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General Information

Year
1969
Make
Chevrolet
Model
SS396 Hardtop
Color
Daytona Yellow
Packages
SS Package; Original 4.10; Power Steering; Manual Front Disk Brakes;Possible original L78
History
Purchased in May of 2014. Car had been apparently raced then left to rot in a field somewhere in Indiana for close to 30 years. Original SS based on 76 coded (Daytona Yellow) fender tag; lacking original drive train, with the exception of the correct date coded 4.10 posi 12 bolt with "KK" code. This leads me to speculate that it may have been an original L78, but w/o more proof I'm not going to try to convince anyone otherwise(but I know it is ;))

Came with 454 '77 casting engine, with heavy duty Muncie 3 spd.

Spent all of spring, summer and fall of 2014 to get the car road worthy, including new brakes, wheels/tires, new gas tank,windshield and seat belts. By the end of November I was able to walk out of the DMV with plates. Great feeling. Now I just have to restore it.
1969 Chevrolet SS396 Hardtop (Daytona Yellow)

Modifications

Drivetrain
Started with a 78' 454 BBC. It's now a 489 stroker.

Forged crank and Diamond Pistons with 21cc Domes

GM 781 Heads with Crane 13309 valve springs; stock values; no porting work has been done as of yet

Compression ratio ~10.1

Summit Racing 218/218 .515 lift. Hydraulic Flat-Tappit Cam

Edelbrock Performer Manifold

Stock HEI

Headers 1 7/8"-3" (Unknown Make)

Rebuilt Holley 750 w/Manual choke

Valve covers from original 396

All new Engine Harness wired for HEI

Steering Gear with upgraded 12.7 to 1 Fast Ratio gearing

Rebuilt Muncie M20, basically all new except for the case.

Factory 12 Bolt 4.10 posi

Spohn Performance Extreme Duty Driveshaft w/ 1330 Rear U Joint

Glasspack Mufflers
Interior
Stock interior, bench seat, Grant steering wheel. All new seat covers, headliner, door panels, carpet, dash face, wiring harness/fuse box and all done by yours truly. Looks bad-ass with a new 3918014 Hurst shifter.

Not decided on keeping the dash stock or going with a whole new gauge package from Classic Instruments, Dakota Dash or similar. the 70 and later Chevelles definitely had the nicer dash, but original is original. Did however replace the dummy lights with the gauge package as well as add a clock to fill in the center hole.
Exterior
Fender code indicates Daytona Yellow(76), w/ Blank Vinyl Top

Body work and a repaint was done probably in the late 70s mid 80's. Massive rust in lower quarters, roof, fenders.

Body work completed to date:
Stripped Paint
Fender Patches
New Driver Door Skin
Replaced Radiator Core Bushings

Have been told by a professional restorer (and everyone else) that I should have the work farmed out and the whole body replaced. I agree with that assessment, but what's the fun in that? I'm taking a crash course in auto body repair. Might have to do it more than once, but in the end she's going to be a beauty no doubt.


Debating on color:

Daytona yellow(Original color)
Black
Lemans Blue
Metallic Dark Green
Metallic Burgundy

...Decisions, Decisions
Audio
None at the moment.
Suspension
All new ball joints, tie rods, and bushings.

BMR Lower control arms;Stock uppers

UMI Front Stabilizer Bar

UMI 1 in" Lowering springs front and back

Have plans of installing the F41 rear trailing arms
Wheel and Tire
15 in" Alloy wheels based on original factory mags

BF Goodrich Radial T/A white letters 255/60 back; 225/70 front

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