The Chevrolet Impala[pronunciation?] is a full-size (upper mid-size from 2000 to 2013) automobile built by Chevrolet for model years 1958 to 1985, 1994 to 1996, and 2000 to present. Deriving its name from the African antelope of the same name, Chevrolet's most expensive passenger model through 1965 had become the best-selling automobile in the United States.

For its debut in 1958, the Impala was distinguished from lesser models by its symmetrical triple taillights, which returned from 1960 to 1996. The Caprice was introduced as a top-line Impala Sport Sedan for model year 1965 becoming a separate series positioned above the Impala in 1966, which, in turn, remained above the Bel Air and the Biscayne. The Impala continued as Chevrolet's most popular full-size model through the mid-1980s. Between 1994 and 1996, the Impala was revived as a 5.7-liter V8–powered version of the Caprice Classic sedan.

Redesigned in 1965, the Impala set an all-time industry annual sales record of more than 1 million units in the U.S.. All new full-size Chevrolets eschewed the "X" frame for a full-width perimeter frame, a new body which featured curved, frameless side glass (for pillarless models), sharper angled windshield with newly reshaped vent windows, and redesigned full-coil suspension.


BEFORE...

This 1965 Chevrolet Impala came in for a full frame off restoration. This beauty is getting the works; everything from new paint and interior to an LS3 engine swap with custom front and rear suspension.

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dURING...

Day One Impala build here at Texoma Classics ... tear-down in progress. You've got to get a little gritty and ugly before you make her pretty.

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As you can see, we have have her completely broken down. The new LS3 engine is a real beauty.


Getting the Impala media blasted to get sent over to the body shop for epoxy coat, patch panels and working out dents. Then time for a fresh and new paint job! Body's all done and ready for the next phase of work. Media blasting the hood of the car, you can see the difference. The only color left is that corner he is working on now.

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Before and after the media blasting on the Impala. You can tell there is a little difference between the two pictures.

Picked up the frame from the powder coater, looks brand new. 

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Got the motor mounted on the frame.

On the passenger side of the frame we've got the fuel line and on the drivers side we have the break line. 

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Cut the rust spots out and got them patched up. In the last picture you can see where we filled in the vinyl top chrome mounting holes filled in.  In the pictures below you can see that we are getting closer to finish up the body and move on to the paint!

Replacing the stock front suspension with an upgraded modern setup including tubular upper and lower control arms, adjustable coil-over shocks, disc brake conversion with drilled and slotted rotors, and all new hardware. This will improve the car's handling/cornering and make it an all-around better daily driver as well as a worthy "ground pounder". 

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Got the car up on the rotisserie to get some of the hard to reach parts on the body of the car. 

Getting Dynamat into the car, the roof is done, next is the floor.

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Here are the different seats, we have taken the old vinyl off and going to be replacing it with leather. We will need the client to pick out the kind that he likes so that our upholstery department can custom made to fit the seats correctly.

Started installing the Dynamat on the floorboards, this car will need it with the LS3 engine in there.

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Relocating the fuel door with new pop up style assembly.

Here is the old trunk pan that will be cut out to be replaced by a new one.

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Got the old trunk pan cut out to replace with the new one.

The new trunk pan is in, it got sealed and ready to get Dynamat put in.

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We got the Dynamat in the trunk pan. 

Rear axle got powder coated black and had some work done. The brackets came off the original axle, they had to cut off the brackets and weld them to the new axle. The brackets that came on the new axle wouldn't line up in the right places. They also fabricated rear caliber brackets. 

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All four tires are on the frame now. We have a rolling frame now.

Clearancing and boxing in of front cross-member to clear A/C compressor.

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Primer is now on the car, one step closer to getting the color on.

Got the under body painted.

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Got the Impala painted Black Cherry Candy and would you look at that sparkle! Top pictures were taken in the paint booth and the bottom pictures were taken outside in the sun.

Long tube headers have been placed on the engine. This created a clearance issue with the transmission cross member, so we modified the cross member.

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The body and frame are together once again.  Starting to come back together again. 

Mock up of the front fender on the car to see how much wheel clearance there is for some new tires and rims.

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Pieces in the paint booth ready to be painted. We have the trunk lid, bumper, door hinges and an assortment of bolts.

Here is the gas cap, housing for tail lights and valances that have been painted. The pieces are coming along looking great!

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The hinges are now attached to the doors and ready to be adjusted to the correct place back on the car.

The client chose to upgrade his original brake booster and master cylinder to a shiny chrome set, which are now installed on the firewall. 

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Working on the wiring harness and getting all the wires where they need to be.

Coming along with the wiring, this is one of the most difficult tasks that come with completely overhauling a car.

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Now we have all the groups of wiring and figuring out how to get them to run all around the car.

The new battery tray came in and we secured it to the trunk.

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The headlights have been put back on the car. 

The dash is in, it is almost complete! There a lot of wires they are having to fun through and around the inside of the dash.

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Having to cut out two parts of the inner hood to have clearance for the intake and throttle bodies.

Here are the sections that we cut out to make a little more room for the intake and throttle bodies.

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The grill is coming along, it is almost complete.

Working on getting the rear seat belts in the car. 

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Installing the headliner in the car, soon it will be in the car completely. 

Installing the carpet in car, we have to make sure that the carpet has everything in the right place. The carpet is completely done.

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Taking the Impala to the exhaust shop. 

Installed the cold air intake on the engine. 

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AFTER...

The car is finished.

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