• Apr 14, 2007


Next week on MTV, it's a "Very Special Edition" of Pimp My Ride. In honor of Earth Day coming on April 22, the crew of the popular MTV show that proves on a regular basis that having a large budget in no way guarantees good judgment will be updating a 1965 Chevy Impala. Generally, the best way to have a 65 Impala help the environment would be to tow it to the nearest car crusher and then melt it down to make new cars.

That, however, wouldn't be nearly as entertaining as the approach taken by the crew at Galpin Auto Sports, and it certainly wouldn't merit inclusion here. Instead, they've tossed the old pre-EPA engine that was in the Impala. GM provided the team with a brand new Duramax diesel V-8 as is used in the automaker's full size trucks and SUVs, and after a few minor tweaks, it was installed in the Impala. Result: the GAS crew took the engine from 360hp to 800hp running on biodiesel! Stay tuned for more on the veggie oil special later this week.

[Source: MTV]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Better they find a 409 and stick it in there. Most people don't know they still offered the 40- as "the big block motor option" the first 1/2 of the 65 production year in that model. The (earlier 348)/409 "Turbo-Thrust" series engines were then discontinued in mid 1965 in favor of the (then new) 396/427 "Turbo-Jet" big block Chevrolet engines. Of course, the 283 and at least two horsepower versions of the 327 cubic inch Chevrolet small block "Turbo-Fire" engines were also available as was the 250 cubic inch straight (inline) six "Turbo-Thrift" which came standard equipment in the lower trimmed Chevy Belair and Biscayne full size model like the Impala. The 409 equipped and 427 equipped versions are really hard to find these days, not many around at all.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I bet you though, this car got around 40 miles to the gallon originally, the sad thing is the cars they try to push now a-day is that they say, Great gas mileage, and such, but they get worse gas mileage than the cars did 30 years ago.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I totally disagree with this article! In fact i find it completely closed minded. What about looking at the fact that the '65 Impala is part of American history. I think it is a shame that these cars are being destroyed, if anything they should be preserved. They are all classics, from the Model "T" to the AMC Marlin, and everything in between. Personally when I go to a car show, and I see a '55 Bel Air or a '45 Willy's coupe, I am taken back to a day where America was # 1 and life was much simpler. Instead of going after cars for destroying the environment, what about going after factories that dump waste in our streams and rivers. The environment is not getting worse because of classic cars, or even muscle car for that fact. Crushing one classic car in America will not stop a factory in China dumping waste in the Yangtze River.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "I bet you though, this car got around 40 miles to the gallon originally, the sad thing is the cars they try to push now a-day is that they say, Great gas mileage, and such, but they get worse gas mileage than the cars did 30 years ago."

      No. Just no.

      This car probably got 14 city/18 highway in its heyday, when new.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm all for biodiesel, minus the smell of french frys, and it being a little more pratical.
      Bryan
      • 7 Years Ago
      Jaymez--I know what you mean. I was flipping channels tonight and saw PMR on. They destroyed a 65 Thunderbird. Poor baby. Although, they did replace the motor with a 351 with 500 HP!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I own a '65 Impala 4 dr. ht. much like the one pictured and all I have to say to whoever wrote the introductory comments is that you will sadly never "get it". While my 283 cube engine may not get 40 m.p.g., I can still travel 300 miles on a tank. Not at all bad for a car of this size. I will defend to my last breath the reliability of this engine against anything new/old, domestic/foreign. These small block/push rod designs (283/327/350) regularly lasted hundreds of thousands of miles with basic care and could withstand untold amounts of abuse and still provide the owner, uncaring or not, faithful service. Mine has never been rebuilt, hardly uses any oil, and still has plenty of power. You must never have experienced these engines or you would not have made such a bloody ignorant comment. One drive in my car and you would soon realize what a smooth, responsive powerplant it is. After you would pick your jaw up off the seat, I would explain that it is wasteful to still be producing new cars year after year and using untold resources from the earth. Not everything regarding new cars is "recycled". Many old, still useful cars were traded/scrapped for the purchase of a new one. That's the real waste, but it keeps the economy going. I will gladly provide you with a knife/fork/plate for you to eat you words with.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If you read "The Consumer's Guide to Effective Environmental Choices" melting it down to make new cars is a really poor choice. Sure, new cars get better MPG and have cleaner tailpipes, but the energy associated with melting down old metal, refining it, all the energy required for the production of the car, the factory, the machinery needed to produce all those parts, the waste products, the paint, and all the plastic.... it starts to go the other way. The best thing for the earth is to keep ANY car maintained so it's on the road as long as possible.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'M APPAULED AT THE PERSON WHO WROTE THIS!! "CAR SHOULD BE "RECYCLED"!! The "WRITER of THIS ARTICLE Has NO Bussiness Composing an Article Not Being Able to SPOT A CLASSIC!! The WRITER NEEDS TO BE "RECYCLED" and Another with AUTOMOTIVE INTELLIGENCE Take His Place!!!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      HEY # 22... BITE MY ASS BUTTMUNCH!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why ruin such a beautiful car by letting MTV get a hold of it? Even if it was a rats nest pulled out of a field it'd be in better shape than after MTV got its hands on it.

      How many TVs will it have? How takcy will the paint be? How ridiculously large will the wheels be? That's all anyone who watches that dumbass show cars about.
      • 7 Years Ago
      #14, I'm appalled at your spelling and writing ability. You can't spell dick, and you keep capitalizing random words. You are the one who looks ignorant and stupid, sorry. Please go back to 4th grade, and try to pass this time.
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