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Username Post: Car Weight???        (Topic#263838)
capricesport66 
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05-30-11 09:21 AM - Post#2096970    

Who knows the weight of a 66 Caprice 2dr hardtop?

I found a website and can't believe the weight, seems a bit low. Says 3,585#.

http://www.oldride.com/library/1966_chevrole t_capr...

Gerald
Lafayette, La.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/95648804@N08/

'66 Chevy Caprice 2DR HDTP 496/4L80e/3.73, 20's, Console, Buckets
'06 Chevy 2500HD 4x4 LBZ Duramax/Allison
'08 Toyota Highlander "Hybrid"
'99 VW Jetta TDI


 


427SS65 
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05-30-11 11:12 AM - Post#2097018    
    In response to capricesport66

The one listed in the Reference Materials area (not OldRide) shows it between 3585-3675 whatever that means. It can't be much heavier than the Impala in the same configuration!

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capricesport66 
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05-30-11 12:45 PM - Post#2097084    
    In response to 427SS65

I sure thought these cars weighed more than that.

Gerald
Lafayette, La.

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'66 Chevy Caprice 2DR HDTP 496/4L80e/3.73, 20's, Console, Buckets
'06 Chevy 2500HD 4x4 LBZ Duramax/Allison
'08 Toyota Highlander "Hybrid"
'99 VW Jetta TDI


 
427SS65 
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05-30-11 01:16 PM - Post#2097099    
    In response to capricesport66

Take it to a truck stop and have them weigh it (or a dragstrip).

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helrazr3 
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05-30-11 07:53 PM - Post#2097290    
    In response to 427SS65

any metal scrap yards should have a scale too i have several in my town

rich.
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txturbo 
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05-31-11 09:53 AM - Post#2097460    
    In response to capricesport66

Most people think these cars weigh 5000 lbs...but they actually weigh less than most new small cars.

Dan
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1966 Impala 283/PG/AC
1966 Impala SS 427/4 Speed
1948 Panel 1 Ton
1963 Cadillac
1940 Ford P/U
1954 Chevy 3100
1955.2 Chevy 3100
1956 Cadillac CDV PINK
1930 Model A hot rod


 
dave smith 
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05-31-11 12:45 PM - Post#2097518    
    In response to txturbo

I've read ~3600 before and I thought it was a bit low, that was in an old police car brochure I have, but now that my body is off the frame I can stand at either end and pick that end up on my own, and I'm not exactly Arnie! Same with the frame, once the engine was out I could lift the front (without wheels), don't think I could lift the back while the axle was in though ( never tried)

Some parts were suprisingly heavy though, the doors nearly caught me out, and I seem to remember the bench seat wasn't light

Modern cars have loads of electric motors and stuff which are heavy, plus they are probably stronger even though we don't like to admit it



 
65 Imp SS 
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05-31-11 12:51 PM - Post#2097522    
    In response to dave smith

I had weighed my 65 impala SS a few years ago at the strip. BBC, iron heads, aluminum intake/water pump,4spd With me in it was 4200#s, 200 of that was me

As Dirty Harry said: "you're a legend in your own mind"


 
dave smith 
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05-31-11 12:59 PM - Post#2097526    
    In response to 65 Imp SS

I would think a shipping weight is without fuel, a full tank would add about 100 lb



 
62sedan 
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05-31-11 02:57 PM - Post#2097595    
    In response to dave smith

The vehicle shipping weight does not include the weights of gasoline and water. Only oil, grease, and all regular equipment is included.

One US gallon of gasoline weighs 6.073 pounds,
and one US gallon of water weighs 8.33 pounds.

Chuck






Edited by 62sedan on 05-31-11 03:01 PM. Reason for edit: Additional info

 
capricesport66 
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05-31-11 03:50 PM - Post#2097619    
    In response to 62sedan

The reason I asked is because I remember reading / hearing or something about these vehicles weighing 4200-4300#.

Less than 3,600# caught me off guard. Once I get everything put back together, I'll run it over to a Truck Scale that's local. I've got to know now

Gerald
Lafayette, La.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/95648804@N08/

'66 Chevy Caprice 2DR HDTP 496/4L80e/3.73, 20's, Console, Buckets
'06 Chevy 2500HD 4x4 LBZ Duramax/Allison
'08 Toyota Highlander "Hybrid"
'99 VW Jetta TDI


 
SSpev 
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06-01-11 06:56 AM - Post#2097872    
    In response to capricesport66

Most of if not all the "light" weights are shipping weights. I thing I have most all the weights of most cars (base models only) There was 66 Biscayne at Indy a few years ago. I think he said his race weight was just over 4200#

Tom Pevlor
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1965 Impala SS 327 convertible
1961 Biscayne 348
1959 ElCamino
1972 Camaro


 
Johnny468 
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06-01-11 09:00 AM - Post#2097918    
    In response to 65 Imp SS

  • 65 Imp SS Said:
I had weighed my 65 impala SS a few years ago at the strip. BBC, iron heads, aluminum intake/water pump,4spd With me in it was 4200#s, 200 of that was me


To me this sounds like the most realistic number; right at 4000 lbs. for a BBC 65 SS.

Johnny

1965 Impala SS
505/4-speed/3.90


 
stumpuller 
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06-01-11 10:12 AM - Post#2097938    
    In response to Johnny468

ive got a 66 9 passenger wagon. 305/powerglide. single exaust. stock 14" wheels/caps and tires

it was 4800 with half a tank of gas.



 
HAL_396 
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06-01-11 11:24 AM - Post#2097967    
    In response to stumpuller

My 66 Biscayne B/B 4 speed weighs 3800 with 1/2 tank of fuel and nobody in the car.

HAL

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ToyzRMe 
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06-02-11 06:37 AM - Post#2098283    
    In response to HAL_396

My '65 Biscayne weighs 3840 with an all iron 327, Turbo 400, 12-bolt rear, full tank of fuel, steel radial tires on steel rallye wheels, steel radial spare in trunk on a steel rallye wheel, and the jack assembly.

Randy



 
Impala65SS 
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06-02-11 08:35 AM - Post#2098351    
    In response to ToyzRMe

3880# at a truck scales, impala 65.
Same scales showed 5500 for my suburban and 4405 for my shortbed c10 1980.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXn2QVipK2o&a mp;fea...


 
62chevy427 
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06-07-11 06:32 PM - Post#2100743    
    In response to capricesport66

the registration on my 62 says 3456#. that was with a 327/4speed. i had it weighed recently and it now weighs 4400#. it now has a 427/4speed,factory ac,lots of undercoating,62 olds 4core radiator and 255/70/15 tires instead of 7.50/14.i do not think it ever weighed 3456#. i used to drag race it with the 327 in e modified and it weighed 3800#. don't remember if that was with me in it or not.

56 bel air ((since 2002)
62 impala ss (since 1965)
65 el camino (since 1969)
66 nova (since 1987)
67 malibu convertible (since 1981)
72 el camino ss454 (since 1985)
83 gmc 4wd (since 1991)
95 impala (new)
15 chevy equinox



 
70BelAirHT 
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06-08-11 02:26 AM - Post#2100814    
    In response to 62chevy427

On the weight station at the sawmill where I work, my Caprice did 4200, 454, TH350.

Mathieu Bélanger
Québec, Canada
1970 Bel Air HT 2 doors 350 Sport Coupe(frame off resto)
1970 Caprice HT 2 doors 454
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Richshoots 
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06-08-11 08:20 AM - Post#2100924    
    In response to 427SS65

The reason for the weight span takes into consideration the option content. Small block,big block,A/C,etc.
As an example (using a 1968 Custom Sedan),Option A31(Power windows) adds 22LBS,C60 Air conditionong adds 105 LBS,Power Brakes add 9 LBS, 427 engine adds 260 LBS and on and on.
Rich



 
Stewie66 
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09-13-21 09:07 AM - Post#2827011    
    In response to capricesport66

I know this is old, but I thought I would chime in. My '66 Caprice Sport Coupe with 427, Turbo 400, 12-bolt, A/C, PW weighed 4160 lbs. at a truck weigh station.

Bob
1966 Caprice 2dr, 427 L68, Turbo 400, 12 bolt Posi


 
sz0k30 
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09-13-21 10:31 AM - Post#2827019    
    In response to Stewie66

Can't help with a 66 Caprice, but a couple of years ago I did weigh my 67 Impala SS 2 door hardtop. Its got a ZZ502 with alum heads & intake, a 700R4 trans, no A/C, a full tank of gas and no butts in the seats. The weight on the registration shows #3600. My actual weight was #4245. That's 645lbs more than on the registration.

I also have 2 other cars that I have weighed and the actual weights were about 450lbs more than the weights shown on the registrations.



 
Mercedes 
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09-14-21 09:45 AM - Post#2827071    
    In response to capricesport66

The weights come in between 3,600 and 4,000 lbs. Yes, there are going to be variations for equipment but those weights are documented all over.

I do not understand how someone's vehicle can weigh in at hundreds of lbs over the manufacturer's specs. Taking your vehicle to scales isn't always intended to weigh an item, but the compare before/after to charge you for the added weight. So, I would be suspicious of any scale that weighed my vehicle hundreds of lbs over what it was stated by the manufacturer.



 
sz0k30 
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09-14-21 11:58 AM - Post#2827075    
    In response to Mercedes

WHAT? Scales weigh things. When you weigh yourself at home do you only do it before and after meals to figure out how many pounds of lasagna you ate? Or do you just get on it occasionally just to see how much you weigh?

You can go to a scale just to satisfy your curiosity. Which is what I did.



 
Mercedes 
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09-14-21 02:01 PM - Post#2827079    
    In response to sz0k30

No criticism intended. The older cars were lighter because of less systems and components. If you think about a vehicle weighing in at 600 lbs more than specified, that's the weight of an entire engine and where would that weight be?

A scale that is used to measure trucks with loads is dealing with weights many times more than a vehicle so a variation that is insignificant for a loaded truck can be a big one on a passenger vehicle.



 
fsc66 
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09-15-21 05:51 AM - Post#2827124    
    In response to Mercedes

Car weights with various options are usually included in the GM Heritage vehicle information kits back sections:
https://www.gmheritagecenter.com/docs/gm-heritage-...

Paul








 
65_Impala 
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09-15-21 05:51 PM - Post#2827166    
    In response to Mercedes

  • Mercedes Said:
A scale that is used to measure trucks with loads is dealing with weights many times more than a vehicle so a variation that is insignificant for a loaded truck can be a big one on a passenger vehicle.



I agree, most scales you can drive on are used to weigh transport trucks and those are concerned with measuring in the 50,000 to 100,000lbs range. Even empty, a transport truck will weigh much more than 3000lbs. So, 500lbs of error when the scale is trying to read a weight much lower than it was designed for really doesn't matter very much to the people normally using it. It's like trying to measure a few grams with a bathroom scale.



 
Mercedes 
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09-16-21 04:07 AM - Post#2827178    
    In response to 65_Impala

I don't know why this subject became this intense. Using a truck scale is subject to error. With the amount of technical data that GM provided on these vehicles, I have to believe that the weights were accurate.



 
sz0k30 
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09-16-21 06:09 AM - Post#2827182    
    In response to Mercedes

My question is with the original posters question. Why would he or anyone even bother to ask, when all he had to do was look at his vehicle registration? On older vehicles the weight is shown there, at least it is in Michigan. And from my experience with 4 vehicles I choose believe in the scales rather than what's shown on the registration.



 


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