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How do I tell if a 63 impala came with a 409
posted: February 2, 2011
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about the only way to find out for sure would be to find a build sheet . look in seat springs ,under mats in pass and trunk . gm did not show what engine they put in cars of that age.
posted:  February 2, 2011
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#1 01-20-2010, 03:11 PM
Registered User Join Date: May 2007
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1963 Vin


I have long heard that 1963 Impala SS models can only be verified by the trim tag, NOT the VIN.

When I once questioned someone about an online listing where the seller wrote that "The VIN indicates this is a real SS", he sent me back a link to a different decoding website where the first numbers of the VIN "314" decodes to an Impala SS V8.

I double checked THIS website, and indeed if the digits "314" are selected, it decodes as "Impala SS V8". I had never noticed this before!

I have seen many, many '63 Impalas that I have KNOWN to be SS models, and the VIN of any 2-door hardtop V8 Impala, SS included, is ALWAYS "318", not "314". In fact, I have never seen a '63 Impala with the "314" VIN.

What's the deal with this?

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#2 01-20-2010, 04:41 PM
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There was no "314". Model numbers were 1100 Biscaynes, 1200 Biscayne, 1500 Bel Air, 1600 Bel Air, 1700 Impala, and 1800 Impala.

The "3" is the year and the next four digits are the model number. "1" is for Chevrolet, "8" indicates a V-
posted:  February 3, 2011
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61pontiac, I'm pretty sure the "14" in the VIN is only on the 1964 model year. The SS was an actual model in 64. In 64, "13" was an SS 6 banger and "14" was an SS V8. Previously it was an option package, so the VIN would only show it as an Impala V8 ("18"). Even in the 64 model year, the VIN wouldn't tell what size of engine. It would only tell whether it was a 6 or 8 cylinder. Retiredpartsman is right, as always. You would need other documentation.
posted:  February 13, 2011
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