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Old 08-09-2011, 11:31 AM
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Frame for 65 Impala Convertable

Was thinking of putting a Blazer 4 x 4 frame under my 65 Impala Convertable..having a hard time finding a good stock frame for it.. I mean as long as I get the same wheelbase frame and its a GM it shouldn't be hard to switch it over right ?? Especially If I use the gas tank and rear that came with the truck right ??

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Old 08-09-2011, 01:55 PM
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We'v all seen these monstrosity's and they all look horrible.. They never look right because there is no right way to do it, and the frame swap won't match up no matter if it's Ford dodge or Chevy
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Old 08-09-2011, 03:58 PM
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Just an Idea..

I was thinking maybe I could get the car to sit low by modifying the frame or suspension or something... Yes I have seen some 4 X 4 s frames under some weird bodys...Yes I agree with you....have to keep looking for that frame ...might end up going out to AZ to get one..
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if your looking for a frame try these guys if anyone can help you its them http://www.chevytalk.org/fusionbb/sh...llsize_Chevys/ i hope you can find one
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Old 08-09-2011, 04:44 PM
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REALLY odd you'd chose a 4x4 blazer of all things.... If you have the money I'd do a full tube set up, that way your options for ride hieght, drag strip and cornering performance are almost limitless, but having a full tube chassis built can get costly depending on who does it, and what hardware you choose.

Whats wrong with the stock frame? I'd modify it to work with whatever you want it to. Swapping the whole body over to a blazer chassis seems to be an assload of work, and for all the wrong reasons
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Old 08-09-2011, 05:21 PM
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heres one on ebay http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1965-...item3a6916bd6f ahhh crap you have a convertable sorry

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Coupe would work

A coupe would work...I think just need to drill 2 holes in that rear wheel kickup...But...man I live in PA...South Dakota is a trip and a half... would need a flatbed for that thing... My frame is like a Frankenstien frame allready..whole rear was replace on it...behind rear springs is rotted out..I fixed one side already though...but the start of the turnup for the real wheel bend is paper thin...not to mention the front of the frame behind the front wheel too...paper thin...where it makes that turn in by the wheel...I just wouldn't trust it one hard corner and she will split....especially since I will be putting in a 500HP 454 engine in it...not a light weight...Was thinking about making one, but so far I can't find anybody that can bend the frame to go over the rear end...
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Id suggest contacting a few speed shops, as they'd surely be able to find you someone that can build a frame. Too bad my neighbor builds amazing frames from everything from 6 second funny cars to show cars & trucks, only were a *LONG* ways away from you.

Some drag racers can probably steer you straight, if they cant help you themselves I mean.
Doing this, you also find out about great & bad people to go to & to avoid, so this really helps as well.

If I were you, regarding finding a frame from another vehicle to use; Id really try to stick to a RWD car. A blazer 4x4 is quite a bad idea from a suspension geometry perspective. It was never designed to do what you'll be asking it to do. There are many cars that have the same wheelbase as does your Impala.
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Good Idea

Good Idea !! I will check it out... Thanks..
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What about a frame out of a Pontiac , Olds or Buick? I have no idea if they are the same but it might be an option. Good Luck
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Good luck finding a convertible frame as the demo derby guys have been putting them under sedans since the convertible frame is stronger. I heard that they are getting hard to find.
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Found It...

I am pretty sure an 80-84 full size GM frame will fit... I just found a guy not too far from here that makes frames.. Called Auto Weld..I am going to give him a call tomorrow. He can bend it without wrinkles too....He will even give me the parts to weld together myself If I want.
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Art Morrison makes all the pieces that you will need to rebuild that frame including the hard way and ez way bends in square tubing...

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the only direct bolt in swap is the 65-66 impala the next thing would be any mid to late 60's gm b-body buick wildcat olds 88 or pontiac bonneville or catalina.

anything else is going to take a lot of modifications if they will work at all if you do modify another frame you will probably need to use all the suspension parts as well the front end is completly different than even cars from the 70's you would be looking to drop the body on a complete rolling chassis.
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This thread is hurting me, as I recently passed on a 65 convertible that had a solid frame, but the floors and trunk were toast (don't ask me how it worked out that way, but it was). In hindsight, I probably should have bought it. Oh well....keep us posted whatever you do. I'd appreciate it.
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