STEVE POLLARD

1969 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 427 PROJECT

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I remembered recently why I like '69 Impalas so much: The first car I ever drove was a '69 Impala...when I was 12 years old. (You'd think I wouldn't forget something like that, but I did until recently.)

 

As I recall, my dad had driven us out near the airport because we were waiting for someone to fly in. There's a big lake nearby, so we were passing time there, parked on a gravel road. My dad asked me if I wanted to drive, and I couldn't believe it. Just down the road 100 yards or so and back. It was a four door with probably a 350.

 

Best wishes on the project. Looking good!

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My parents had a '69 Impala 4 door as well... 327 engine. Prior to getting my driver's permit, I use to drive it up and down our driveway....I had a lot of fun doing that until my father started asking questions about the streaks of burnt rubber markings on the driveway...😉

 

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Steve, I remember back in 1969,  a salesman who worked with my father owned a 1969 Impala 4 door Hardtop. It was Fathom Green with a black interior. That car made an impression with me. Just a good looking, well built car. John

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Hey John, here is a picture of my parents '69 Impala.... they paid $3000 for it brand new ! This was taken around 1980 or 1981

 

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On 2/19/2020 at 1:21 PM, STEVE POLLARD said:

Hey John, here is a picture of my parents '69 Impala.... they paid $3000 for it brand new ! This was taken around 1980 or 1981

 

Steve

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Oh, that brings back memories! Thanks for the pic! Ours was blue, no vinyl top.

 

I can't remember how much my dad paid for ours, but it probably wasn't too much less than that...even though it was used. He bought it from my 6th grade student teacher, Mrs. Thurman, and I was in the 6th grade in the 1969-70 school year so it wasn't very old.

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On 2/16/2020 at 3:14 PM, STEVE POLLARD said:

My parents had a '69 Impala 4 door as well... 327 engine. Prior to getting my driver's permit, I use to drive it up and down our driveway....I had a lot of fun doing that until my father started asking questions about the streaks of burnt rubber markings on the driveway...😉

 

Steve

Driving it or drag racing it in the driveway Steve?

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A little bit of both Ted....lol.  Come to think of it, I think my Dad had studded snow tires on it.....

 

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Steve Pollard. I’d be a little older than you. My burnouts were with Dad’s ‘54 Ford V-8 around 1960. One day he said the rear end is making some noise.  Whoops.  A while later we had a new ‘62 Chev.  Pertaining to this thread in 1975 I bought a ‘69 Impala SS 427  with a poor engine.  I got the engine rebuilt at the local Chev-Olds dealer and they did it right.  The rest of the car was nothing special but did that 427 like to let it out. I don’t think it even had a tach but if you kept your foot in it the shift to  high was at 105 mph.  Quite a car. Sadly I rolled it and parted it out. 

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Thanks for the story ! A few years after I got my driver's licence, Dad retired the old '69 Impala ( you can see it in this picture with the plates off ) .... and I purchased a '74 AMC Javelin... I played around in the driveway as well, getting use to the 3 speed stick shift. That came to an end as well, Dad was concern that I might miss a shift and go thru the garage and hit Mom's  pride and joy -  '77 Mercury Cougar XR7.... lol

 

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On 4/2/2020 at 8:17 PM, Cured said:

Steve Pollard. I’d be a little older than you. My burnouts were with Dad’s ‘54 Ford V-8 around 1960. One day he said the rear end is making some noise.  Whoops.  A while later we had a new ‘62 Chev.  Pertaining to this thread in 1975 I bought a ‘69 Impala SS 427  with a poor engine.  I got the engine rebuilt at the local Chev-Olds dealer and they did it right.  The rest of the car was nothing special but did that 427 like to let it out. I don’t think it even had a tach but if you kept your foot in it the shift to  high was at 105 mph.  Quite a car. Sadly I rolled it and parted it out. 

Sounds like you were a little rough on the equipment!🤣🤣

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Chris that would be an understatement. In my defence at age 6 I learned to drive in  ‘51 International L-120 3/4 ton. 4 speed no synchro. If you didn’t double clutch you didn’t shift.  There wasn’t any “sport” mode on that truck. I guess I got a little carried away when I graduated to vehicles that you could have fun with. 

On 4/9/2020 at 12:28 PM, chistech said:

Sounds like you were a little rough on the equipment!🤣🤣

 

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