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Username Post: 1961 Impala 340 horse 348        (Topic#352910)
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09-08-18 10:05 AM - Post#2745646    

I posted this over on the 348-409 Forum, thought I'd share it here at CT so others might chime in.

This is a 1961 Impala Sport Coupe (not an SS car but with SS caps) that the current owner asserts was ordered with a rather unusual set of components. See the print on the sheet signed by the original owner (if you can read it). 0-hors...

Car was ordered in April delivered late July 1961. He ordered the 340 horse 348 and a four speed/posi setup (RPO 590 for the 340 engine). Came with a 776 intake (thought that was for the 360 horse 409) and silver valve covers (ala the two 1962 380/409 horse engines).

Is this feasible?

What do you make of the "documentation"?

I'm about an hour and a half from the vehicle but only an hour away from the original owner.

It's a real nice car :).

Tom Kochtanek

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09-08-18 10:14 AM - Post#2745649    
    In response to Tom_Kochtanek

I sincerely doubt that it was delivered that way. Photos from back in the day would be the proof. Otherwise, it's just speculation.


PS: I can't read all of the documentation. Too blurry. Also, I don't buy the probability of using early '62 silver valve covers because those valve covers aren't '62s.

Edited by Verne_Frantz on 09-08-18 10:24 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

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09-08-18 12:05 PM - Post#2745656    
    In response to Verne_Frantz

I forgot that those "silver" valve covers from 1962 would have been "drippers", right?

I was a little suspect as well, I bet the original owner might have confused "factory" with "dealer". We may never know. Either way it is a really nice car.

He also had a frame off restored 1965 Impala convert, Turqoise Mist I believe (sp?), factory four speed bench seat car. 400 horse 409. Real nice also.

Edited by Tom_Kochtanek on 09-08-18 12:06 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

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09-10-18 07:25 AM - Post#2745790    
    In response to Verne_Frantz


In my humble opinion, you are one of the definitive experts on the "X" frames. If you say it's a fake, I believe it's a fake.

I held down my Ctrl button, and scrolled my mouse on the photo. You can actually read it then. It's a little misleading by the fact that it's notarized.

I can type anything I want and get it notarized. Just because it is notarized doesn't mean the statements are true, just that the guy writing it was there.

My two pennies. Nice car though.


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09-11-18 07:16 PM - Post#2745941    
    In response to beagrizzly

I thought it might be interesting to look up the original owner who "crafted" that notarized letter. You never know, he might have some old pictures :).

I went there to locate some 409 heads, didn't know I would see a pair of nice 1961 and 1965 Impalas with W's in them...

I am told there were 532 of those 340 horse 348s made. So they are kinda rare...

You never know until you investigate...

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