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Has anyone seen or confirmed if the 72
Heavy Chevy came with the 402 big block?

I'm check out the auto trader and came across "rare 72 Heavy Chevy matching number's,
big block" headline,perfect frame & interior,
4 speed, mint condition!
Would the dash have the 3 round pods?
What would be the engine code (fifth digit)?
The dealer is asking $18,000 Canadian,
too steep for my shallow pockets, even if I
were to trade in my "mint" 86 SS Monte!
(I just might go and see it anyway's!)
Thanks in advance...

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Yes, the dash would have the round pods. A big block is very possible.

For that price, they should have the origional build sheet, and maybe the window sticker. The price seems a bit high, but it depends on condition, mileage, etc. And if it is that rare, you may not want to drive it much.
 

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There was a recent post on Heavy Chevys - here's the link:

www.chevelles.com/forum/Forum1/HTML/002118.html

There was also a recent post on 70-72 dashes, and if I recall, unless you ordered gauges for a non-SS car, you got the sweep style speedo.

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I'm with Rainer as Heavy Chevys were basically stripper cars (no, strippers didn't buy them they just were lacking in the option department) so they came with the swept dash, no carpeting, and a bench seat. The 402 4-speed was available and my brother owned one for 20 years.
 

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The 5th digit in the 1972 VIN id's the engine code.

Type/Carb/CID/Code/Comments
L6 2BC 250 D
V8 2BC 307 F
V8 2BC 350 H
V8 4BC 350 J RPO L48
V8 4BC 402 U RPO LS3
V8 4BC 454 W RPO LS5 (only available w/SS option, dual exhaust)

6th digit should be 2 for 1972



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Thanks to everyone who replied, I did see
this 72 Heavy Chevy, my comments...
I like the car... but $18,000 Canadian?
The car has the big block, (VIN number:
1D37U21511511)...
Originally it had a Parchment(white)interior,
converted to black. It has the swept dash
no gauges, buckets, console, 4 speed.
It has a 12 bolt rear,PS and PB.It is painted
"Mulsanne Blue" and I was assured there was
no "bondo" any where on the body.Original color was said to be Goldy/Green?
To me it's
a "driver" it has nicks, missing kick mouldings, interior has rear back panels not
fitting quite right, it has full black carpet
and some surface rust under the floor between
joints/welds. It has a cracked inner fender.
It also has the 5 spoke SS wheels.
To me changed interior/exterior color detract value? Any ways I phoned back Monday AM and
some else told me He had someone from the States come and look at it...
Thanks again...
Joe B
 

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Sounds like he is asking too much for what it is. Even at about $15,000 american.

And I thought all Heavy Chevy's came with the round idiot light dash standard. (??) I may be wrong. Is there a build sheet?
 

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for fun, go to http://members.tripod.com/ddolerjr

the second picture is a 1977 photo of my old Heavy Chevy - Malibu 307, bench seat, sweapt dash th350 snoozer. Sold it in 1980.

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Hi Jason, there is no documentation.
Details, past history etc. are sketchy from
the people (dealer) selling. It's an
Ontario car, sat around for a 5 year period,
it's relatively rust free but I would have
loved to see it before it was painted. As this site has said before buyer beware, seems
to be the best advice. I am still thinking
about going to see it again, it's a decent
looking car but the "sellers" are, how can
I say this, "milking it for all it's worth"?
I think in a private deal it would go for
what it is. If I were to spend that kind of money,it would have to be a documented SS454.
Now that I've opened up a can of worms with
Heavy Chevy owners (sorry)I will go....
But it's been on my mind
all day....(sigh)

P.S. odometer read 44,000 miles,I was told
(yes I phoned again) it's been rebuilt
to stock spec's (402) but no one can verify
total mileage? 144,000 miles?...I think this
car belongs in the hands of a true Chevelle
lover,and it peeves me when someone could'nt
care less about it other than seeing
huge $$$$$ in there face. Is it me or is history repeating it's self where nice muscle
cars are out of reach for the average joe?(pun intended)If it's me go ahead I can
take a criticism (kind of)! When I'm on the
other side of the fence (one day)I guess maybe I can see it different...

Joe B

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Joe -

First, the car is way overpriced, as mentioned above. With the color changes and general condition as you described it, the car is probably worth $8K - $10K US, tops. But it sounds like you already know that.

Second, I agree with you totally. The car is unique, and deserves better than a half-ass restoration attempt. Too bad that in order to buy it and do it right, you'd have to spend a small fortune.

Just as their asking price has you frustrated, why don't you go *****them off and offer them what the car is worth or what you'd be willing to pay. Maybe it will make them think twice, you never know. If they've got $$ in their eyes, maybe they'll take the quick buck.

Let us know how it turns out. Good luck!

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Joe i have owned my 72 300 deluxe for 6yr the yr I bought it I went to the flea market at Barrie there was a 72 Heavy Chevy sitting on a trailer behind me that I tried to trade my car for this car was perfect 402 4sp pb ps.And when I say perfect I mean it was mint it had been restored by this guy and he knew what he was doing, frame off the whole thing.He would not trade and I didn't have the $6000.00 thats right 6K.I took his phone# and misplaced it tried for months to trace that car. I know he took it back home because he didn't sell it.Every time you guys start talking Heavys I can still see the floor and frame under that car still shiny black and gold...FRED
 

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Just want to point out that currency exchange is 40% to 45%. This sucks for us Canucks but great for you lad's in the states. You know what it's worth and unless there is something really outstanding then make the guy an offer that makes sense. It's too bad that the dealer is only looking at $$$ and hoping some kid with a bag of loot will pay full pop. Sounds like it has a ton of potential... I think you can even get the taxes back from the province & the fed's because you'd be taking it south of the border, all you have to do is apply with the paperwork.

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My condolences to Fred for passing on that Heavy Chevy in Barrie. With the current exchange rate we just end up losing some of the best cars to the U.S. Actually, I believe many of the rust-free ones are simply being repatriated to the U.S.
If you think the '72 Heavy Chevy is rare, then how about the '71? I saw one in '72 or '73 one time in Hamilton, Ontario. That's it! Actually the last 2 original '72 Heavy Chevies I've seen in person were 1) a silver L65 / 3 spd. in Hamilton in '85 2) an exceptionally nice burnt orange one in Seattle in '92.
 

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Hey Thanks to everyone for your input.
It's nice hearing from a few Ontarians too!
Cam your right about seeing Heavy Chevies,other than this one,I've only seen less than half dozen or so in the last 20 or so years. Although I do remember seeing
a few in the early 70's, when they were kinda
new. Hey Cam, I see you live in the Toronto
area, may want to check it out and judge
for your self? Drop in for a beer at my place
after in Brampton not too far there.Is your
67 on the road? Hey Fred, I see your in
Coldwater, my outlaw's live in Waubashene,
is that about 15 minutes away? We visit
a few times in the summer, nice open country
up there! Back to Chevelles I searched for
about 1 1/2 years for a 72 SS (1st choice)
or a 68 Camaro RS but could'nt afford anything local and anything south of the
border I'd have to pay through the nose with the exchange rate. (Even project cars)
I guess I'll just keep on driving my
86 SS....


Thanks again

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Hey Thanks to everyone for your input.
It's nice hearing from a few Ontarians too!
Cam your right about seeing Heavy Chevies,other than this one,I've only seen less than half dozen or so in the last 20 or so years. Although I do remember seeing
a few in the early 70's, when they were kinda
new. Hey Cam, I see you live in the Toronto
area, may want to check it out and judge
for your self? Drop in for a beer at my place
after in Brampton not too far there.Is your
67 on the road? Hey Fred, I see your in
Coldwater, my outlaw's live in Waubashene,
is that about 15 minutes away? We visit
a few times in the summer, nice open country
up there! Back to Chevelles I searched for
about 1 1/2 years for a 72 SS (1st choice)
or a 68 Camaro RS but could'nt afford anything local and anything south of the
border I'd have to pay through the nose with the exchange rate. (Even project cars)
I guess I'll just keep on driving my
86 SS....


Thanks again

Joe B


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Sorry I posted twice, I guess our server
was down for a minute and it would not
let me post my reply....? some how 2
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Joe, my mouth is watering at the prospect of seeing this car, and a beer would be nice given the time of year. So, what time do you get up? We'll wait until lunch time for the beer (don't want to be uncouth).
 
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