A friend of mine bought a 71 or 72 Heavy Chevy brand new. I think it had a 454, but not 100% sure. I know it wasn't a small block. After I got out of the Army in 1972, we took a trip to NYC from Michigan. I just remember that car being one of the slowest BB cars I had ever been in and it only got something like 8 mpg. It is a good thing gas was about 30cents per gallon...
I am kinda glad they don't build things the way they used to...
Just my .02.....grr
No 454 in a HC, 402 yes. The 454 was reserved exclusively for the Malibu with Z15 SS option, in fact the 454 required the SS option and that was only available in the Malibu series. If it was a 72 and TH400 it could have had the 2.73:1 rear end which would make a relatively heavy car (no pun intended) slow to react.
Actually gas was about $0.55-$0.60 a gallon in 72 according to multiple results of a Google search. That's $3.12-$3.41 in 2014 dollars. Not such a good deal when one looks back on it.
So ive been reading posts on Heavy Chevy's and read lots of opinions. Im looking to get some newer insight on a path to take with my Heavy Chevy. I have a 71 HC (Vin 134371) and am trying to figure out if 1) I go back to as original as possible or 2) go rogue with it (make it a driver with personal taste touches) or 3) SS Clone. Pics are attached. I have no plans to sell, but also would like to be cognizant of ROI when investing this kind of money into a muscle car.
If, IF it's a documented YF3 car meaning you have paperwork showing RPO YF3 was ordered with it I'd definitely keep it YF3 - stripes, base interior and all - no Malibu seats, door panels, carpet, etc. If you just think
it is a Heavy Chevy but have no docs on it then build to your taste.
True Heavy Chevy's aren't that common to find, documented ones even fewer, and documented black ones are probably fairly rare although almost 40% of all 13437 sport coupes were optioned with it You can always upgrade the engine for performance and if you have the original engine, stash it away with all the correct brackets/nuts/bolts/pieces.
ROI is really dependent on the quality of the car, how much you can do to keep costs down and how much needs to be farmed out. However, if you're looking to flip the car for a profit...well...probably not going to happen. :thumbsup: