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Old Jun 1st, 05, 3:59 AM
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Hi guys! This is how I came to own my 70 Chevelle.

I'm sure we all get the Penny saver, a little classified listing that you get in the mail for free right? Well I always grab it and look at the cars first, and I opened it up to the page and this is all that the add said, still have it with me... 1970 Chevy Chevelle, 454, 4 speed, needs work, 1500 obo. Call Jeff (enter phone number)"

I thought it was a type, a 1970 Chevy Chevelle, with a 454 and 4 speed for only $1,500? I called, and guess what? It was not a type, he was seriously asking $1,500. I looked at the car in person that day, paint was in very good condition, interior was very clean and dash had no cracks, it had ugly ass wheels and cheap o tires all around, missing a head light, and looked like the mirrors were replaced some time. It had SS 454 badges all over the car, it was equipped with a working cowl induction hood. He told me that he believes his car is a real 454 SS car. His brother died a few years prior to this, and left him the car, it sat for about 6 years in the garage, the guy could care less about it. About 45 minutes of seeing it and talking to the owner, he took a check and we went to the bank to cash it, and I was givin the Chevelle.

We had a flat bed come and pick it up, by this time it was approximently noon forty five. So first thing I did was wash it, the car needed a good clean wash. The cars color came though nice, the car had a nice shine to it, we also detailed the interior. We went out to Auto-Zone and Krageen, and I picked up a Distributor, spark plugs, ignition coil, plug wires, brake master cylinder, motor oil, etc etc and a few other things. We installed them, and we flushed the block / radiator, changed all fluids, and we went to start the car. On the 3rd try, it turned over and the came came to life, all the guages worked, the tach was revving up to 4,500 RPM, the exhaust sounded sweet (stock chambered??) It was time to test drive this un-regesterd, un-restored beauty.

We drove slow and easy at first, slowly giving it gas, We limited the speed to about 45 MPH for the first 10 miles, then I opened it up a little bit. I was shocked to find out this car has no posi-traction. I found out while I was at a stop light, I dumped the clutch and tried a burn out, one tire lit up, for over a block, it was a very long one tire fire, I was proud. The turning sucks, I need to get the suspension re-built, It is going into the shop Thursday for suspension work so no fears. I drove the car around for about another 30 miles, the car was running hot (new thermistat needed?). Other then that no problems.

So Nice site you have here, I look forward to getting some information and learning about Chevelles here.
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Old Jun 1st, 05, 4:17 AM
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Post some pics as soon as you get them.
Sounds like an unbelievable find. Congrats!
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Old Jun 1st, 05, 6:12 AM
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Welcome.Great find,mines not posi either but bought it when the first time i looked out the back window and saw the smoke coming up from underneath it.All types of people here with info,original,modified,total performance types.
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Old Jun 1st, 05, 7:26 AM
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Unreal, post some pics as soon as you can.
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Old Jun 1st, 05, 8:06 AM
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I woulda been like a buzz saw diggin and tearing stuff apart looking for a build sheet, you may have struck gold
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Old Jun 1st, 05, 10:11 AM
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Ya done good, post some pics when you can.
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Old Jun 1st, 05, 1:34 PM
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Built sheet? were can I find that? I need to look for that.

Photos are coming soon, going to borrow my friends Digital Camera some time this week.
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Old Jun 1st, 05, 2:27 PM
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For a build sheet, look it the rear seat springs. Also, look in the front seat(s) springs.

Those are the two most common places. There are a few more...
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Old Jun 1st, 05, 2:41 PM
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Did you run the serial # to see if it was a real SS 454? If it was you hit the jackpot, if not, still a good car to work with.
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VIN numbers for 1970 tell nothing... The only VINs that told something are 1968 and below 138 VINS and 1972 454 Vin (W code).
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Old Jun 1st, 05, 3:58 PM
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Well I found no built sheet, I looked for about an hour and a half through the entire car, I found an old condom wrapper, and some gum, that is about all I found.
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Old Jun 1st, 05, 4:06 PM
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Could also be under the carpet, on top of the gas tank, behind a kick panel, etc.. Anywere a factory line worker could stick it. (Although every worker was supposed to throw them out.. )

I would doubt it to be anywere else then the seats though...
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Old Jun 1st, 05, 4:06 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ACES-70
I woulda been like a buzz saw diggin and tearing stuff apart looking for a build sheet, you may have struck gold
Nicky.. ya don't have to do that anymore.. just shop at Ebay.. no more tearing seats apart, dropping gas tanks.... it's easy!!
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Old Jun 1st, 05, 4:14 PM
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I saw the reproduction built sheets, I am thinking about ordering one if I cannot find mine.

Is that the only way I can find out if it is an SS or not?
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Old Jun 1st, 05, 8:17 PM
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If it has the original engine, (VIN stamped on the block), then that can tell if it is an SS or not (Must be a 396 or 454 however.) Check the front pad that is just in front of the passenger side head and below the alternator.

On a more personal note, Unless you want to lose a lot of respect by many on here on T.C., then do your self a favor and don't order the build sheet. Reproducing a build sheet is just like restamping an Engine/Tranny...

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