Big Al's Featured Car's
1966 Chevrolet Impala SS
Owned by Bobby Evans
Written & Pictures by Bobby Evans

My 1966 Chevrolet Impala Story
I had been cruising around in my 1961 Chevy Impala for a few years and was getting the itch for something new.  My "61" Impala was actually a very nice 348 Four speed car and was a Big Als Featured car back in January of 2011. My friend Buckeye Joe of Buckeye Electric in Painesville has a 1966 Chevrolet Impala Convertible which I have always admired and I have seen it many times at Car Shows and Cruise In's and had spent a lot of time checking it out. Then a guy made an offer on my "61" Impala and a deal was soon made. Now I no longer had a Cruiser and I started looking for one. I immediately made an offer to Buckeye Joe to buy his Impala, but it wasn't for sale!
(He really likes it and still owns it)

            It was early in December of 2013, a rough time to look for a car in Northern Ohio and I was not being very demanding, as my only requirements were a finished car, ( I did not want a project car. ) it had to be an "SS" Coupe and I wanted a four speed car. Everything else was secondary. It turns out that there are plenty of "66" Impalas to choose from, but very little of them were four speeds. As I recall. most of the guys buying four speeds in the mi to late 60's were buying the "A" body Chevelle 's, GTO's, etc. Impala's were mostly automatics bought by the older folks.
After a couple of months of searching, I found my car in Paris, Tennessee. A finished "66" Impala SS Coupe with a 327 cubic inch engine with a four speed and I liked the color combo as soon as I saw it. Back in 1963 I owned a 1959 Impala in white with a turquoise interior and remembered how beautiful it was! The owner worked in a Napa Auto Parts store in right there in Paris and was using it for an everyday regular driver to go back and forth to work. It was bone stock and the numbers are matching through and through! Nothing major had been changed before I owned it.
After a few days of negotiation with E-mail exchanges we settled on a price of only $ 15,500. I called Road Dog Trucking and made a deal to have it shipped to my home here in Painesville. Of course, it arrived right after one of our Northern Ohio snow storms.
I had sold my "61" Impala for $20,000 which gave me some working money to upgrade my new ride. I added a dual master cylinder, aluminum radiator, modern radio and of course a Hurst Shifter. . I've also had the 327 rebuilt .30 over at Budget Engine Builders in Brooklyn Ohio. It's had a three angle valve job, a fresh clutch and new wiring harnesses under the hood. I added the optional SS gauge package along with a rear seat speaker, right side mirror and rally wheels. The original parts including the original wheels and "SS" wheel covers are stored away and will go with the car when I sell it. I've driven 7,000 miles in it thus far and will probably log another 4,000 next summer. I hope to get to Woodward, Columbus for Goodguys and a couple of other large events next year.

            I really enjoy driving this one so I'm looking forward to next summer.
I am however,  already thinking about what my next car will be.