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post #1 of 67 (permalink) Old Feb 16th, 20, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
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What Type of Chevelle Should I Search For.

Hello all,

I live in Houston Texas and would like to start my journey of researching and buying my first Chevelle. I am 40 years old now and I have always wanted a classic car and I love the Chevelle body style. The kids are in college, so I have some money for my own hobby now and enjoy something I like.

Below is some details I need help with and the details/goals of the car.

Can you please tell me what type of Chevelle style fits me as far engine type, transmission, suspension, driveability? This way I know what to look for.

Please forgive me if I ask ignorance questions, I am still learning.

Car Goals:
1. I will drive the car probaly 2-4 times a week. Twice to work and on the weekends. I will drive probably 300 miles a week. But I will drive weekly.

2. I will not be racing, so HP and high performance is not important for me. Speed is not that important for me.

3. Automatic Transmission

4. Modern suspension, brakes, power steering for some comfortable driving.

5. I do plan to ride on the weekends with my lady, so not too loud of a noise. Loud, but not as loud.

6. I am not mechnical skilled to work on cars, but I do learn fast, so I will have to find and trust a reliable classic car mechanic. I figure I learn as time goes by.

7. I plan to keep the car forever.

8. Budget is $20K to $30K.

9. Right now, I jut want to drive the Chevelle. It does not need to be fancy or perfectly restored, I can fix up a few things as time goes on.

10. I do not want a restore project, I prefer to buy a Chevelle already fit for driving.

11. I do plan to ride around town with my Labrador dog in car.

12. I will drive on highway.

13. 1970-1972 Body style is what I like

14. Air condition would be great to have.

If I can go back to 1970 and buy a Chevelle, I would like everything as is, execpt for supsension and brakes modernizatin of easier drive.

Questions:
Can you please give me an idea of what type below fits my style?
1. Engine type (small block or big block)
2. Carburetor (I am not very knowledgable on this)
3. Transmission
4. Brakes
5. Anything else you can add would be great for me for a start.

I do plan to start visiting classic car shows locally as well.

I really appreciate all the advice and recommendations I can get towards my journey.

Thank you. Feel free to ask me any questions please.

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post #2 of 67 (permalink) Old Feb 16th, 20, 12:39 PM
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Re: What Type of Chevelle Should I Search For.

Didn't this get covered in your last thread?
https://www.chevelles.com/forums/141...-chevelle.html
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Didn't this get covered in your last thread?
https://www.chevelles.com/forums/141...-chevelle.html
Hello oldcutlass and thanks for responding.

Some of it did, but I was recommended by a member to start a new thread to get a combined opinions and recommendations. I believe this route will help me more.

Thanks,
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Re: What Type of Chevelle Should I Search For.

I would focus on finding one with a mild built SBC preferably with a EFI set up and a over drive auto trans. a stock rebuilt suspension its fine for daily driving. don't let newer cars spoil you in thinking you need this and that in a old car.

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I would focus on finding one with a mild built SBC preferably with a EFI set up and a over drive auto trans. a stock rebuilt suspension its fine for daily driving.
Thank you so much keithb,

Help me out.

What does "EFI setup" mean?

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Re: What Type of Chevelle Should I Search For.

#1) Find a clean Malibu that is rust free and as good as paint as one can expect for your budget. Stock suspension and brakes is fine, just need's to be in good mechanical order.

#2) Overdrive auto transmission. If it doesn't have one, look elsewhere.

#3) if you get lucky and find above with an LS, then rock on. Honestly a simple 350 sbc with a carb that runs good and is reliable should be just fine in the Houston area. Could always convert to EFI down the road.


To be honest, you should just keep your eye out on a pro touring Chevelle that you like. it will have everything you want and it will likely be cheaper than trying to build it up the way you want anyways. Just expect to be pay $30k-$50k instead.

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I would focus on finding one with a mild built SBC preferably
Thanks keithb,

When you state "mild built SBC" are you referring to one of the following:


230 cu in (3.8 L) Chevrolet I6
250 cu in (4.1 L) Chevrolet I6
307 cu in (5.0 L) Small-Block V8
327 cu in (5.4 L) Small-Block V8
350 cu in (5.7 L) Small-Block V8

I read this from here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevrolet_Chevelle

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Re: What Type of Chevelle Should I Search For.

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Thanks keithb,

When you state "mild built SBC" are you referring to one of the following:


230 cu in (3.8 L) Chevrolet I6
250 cu in (4.1 L) Chevrolet I6
307 cu in (5.0 L) Small-Block V8
327 cu in (5.4 L) Small-Block V8
350 cu in (5.7 L) Small-Block V8

I read this from here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevrolet_Chevelle
the 350 SBC is one of the most common engines in the history of the automobile. Chevy must have had over a million of cast and built. chances are any one you look at will have one.
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#1) Find a clean Malibu that is rust free and as good as paint as one can expect for your budget. Stock suspension and brakes is fine, just need's to be in good mechanical order.

#2) Overdrive auto transmission. If it doesn't have one, look elsewhere.

#3) if you get lucky and find above with an LS, then rock on. Honestly a simple 350 sbc with a carb that runs good and is reliable should be just fine in the Houston area. Could always convert to EFI down the road.


To be honest, you should just keep your eye out on a pro touring Chevelle that you like. it will have everything you want and it will likely be cheaper than trying to build it up the way you want anyways. Just expect to be pay $30k-$50k instead.

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?

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Don’t forget these SBCs,
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Or you could spend just a little more...


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#1) Find a clean Malibu
Why do you suggest Malibu?

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It's kinda like " I'm thinking of taking up drinking so what brand of beer should I buy?"
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Re: What Type of Chevelle Should I Search For.

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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