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Username Post: She finally moves!!        (Topic#355211)
SSvert396 
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SSvert396
Loc: GA
Reg: 07-19-18
02-12-19 07:51 AM - Post#2759709    

Except for a quick trip around the block in 2016 to find out the motor was bad, Its been about 28 years since I have driven this car. I am happy to say she is alive and well. The 396 (405) broke in fine. Since the break-in went so well I have started hanging all new front suspension parts to be able to cruise this summer!

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Drop spindle disc brake kit arrived as well as the new steering linkage kit from PST, new shocks, 1 1/8 sway bar and tubular upper and lower control arms.




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Joe

Restoration photo album below
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1965 Impala 396 convertible


 
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66cayne 
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Reg: 08-06-08
02-12-19 08:02 AM - Post#2759711    
    In response to SSvert396

Hey, that's good looking car. That 1&1/8th bar is going to be the single best handling improvement you can make on these cars.




 
6T5 
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Posts: 169
6T5
Age: 66
Loc: Asheville, NC
Reg: 07-22-17
02-13-19 04:11 AM - Post#2759791    
    In response to SSvert396

You will really appreciate the disk brakes and sway bar, btw nice ride and let her breath again...

...Ed

1965 Impala SS


 
GreatNorthWoods 
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GreatNorthWoods
Age: 76
Loc: Littleton, New Hampshire,...
Reg: 03-31-02
02-15-19 06:55 AM - Post#2759978    
    In response to SSvert396

She's looking good!

Vern

1953 Chevy Belair Sport Coupe - 355 Blueprint Engine, 700-R4, Vintage Air, EZ Wire, Ididit column, Cruise/Tilt, 59 Vette Steering Wheel, 4-Wheel Disc Brakes, Posies Springs, Coker Radials, Nova 10-bolt, Mustang II front, Continental Kit


 
SSvert396 
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Posts: 32
SSvert396
Loc: GA
Reg: 07-19-18
02-15-19 09:51 AM - Post#2759989    
    In response to GreatNorthWoods

Thanks guys! Hopefully all this stuff will be on when the weekend is done.....

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Joe

Restoration photo album below
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1965 Impala 396 convertible


 
65_Impala 
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Reg: 12-29-02
02-15-19 10:03 PM - Post#2760026    
    In response to SSvert396

The car looks great, but those rotors and calipers are small for that car and I'd hate to see them get you into trouble. They're the size from the GM 80's mid-size G-bodies (Monte Carlo etc) and weren't known for being very good on that chassis. I would recommend you get a set of heavy duty semi-metallic pads to give the brakes as much bite as possible and less fade.

I have 12" x 1.25" thick rotors with bigger calipers and I wouldn't want the brakes on my car to be any smaller. I've been contemplating fitting a set of C5 Vette brakes to the car, with 13" x 1.25" rotors.



 
66SS632 
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66SS632
Loc: Langley BC
Reg: 02-09-13
02-17-19 09:34 PM - Post#2760164    
    In response to 65_Impala

  • 65_Impala Said:
The car looks great, but those rotors and calipers are small for that car and I'd hate to see them get you into trouble. They're the size from the GM 80's mid-size G-bodies (Monte Carlo etc) and weren't known for being very good on that chassis. I would recommend you get a set of heavy duty semi-metallic pads to give the brakes as much bite as possible and less fade.

I have 12" x 1.25" thick rotors with bigger calipers and I wouldn't want the brakes on my car to be any smaller. I've been contemplating fitting a set of C5 Vette brakes to the car, with 13" x 1.25" rotors.




This is good advice!!

One bad emergency stop will convince you better brakes are needed.

Not trying to suggest any negativity here but conversion to the C3 Corvette parts is detailed in the reference material section and provides superior stopping than the aftermarket conversion kits.Cost is comparable.(If you can return your kit)

https://toms427impala.info/CT/BrakeConvPics.pdf

https://toms427impala.info/CT/MJC1-DiscBrakeCon ver...

Corvette parts are readily available also.

If those are the offshore front arms I HIGHLY recommend turfing the ball joints they come with and get MOOG Upper and Lower replacements.

Those Chinese ball joints are CRAP and will be worn out in a year. They will throw out your alignment and you will have to then replace them anyway. (Ask me how I know!!)












Still a 17 year old delinquent Hot Rodder


 
rick1965 
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Loc: joliet ill
Reg: 12-07-16
02-18-19 09:04 AM - Post#2760176    
    In response to SSvert396

nice looking 65 vert ! ive enjoyed mine for some years now. i hate to add to your parts watch list but im speaking from been there done that.... that particular idler arm when installed seems to wear quickly, ive been through two of those in five cruising seasons til i finally located a good moog idler arm,so far so good. no fault of the seller, as im sure these are mass produced overseas but,surely keep an eye on it..



 
SSvert396 
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SSvert396
Loc: GA
Reg: 07-19-18
02-20-19 09:09 AM - Post#2760350    
    In response to rick1965

Thanks for all your input on the parts, I will defiantly be upgrading a few things down the road. The main goal is to get some miles on this yard art.....

Driver side is done, fighting pass side lower control arm bolt for 2 days now. Gonna have to cut it out. BTW who knew that bolt was $114!!

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Done except for the shock and sway bar, which only goes in from the passenger side BTW.....


Joe

Restoration photo album below
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1965 Impala 396 convertible


 
J260MikeN 
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Posts: 16

Reg: 08-01-18
02-22-19 12:09 PM - Post#2760480    
    In response to SSvert396

Just my opinion, but I'd hate to see you get frightened into paying big $$$ to put Corvette brakes on your Impala. I put G-body disc brakes on my 69 Chevelle with a big block, and it stopped great. My 65 Impala only weighs about 150- 200lbs more than my Chevelle. And the G-body discs are DEFINITELY an upgrade over the stock drums, which by the way work well enough to where I'm perfectly happy driving my Impala with the drum brakes.



 
SSvert396 
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Posts: 32
SSvert396
Loc: GA
Reg: 07-19-18
02-25-19 06:27 AM - Post#2760751    
    In response to J260MikeN

Everything is on! It seems to stop great so far. Handling is WAYYY better. I got to get it to the alignment shop and start putting some miles on it!



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Joe

Restoration photo album below
https://www.tryimg.com/album/6DcY

1965 Impala 396 convertible


 
J260MikeN 
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Posts: 16

Reg: 08-01-18
02-26-19 07:08 AM - Post#2760836    
    In response to SSvert396

Looks great! Love those wheels. Whereabouts in Georgia are you? I'd love to see your car if you're ever in my neck of the woods (Marietta).



 
djfrisk 
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Posts: 18

Reg: 10-01-17
02-26-19 07:26 AM - Post#2760840    
    In response to SSvert396

Where did you purchase the control arm bolt? I will be rebuilding my front end on my 65 SS and would like to have some insurance if I run into the same issue.



 
SSvert396 
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Posts: 32
SSvert396
Loc: GA
Reg: 07-19-18
02-28-19 12:09 PM - Post#2760988    
    In response to J260MikeN

I'm over by Savannah

A company called Rare Parts is the only place I found the bolt/bushing. They wanted $114, so I took the part number to EBAY and ended up getting it for $84. Still an expensive bolt, but you need it.

Joe

Restoration photo album below
https://www.tryimg.com/album/6DcY

1965 Impala 396 convertible


 
SSvert396 
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Posts: 32
SSvert396
Loc: GA
Reg: 07-19-18
02-28-19 12:20 PM - Post#2760990    
    In response to SSvert396

Here is whats left of the bolt....

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Joe

Restoration photo album below
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1965 Impala 396 convertible


 
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