1967 Chevrolet Impala SS Convertible

I bought my 1967 Impala SS convertible, while attending the Turkey Run at the Daytona Speedway in 2002. Its bright red finish caught my eye and I knew I had to take it home. It is powered by a 327 cubic inch, 275 horsepower small block Chevrolet engine, and is backed up by a Powerglide automatic transmission. Early on I was having trouble with the Quadra-Jet carburetor and a rebuild failed to solve its problems. I then replaced it with an Edelbrock 600cfm carburetor, and also added a few engine dress-up items but kept all of the original parts should I decide to go back to stock. It has run perfect ever since, although in recent months it has begun to smoke a little and may finally be ready for its first engine rebuild at 87,000 miles on the odometer.

It’s not a perfect “Show Car” but a great looking driver but we’re not afraid to show the car either. It had one repaint before I bought the car, in its original Bolero Red color, which never fails to attract attention at car shows.

I was surprised when I bought the car it included its original “Dealer Bill of Sale”, owners manual, convertible top manual, 2-build sheets and warranty book with Protect-o-plate metal card. I still need to make a small repair on the center console, but for the most part we just enjoy the ride.

Mike Ashley
Fruit Cove, FL

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  1. Larry Dewey

    Do not rebuild the engine before you replace the valve stem seals. They are replaceable without removing the cylinder heads. After removing the valve covers remove the rocker arms and pushrods keeping them in the order they were taken off, rocker arm, ball and pushrod together as removed. Remove spark plugs, there is a tool to go over rocker arm stud that you can lever the retainer down on top of each valve. The square cut valve stem seals are below the split keepers on the upper part of valve stem. The seals get hard from heat and allow oil to bypass down the stem into the combustion chamber. After replacing the seals use a vacuum tester to make sure seals did not get damaged during the keeper installation. When reinstalling rocker arm assemblies make sure to lubricate all contact points with lubricate. Take pictures with you phone on disassembly. Poke holes in a piece of cardboard to keep the push rods in place so as to replace in the same location. There is an adapter to thread in the spark plug hole, you need air pressure to keep the valves in the closed position when replacing the seals. Make sure the pistons are are the bottom of the stroke of the cylinder you are working on. You may have to tap the valve retainer with a small hammer, not hard, to get at split retainers. 327 is very good engine, hope this solves your problem. Seals can be purchased along with valve cover gaskets at automotive store or GM parts outlet. Good luck!

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