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70 SS L34 - Worth opinion

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Hey guys,

In my continued pursuit in finding a decent SS with a reasonable price I have fouund a 1970 L34 SS matching numbers car.

Good points are;

- Matching numbers with buld sheet
- New GM Quarters, trunk pans, inner fender well, door skins and fenders.
- New seat covers and headliner
- Car is an A/C car
- Body off chassis - chassis is clean and painted.
- Motor and trans rebult to original specs and in the car running.
- Floor in car is rust free

Not so good points

- car has no paint and no prime
- Bumpers need chrome
- condensor and compressor are missing
- interior is completly out of the car
- all chrome trim is missing
- dash board is poor
- Bench seat car
- auto on column
- Although body off chasis, under of body still not done properly.
- Many interior parts, carpet door handles, and lots of trim need to be purchased
- Exhaust on car is not correct looks like a Midas job.

The owner is asking $11,000.00 for the car.

Considering what is left to be done, paint being the most costly, I think its kinda high. I offered him $10,000.00, which I believe is also high. What do you guys think?


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Hi Rich:

I own a '70 L34 SS and i have to tell you that you are about to make a mistake in paying $10K for the car you described. It's great that the car is a documented SS, but documentation isn't going to get you from point a to point b in that car. If you find a car in good driver condition (say a 2.5 or 3 on a scale of 1-5 with 1 being a trailer queen and 5 being a basket case) and pay $15K for it, you will be much better off. Always try to buy the best condition that you can afford, and you won't regret it later. Even with a great car, things happen. My L34 had a rebuilt motor before I bought it and a rust free body and excellent interior, but I have had to put money into it lately. Things like an exhaust system ($500-$600), lower ball joints ($350 with labor), Ujoints (don't know yet), and assorted other sh-t happens kind of stuff. Remember, these are 30 year old cars, so even a meticulous frame-off restoration will demand time and money at various points.

Hope this helps.

Morris "moepoe" Porter

Aces 2674
'70 L34 Chevelle SS396
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