nice! Lots of work. Cover photos are w air ride or drop spindles and lowering springs?

    • Nick Jon 4 years ago

      Top photo is just dropped spindles up front and lowering springs out back.


  • Al 6 years ago

    Nick, love the read. You story mirrors mine (kind of). I have had my Impala since high school too, but had to switch to an ’80 Impala for a while in college (no time and no money). I am out of college now and am starting to really tear into the 65. I am swapping the original 283/powerglide for an LT1/T56. I thought that would be easier than the ls on both my wallet and time. Would love to pick your brain sometime about suspension/brakes/body work.

    • Nick Al 6 years ago

      Feel free to pick my brain anytime Al!