Hi - I jjust bought myself a 64 impala 2 door htp as an early xmas
present - it has the 283 in it
One of the local yards has a 64 biscayne 6 cylinder with some good trim
parts I can use like the bumpers - I am thinking about buying the whole
car for parts but am just wondering from the brake and suspension
standpoint if the 6 cylinder and V8 cars use the same parts
My two door is missing the entire front suspension and spindles - the
math on buying the entire 4 door for parts would only work if I can
transfer the suspension and spindles to the V8 - I guess I would be
specifically wondering about the brake drum size and the front springs
if they are the same - the yard wants 100.00 for the 2 bumpers or
400.00 for the whole car which I would have to tow and store
Anyway any advice is appreciated
Best wishes for the holiday season to all
That yard can answer your question. The business has all that info in
the 'cross-over' books. It's surprising that the biscayne is even still
there. OEM parts are hard to find and 'pricey'. Check the doner car
out and make the decision. Have fun with the Impala!
Grab the whole car!! You would be amazed at the little stuff you may need
that the donor car has. Regards the springs, I think they may be different
but the rest iirc is the same. I'd think you'd want new springs anyway. Any
spring shop can fix ya up.
Have fun with it!!
The differences will be the springs and the shocks IF they were the same
But being the 64 Biscayne is a 4 door 6 cylinder and the Impala is a 2
door 8 it's a toss up.
I wouldn't worry about it though since if you intend to drive it you
will want to replace the springs on both ends with new ones, the 42 year
old ones in either car are going to be collapsed and weak by now. A good
spring shop can make you up some nice progressive coils, add a HEAVY
sway bar and some good shocks and make that car really stick to the road.
Going from memory, they are the same, but it has been a long time since I've
bought those parts. That aside, I'd bet the Biscayne has enough parts on it
to pay for itself in the next six to twelve months. A lens here, a knob
there, you can be talking a lot of money over time when you already have
them sitting there.
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