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post #31 of 67 (permalink) Old Feb 16th, 20, 7:59 PM
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Re: What Type of Chevelle Should I Search For.

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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"?

Thanks,
For one thing when you bought these cars new the SS model was more of a performance oriented model better suspensions, they normally had Big Blocks in them, etc. A cloned SS is a Malibu that someone added the SS options too including the emblems to turn it into a SS or cloned. Most people will tell you if it's a True SS but there are some out there that won't and try to get a higher price for the car. I was able to buy these cars brand new and in 69 I bought my first new car a 69 Chevelle SS. I always was a SS guy but over the years I found out you could still have a nice car without being a SS. My current car is a 71 Malibu that is outfitted like a SS to a point but never had or ever will have SS emblems put on the car as long as I own it.
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Re: What Type of Chevelle Should I Search For.

Hello, If you do find a car that you like, ask the seller(if not a dealer) how long he or she owned it. Chevelles tend to be owned by "car guys". This is fine, however even car guys will do work to the car that may be sufficient in quality to them but is substandard to others. If the car had 5 or 6 owners and 3 or 4 did things poorly, then the car could have years of issues. I have owned my '72 for 31 years and I improved some things in later years that I did badly in the beginning. Correcting my own mistakes basically.
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For one thing when you bought these cars new the SS model was more of a performance oriented model better suspensions, they normally had Big Blocks in them, etc. A cloned SS is a Malibu that someone added the SS options too including the emblems to turn it into a SS or cloned. Most people will tell you if it's a True SS but there are some out there that won't and try to get a higher price for the car. I was able to buy these cars brand new and in 69 I bought my first new car a 69 Chevelle SS. I always was a SS guy but over the years I found out you could still have a nice car without being a SS. My current car is a 71 Malibu that is outfitted like a SS to a point but never had or ever will have SS emblems put on the car as long as I own it.
Thank you so much for the details and sharing your story. Very good to know and learn.

I do not mind owning a 71 Malibu, it looks similar to the 71 SS, and may fits my budget.

Just to make sure I understand.

1. What did you change on your 71 Malibu to make it outfitted like a SS?

Get the simple thing right first.
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Thank you so much for the details and sharing your story. Very good to know and learn.

I do not mind owning a 71 Malibu, it looks similar to the 71 SS, and may fits my budget.

Just to make sure I understand.

1. What did you change on your 71 Malibu to make it outfitted like a SS?
Most of the stuff was already changed in the car to outfit it more like a SS when I bought it. It was a 307 SB originally with a automatic and 10 bolt rear end in it. The motor was changed to a 396 BB, it was converted to a 4 speed, and also the rear end was changed to a 12 bolt posi. Exterior things that made it more like a SS was the domed hood and strippng on the car. Other pluses the car had from the factory were PFDB, PS, and A/C.
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Hello 71350SS and thanks for the response.

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

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Good answer Read,read and then read some more.Talk to people you know that own collecter,muscle cars or even plain old American cars that aren't fast or worth a lot.
Go to car shows and talk to people,tell the why you're asking questions.If they say they know where there is a car for sale, check it out but don't buy it without having someone you know or hire to look the car over for you.Good Luck with your search.

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Re: What Type of Chevelle Should I Search For.

This is a good site to know about if you are into Chevelles. Read up on the options and features for various years.

https://www.chevellestuff.net/1970/70ss.htm

https://www.chevelles.com/shop/ss_ident.html

https://www.chevellestuff.net/index.htm

https://www.hotrod.com/articles/dont...0-chevelle-ss/

https://itstillruns.com/identify-rea...e-7324907.html
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Good luck on your search. I see a lot of frustrated times as this is a 50 year old car and you say zero experience. With these old cars there is always something to tinker with. (A lot of people enjoy that including myself) and hopefully you are a fast learner and have a decent place to work & store the car and have a good selection of tools to maintain it.

Hopefully you will find the perfect car.
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Good luck on your search. I see a lot of frustrated times as this is a 50 year old car and you say zero experience. With these old cars there is always something to tinker with. (A lot of people enjoy that including myself) and hopefully you are a fast learner and have a decent place to work & store the car and have a good selection of tools to maintain it.

Hopefully you will find the perfect car.
Thank you Alwhite00 for the response.

I do not have any mechanic tools and plan to hire a mechanic for major work like electrical, motor, transmission, etc. Minor (replacing light bulbs, etc.) things I can do on my own, but I prefer bringing car to trusted mechanic. I prefer to just hire a mechanic to do the work for me as I am not experienced mechanic. I can learn as I go.

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Get the simple thing right first.
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Thank you so much.

Get the simple thing right first.
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Re: What Type of Chevelle Should I Search For.

Hello all,

For example, this car below does not have overdrive transmission correct?


https://www.streetsideclassics.com/v...ss-396-tribute

Get the simple thing right first.
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Thank you Alwhite00 for the response.

I do not have any mechanic tools and plan to hire a mechanic for major work like electrical, motor, transmission, etc. Minor (replacing light bulbs, etc.) things I can do on my own, but I prefer bringing car to trusted mechanic. I prefer to just hire a mechanic to do the work for me as I am not experienced mechanic. I can learn as I go.

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Your mechanic will love you as there is always something that needs maintaining on a 50 year old car. You may want to add that into the budget.
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Your mechanic will love you as there is always something that needs maintaining on a 50 year old car. You may want to add that into the budget.
Thanks Alwhite00 for the response.

Yes, and I will love the mechanic as well with open arms.

Mechanics have to get paid too and I do not mind paying a qualified mechanic if I do not have the time and energy to do the work myself.

Once the car is running, I assume everything else is just wear and tear and mileage maintenance, just like any other car I have, the dealership does the mileage maintenance. I assume Chevy has a maintenance mileage procedure for the Chevelle as well. The mechanic will still have to prove to me a repair is needed before I pay him. Its all learning.

Get the simple thing right first.
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Re: What Type of Chevelle Should I Search For.

Find a car that looks visually appealing.

Go look at car.

Take car for test drive.

Do you like how it drives?

If yes, and the price is right, buy it.
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Re: What Type of Chevelle Should I Search For.

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Hello all,

For example, this car below does not have overdrive transmission correct?


https://www.streetsideclassics.com/v...ss-396-tribute
That is correct. It has a turbo 400 so no overdrive. I'm from the Houston area too. I've lived in La Porte for the last 13 years. There are a lot of knowledgeable guys in this area.
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Re: What Type of Chevelle Should I Search For.

Honestly though, other than not having overdrive that car looks like it would fit your needs pretty well. Nice looking ride.

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