Another short clip of the 1972 Chevrolet Impala Custom Donk sitting on 26" Forgiato Linee wheels. Gotta love this donk! At GA Toyz Dragfest 2011 in Eatonton, GA.
The 1972 Impala introduced a lower height which extended below the bumper and revised taillights now set in the bumper. 1972 saw the last Impala convertible, the following year moving to the top-of-the-line . The Impala sold 6,456 units, placing fourth with just under 9% of the market, right behind the 6,508, ahead of the 's 6,401. Total Impala production for 1972 ended up at 597,500 units and other series totals included Caprice, 178,500; Biscayne (in its final year), 20,500; Bel Air, 41,900; and station wagons, 171,700. The 250-cubic-inch six-cylinder engine was offered in Impala four-door sedans and sport coupes along with a three-speed and manual steering at the very beginning of the model year with 1,500 Impala sixes built. After the short run of early-1972 six-cylinder Impalas were built in the fall of 1971, the six-cylinder engine and three-speed manual transmission were relegated to low-line Biscayne and Bel Air sedans. For most the 1972 model year, all Impalas were V-8 powered and came standard with Turbo Hydramatic transmission, power steering and power front disc brakes. The standard Impala engine was now the 165-net 350-cubic-inch Turbo Fire V8 with optional engines including the 170-horsepower, 400-cubic-inch Turbo Fire V-8 (the base Caprice/Kingswood Estate engine), 240-horsepower, 400-cubic-inch Turbo Jet V-8 (rated at 215 horsepower on station wagons) or the 270-horsepower, 454-cubic-inch Turbo Jet V-8 – these were the engine offerings in 49 states; in California the only engines offered were the 165-horsepower 350 and 170-horsepower 400 Turbo Fire small-block V8s due to that state's much stricter emission regulations. The Astro Ventilation system was redesigned for 1972 with the vents relocated from the trunk lid to the doorjambs for improved reliability and efficiency over the troublesome 1971 system that was a major source of complaints from owners to Chevrolet and its dealers.
Today, ample parts are available for 1972 Impalas, and they continue on as popular restoration and tuning projects. Our customer Jimmy happens to love Impalas. He picked this one up about 5 years ago and just recently decided it was time for an overhaul. So far, we haven’t decided on how this thing will be put pack together after we blast and powder coat the frame. We are thinking LS3 with 525hp or a big block with 600hp, but definitely accompanied by a 4-speed auto trans with a lock up converter. Our customer is toying with the idea of replacing the bench seats for buckets and adding a center console. The wheels have been sold and we are in the market for some new ones. We also are not sure about the paint color yet. Maybe light blue, or a fresh green. One thing is positive; we have a wiring mess on our hands that needs to be cleaned up. Nothing is more fun than cleaning up a good batch of car spaghetti that another shop cooked up for us! Keep your eyes on this post as we transform one of the best selling cars of all time into the car of our customer’s dreams.