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post #16 of 31 (permalink) Old Mar 6th, 20, 8:02 AM
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Re: 70 396/375

Build week 02A. "Nuff said. No L78 Chevelles after mid-November '69.

There was a time in the mid-to-late 70's when GM was clearing out long & short blocks, stuff like L78s & hi-performance 327s. Rather than a mass rebuild to replace a tired 402, drop in an L78 long block. Turn the a/c on for easy road runs but turn it off before exploring the limits of those double valve springs.

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post #17 of 31 (permalink) Old Mar 6th, 20, 10:38 AM
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So I'm brand new here and not very Techy.
Not sure if I am in the right spot for this post either.
There is a 70 Black Chevelle on ebay by
Corvette Mike of New England.
I do not know how to copy and paste.
Anyways its claimed to be a 396/375HP
AC.car.
I'd the stamp pad is legit what Am I missing to make an offer on this car.
Seems to be advertised price wise correctly.
I would assume the bench seat column shift would hurt the value.
Would like some knowledge to chime in here.
I dont think he is more than 5-6hrs from me and I am willing to drive .
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That car will be hard to prove what it is without documentation and as others have already said an L78 did not come factory with AC and who knows if it is an SS or if any other parts are correct. If you don't care, then the $39,900 isn't terrible and they will probably go less but bring an expert to check out the car as there are most likely more things hidden that you won't know to look for.
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looks like a small sway bar on the front? No sway bar on the rear.
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More than likely it is not even a real SS. No documents, original block or trans to prove so. Odd things like above make it very questionable.


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There was a time in the mid-to-late 70's when GM was clearing out long & short blocks, stuff like L78s & hi-performance 327s. Rather than a mass rebuild to replace a tired 402, drop in an L78 long block.
Hmmm, that might explain the over-the-counter 396 long block I bought back in about 1978 for my '71 402 El Camino SS. Thing ran like a raped ape, and it was noisy, as in solid lifters? Never dug into the engine, just installed it and drove the snot out of it.....

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There was a time in the mid-to-late 70's when GM was clearing out long & short blocks, stuff like L78s & hi-performance 327s. Rather than a mass rebuild to replace a tired 402, drop in an L78 long block.
Hmmm, that might explain the over-the-counter 396 long block I bought back in about 1978 for my '71 402 El Camino SS. Thing ran like a raped ape, and it was noisy, as in solid lifters? Never dug into the engine, just installed it and drove the snot out of it.....
😁. 396/375 has always been BA !
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looks like a small sway bar on the front? No sway bar on the rear.
Indeed, all '70 SS Chevelles and El Caminos came equipped with F41 suspension, which was merely an option few chose during the 1969 model year.
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I think they say a 70 L78 is rarer than a 70 LS6.
Yes, but in this case, "rare" does not mean more value... rare is nice, but you also have to take into account desirability...

Figure that the L78 and LS6 are actually very similar (same cam etc). The LS6 is an "improved", updated version of the L78...

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Indeed, all '70 SS Chevelles and El Caminos came equipped with F41 suspension, which was merely an option few chose during the 1969 model year.
No F41 for the EL Camino no matter what year & no matter how it was factory equipped 1964 -1972
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No F41 for the EL Camino no matter what year & no matter how it was factory equipped 1964 -1972
Really? I guess you learn something every day. I had a friend years ago who bought an LS6/T400 El Camino new. He told me it came with F41. I guess he was mistaken.

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FWIW--El Camino's with F41 suspension, non-existent, my understanding was that the Delco Air Shocks, which were standard on all El Camino's precluded installation of the F41 suspension option, NO F41 El Camino's.
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surprising how many "established" old car dealers sell fakes or themselves get sold bogus ones.
Like the fake 70Zs with the wrong bumper/parking lights.
Without paper these days no use paying real deal $ if you arent sure.

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Really? I guess you learn something every day. I had a friend years ago who bought an LS6/T400 El Camino new. He told me it came with F41. I guess he was mistaken.
It's possible it had a rear sway bar added on at the dealer after delivery but F41 was not available on El Camino's
We have a member who ordered an LS6 SS ElCamino with A/C and F41.Guess what 2 options got kicked out of the party ?
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As already stated here, this sounds a little fishy. 70 Chevelles are frequently faked. No documentation, no proof. But, at the end of the day, it's up to the person who is looking to buy.
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14 x 7 AO wheels were the wheels for all 1970 SS Chevelles.
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