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65 Impala bench seat needed.
Posted by rustyroach on Sunday, March 22, 2015 7:23 AM
I am planning a build of the Revell 65Impala

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Posted by rustyroach on Sunday, March 22, 2015 7:37 AM
oops. Kindle error. ...65 Impala convertible and It will be downgraded to a common 283 version, not an SS. The big thing is dumping the buckets and console and replacing with a bench. Anyone out there know where to find a close approximation of this seat that could be modified to look legitimate? This car has special meaning for me so I want to get it right.
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Posted by BigTallDad on Sunday, March 22, 2015 9:26 AM

Just a minor "FYI", the SS option was a Trim option, not a performance option. You could purchase an SS version with a 6 cylinder.

What scale?

Another thing to consider would be the inserts on the seats. Unless you find a '65 bench seat, the front/rear seats might be mis-matched.

With that in mind, you might want to post this in the "Where can I get" area, asking for a compatible bench plus another rear seat from a '65.

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Posted by rustyroach on Sunday, March 22, 2015 9:38 PM
Yeah, sorry, not enough info. The Revell California Wheels 65 Impala Super Sport convertible with the 409 (1:25 scale.) I figured if I can get a bench that's fairly close I can fake the rest. The absolute truth isn't that important. It seems all the kits of Impalas in that general era are Super Sports. Anyway, thanks for your comments. A six cylinder Impala with the SS option would be a very interesting find. You could order it that way, I suppose.

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Posted by B.C> Model Guy on Monday, March 23, 2015 12:45 PM

This is just a thought - but this guy is casting a '64 Impala coupe - NOT an SS, so it would have bench seats. Maybe contact him and see if you can buy just an interior. The casting of the body looks pretty nice - I will definitely be getting one or two of these..It's nice to see something without bucket seats for a change. I You might also be able to use the Revell '62 Impala seats as a start.. hope this helps..

www.layitlow.com/.../616305-resin-1964-impala-coupe-parts.html

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Posted by rustyroach on Monday, March 23, 2015 4:41 PM
Thanks, B.C>, I appreciate the tip.

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Posted by my_ol55 on Thursday, April 16, 2015 3:10 AM

Rustyroach,

Solutions:

- Buy a second kit, cut the rear seat from the interior tub and make it a front bench seat.

- Buy some ProSeal Black RTV (harbor freight) and make a copy of the rear bench seat:

 apply some mold release or talcum powder to the seat, apply 3 layers of rtv to the seat .Allow a few hours

 for each layer to dry. Then make the copy from resin or  2 part epoxy.

- Check the auction site(EB) - often, revell 65 impala interiors (parts) are for sale , cheap.

   ( www.ebay.com/.../271840021091)

Post some pics of your project.

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Posted by rustyroach on Sunday, May 10, 2015 4:24 PM
My ol55, I had not looked here in a while but thanks for your input. There are a few ways to go on this and, eventually, I may just build it box stock and just honor the 1:1 of my youth with the original colors and let it go at that.

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Posted by Ron Hamilton on Saturday, May 23, 2015 5:28 PM

The Impala Series had a upholstery sew pattern that is different than the Super Sport in '65. If you want to be pretty much correct, you can scratchbuild the entire interior (seats and door panels), or if you skills are not up to doing that, I suggest that you contact The Modelhaus, and see if you can get an interior from their '65 Impala Station Wagon. It has the correct interior and full wheel covers. Also, get the Model Car Garage photoetch set for the 1965 Impala, which will give you the correct scripts.

 

Several years ago, I did a '65 Impala Station wagon, combining the aforementioned items.

 

I may do an Impala hardtop, but this time, I am going to scratchbuild the interior.

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