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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old Aug 7th, 19, 9:11 PM Thread Starter
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New Owner, old lurker - 71 Chevelle

Hey all!


Introduction about me and my search for my dream car here:



In 2013 I got employed at my current job and have always wanted a Chevelle. I started looking seriously around then as I was making big boy money, joined the forum, asked for help here and began researching/learning about them. Got kind of discouraged, but kept on checking craigslist and ads. Got married last August and turned 31 in June. Told my wife that I was buying a Chevelle for my birthday and she loved it. Said "Since our first date you told me you would have one someday."



I was still looking on craigslist everyday and checked out a few. One stalled out on me when I put it into drive, another was lipstick on a pig. I even started going to body shops that had rollers and debated restoring one. So after some months a co-worker said, "You should check facebook marketplace." I sent out some messages and a nice woman got back to me. I went out to see the car and fell in love with it. Her husband had restored in in 2010 and passed away. It upset her to see it and she said she knew that he wouldn't want it to sit in a garage. No one in her family wanted it as it was "Dads car". She explained it wouldn't be right if she sold it to someone who was going to rip it apart and make it something else. We talked on the phone a couple of times and she agreed to sell it to me and you could sense the emotions when I finally picked it up. The original owner kept the receipts for every part and work order, and anytime a part was removed, replaced, or refurbished he took a picture of the old part with the new part next to it, or before and after refurbishment.





Knowing I lucked out, onto the car:


71 Chevelle SS clone in the beautiful Mulsanne Blue with black stripes. Column shift, bench seat. (I originally wanted buckets with a 4speed, but I'm older now and wanted a bench and automatic so the wife and I can cruise with her head on my shoulder!)

307 with a TH400. I believe it has 4.11 gears, non-posi.
New quarters, fenders, hood, trunk, vinyl top, chrome all around, interior. Work for the body/paint from what I'm adding up was $26,000




Last few things I need to button her up are: Fix the fuel gauge (Posted about it). SS badge on the rear bumper, and sit the hood properly on the back. Mechanic told me the cam is starting to go, so I think I may replace the engine at some point with a 350 crate. Then I will be content with how it sits. If anything else jumps out at anyone let me know! Glad to be here as a proud Chevelle owner. The amount of thumbs up, beeps, and people talking to me about it I was NOT prepared for. But I love it to death.
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old Aug 7th, 19, 9:24 PM
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Welcome to Team Chevelle. Looks like you found a few jewels, your wife and the Chevelle.
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post #3 of 22 (permalink) Old Aug 7th, 19, 10:18 PM
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Sweeter than Yoohoo!

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post #4 of 22 (permalink) Old Aug 8th, 19, 12:15 AM
 
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Nice car buddy, congrats from north central Mass !

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post #5 of 22 (permalink) Old Aug 8th, 19, 12:21 AM
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nice looking cruiser...

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post #6 of 22 (permalink) Old Aug 8th, 19, 7:48 AM
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Re: New Owner, old lurker - 71 Chevelle

Very nice car, I love the rear view, stripes and roof look great on that blue. Nice honest looking car, but...
I would put something more retro looking of a radio in, get the dash back to 1971, and change the steering wheel. 2 pet peeves of mine, I don't like steering wheel covers, and radios that don't blend with the dash style a bit.
Another nice thing about bench seats that I am glad about my El Camino is, typically classics are more likely to get squeezed into garages and you can slide out the passenger side a lot easier, a LOT easier, with a bench. Makes parking it better, gives you more options, hug the wall on the side you can see, and slide out the other side.

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Absolutely love that color, you got hooked up!

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All that PO care is key stuff. Man you did luck out Murph. Dont know if I can make it this year, but there is a cool Chevelle show this month near Andover MA. New England Chevelle/ElCamino club.
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Sharp looking 71 there Murph and welcome to Team Chevelle. Enjoy the ride


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Re: New Owner, old lurker - 71 Chevelle

Nice and Mulsanne blue too,I like it !!! This quoted from your post above :
" Mechanic told me the cam is starting to go, so I think I may replace the engine at some point with a 350 crate. Then I will be content with how it sits. If anything else jumps out at anyone let me know! "
With the advent of the LS engine swaps lately, I keep seeing whole 396's sitting there for sale on craigs list for $800 or less sometimes, with no one buying them.So instead of a 350 crate you might consider a 396(or a 454) you'll have your pick of the litter and since you already have the turbo 400, if you find the right 396 it'll plop right in.(just need to change the 307 frame mounts 1st)
anyway really nice Chevelle and 71's a good year too but I might be a little prejudiced
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Welcome to the site.

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Beautiful car Murph…Great color combo!…The '71's are the nicest ones! . One thing I noticed… in case you didn't already know, it has a '70 trunk lid emblem… but it's no big deal…the car looks great.
If I were to change the engine one day, I'd definitely go with an "LS" engine.

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Great looking Chevelle there. Congratulations, you did great. Now enjoy it with the family and make those personal touches you like.

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Congrats! That's almost like a family purchase.

Great color too!
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post #15 of 22 (permalink) Old Aug 8th, 19, 9:26 PM Thread Starter
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One thing I noticed… in case you didn't already know, it has a '70 trunk lid emblem… but it's no big deal…



I did NOT know that, but I now know the difference between the 3 emblems. Thank you for telling me that! Awesome little tid-bit.


Thank you everyone for the kind words!
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