Well, there used to be a "buying a Chevelle" article on this site. I couldn't find it though.
What I did was that I read thru as many "70 Chevelle"
articles as I could before I bought my 70 earlier this year.
Check my web page for pics & work I have done so far.
But all that aside, you are looking at a 30 year old car, so don't sweat the little stuff like suspension, brakes, wiring, interior, rust holes in front fenders, missing/inop air cond. OH, FANCY WHEELS DO NOT MEAN $#@! The engine/tranny had to be dependable for me (which mine was came out of 86 Camaro 350 with 700r4 tranny
But you can spend serious cash anywhere body welding is needed (trunk, rear quarters, roof).
I have seen that alot of Chevelles seem to rust in the trunk where water leaks thru rear glass at the corners, and in the rear of front fenders where water drains from the cowl area (look for old repairs). Ask if you can pull up carpet/trunk mat. Big warning buzzer
if he says no.
Fortunately my previous owner had metal replaced where it was needed. And told me about defects that I didn't see. I felt that told alot.
Look for restification
upgrades, like front discs, HEI, tranny, rear end (you can id a rear from codes on passenger axle tube), bucket seats. Unless you are looking for full restoration, these things improve the value in my opinion.
In my opinion, if the main part of the body shell is solid, everything else is weekends and SS
. Just to give you a base to go by, I paid $3,750 for mine, it is a North Carolina car, and in Ohio I thought it was worth it easily.
Let me know how it goes. Where are U located anyway, I might have a few parts to trade?
Oh, by the way the 70 rear bumper is unique
to that year, and tail light lenses run $40.00 a piece. Mine is dented and 1 lense is cracked.