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Old 01-19-2003, 01:23 AM
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Post 68 Impala SS 327, is it a Muscle Car(tm)?

Hi All,

I just found the site a few days ago and I've been pouring over all the posts I can in between trips to the garage. Seems like a great place to learn things and I'm looking forward to hanging out for a spell.

I just started work on my 68 Impala SS a few weeks ago. I figured I'd start on something small like figuring out why my dome light didn't work... Well, 3 weeks later and its gutted and I have most of the electrical rewired and almost everything working (except the dome light )

I guess I'm rambling. This thing I wanted to ask is this:

Is a 68 Impala SS 327 considered a true muscle car? And if so on a scale of 1 to 10 how would you rate its 'desirability'?

I hope it doesn't sound like I'm trolling for attention or anything, its my baby regardless of whether its considered popular or not. I'm just kinda curious.

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Impalas are good, may not be 100% muscle car but what is...

Calgary hey??? I'm 2 hours north of ya
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Not a muscle car but it is a Chevy that is becoming desirable. If it was a 427 then it would be really worth something and would be a muscle car. In '68 thay had the muscle cars which were the Chevelles and the 396 and 427 Impalas. They are fast becoming collectors items though due to the fact that they are now 25 years old and anything from the '60's on back is being scarfed up fast. But being it is an SS adds to the value. Hang on to it. Check out this '68 site. <a href="http://woodstock.uplink.net/~mikadink/impalapage.htm" target="_blank">http://woodstock.uplink.net/~mikadink/impalapage.htm</a>

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427... I used to dream about girls before I got into cars. Now I dream about 427's... :p

I saw one in the local buy and sell recently going for 3 times what I paid for the car. 427 may have to wait.
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If one looks back in history, I believe the term "Muscle car" came about with the introduction of the Roadrunner/GTO/SS396 Chevelle and other smilar cars where a big block was dropped into a mid-size body.....
Of course, a big block in a big car is a bad boy, too.
I believe the SS option on Chevrolets has been one of those performance car legends when it was actually a trim package as well as a performance package but not necessarily both! I've seen factory SS 6cylinder Novas and Camaros.
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sure nuff, they did make a few L6 SS novas. Would the 327 in that impala by any chance be an L78? That thing put out 350hp from the factory.
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Who cares if its muscle car or not.kuz it will still be a kick *** car when you are done with it. Thats a nice ride you got there.Good luck on it
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[quote] Would the 327 in that impala by any chance be an L78? That thing put out 350hp from the factory. <hr></blockquote>

Good question... I was told the car was a 327 but it wasn't so I bought a 327 engine from someone else and dropped it in. I've had a hell of a time decoding the VIN. About all I can determine is that it's a corvette 327 from probably around 1963. If anyone else wants to take a crack at it here it is:

[*]3782870 - from left side engine block by flywheel[*]L271(S?) - from center engine block by flywheel

Here's some pictures if it helps: <a href="http://207.34.118.20/rbrown/" target="_blank">327</a>
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[quote]Originally posted by 67_Deuce:
<strong>sure nuff, they did make a few L6 SS novas. Would the 327 in that impala by any chance be an L78? That thing put out 350hp from the factory.</strong><hr></blockquote>

WRONG CODE ...the L78 is a 396-375 Big Block.
L79 is the code you most likely meant to list.

As to the "Muscle Car" question ? Not in my book. Neat car..yes....somewhat collectible ....yes.

A Muscle Car should run high 13's......on street tires.... with no modifications from the factory.

Muscle Cars....
1970 Chevelle SS454 LS6 450 Horsepower
Big Block Camaros and Novas
Mopars with the 426 Hemi
a few others

There are quite a few cars that are faster tham the "Muscle Cars" of the past. My Roadster will outrun most anything on the street that is streetable (truely streetable). Thats because it weighs 2240 lbs and has 430 Horsepower (without the NOS blue bottle). The power/weight ratio is a little over 5 pounds per horsepower. For comparsion a 70 BB Chevelle with a weight of 3900 lbs needs 750 horsepower to have the same ratio.

Enjoy your Impala SS for what it is...... a cool old ride and don't get caught up in trying to make it fly. It's too fat to fly.........


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oh yes, thank you, I mean L79
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[quote]Enjoy your Impala SS for what it is...... a cool old ride and don't get caught up in trying to make it fly. It's too fat to fly......... <hr></blockquote>

You're right about fat. It seems to get bigger ever time I take a good look at it.
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hey SS 4 door joe here glad to see another yaught owner they may not be a69 z28 ora Hemi cuda its what you make of it I have the poor mans vershion of yours a67 biscayne that i am working on right now and a 68 biscayne that I drive every day and i love them both they are both 4 doors and Butt ugly but no matter were i go people always stop and look at them they always say my dad had one or they remember someone who did it puts a smile on there face thats what counts keep the dream alive
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Hello.
Muscle car eh? What really is a muscle car and who cares if it fits in some peoples catagories? I think the Impala's are sweet! Gear it up, beef it up and you not only have a fairly quick ride, but a comfortable one at that. Biggest thing that made my buddies 66 feel slow, was the 2.73 gear and the glide. Put a 4.10 gear or so and a good T350 or 400 and it will really wake up. Good luck on it and dont let anyone discourage ya. HG
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Hey 4doorjoe, nice to see another land yacht owner, maybe I can bug you for questions specific to our cars sometime?

HemmiGremmie, Just checked out your Gremlin... I don't know what to say except:

That car is truly awesome. I'm in shock.
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Yeah, Hemmi nailed it down! But, what ever you do, please don't let the bouncey bouncey crowd talk you into hydraulics! We have lost to many of these classic Chevy's to those guys already!!!
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