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Eagle Mountain resident takes his ’66 Chevy Impala SS to the streets

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EAGLE MOUNTAIN — When Jay Horrocks Jr. set out looking for a automobile at the age of 16, he already knew what he sought after. He used to be searching for a 1966 or 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle.

He by no means discovered it.

Instead, Horrocks ended up purchasing a ’66 Chevy Impala SS. It’s been nearly 30 years since he bought it for $850 in the Salt Lake Valley, and the Eagle Mountain resident is happy issues labored out the manner that they did.

Eagle Mountain resident takes his '66 Chevy Impala SS to the streets
Jay Horrocks Jr. and his ’66 Impala in 1989. (Photo: Jay Horrocks Jr.)

The ’66 Impala has gone through some adjustments since Horrocks picked it up, however in some ways it’s nonetheless the similar automobile. The greatest holdover of the Chevy from Horrocks’ teenage years is in its goal: the Impala is supposed to be pushed.

That’s precisely what Horrocks has performed. He’s put round 275,000 miles on the ’66 Impala SS, with extra to come. The Impala suits an award-winning textbook definition of American muscle, and that energy and drivability don’t move to waste. Every time the Impala has gained awards at displays in the western U.S., Horrocks and his automobile have pushed there.

“I’m a firm believer that if it’s on a trailer, it’s either broke or stolen,” Horrocks mentioned, when requested about his rubber-to-the-road philosophy.

There’s just right explanation why to power the ’66 Impala SS, too. It ended up in Horrocks arms with a 327 V8 engine with Powerglide automated transmission. Horrocks installed a 400 small block with a TH350 automated. He were given 217,000 miles on the first engine rebuild prior to the crank failed. Horrocks has tacked on every other 35,000 miles on the 2d rebuild that happened in 2008, and he’s loved each and every unmarried considered one of them.

Eagle Mountain resident takes his '66 Chevy Impala SS to the streets
The Impala’s 400 small block, with its World Products S/R Torquer cylinder heads visual. (Photo: Jay Horrocks Jr.)

“Driving this car is therapy for me,” Horrocks mentioned.

It’s no surprise that the Impala has gained awards at a large number of displays and cruise-ins. Horrocks began appearing the automobile in 1989, and because then it’s gained awards in Moab, the Cache Valley Cruise-In, the Hot Rod Power Tour, the Route 66 Fun Run in Las Vegas and the Rat Fink Reunion in Manti.

“The awards and recognition are nice, but what I enjoy most is the car,” Horrocks mentioned. “The automobile is a trophy itself in my thoughts.”

The ’66 Impala has World Products S/R Torquer cylinder heads and sports activities a Crane Cam and Lifter set. An Eagle crank and rod rotating meeting with Speed Pro pistons produce some candy energy, and the Impala’s Pete Jackson equipment power makes positive that you just listen the energy as smartly.

Eagle Mountain resident takes his '66 Chevy Impala SS to the streets
(Photo: Jay Horrocks Jr.)

It at first featured an Eight.2-inch, 10-bolt rear differential, however now sports activities an Eight.Eight-inch, 12-bolt Eaton Posi. Horrocks transformed the entrance brakes to a disc brake set from ECI to maximize the ’66 Impala’s drivability. The suspension has additionally been upgraded with Energy Suspension polyurethane bushings to build up sturdiness and maximize dealing with keep an eye on.

The Impala’s stunning 1987 GM Bright Blue Metallic paint activity, with military and gray with mild blue accents, used to be at first performed in 1991.

Horrocks has extra plans for his trip. From contemporary paint, to inner contact ups, to wiring and electric upgrades, to air con reinstallation, the Impala will proceed to be stepped forward upon. Horrocks enjoys the strategy of fine-tuning his automobile.

“I know every nut and bolt in it,” he mentioned.

One factor is certain: The 1966 Impala SS will stay profitable awards, and Horrocks will stay using it to get there.

Eagle Mountain resident takes his '66 Chevy Impala SS to the streets
(Photo: Jay Horrocks Jr.)


Wes Mangum is an Aggie and a citizen of Logan. He can trade his personal oil and at all times helps to keep his blinker fluid reservoir complete. Wes may also be reached via electronic mail at mangum953@gmail.com. Eagle Mountain resident takes his '66 Chevy Impala SS to the streets

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