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    Long time lurker on the site and decided to jump in. I have a '64 Chevy Impala SS that is somewhat ok but needs some work. The 327 Chevy engine is junk and I am thinking of swaping in a Studebaker V8. Would like to have it hopped up as much as possible, maybe supercharge it or ?. Has anyone done this? Any suggestions on motor mounts, etc. Would also lilke to go with a 4speed trans and headers. I think this would be a good swap and a real stunner at the car shows. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Tired of the same old stuff!

  • #2
    The brakes should be upgraded, too. Chevy's drums were even worse than their engines; and parts are hard to find. Why not a "Fat Man" subframe, and Mustang brakes?
    Mike M.

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    • #3
      Why do I think this is a set up???

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      Tom - Lakeland, FL

      1964 Studebaker Daytona

      Michigan Speed - www.michiganspeed.com
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      Tom - Bradenton, FL

      1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed (Cost To Date: $2514.10)
      1964 Studebaker Commander - 170 1V, 3-Speed w/OD

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      • #4
        What day is today?

        (It's like fishing at a catfish farm.... WAY too easy)
        Jeff[8D]



        quote:Originally posted by looflirpa

        Long time lurker on the site and decided to jump in. I have a '64 Chevy Impala SS that is somewhat ok but needs some work. The 327 Chevy engine is junk and I am thinking of swaping in a Studebaker V8. Would like to have it hopped up as much as possible, maybe supercharge it or ?. Has anyone done this? Any suggestions on motor mounts, etc. Would also lilke to go with a 4speed trans and headers. I think this would be a good swap and a real stunner at the car shows. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Tired of the same old stuff!
        HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)

        Jeff


        Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain



        Note: SDC# 070190 (and earlier...)

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        • #5
          Just the mere thought of showing up in a Chebby (even one that had a half-ass decent powerplant set in it![}]) at some car show is enough to send shivvers of loathing up my spine![xx(]
          DO the right thing! Take the SS to nearest metal recycling place and have them reduce it to where it can be sold to China. (Fact is, shredded Chevies are the only kind that can be exported to China!)

          With the return you'll get from your shredded Chebby, you can buy an entry-level Lark standard with a 170 OHV and automatic. Weld some scrap sheet metal panels in where the long-departed original floor pans once were, add some blankets for upholstery, brush on a coat of latex paint and you've got a car that'll turn heads! (instead of stomachs - like that clunky 64 SS did)

          OH! And check your calendar if you think I'm serious (totally serious, anyway[:I])

          Miscreant at large.

          1957 Transtar 1/2ton
          1960 Larkvertible V8
          1958 Provincial wagon
          1953 Commander coupe
          1957 President 2-dr
          1955 President State
          1951 Champion Biz cpe
          1963 Daytona project FS
          No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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          • #6
            I think I can handle this one: Waaay back in the mid sixties, I had a shop out on Long Island(Nebraska)where I specialized in building "Stude-olets", taking late-model Impala SS's, yanking out the 409, 327, what have you, and doing a custom installation of a 224-232-259-289 Stude v-8's. There were't enough wrecked donor cars for engines, so now that the statute of limitations is up, I can safely tell you that most of the Motors were "Hot"! Not only did our customers have a car that got better gas mileage, it was faster, and something different, too! I believe we even did a few Corvairs,also! I've forgotten the name and address of the fellow in Kansas who fabricated our motor mount kits, he probably is still doing them on a limited basis, though He's in his 90's by now. As far as brakes--we didn't worry about that at all! Our ChevyBakers were built to GO, not Whoa!

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            • #7
              Packardbaker did you ever do any Corvettes?

              Dan White
              64 R1 GT
              64 R2 GT
              Dan White
              64 R1 GT
              64 R2 GT
              58 C Cab
              57 Broadmoor (Marvin)

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              • #8
                quote:Originally posted by Dan White>>>>>>>>>I was gonna mention that, but didn't want to Brag...Yes, we did several Corvette Convrsions. I recall taking a '67 that had the 427, yanking it, setting the body on a Gmc 4-wheel drive chassis, and setting in a 374' Packkerd with Ultramatic in 'er. The owner justr wanted it painted John Deere green. It was called the "Glass Clipper"<<<<<<<<<<<

                Packardbaker did you ever do any Corvettes?

                Dan White
                64 R1 GT
                64 R2 GT

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