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#49 of 58 back on topic ......
Feb 24, 2000 (11:38 pm)
Went to an appointment yesterday and while waiting at the traffic light, a white '64 2-door (no post) hardtop drove by in full regalia. Made me realize how "big" that "boulevard cruiser" is compared with today's "full-sized" cars, especially the length of that trunk lid. It looked longer than the engine hood. And, it had "white-walls," which I didn't think were still being manufactured (they didn't appear to be "slap-ons").
#50 of 58 1964 Bel Air 283 con't
Apr 18, 2000 (3:25 am)
And oh yes' it had the small "V" emblem on the front fenders which was just so cool. It used to be that you could almost always tell what was under the hood by subtle(and sometimes not so subtle) exterior badging. Ah, the good ol' days....
#51 of 58 Good story, except....
Apr 18, 2000 (9:12 pm)
The 195 horses began in 1963 and not 1964.
Also the 283 and 327's used different heads.
The 300 HP 327's had what we called the "double bubble" heads.
May 26, 2000 (2:30 am)
Does anyone know difference's between these two cars between 1963 to 1965. My father owned one. I was born in 1965 and it is the only car he owned between 1965 to 1975 when he died. I would like to find just general information on the differences and figure out what year it was. Thanks for help and info.
May 26, 2000 (1:07 pm)
The Impala was the top of the line and the Biscayne was the bottom of the line, with the
Bel Air in between.
Externally you could tell the difference between them, the Impala had three tail lights per side with the backup light in the middle, the Bel Air and Biscayne had only two tail lights per side.
The Impala had the most external trim, the Bel Air less and the Biscayne was rather bare.
Inside the Impala was dressed up inside, with a deluxe steering wheel, chrome trim on the dash etc.
May 26, 2000 (5:00 pm)
Thanks for the info. Can anyone tell me about the exact tail lights description for 1963-1965. I now that may help determine the year. My dad's biscayne had the two tail lights per side and the inside one's were white/clear. Thanks!
May 26, 2000 (6:41 pm)
For years 63-65, the tail lights were round. The one with the white lens were the backup lights, although I think the backup lights were optional on the Bel Air and Biscayne for 63 and maybe 64.
In '63 and '64 the tail lights were set in a cove like part of the trunk lid. For '65 the tail lights were mounted higher up on the trunk lid.
May 27, 2000 (7:39 pm)
Thanks very much for the info. Now I will go find my pictures to figure out what year it was.
Jun 08, 2000 (3:24 pm)
We used to remove the back up light lens on the Impalas and replace it with a red one.
And we would wire them up so we had three red lights on both sides. Gave the car a much nicer look.
And, who needed back up lights anyway!
Jun 09, 2000 (1:34 pm)
I did kind of like them with all red lights. I had a friend who would move the back up lights around, sometimes in the middle, sometimes at the end and occasionally in the middle on one side and on the end on the other. He kept it up until he rounded off the phillips head slot on the lens and was stuck with what he had.