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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old May 10th, 19, 9:12 PM Thread Starter
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Need input on 70

Hey guys new to the forum
I am not really good at posting so please bear with me

A little history
I had 2 70 model SS cars , 1 was a red 396- car that was very special to me

Due to issues I had to sell both of the cars around 2001,
I was heart broken but did what I had to do
I finally got the kids raised and the home paid for and have been wanting another

I have been really out of connection on these cars since I sold mine

I have been looking on line at pricing on them and had to gasp

What can I expect to spend on a solid ,complete restored cardont want concourse just a good solid car to drive with the wife and enjoy
Don't really care about color but would prefer 4 speed and gauges

Also most likely I will have to finance the car which will be no issue for me
This would be easier on me March of next year due to a bonus at work

Will the wait to next year be be a chance on prices changing signifi
gantly

Also any advise on shopping, where to go,good events etc

Thanks in advance
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old May 10th, 19, 9:14 PM
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I would budget for 50k.

Places to look, this forum and regional Chevelle shows. I have seen some nice cars at those at better prices than online.
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post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old May 10th, 19, 11:40 PM
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Time is on your side. Iím a believer that most of the best deals are never formally advertised, but are found by word of mouth. Iíd start networking local Chevelle owners, go to shows, join any local forums, get to know who has what in your area. Even if you donít find a car through those channels, you will learn about what to look for when making a purchase.

Iíd also take the time to figure out whatís important to you. Do you care about matching numbers? Do you care if the car is documented? Would you be happy with a clone?

The more work you put in, the better the car you will find, likely for a reasonable price.

Good luck.

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It sounds like a clone (or even something nice that could be upgraded as you go) may fit your needs/desires. If so, not being in a hurry and constant searching should turn up some nice drivers in the mid 20s range. Some really nice clones occasionally pop up in the high 20s and low 30s so if you are flexible, patient, and willing to travel you should be able to make it happen. If you want a true SS with matching numbers, then the budget will likely have to stretch quite a bit.



My advice would be to do some soul searching and come to grips with what will truly make you happy. After the choice is made be very diligent in your search and make sure what you are about to buy truly fits what you want and is in a condition you can live with (really good and detailed inspection prior to purchase).





Good luck and welcome back to the hobby!
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post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old May 11th, 19, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for solid advise
I am looking forward to the journey ahead

I will be flexible with my choices
Don't have to have numbers matching just want a period correct engine and a good solid body
If it ends up being a clone I will be good with that if done correctly

Thank you all for the input
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post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old May 11th, 19, 6:44 PM
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Re: Need input on 70

My first Chevelle was a 1966 Marina Blue clone 4 speed with a period correct 427-425 engine out of a '66 Corvette, with all of the correct badging, including the 427 turbo jet fender flags and grill and rear emblems. The car had a 12 bolt 3:70posi rearend with a black vinyl interior with 15" Rally's. The engine had a complete rebuild, and the car itself had an eight year old frame off restoration - the car was in pristine condition. The seller was asking 38K, but when he dropped the price by 5K I snapped it up in a heartbeat. There are good deals out there - just be patient, and don't get too enamored with the first one you see. One last word of advice - NEVER consider a vehicle from Vanguard Motors based in Plymouth, Michigan. All of their cars are overpriced by 20K-30K. Ebay is a popular website they use in an attempt to sell their cars. Not a '70, but it will just show you that there are good deals out there to be found. Good luck.
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Where are you located?
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post #8 of 17 (permalink) Old May 11th, 19, 7:53 PM Thread Starter
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That's something
My green 70 had a 427 from a 66 very
Small world
That sucker was strong
Took my wife for a ride in it when I first got it and she refused to get back in it
I have seen several adds for vanguard and I was actually hoping their prices weren't the standard

Thanks for the input
Hopefully o can buy from an individual

I looked at a real nice 70 Malibu today
Had most of the as stuff on and was a real nice car but the guy wanted 36k for it
I thought it was a little high

Thanks again
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I meant most of the SS stuff,here's a pic of my old green one
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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old May 11th, 19, 8:12 PM
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Flipper
That's something
My green 70 had a 427 from a 66 very
Small world
That sucker was strong
Took my wife for a ride in it when I first got it and she refused to get back in it
I have seen several adds for vanguard and I was actually hoping their prices weren't the standard

Thanks for the input
Hopefully o can buy from an individual

I looked at a real nice 70 Malibu today
Had most of the as stuff on and was a real nice car but the guy wanted 36k for it
I thought it was a little high

Thanks again
I might add this was just two years ago...prices haven't changed that much during that time. Good luck again!
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post #12 of 17 (permalink) Old May 12th, 19, 8:04 PM
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Here are some tips to get the most for your money.

1. Stay away from dealers. They are overpriced and where do you suppose they get their inventory from. Ultimately it comes from private owners.
2. Any way you would consider another year besides a 70. They are the most expensive. Other years that IMO are just as nice are less expensive.
3. Stay away from or at least use extreme caution on any car with newer paint. May be hiding bad body work and can be a fortune to repair. If you think the price of 70s is bad the cost of body work and paint is worse. A ten year old paint job is not hiding any secrets. A one year old paint job may be hiding many.
4. Unless you consider yourself knowledgable on Chevelles take someone with you to look at several till you learn what to look for. Better yet BEFORE you become financially involved submit pictures here for review. As many clear pics as you can of all areas of the car.
5. Never buy a car sight unseen such as ebay/etc. They are many times way worse in real life than in the pics.
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post #13 of 17 (permalink) Old May 13th, 19, 7:26 AM
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If your okay with it, do the el Camino. They are less expensive and come with a massive frame that makes them a joy to drive..
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post #14 of 17 (permalink) Old May 13th, 19, 6:28 PM Thread Starter
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All good points and will definatly see the car in person before I purchase
I am knowledgeable on the 70's but don't know how well I may be at seeing needed body work under paint
Trust me I got screwed on one of those deals before,my red one ended up getting both quarters and the roof was awful
I will probably have to stick with a 70
By far my fav,71 and 72 I just don't like the single headlights and rear bumpers and know if I bought one I would always wish I got a 70

On the suggestion of the el camino it would be the same deal as the other years
I would always wish I had and don't want to do that again
I will keep you guys posted
It may take me a while but I will find it
It's out there

Thanks again to all
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I just realized I missed your post on where I'm located
I'm in Knoxville Tennessee
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