1969 Chevrolet Impala 350 V8 from North America


A wonderful land yacht to own and drive


Timing chain gears recently wore off (I've got pictures and the old set hanging on the garage wall), so now I'm in the process of replacing the old set with a new double-roller timing set. Getting the timing chain cover back on is proving to be the hardest part of the project.

Leaks oil, and I'm betting the engine just needs to be rebuilt.

Battery has died once.

Rusted and leaking fuel tank, which I patched, and then blew the patches by trying to blow out the fuel lines because I neglected to remove the gas cap. Ruseted wheel wells and window frames.

Replaced the fuel lines, the old ones went from 1/4 in. to 3/8, to 1/4, and was not pretty!

Looses brake fluid. The brake master cylinder will be bone dry after a month, but I cannot for the life of me find the leak.

General Comments:

I inherited this car from my grandfather in 1997. A 4-door sedan, no "B" pillar to obscure your view with all the windows rolled down. I always loved to go to town with him in it as a kid. He lived out in the country in Iowa, and the drive to town would take over an hour. Riding in this "land yacht" was always a pleasure. My grandpa would never get above 55 mph in this car, and babied it.

Surrounded by such a mass of steel and chrome, I'll feel sorry if someone in a little tin can accidentally gets in my way. Funny thing is, I also drive a Honda Civic and keep a watchful eye out for the other "land yachts" out there.

I'm currently torn between putting a lot of money into a new engine or getting rid of the car. The sentimental value of it is incredible. The interior is not that bad, I've put in a new radio and speakers, and I still love the land sailing type feel ride of it. There is nothing like riding in a classic American automobile such as this.

It's no hot-rod, but the sweet idle tune of the new dual exhaust and headers is music to my ears.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 19th April, 2004

8th Jul 2005, 19:16

Fix the Impala!!! Sell the Civic for the funds if you have to, but fix the Impala. You will never lose money on that investment.

28th Oct 2005, 03:28

Well the civic is no hot rod. I own a 77 impala. and wouldn't sell it for the world. id be scared of hitting a civic and killing someone. my opinion if the car can last 30 years and survive getting hit form a SUV its worth it.

1969 Chevrolet Impala Custom Coupe 350 4bbl from North America


Absolutely classic Americana


The floor had two holes due to rust.

There was no thermostat/heat.

The vinyl roof was in rough shape.

The A/C needs to be charged.

Carpeting was poor on the driver's side.

Needed a new radio.

General Comments:

I am the third owner of a classic Chevy coupe. It was owned previously by some friend's who used it only occasionally. The first and second owners took very good care of it. It has no squeaks or rattles. The engine is strong. Transmission is good. Original fabric seats (!) in very good condition. No cracks in dash. Vinyl roof was replaced due to being parked under a tree for 8 years - sap ended up destroying it.

Parts availability is very good. Prices are reasonable, especially compared to the European cars that I currently own. However, buying gas could put one in the poorhouse.

The car just completed a 1750 mile trip and used less than a quart of oil. With a good stereo, it's an excellent way to travel. I am considering converting the car to propane due to environmental issues.

I just drove the car up from Malibu California to Edmonton Alberta and it performed very well. The car gets 17 MPG if speed is under 70 MPH, but only 12 MPG if over 70 MPG. It's an excellent cruiser. The car is especially good on 2 lane highways.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th December, 2003

13th Jun 2007, 01:31

I'm back!

I've now owned the car (mentioned above) for approx 4 years. It's never been towed or broken down. The air conditioning was charged with R134 and works well.

The springs were replaced and turned out to be duds. They lasted about a year. They compressed to the point that they would have ended up ruining the front suspension if they weren't changed. I've since replaced them again with a name brand product and they're good. A bit too firm for me; I would now go with the OEM stock springs.

Now it really needs a paint job. And down the line, a rebuilt transmission.

23rd Aug 2016, 04:24


Yes my parent's 1969 Impala 4 door with 327 V-8 and Powerglide got 17 MPG like you stated. It was good MPG for a big boat car those days though.