Daunting task ahead of me!
First off, I have been lurking the chevelle forums for over a year for the vast knowledge of bbc motors and combos. So with that, I want to officially say thank you all of you for all of your (unknowingly) help! I have just brought my uncles 70 ss true survivor car home to start the restoration process as well as a new motor build. A little history of his car: He purchased it in 199? something out in California when he was stationed out there in the navy. He drove it around for about six years when a push rod failure led to a motor tear down. However at this point in his career, he was reassigned to Virginia as a govt. employee. Don't really want to say what his job was. So ever since the mid 90s, his car has been stored at our family farm without much progress if any, towards fixing it until now. As stated, it is a numbers matching true 70ss 396/4 speed car. He is pretty excited now that he is retired, to get it back on the road. I have been assigned this duty! I have zero experience working on these cars, however I have built a few high horse mud trucks. My current project is a 69 swb chevy lowered 2wd. That is ultimately what led me to this site. I was seeking street motor builds as far as a 496 goes. So with a little history and a long over due thank you, I will be seeking advice as to what parts to purchase as well as general knowledge! I have the build book for the car as well as Hayes and Chilton manuals. The overall condition of the car in its current state is a 6-7 out of 10. It needs the right front fender replaced as far as body work goes (hit a ditch) and an updated paint job. There isn't really any rust issues and the current paint is a hard enamel/high gloss paint that is brittle. I would also like to look into the options for after market A-arms and suspension while retaining factory ride height, rather than rebuilding the stock componets. I am almost certain we are going to purchase one of Vortec Pros 468 crate motors. The 4 speed has been rebuilt and I have misc new parts that he has acquired over the years to start with. Sorry for the overly long introduction, however I know the more info I can give, the better you guys can help me! I will get some pictures of it posted up this week to give you a better idea of what I have to work with.
Thank you guys and I am really excited to get this project rolling!