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Username Post: Review of the 65 SS Repro Boot        (Topic#257277)
captainofiron 
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05-05-14 09:34 AM - Post#2450230    
    In response to 427SS65

Ive been waiting too, especially since I cant find them on ebay either

http://www.fquick.com/Captainofiron

1965 Impala SS 327 V8, Muncie M-20 4 speed, Factory A/C, 12 bolt 3.54 gears


 


427SS65 
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05-05-14 10:09 AM - Post#2450245    
    In response to captainofiron

I wouldn't wait if I were you. They may only get one run out of the mold. It might be a one-time deal!

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65 Impala SS Tahitian Turquoise


 
captainofiron 
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05-05-14 12:08 PM - Post#2450272    
    In response to 427SS65

good point

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1965 Impala SS 327 V8, Muncie M-20 4 speed, Factory A/C, 12 bolt 3.54 gears


 
oklahoma1951 
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05-21-14 05:53 AM - Post#2454690    
    In response to 427SS65

I have been reading the forums for some time now and disgusted to see that it is nearly impossible to find a shifter boot for my 1965 Impala SS 4 speed with console. After being frustrated trying to buy on ebay I started searching and found repop boots from a company in Missouri for $185.00 plus about $7.00 for shipping. I spoke with the owner and the boots are made there not bought and resold at a higher price. The company is Classic Chrome Company http://www.classicchromeco.com/
I hope this will help others. Even if you don't need one you may know a car guy that does. Pass it on. Bob in Oklahoma



 
427SS65 
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05-21-14 01:03 PM - Post#2454778    
    In response to oklahoma1951

That's what this thread is about! Thanks and welcome, Bob.

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modela409 
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09-18-14 10:00 PM - Post#2485079    
    In response to 427SS65

I have bought one and will be installing it soon I also bought the rear console repair I have the console repair done it looks real good.
What is the proper color for the black on the console Flat black or semi gloss black?
modela409



 
427SS65 
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09-19-14 10:27 PM - Post#2485290    
    In response to modela409

Flat black. You need a quality auto paint since most rattle can paints won't hold up (Krylon, Rustoleum, etc.)

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vet65b 
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04-27-15 09:12 AM - Post#2542884    
    In response to 427SS65

Tom,
Wildbill Wilhelm (vet65b) here. My boot has been installed and in use for a couple of years now. Other than the install problems the previous poster listed the boot has been no problem and appears like it will last for years.
Two things I did which work well for me was use midyear Corvette trans levers that are drilled for a "fast throw" and "standard throw". I use the fast throw position to lessen strain on the boot. I don't know if the stock SS shifter used these levers or not but they fit my stock shifter. Second thing I learned was to remove the tranny more easily leave the shifter handle in the car by removing the two nuts/washers that attach the handle to the shifter body. This way you can leave the console and boot intact. Bill

Bill Wilhelm
1965 Impala SS
1966 Corvette, ordered for my 23rd. birthday


 
427SS65 
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04-27-15 09:51 AM - Post#2542902    
    In response to vet65b

Bill, that's great news! Thanks.

For the users that have early Hurst shifters, the handles are not removable so your scheme will not work. As far as the original Muncie shifters go, I'm not aware of the normal/fast shift adjustment. You are saying that the Corvette model has two sets of holes, one for normal and one for short throw?


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66 Impala L-C 
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04-30-15 05:18 PM - Post#2543825    
    In response to 427SS65

Tom, I have a '66 Impala with the original Muncie M20. It has 2 sets of holes in the lever that is attached to the trans. It offers a short or long throw of the shifter. The long throw is easier to use than the short. The short requires more effort to shift gears. I think it also would put more stress on the linkage. Just my opinion not necessarily a fact.

Gene



 
GLM409 
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05-14-15 08:40 PM - Post#2547285    
    In response to vet65b

Three years with my boot and it still looks like new with no problems.



 
2cool65 
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02-27-16 03:20 PM - Post#2611813    
    In response to aawtech

Thanks, Donny. All other things aside, something is worth what you are willing to pay and someone is will to sell it for. The guy who doesn't want to pay $300 or $185 or whatever, doesn't need to. If he thinks he can make one for $30, I'd say "go for it." If he thinks it's not worth what it takes to get it, he can go without. And maybe switch to Ford.

There are only 10 kinds of people in the world; those who understand binary and those who don't.


 
427SS65 
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08-24-17 08:48 PM - Post#2705498    
    In response to z24rag

  • Quote:
Donny Bock says:

They are no longer available. The guy who made them for my friend who was selling them (Jon Krogh) can no longer make them apparently.



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bulkhed 
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03-06-19 04:36 PM - Post#2761473    
    In response to 427SS65

So is someone holding the mold base and tooling somewhere which can be reconstituted for a short production run by another contractor?



 
deedeedodge 
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05-04-19 05:33 PM - Post#2765725    
    In response to bulkhed

I just called Bud at Classic Chrome Co., and got boot.
I'll let you all know what I figure out how to relieve the boot it from looking so shiny black.
Bud, also said they now have additional chrome pieces for the '65 console too.
Ride On!

Each time my car starts, it's like the first time. You smile, were off to the next Car Show or Swap Meet. Life is Good!


 
deedeedodge 
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05-27-19 10:43 PM - Post#2767216    
    In response to captainofiron

I did purchase, and got the “Boot”

Thanks Bud for the great service too!

I’m going to try to reduce the slick black luster with some Xylene and seel wool, or try spraying with satin clear spray paint. There is a lot of area for you to experiment on.

After purchasing the reproduction SS console emblem and clock lense, I just polished my originals with the JoolTool and they came out like new! Much better than the flat red SS reproduction. After looking at the clock and what it would take to disassemble it, just polishing the lense worked even better.

Next, I went to a craft store, Hobby Lobby and purchased
Matt Black “Rub and Buff” and rubbed it into my console. Worked great and I only need to use just in the areas that need attention.
I finished the chrome with Mothers Aluminum Polish and fine steel wool. Same goop, just a different label basically.

On the SS door interior reflectors I had outstanding results with a silver Sharpy Marker for the detail.
Thanks for reading my post, hope I can give you a few ideas.
Dee Dodge
See you at Iola Car Show 2019, or the
Nomad National in Omaha 2019

Each time my car starts, it's like the first time. You smile, were off to the next Car Show or Swap Meet. Life is Good!


 
427SS65 
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05-31-19 07:03 PM - Post#2767444    
    In response to deedeedodge

Good that you got booted.

Please don't use xylene, toluene, acetone or lacquer thinner on the rubber. It will break down the rubber and will shorten it's life by a lot.

Don't use any kind of paint on it either.

I would use steel wool or wet-dry 400 grit sandpaper with water. The water will not break down the rubber!

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65 Impala SS Tahitian Turquoise


 
Gaspains 
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06-01-19 08:17 AM - Post#2767475    
    In response to 427SS65

For reference, here's a picture of the NOS boot I'm getting ready to put in my car. It has a little sheen from the rubber conditioner I used on it. Otherwise, it is basically flat.

No, not a for sale item...

Attachment: IMG_8417.JPG (1.62 MB) 23 View(s)


NOS 65 Console shift boot


Kevin
1965 Impala SS Coupe
Regal Red with Black Interior
L74 327
M-20
3.31 Open, 12 bolt

65-66 FSCC #512
NIA #2832


 
65iceblue 
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05-15-20 09:32 PM - Post#2793919    
    In response to deedeedodge

Just an update on this topic: I ordered this boot off the Classic Chrome website 5/4/2020. On 5/14/2020, I called to check as I hadn't heard anything. Bud says they no longer have any in inventory, some vagueness as to when/if they will have future stock. I'm certainly disappointed (any one have one they bought but not planning to use?)

My 65 SS, bought in 1972. Sweet ride in high school ... sweeter ride all these years later.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/43006331@N08/




 


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