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Big Block Chevy Impala - The Barge Charge

B-Bodies And Big-Blocks Add Up To A Pair Of Killer Impalas.

By Frank H. Cicerale, Photography by ,

Kenny Fino
Freehold, NJ
1967 Chevy Impala
Fino's Impala features the ever-cool white on red color option. The big B-body is as stock as it can be, showcasing a 396 cubic inch big-block. Rated from Chevy at 325 horsepower, the hydraulic lifter Rat is topped with a 4-barrel Quadrajet carb and backed by a Turbo 400 automatic. Weighing in at robust 4,422 lbs (with driver), the Impala made four cleans passes after being driven to the track. When the day was done, Kenny packed up his stuff in the enormous sized trunk and cruised home with the air conditioner on. Now that's the life.

Adam Landolfi
Colts Neck, NJ
1968 Chevy Impala SS 427
Landolfi and his father have resurrected the family business, Landy's Performance in Colts Neck, and specialize in not only race cars, but muscle car restoration and monster street machines. In addition, Adam and Ralph compete on the NHRA circuit with a pair of Stock Eliminator cars, one a '69 Camaro with a 375-horsepower 396, and the other a '70 Chevelle powered by a 454 topped with aluminum heads. They even raced Pro Stock some years back with Kenny Delco behind the wheel.

Recently, however, Adam picked up the all-original, numbers-matching '68 Impala SS. Complete with build sheet, the big B-body is powered by a 427 Rat motor of the 385-horsepower origin, and is backed by an M-21 4-speed. The big-block is topped off with a 4-barrel carb, and the body is dressed in menacing black paint. Adam strapped on a helmet and proceeded to powershift his way down the quarter-mile to show us what an SS 427 Impala looks like at speed. This car, too, is factory air-conditioned, making it a pretty rare beast.

Specs: 1967 Chevy Impala
Engine: 396 ci Chevrolet
Horsepower: 325
Transmission: Turbo 400 automatic
Induction: 4-barrel Quadrajet
Weight: 4,422 lbs (with driver)
Best ET/MPH: 17.93/74.53

Run ET MPH 60-ft.
1 17.9377 4.53 2.419
2 17.9817 4.38 2.458
3 18.1617 3.07 2.452
4 18.1107 3.55 2.453

Specs: 1968 Chevy Impala
Engine: 427 ci Chevrolet
Horsepower: 385
Transmission: Muncie 4-speed manual
Induction: 4-barrel carb
Weight: 4510 lbs (with driver after pork roll sandwich)
Best ET/MPH: 15.83/86.61

Run ET MPH 60-ft.
1 16.758 85.61 2.607
2 16.128 86.19 2.485
3 16.443 85.06 2.458
4 15.839 86.59 2.399
By Frank H. Cicerale
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