View Full Version : ? about 1970 Chevelle
08-08-2005, 11:17:00 AM
My oldest son likes Chevelles, and he is approching the time to be able to drive. I have found a 1970 for sale locally that is a hardtop with busted windshield and rusty drivers quarter and trunk pan. It has a 350 running and also comes with a BBC 402 engine. They are asking $2500 for it and is said to be in restorable condition.
What are the trouble spots and other things to look out for on Chevelles? I know on second gens like frame rails etc... want to get a heads up on the Chevelle.
Also, does this sound like a reasonble price to start out with?
08-08-2005, 02:14:00 PM
Doesn't sound too bad but if you really look over the car, I'm betting you could talk down the price.
'70 Chevelles are getting harder to come by since the 1-year style and many people are making SS clones.
Check out the notorious rear window sill for leaks or rust on the rear package tray. Also check inside the trunk under the window.
The lower quarters in the rear fenders are also a problem bu since you need to look into the trucnk pand replacement, it's probably rusted too.
Nearly every Chevelle will need to have it's body mounts replaced and the rear suspension bushings done too.
Nice thing about these years, there are as many if not more suspension parts available to replace & upgrade the performance in handling as there are for 70-81 Camaro's!
Without knowing the full condition and options for the car, it sounds like anywhere from $1200-2000.
08-08-2005, 02:19:00 PM
Just my 2 cent's worth . You said nothing of it being an SS. Going on that ,scratch the 402 that is nothing but a 30 over 396 that GM made a oversize mistake on .You said the winshied needed to be replaced, you throw in a couple of other small things,battery, starter, so on. You would have 3,000 in a chevelle with rusted quaters.To the good side they are dinasores,and hard to wear out.It would be a good full bodied car for a first car,as far as safe in an accident.I think 2,500 is a little steep, I would lean more to 1,000 to 1,500 that's just my opinion ! 73/Z28 406,dart's,caged,connected,mufflers and tag's, 11.65@117 NO (nos) needed !
08-08-2005, 02:40:00 PM
<font face="Arial,Verdana" size="2">Originally posted by Preston anderson:
It would be a good full bodied car for a first car,as far as safe in an accident.</font>
Yep, I had already thought about that. Only bad side is it won't be the best on gas, but should be pretty safe.
I have no idea if it is a SS car, but I doubt it, I would never get that lucky. Anyway, if it turns out to not need a ton of work I will consider it, otherwise I will stick with the Camaro for now and keep looking for him a car. I have untill December anyway.
08-08-2005, 02:59:00 PM
Check out this site. Those guys can tell you anything you ever wanted to know about Chevelles
08-08-2005, 03:09:00 PM
Thanks D Stroud,
Already signed up and posted there today too. I know there are some members here that have or have had Chevelles too, so I thought I would take advantage of this resource as well.
08-08-2005, 09:18:00 PM
Well just to update everyone...
It was harder to find a good spot on this car than the bad ROFLOL! What a complely waisted Chevelle. I mean there just was nothing of any value on this car.
The guy was asking $2500, what a joke. If he would have dropped the last two zeros I would not have taken it. Oh well, I guess you have to wade through the weeds to find a gem sometimes.
Thanks for the help everyone.
08-08-2005, 10:02:00 PM
I just sold a 68' Chevelle (total resto needed - no eng/trans, no keys, no floors/trunk, no title & a stuck front wheel) for $1000.
People know they are getting harder to come by, so they pay for them if its what they are looking for. Its too bad the guy misrepresented it though. Its people like that, that make me nervous about selling project cars.
This week I am having a 63' Ford Galaxie 500 XL with original eng/trans and title delivered to my house. Going to do some work on it and sell her off..
Sorry for rambling, but the point of my message to you is that I have a 1971 (IIRC) Chevelle lined up to be in my posession in a few weeks.
This is a project and will be priced accordingly. If you are interested, shoot me an email and I will send you pics asap.