This 1979 Chevrolet Impala was the current owner's first car. It was purchased from the original owner in 1996 from Whiteman Chevrolet. The current owner replaced the gage cluster with a caprice classic cluster with four round gages vs. the original square speedometer. He also replaced the steering column with a caprice classic tilting column. The headliner, C-pillars, and headrest have been re-upholstered with color matched materials. He also replaced the vinyl floor mats with color matched carpeted floor mats. During his teenage years he replaced the original radio with a Sony cassette deck, with a Rockford Fosgate Punch 500-W amp and two subwoofers in the trunk. He also put a tachometer where a clock would normally reside in the center of the dash to keep an eye on the engine. For the exterior, he replaced the wheels and springs from a newer B-Body 1996 Chevy Impala SS which lowered the car overall about an inch. The grille is an aluminum slit style grille custom made for the car. The â??Impala SSâ?ť emblems are from an early 60's Impala and are not true to the car, which was another teenage addition in the late 90's. The engine is a 454ci big block Chevy with high flow aluminum L-88 heads from the late 1960's generation Corvette. It has a high lift roller Iskenderian camshaft, ceramic coated Hooker headers, dual exhaust through 40 series Flowmasters, 650 Vacuum secondary carburetor, K&N air filter, HEI distributor, and MSD spark plug wires. The current owner also upgraded the radiator to a larger core since the original vehicle came with a 305 ci small block. There is no overheating issues on longer drives. He made a trip to Lake Placid last year and engine temps never got above 220 F. The transmission is a 4L-80E out of a heavy duty Chevy pickup. The transmission has been rebuilt with larger servo's and is controlled by a JET transmission controller. The rear end is a 411 limited slip differential. All maintenance, transmission rebuild, and driveline work.
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