My department just hired someone to work alongside me part-time. His name is Regeno, and this this is his daily-driven 1966 Impala. It’s currently powered by a 250 cubic-inch L6 through a 3 speed, column-shifted manual. Or “three-on-the-tree” for those of you that are in the know. It’s a work-in-progress and I hope these pictures show how much potential this car has. Also included is a video of it driving away for those of you that were curious what a 250 L6 sounded like with a chambered muffler. Enjoy the gallery below!
Let me start by saying that when I found out they made a longbed stepside for the 60-66 trucks, I wanted one. They’re super rare and reproduction parts are expensive to say the least, but I just like the way they look. They aren’t very well liked in the 60-66 community (like all long beds), but the guys that do have them, love them. I had convinced myself when I started this build that if I wanted one, I’d have to make one out of a short bed. A daunting task, but I added it to my list of things I would need to do to get the truck to where I wanted it. Thankfully, I have a craigslist addiction that knows no bounds. I found someone with a 1962 GMC long bed stepper (powered by a 305 v6 and a 3 speed manual no less) that wanted to trade for a fleetside. I emailed them immediately and we were both so excited to get what we wanted we scheduled the trade off for the next day.
What I didn’t know is that the wrap-around window 60-63’s sit on a different frame than the vent windowed 64-66’s. It took a little bit of convincing but eventually we finalized the even trade. One bed for another. Here’s the photographic tale of how it happened.