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post #16 of 67 (permalink) Old Feb 16th, 20, 2:19 PM
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A car with a solid body. From there all other options or upgrades can be added. Most can be done by anyone that can hold a wrench. You just have to apply yourself.

A small block will be cheaper to run as far as gas and tires is concerned.

You'll want disc brakes up front, especially for a driver.

Sound like you want it to handle more like a modern car. A set of beefy sway bars, keep the soft riding springs and add a set of decent shocks will tighten up the boat like tendencies and still offer a comfortable ride. A Jeep steering box will tighten up the steering so it's not a pinky steerer.

An overdrive trans would be nice. The first time you drive a classic car you'll be thinking this engine sure is turning fast. An overdrive will make it seem like a more modern car.

A/C, a good functioning a/c at time of purchase can easily save you a few grand down the road.
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Would you say that a solid body is the most imporant part to check on a car? Why is that?

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Thank you so much DUTCH MAX HEADWORK,


Would you say that a solid body is the most imporant part to check on a car? Why is that?

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these cars rust EVERYWHERE. lower quarters, floors, trunk pans, windshield and back window frame, etc. rust can be very expensive to repair correctly.

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Re: What Type of Chevelle Should I Search For.

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Why do you suggest Malibu?

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A true SS is going to cost a lot more.

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Thanks for responding SS454,

Good information.


A few questions:

1. Why is overdrive transmission so important? keithb recommended this as well.
2. I read the Chevelles were built with 2 and 3 speed automatic, does this mean the owner would have change out the trasnmission for overdrive?
You're going to be doing a lot of highway driving and commuting. You will get better gas mileage, which is more important for going long distances on a tank of gas vs saving money.

You are correct, the car would have to be fitted with an aftermarket transmission.

You can get highway gears like 3.08s for the rear end, but then the car accelerates really slow, especially with a small block car. Overdrive gives best of both worlds.

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Did someone say 383/700R4 combo yet? It's sort of classic, all around street performance.

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Just want to know what is your level of experience of working on cars ? It should make a difference of what level of performance you will be comfortable with.
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Re: What Type of Chevelle Should I Search For.

Given your budget and what you are looking for, here is what I would recommend:
  • Buy a 1971 or 1972 (my reason - fits your budget better than a Ď70 will, and you say you want a 70-72.). I prefer the Ď72 as it has a slightly better engine bay electrical layout than the Ď71, but thatís minor.
  • Find one with good body and paint - rust repair and a decent paint job alone will cost you $15k or more (yes, ridiculous, but thatís what it is nowadays unfortunately.). Plus the paint jail time - you donít want to go there.
  • Find one with a good running small block. Plenty of power in small blocks.
  • Find one with a TH350 or TH400 automatic and 2.73 or 3.08 rear gears. You want it for driving and cruising, not racing and speed, and these combos will be just fine for you. (If you find one with an automatic with overdrive like a 700r4 or 2004R or 4l60 or 4l80 consider it a bonus but I wouldnít go crazy looking for one.)
  • Find one with power steering and power front disc brakes.
  • Put in a good set of Bilstein shocks.

Then just have it tuned up properly and enjoy it.

Later you can upgrade the mechanicals like suspension and drivetrain, fuel injection, etc. if you so desire once you find what you like and donít like about the car.

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I agree totally with finding a car that has a good body and paint. Body and paint work will kill you money wise if you can't do it yourself. A small block will suit your needs. If you can find a car that's already done it will end up being cheaper in the long run. As far as a Malibu goes like said it will be cheaper than a True SS and you don't have to worry about if it is a cloned SS. Don't jump at the first car look around they're out there. $20k to $30k should be able to get you something decent.

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Re: What Type of Chevelle Should I Search For.

just befriend a good well known local body guy to help inspect a car. bondo and fresh paint can hide a lot of stuff that will fool a novice

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A true SS is going to cost a lot more.



You're going to be doing a lot of highway driving and commuting. You will get better gas mileage, which is more important for going long distances on a tank of gas vs saving money.

You are correct, the car would have to be fitted with an aftermarket transmission.

You can get highway gears like 3.08s for the rear end, but then the car accelerates really slow, especially with a small block car. Overdrive gives best of both worlds.

Thank you for the response.

What is the difference between a SS and Malibu?

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Did someone say 383/700R4 combo yet? It's sort of classic, all around street performance.
What is 700R4?

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Just want to know what is your level of experience of working on cars ? It should make a difference of what level of performance you will be comfortable with.
Hello 71350SS and thanks for the response.

I have 0 experience working on cars. However, I can learn.

Thanks,
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What is 700R4?
a GM four speed overdrive auto trans that was used in the 80's and 90's
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As far as a Malibu goes like said it will be cheaper than a True SS and you don't have to worry about if it is a cloned SS.
Thank you very much HKalin,

I really like the advice.

What do you mean by this "and you don't have to worry about if it is a cloned SS"?

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Thank you for the response.

What is the difference between a SS and Malibu?

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The SS was the top of the line performance and trim package.
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