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Need some advice - New from Florida

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Hey guys,

Not sure if this is the best forum to ask for advice, but since this is my first post I figured I'd put it here. I have wanted a Chevelle since I was 17 years old (almost bought one), I am now 30 and its about time to make it happen.

I am not exactly a performance car guy, but I know my way around an engine compartment fairly well. I still have a lot to learn as I am a firefighter/paramedic by trade so I have no offical training in the mechanic field.

I am looking to buy my first Chevelle and I would like some advice from some guys who know them well:

1. I want power (doesn't everyone?), and I want it to sound awesome (like a boat)! I have been narrowing my search to a 396 or a 454, but I was curious if a 350 is a viable option for power in these old cars. I know the parts are probably cheaper and easier to find. This is my first Chevelle but will also likely be my last, so I want to buy the right motor the first time.

2. I am looking for a car around 10,000-13,000. I know that limits my options a lot, so I fully expect to get a car with ragged interior. What major concerns should I look for to aviod getting a lemon? I can deal with ripped seats and bad interior, but bent frames and major issues are not something I want.

3. Any other tips for a first time Chevelle buyer?

P.S. I live in Sarasota, FL so if anyone know of one in the area let me know.

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First bit of advice is stay away from dealers. 2nd and this is my opinion don't buy something with a fresh paint job unless they have pictures of the restoration and process, a lot of people will do a hack job and quick paint to cover up rust and other issues. As far as engine goes it depends all in what you really want. Are you looking for engine and drivetrain to be done, and just needing interior work? If you want a big block, then look and don't settle. You will eventually find it, just don't rush into something. Lastly a lot of the guys here would be more than happy to give their opinion and maybe go look at a car with you if it is close to the, and you are serious about it. Welcome and good luck in your search
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