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Old 09-01-2006, 09:29 PM
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Frame difference w/65 & 68 Chevy Impala

any one have any spec's w/pictures on these two frames???? 65 Chevy 2 door & a 68 Chevy 4 door......

i have a friend who has a 65 Impala SS, the poor this is a rust bucket(sorry Jason) but he is determine to bring this thing back to life. his biggest problem other then the the body rust is "FRAME RUST" .
from what i've seen the drivers side has a rust problem near the transmission X-member, at the rear of the frame just b4 it curves up into the coil spring & shock area and several other areas along the drives side.
he also has a 68 Impala/Bel-air 4 door thats a beater w/lots of body rust but he says the frame is in great shape. so what is the TRUE difference between the frames if any & if there is a difference(i thinks its longer in the center) can it be used under the 65.
if the frame is longer in the middle or even the rear of the frame i believe there shouldn't be much of a problem to cut out what we dont need & reweld it back together & use it..

soooooooooo what do u folks think about this??????

Thanks......joe

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I know that '65 2 door and 4 door frames will interchange. I used a '65 Impala 4 dr hardtop frame under a 2 dr BelAir. As for the '68 frames, I'd bet they're the same as the '65 models. That said, let's hope for another opinion.

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Old 09-02-2006, 12:09 PM
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I checked in my handy old 1966 Chilton's manual.

1965 Impala chassis overall length in inches:

Sedans, station wagons and convertibles all measure 213.0 inches.

I don't have the measurements for 1968.
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thanks & if anyone finds more info on the 68 please post it....thanks...joe
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'65 & '66 passenger cars (all except convertible) use the same frame, but '67 & '68 share a different one. Convertibles from all 4 years all have their own distinct part numbers. So saieth the '69 Chevrolet parts catalog.

They retailed for ~$220 each, but minimum wage was $1.60/hr at the time.
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i got a copy of a page from GM frame book & it says that the 65-66-67's are all the same & the only difference in the 68 is where the rear body mount is. there are little differences is some of the front suspension parts && the convertibles do have a different body mounting area in the center BUT other then that they are the same also. the frames are the same in lenght & width, so it looks like the 68 frame should work for him...thanks again..joe
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