This is my 1970 Chevelle Concours.
- 3rd row seat
- 307 engine
- 3 speed manual
- electric rear window
- no power steering.
I live in Chile, south america, and the origina owner bought it in Colombia while working for the Chilean Air Force. When he moved back to Chile, he bring in the wagon too.
I purchased it from his son, but had the ocasion to share a nice conversation with the original owner (over 85 years old) while doing the paperwork.
He told me that the dealer convinced him of not asking for power steering as it will be dangerous for the bad streets and side roads of Colombia back then, and made me laugh when his son walked away for a minute and he told me secretly "if I had keep driving this car instead of my son, it will still be in pristine condition". Many stories about family vacations, etc.
I was fortunate to be selected as "the" new owner as many others have approached them to get the wagon, but mostly because they wanted to disassemble it to use parts other projects. So when I told them I wanted to keep it and restore it, I even got a little discount on the price.
After checking the engine and other parts, we decided to do some changes, so "final" setup will be:
- 350 engine (1 Piece RMS)
- 4 barrel carb (Holley 3310)
- PowerGlide Transmission.
I was lucky enough to locally score from a friend an original automatic steering column from a 1970 chevelle which is light blue too
The following pics are from when I got it.
As any restoration part needs to be imported, we made a list of "musts" and ended up with.
- Cowl Induction Style hood (non-functional)
- new front fenders
- new front bumper
- new "Rally" 15x8 wheels (vision wheels)
- new rear quarter from an "El Camino". <-- does NOT fit but a lot if it was used to replace the bad quarter).
and other minor details.