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1971 chevelle SS. Just noticed it has a super T10 in it which isnt the correct trans, however im trying to verify the engine.

The stamping on the front of the block reads
T0516CTL comes up as a tonowanda may 16th 300hp 350 4 barrell 4 speed. However its listed as a 70 and shows corvette from what i can find. I have the original intake and quadrajet 4 barrell. My question is, is it plausible that since it was may and the car is a 71 that they threw a 70 motor in it? Since it was early in the year. Im not quite sure how to be sure i guess you could say. Most of that information came from this site. Any help would be appreciated. The car has a 12 bolt, with joy stick driver mirror cowl induction hood, and pins. Also boxed control arms looks factory and rear sway bar. I been trying to look for a build sheet if there is one but not aggressivley searching. Was originally canary yellow.
 

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The paint code shows 52 52 on trim tag so its sunflower yellow not canary yellow as originally stated. Not sure what the second 52 is. Is that for the stripes? It has no vinyl top.
 

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1971 chevelle SS. Just noticed it has a super T10 in it which isnt the correct trans, however im trying to verify the engine.

The stamping on the front of the block reads
T0516CTL comes up as a tonowanda may 16th 300hp 350 4 barrell 4 speed. However its listed as a 70 and shows corvette from what i can find. I have the original intake and quadrajet 4 barrell. My question is, is it plausible that since it was may and the car is a 71 that they threw a 70 motor in it? Since it was early in the year. Im not quite sure how to be sure i guess you could say. Most of that information came from this site. Any help would be appreciated. The car has a 12 bolt, with joy stick driver mirror cowl induction hood, and pins. Also boxed control arms looks factory and rear sway bar. I been trying to look for a build sheet if there is one but not aggressivley searching. Was originally canary yellow.
The other string of smaller font stamped numbers on the block deck should be the VIN and should match the VIN located on your windshield tab. No match between engine and body, then not original.
 

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I don't think May is early in the year. September (1970) would be early in the year. If your car was built in May of 1971 there was only approx 3 months remaining in the model year. What is the build date on the body trim tag.
 

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August would be early, the second 52 is the upper body color, the lower color is shown first, good luck with your car!!
 

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Trim tag decodes as december of the third week. Judging by this delapitated build sheet i found this had an LS5 454 with a muncie m22, the f41 suspension b22 dr ss emblems. However im not seeing a code for SS. So the motor is abviously not correct. Where can i find the vin on this build sheet is it top left or bottom right or?? This paper so brittle and dirty im picking my brain as to how to get the dirt off without destroying it.
 

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Silly question since i cant locate anything on whats left of the build sheet to indicate an ss option but I do see the LS5 454 and M22 and the b22 code, and it sais 13637 on the left side of the paper work which matches my vin does that basically document this as an SS car? Just want to see what yall think. Your insight is much appreciated. Il see if I can post up a picture of the build sheet. Even shows it was sold in coos bay oregon.
 

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13637 arent the numbers that matter. its the numbers after that in the vin that do. the sequence numbers.
 

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After thinking about it ya they dont matter. However I think im satisfied that this is a true SS. Given the options listed, and the engine and trans combo listed on the build sheet. I was just on a mission to document the car.
 

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i would confirm the other options that are on the build sheet. obviously the drivetrain is wrong so resale for ss prices is out the window. have fun with the car now. No matter what the numbers show its a chevelle. unless your an old man with a personal museum numbers dont mean crap. let her rip tater chip!
 
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If anyone is interested here is a picture of whats left of the buildsheet.
Look for a paper/document/book restoration specialist in your area. And ask for references. ;)

They can do wonders with old paper.
 

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That build sheet document an SS, it just doesn't document which one since the upper right corner is missing where the vin would be.. Bummer, but sounds like a cool car anyway.
 

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That is true, however im pretty confident it belongs to this car. All the options match suspension, mirror, rearend, even the colors and seats. I have heard of different build sheets being found in vehicles.
 

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I just bought this car, and I found someone who has a CPA code, complete 454 from a 70 SS. However CPA is a 71 LS5 manual trans code according to Chevellestuff.net. What would one expect to pay for one of these? Of course the car wouldn't be numbers matching, however I don't think shoving my freshly built 383 stroker in there is gunna do it for me LOL. I put up a picture of the car.
 

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Personally I wouldn't pay crazy money for it. As a matter of fact I wouldn't probably purchase it unless I considered it a good deal. Reasons being you can get a killer 468 or 496 for $6k or so. Also unless you can watch the engine run and inspect it you will have to take sellers word on the status of that engine. Third it won't match your car and although it will add more value than a small block it would be nowhere near numbers match value.
 

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Like I told a guy I once worked with, you should use what you have(Known Good)to get the car running and reliable, and then you can make changes. He put everything back and acknowledged that with all the plans he had, the car would still be a project on jack stands in his carport. If you have an engine that is already good, put it in and start driving and enjoy what you have.
 

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The car runs and drives as of now. I think really the best option is just to do as you said after thinking about it. Just do brakes and suspension and get everything replaced since bushings and brakes and suspension parts are cheap. The car needs some body work as you can tell in the picture. Probably the best advice I have heard in a long time. Well said. Plus keep the wife happy not having a project sitting on jackstands in the garage with parts littered everywhere.
 
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