1965 Chevy Impala SS - Sinister

While Every Hot Rod Has Had Its Share Of Misadventures, Not Many Have Run Over Their Owner's Son.

Isaac Mion Sep 1, 2010 0 Comment(s)

As we said, Bill acquired the car around 1990 and throughout the next decade he went through a number of wheel and tire combos going from 15-inch Cragars to 17-inch American Torque-Thrusts until finally settling on the 18- and 20-inch Intro Pentias you see tucking in the pics. They're 8 inches wide fore and 10 aft. The tires wrapping these rims are 245/40 Nittos in front and 275/35 Nittos in the rear.

Around this time, Bill started to go on the Hot Rod Power Tour, which became cherished events for him and his sons, Adam and Jason, to attend together. You see, both of his sons-including the one who got dragged under the car that fateful day-have Chevy SS models; one a Camaro and the other an Impala. Together they are a triumphant trifecta touring 10 towns.

After cruising around with the 350 for a while, Bill felt the need for more speed and torque so he yanked that motor and replaced it with a rebuilt 454. Along with it went Sanderson headers and a 2 1/2-inch Magnaflow exhaust that really lets you know of the Impala's imminent arrival. Along with the new motor, the existing Powerglide was swapped out for a 700-R4.

At this point, with the mechanicals sorted, Bill took the advice of many self-help gurus and decided to "work on his inner self." Well, actually he decided to spruce up the interior of the Impala with a custom billet dash, Auto Meter gauges, and a pair of Cadillac seats from a '96 El Dorado. While cruising along before another Power Tour with his bottom nestled cozily in the Caddy cushions, Bill decided that it was time to go down south-not only with the Power Tour, but with the ride height. He installed RideTech ShockWaves with tubular control arms fore and upgraded trailing arms aft. Sway bars got installed after that.

After slamming the ornery Impala down to the ground, Bill decided to add more to that 454 with Edelbrock aluminum heads and March serpentine pulleys. At this point he got the itch to put a stop to all this mechanical treachery with the aforementioned Baer brakes.

A freak accident nearly took away Bill's son that day when his Impala got jealous, but instead of losing his offspring, he gained a cruising buddy. Now Bill and his sons are rolling three deep on the SS trip from show to show with all their limbs intact.

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