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Username Post: Review - Repro 65 Console Vent Part        (Topic#355273)
427SS65 
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02-17-19 06:04 PM - Post#2760139    

First of all, I want to to thank Bill (vet65b) for ordering this part and sending it to me to review for everyone.

It looks like a lot of work to prepare and finish this reproduction part for installation on your console. You will need an Xacto handle with a couple of new #11 sharp blades to trim all excess flashing off the piece before painting. You will also need some sandpaper with various grits.

I am going to upload this review in multiple posts due to photo size and number of photos. If this gets out of hand, I'll make it a downloadable .PDF file and put it on my server.

First up are the three instruction sheets that came packed with the unit:




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02-18-19 03:04 PM - Post#2760224    
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Figure 9 shows more clearly the rough flashings that should be trimmed before painting and installation:

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Thanks again to Bill Wilhelm (vet65b) for supplying this (up to now) unobtanium part! His kindness and generosity makes us all more understanding of our hobby.

My first impression of this reproduction part for the 1965 Impala SS manual shift console is that it is a quality item. Since there is currently no other repair part of it's kind available, there is nothing to compare it to except the original.

It is made of a more flexible plastic which is approximately the same thickness as the original. Some cleanup work will be needed to trim excess flashing from the final product before assembly (and painting if you don't have black carpeting). You can use a Dremel motor, a round hand file or an Xacto knife. You can also use sandpaper wrapped around a pencil or wooden dowel.

After trimming all excess flashing from the new part, read the instruction sheet multiple times before cutting on this part!

With regards to painting this part: I'm not exactly sure what family of plastic material it's made of, or what type of primer and paint should be used to paint it. It seems to me to be similar to the material used to make the front kick-vent panels in our B-bodied cars. I changed my panels from unpainted black to dark aqua to match my car's new interior. I used SEMS interior trim paint (or dye as they call it) and has held up for over 20 years without problem. It is lacquer based and it worked fine.

The manufacturer of this part is:

The Classic Chrome Company
1639 Shadwell
Barnhart, MO 63012
Website: www.classicchromeco.com
email: ClassicChrome@classicchro meco.com
314-803-7971
314-607-1901

I have done my best to portray an accurate description of this restoration part. Bill Wilhelm, nor I, nor ChevyTalk are responsible for the accuracy of the description or use of this product. We also have any connections to the manufacturer. Read my description. If you have a question, please call The Classic Chrome Company for more details or explanations. Make up your own mind if you can handle this part. It is NOT plug and play!

The cost of the part is $149.00 and $11.00 for shipping.


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