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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old Oct 8th, 16, 3:05 AM Thread Starter
 
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LS5 on a 70K budget

Ok, so I want a tidy restored 1970 LS5 4 spd A/C car and could stretch to 70K. These days am I dreaming? Happy to drop budget to closer to 50K and chase after a tidy 396 SS instead. Anyone been following prices recently

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Re: LS5 on a 70K budget

I'm no expert by any means, but I'd think you could get a really nice LS-5 for 70k. Spending that kind of coin, it is imparitive you get an expert in 1970 Chevelles to inspect it prior to laying your money down. As far as the ads go, both are good looking cars from the pictures. I'm just a novice, though. I'm sure others will chime in soon. Good luck with your search!

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That second 70 says "correct" engine and trans.Lot of money and kind of a roundabout way to say not original drivetrain,if that's what you're looking for.Do you have to have air?
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Re: LS5 on a 70K budget

Keen on air, I'd take it over cowl induction, if that was the choice but maybe I'm cutting down my choices by wanting a/c quite a bit. Here's the only two LS5 on Craigslist at the moment, I think the black one is the same as my original post though now it says matching engine.

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Agree I definitely need someone to have a look when I find a good car.

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I really think you'll be limiting yourself by insisting on A/C. You're already limiting yourself with the 1970 AND a four speed AND an LS5 AND restored and (presumably) with pedigree requirement. By no means impossible....but you'll need to be patient.

An LS5 and a four speed determine the cars performance and personality. A/C is strictly for comfort.

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My one owner LS-5//M-22 SURE looks different under the hood ! The black car is missing a lot of correct items ALL OVER !
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I really think you'll be limiting yourself by insisting on A/C. You're already limiting yourself with the 1970 AND a four speed AND an LS5 AND restored and (presumably) with pedigree requirement. By no means impossible....but you'll need to be patient.

An LS5 and a four speed determine the cars performance and personality. A/C is strictly for comfort.
If he wasn't insisting on AC, then he'd probably be looking for an LS6.
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If he wasn't insisting on AC, then he'd probably be looking for an LS6.
Then for a real one,with REAL drivetrain,he'd be spending a bit more than 70k.
With only approximately 2k 70 LS-5 4 speed cars made,finding a real,bornwith drivetrain ac car would be a little bit of a challenge,I would think.Even without ac they seem to be rarer now,not heavily cloned like the LS-6's,just can't be many left.I do know where at least one is............no ac on mine,though.
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No AC on mine either, and the m22 is gone, but still has the original motor
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Ok I think most of you are saying my $70 is maybe a bit light for an LS5 but it's where I'm happy to be. Need the A/C to keep others using the car happy so I'll look for another 6 months and then start looking at 396 powered cars instead. I thought I had got good on spotting fake build sheets, but I'm not there yet. Are fake POP just as much of a problem?
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Re: LS5 on a 70K budget

FWIW, I don't think 70K is light for a 1970 LS5.

I'm just saying that if you're insisting on the A/C.....along with everything else....you're probably going to have a hard time finding them because there simply aren't that many around.

Also, I don't know what the climate is like in New Zealand.....but the factory A/C on a 1970 A Body does not exactly work as efficiently as the A/C on a new Mercedes S Class or Lexus.....if you see where I'm coming from.

Is the juice worth the squeeze on the A/C?
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if NZ is new Zealand I gotta think its going to coast ten k just to get it home?

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Re: LS5 on a 70K budget

I'll keep on looking, sorry should have updated, I've ended up with a Canadian so I'm in Toronto. Lots of thoughts about the A/C, on a hot summer day was thinking I don't expect ice cold but was hoping to get temps down a bit.

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L.ets say roughly 4300 ls5 produced.so say 2150 4 speed.now you have 15 colors produced so say 143 of each but we do know say red and black are more but for comparison we will even it out.so out of 143 of your desireable color how many with ac.say half 71 -72.how many with cowl induction,how many with bucket seats now how many left numbers matching.how many with d88 hood and deck stripes.etc.now this was 46 years ago.i think you get my point of compromise for an ls5.I had to compromise on mine,some extra things i would have liked but numbers matching ,original body panel and documentation were my priorities.Took me 2 years to find an unmolested one in general.They are out there but dont get discouraged if it takes a while for a good one.

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I'll keep on looking, sorry should have updated, I've ended up with a Canadian so I'm in Toronto. Lots of thoughts about the A/C, on a hot summer day was thinking I don't expect ice cold but was hoping to get temps down a bit.
Canada? Need A/C? No way!!!

I'm a little south of you in Cleveland, OH. Most (but not all) of the classic cars around here do NOT have A/C....and we really don't need it. We're actually impressed/surprised to see a 40+ year old A/C system working, even if it has been converted. Folks living in the Southeast and Southwest U.S. are a completely different story.

Now, FWIW, most of us in this area have working heaters and defrosters....which get used, especially at night, in April/May and October/November.

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