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SS 396: Some Nostalgia

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Chango2, Mar 1, 2013.

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  1. Chango2

    Chango2 Active Member

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    Just for fun: Window Sticker from a car my wife bought way back in the day. A 1966 SS 396 Malibu. Oh, actually, her first husband "bought" the car, but she was the real breadwinner back then!! I wish she'd have kept the car. And I don't think he did either.
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  2. bigbore613

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    375 , NICE! Jeff
     
  3. Steve W

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    Average house in the U.S. sold in 1966 was approx. $21,000
     
  4. Catpower

    Catpower Molon Labe TS Supporters

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    Seems like you can put a zero behind everything we bought when we were younger and it is pretty close to what we pay today

    But for a lot of people the wages never kept up
     
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    L34 with a 4speed for $210 bucks, sweet.
     
  6. NMULTRARUNNER55

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    Interesting because I'm pretty sure the 375 HP Option should have been coded as L78 not L34.

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  7. Gold Medal

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    The 396 engine came in 3 horsepower ratings, 325, 350, and 375.

    The 375 had solid lifters. The other two had "juice" lifters.

    MSRP sticker brought back good memories of good times.
     
  8. blizzard

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    The bucket seats cost more than the 375hp and the 4spd !!!!!!!
     
  9. Catpower

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    Wish I still had my 66 Fairlane GTA, it ate SS'es for breakfast
     
  10. Bvr Tail

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    Gold medal

    In 1966, the 396 with a Holley, was rated at 360 hp. I had 4 of them, and one had a 427-385 hp BB.

    The Q-jets were 325hp, and the 396-2V was 290, if I remember correctly.

    I had a 396-2V in a '69 Caprice.

    An elderly gentleman, who had been a GM mechanic, had a 396 in a 1966 or 1967 Impala with 290,000 miles, and never had the valve covers off.

    GM told him if he got to 300,000, they would give him a new engine, but sadly he passed before that milestone, and his son sold the car.

    Steve.........I'm also a bit confused by the L-34 stating 375 hp, when I always believed the 375 package was the L-78. Plus, it say Turbo-Jet, which I always took to mean a Quadra-Jet carb.

    Danny
     
  11. oz

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    In 1966 the 396 came in 325 and 360 HP. this one is probably a 350 small block 375 HP.
     
  12. APrice

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    You guys are confused. The L78 code is correct for the 375HP 396. It featured a taller cam, a stronger block, and larger four barrel than the 325 and 360 HP versions.
     
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    hey don't forget the little 302 small block that could dance circles around those big blocks
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  14. bigbore613

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    The Chevelle SS396 became a series of its own in 1966 with series/style numbers 13817 and 13867. SS396 sport coupes and convertibles used the same Malibu sport coupe and convertible bodies with reinforced frames and revised front suspension: higher-rate springs, recalibrated shocks, and thicker front stabilizer bar, but with different exterior trim. They also had simulated hood scoops, red-stripe tires, and bright trim moldings. The performance engines available included three, 396 CID V8s – the standard, rated at 325 hp (242 kW), an optional 360 hp (270 kW), and an optional 375 hp (280 kW), respectively (the mid-horsepower 396 was rated at 360 hp (270 kW) for 1966 only and 350 hp (260 kW) thereafter). The SS396 series lasted from 1966 through 1968 before being relegated to an option package in 1969. The 1966 and 1967 model years were the only two years of the 'strut back' 2-door sport coupe with its own style number, 17.[ Jeff
     
  15. Chango2

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    I kiddingly have told some friends that I have been disloyal and gone over to the lesser side; I've only owned GM stuff for since about 1974:

    2006 Mustang
    281 cu inch 3 valve
    Saleen suspension
    18" wheels and Pirellis, stock for 2013.
    2013 OEM 5.0 brakes, rotors, calipers, new take offs. Bigger brakes than the 2006 version.
    Saleen suspension and
    Saleen supercharger; set at 9 lbs. boost with intercooler.
    Runs a Saleen "tune" in the ECU.

    Looks just like a secretary's car. "Runs pretty good"....(good enough to scare me quickly with just a short burst in second gear at WOT...say two seconds or so in a roll on in second or third gear...) Throttle response vs. drag strip or high speed performance is not where it's "at" for me; it is that sweet and great throttle response, hence super driveability. Is this a sign of maturity or mere old age or encroaching senility?

    The modern "stuff" makes so much more horsepower and does so easily...the engines breath better and supercharging is a no brainer for speed. I think this 'stang would run a lot stronger than a stock SS 396, 302 Z-28, etc...but it sure doesn't have the character of those wonderful classics! And it gets 22.5 mpg at 65, easily, on the fwy.

    Wonder when GM will retire the pushrod system in their venerable small block in all iterations?
     
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    And it stops when you want it to
     
  17. Chango2

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    2005-2013 Mustang owners: Here's a tip: Check the Rousch eBay store for great OEM take-offs. aFORDable performance when certain items are available. Worked for me...
     
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    Chango2:

    I hear a lot of car people wonder why GM doesn't go the overhead cam route; I recently read an article that spelled out some of the reasons. Yes, overhead valves are probably cheaper, but even more important is the fact that they're a lot smaller per cubic inch. Look at the size of a Ford 5.0 vs the typical small block 350 (5.7 liter). I understand that the new Corvette puts out about 1 horsepower for every pound of engine weight!
    John
     
  19. Setterman

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    In 71' I bought a 69 Impala SS 396 with 70,000 miles for $1,800. Unfortunately she met her end when her pilot took out some road signs and a telephone pole. Paid $4,800 for a new 72' 350 SS, which was a dog. Then paid $5,800 for a new 74' Z28.

    Wages have not kept up with the cost of today's cars.
     
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    i bought in 1970 a 396 chevelle SS ,but it had a 402 CID ,325 HP block engine in it ,$4,000.00 car $200.00 sales tax,$35.00 plates,drove it for 8 years had it painted 4 times sold it for $3,000.00 ,gee wish i still had it
     
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