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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old Mar 28th, 20, 6:52 PM Thread Starter
 
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I'm a noob with a 70 chevelle SS

As the title states, I am a muscle car noob that has acquired a 1970 chevelle with a 396 BBC from my grandpa, and I really don't know where to start. The motor has been pulled and went over once, and is now back in. I basically just want to get it running at the moment and take care of everything else later. I have parts like the carb, hei, headers, valve covers, and a couple other things, but the rest I will buy as needed.

I guess my question is, what the hell do I start with? I have no clue where I should start working and I guess I am just looking for some advice on where to start and where to go. anything will help, thanks!

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old Mar 28th, 20, 7:02 PM
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You should start on the brakes and work from there
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post #3 of 20 (permalink) Old Mar 28th, 20, 7:08 PM
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Hello,

Is Grandpa still around? He might be your best bet at getting it put back together and running. You are going to need many skills here - electrical, fuel and mechanical. You will need tools and a multimeter.

We can certainly help you here but it is tough from afar over the Internet. If I were you and Grandpa was not available, I would join a local car club and get to know a few of the gear heads therein. Hopefully, its a club full of hot rodders that crave challenges like this. You provide the money, parts, beer, food and a firm willingness to learn and somebody in that club will answer the call.

You will have a running vehicle much sooner, learn the skills a nooby seeks and make a whole bunch of lifetime friends.

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Re: I'm a noob with a 70 chevelle SS

1. New Air Filter into a Cover and put on that new Carb
2. Brake Pads/ Valve / Springs etc. and Fluid Lines / you can get Pics off the Internet
3. Check if Old Fuel Lines have any Leaks and Replace if necessary ALSO Fuel Pump
4. Shocks and Springs
5. All Wiring Connections and the Battery
6. Based on your pics
A. I have no idea what/why there is a Spark Plug in the value Cover
B. Clean Up the Value Covers and String the Temp Censer Hard Line neater
C. Hook Up the Carb to the Foot Peddle Line and check that it works freely / Power Wire to the Choke
D. New Rad and Heater Hoses with new Clamps
E. I am not a fan of HEI Distributors with the Coil on Top
F. A set of New Spark Plug Wires / you can get Pics off the Internet of how they need to be Hooked up to the Dist

As you start to work on each of the Car's Systems you could do a Thread to us on what to do

And go out and buy a Manual(s) for the Car
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Re: I'm a noob with a 70 chevelle SS

Start installing stuff, one thing at a time and you can get advice on each thing.

Where are you located? There might be some members near.
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The answer to your question is dependent on so many variables. Certainly a complete assessment is step #1. Until youíve evaluated the condition of all of the components and systems itís hard to find a correct order of attack. If you are going to keep this a running car absolutely suspension and brakes are always your #1 priority. If itís going to be off the road during this process, find and fix any rust before you spend money elsewhere.

I think weíre all looking forward to hearing more from you. Thereís a vast wealth of knowledge here and lots of folks willing to help.
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Welcome and enjoy the car!

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post #8 of 20 (permalink) Old Mar 31st, 20, 5:32 PM
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You start wherever you are interested .It should be enjoyable and fun or you will loose interest, it will be a journey but we are here to answer any questions you need to know.The wealth of knowledge here is unreal.

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post #9 of 20 (permalink) Old Mar 31st, 20, 7:07 PM
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Welcome....this place has the right people who know the right stuff to help you out.

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figure out what you really want in a done car so you don't have to go back and redo what you already done to make it what you really wanted in the first place. also is it a real SS or not.

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Take photo inventory of all your parts. Lay them out on the driveway or garage and we can see what you have. Then start the puzzle one piece at a time.
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I always recommend to make sure the brakes are fully operational. It’s great to go fast and corner, but you always need to STOP.

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6. Based on your pics
A. I have no idea what/why there is a Spark Plug in the value Cover
B. Clean Up the Value Covers and String the Temp Censer Hard Line neater
lol, I believe by looking at the pics, it appears that the engine is a work in progress, and that the valve covers are an old crusty set that were placed on the motor to paint it, and the spark plug was used to plug the hole for the PCV valve.

In my opinion, it looks like the motor was painted, and put back in, but that work was not completed. I would be concerned that this engine was almost ready to be started but has not been yet. This could be a problem if Grandpa put in a brand new flat tappet cam and did not have a chance to break it in yet and the next person that fires it up should research this first by looking for receipts before opening it up to see. I guess one could assume a new FT cam is in there and go through a break in procedure upon fist fire up.
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As the title states, I am a muscle car noob that has acquired a 1970 chevelle with a 396 BBC from my grandpa, and I really don't know where to start. The motor has been pulled and went over once, and is now back in. I basically just want to get it running at the moment and take care of everything else later. I have parts like the carb, hei, headers, valve covers, and a couple other things, but the rest I will buy as needed.

I guess my question is, what the hell do I start with? I have no clue where I should start working and I guess I am just looking for some advice on where to start and where to go. anything will help, thanks!

I can't get images to post, so here is the imgur link [https://imgur.com/a/pVYvZ5z?third_party=1#_=_]

If you would fill out your profile, including where you are located, there may be some Chevelle folks near you that could help.

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If you would fill out your profile, including where you are located, there may be some Chevelle folks near you that could help.
Or at least drop back in....
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