After having the car up on the lift for the past year, Nick's 1965 Impala finally saw the road again. We had few minutes to take these photos of it before rolling it back into the shop to complete the transmission swap (4L80E > Tremec TKX 5 Speed Manual). The new suspension consists of Ridetech's full car coil-over kit, which includes new control arms front and rear, new sway bars, and coil overs. Braking is handled by a full kit from Baer, with 6 piston calipers in all 4 corners, with the Extreme Plus kit fitted to the front with 15" rotors, and the Pro Plus kit out back with 14" rotors. Last..
I can go into great detail about the scenario that created this scary event, but I think the video captures all the necessary details correctly. Long story short, Nick upgraded the stock cam in his LS '65 Impala SS and let Pop take it for a spin so he could capture the sound of the exhaust on his new camera setup. Then this happened: https://youtu.be/HjSLLwUUPCc Not good, but that could have ended so much worse! Definitely too close for comfort.
There's not much that can be improved upon with these recent photos Nick took of his '65 Impala SS. The location is in northern Spokane, Washington. As you can see, the day was perfect. The car is a perfect balance of modern and classic, in my opinion. With upgraded engine, suspension, brakes, and steering, this old Impala drives like a modern Corvette while staying true to its roots. Here's some videos of the car on our Youtube Channel.
Well, its been a year now and I've got the L92 6.2L LS engine feeling right at home between the fenders of the 65 SS. It couldn't have gone smoother. The 4L80E shifts through the gears nicely, and I've got the turn-key reliability of a new car, with the uniqueness and style that screams classic. The end result? A perfect combination of old in new. Sure, some of the old guys will repent my wheel choice, or the fact that I pulled out a 327, but you know what? This car puts a smile on face from ear to ear every time I reach for the door handle, and that my friends, is..
After doing my LS Swap in my 1965 Impala SS (Article Here), I decided to change up the exhaust a bit. I like my choice. What do you think? Which do you prefer?
There are a lot of great things about driving a classic muscle car. Trying to navigate windy roads with the original, dull, dimly lit headlights isn't one of them. As you you might recall from my previous post here, an under-performing lighting system in my 1965 Impala SS helped to facilitate the introduction of the broad side of a deer with the front end of my car. Fast forward two years and this is a situation I'm going to try hard not to duplicate. So, what are my options? Well, there are plenty of companies selling newer style "H4" headlight housings that fit the original 5 3/4 openings of many 60's muscle cars, allowing..
Yep, a crash. After dropping my brother off at the airport for a 6:00am flight, I decided to drive my 1965 impala SS directly into the business end of a deer. What makes matters even worse is the fact that I had just finished up the final touches on my car, including new paint, and yes, new disc brakes (which probably would have come in handy if the aforementioned deer didn't materialize out of thin air). The best part, 1965 impala front fenders aren't reproduced, and finding a set in good condition for less than the cost of a small house is quite the miracle. So, here we are. This is what happens..
You might remember my build thread about my 1965 impala SS here, where I talked about getting everything setup how I like it. Well, things change. For me, quicker than others. I decided to take the plunge into modern engines, and swap an L92 (basically LS3) from a 2007 Denali and 4L80E transmission into my car. It is an aluminum block 6.2L (376) engine with really great, high flowing stock heads. The plan will be to put it in completely stock,retain the drive by wire throttle, get it going and go from there. Welcome to Project LS Swap 65 Impala SS Things on the list to get: Holley Oil Pan New Wiring Harness Long Tube Headers Tranny to LS flywheel conversion New..
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..
Adding remote keyless entry to a classic or muscle car can be one of the most rewarding upgrades to these old cars, due to the convenience factor. By doing this relatively simple install. you can bring your classic into modern ages with the convenience and security of a new car. For me, it was a no-brainer. My 1965 impala is so wide that it is almost impossible to reach over the passenger seat to lock the passenger door when leaving the car. Most times, I would just leave it unlocked due to the hassle. Now, there is no reason for me to ever leave the car unlocked, and I have the ability to..