1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS Rotting Away in a Yard Has Something Unexpected Under the Hood

The debut of the Super Sport in 1961 on the Impala was a brilliant idea. Americans wanted larger engines and sporty upgrades, so Chevrolet offering a package specifically built with such goodies in mind helped boost its models' customer appeal.
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The SS rapidly expanded to more models, eventually becoming popular in other lineups, including Nova and Chevelle.

1966 was the year of change for the Chevelle Super Sport. Two years after it made its way to the Malibu, the Chevelle Super Sport, known as SS 396, received series status, no longer being offered as a package for the standard model. The SS 396 could be had as sports coupes and convertibles, boasting compelling upgrades, like new shocks and springs, a reinforced frame, and a new front stabilizer bar.

The 1966 Chevelle SS you can see in these photos is just a relic of what was once a great Super Sport, as the vehicle looks like it's been left to rot under the clear sky.

The Chevelle "is an authentic Super Sport," the owner explains on Craigslist, adding that the original engine is no longer in the car. When opening the hood, you'll find a 6.0-liter V8 from a Chevy truck, but the mill isn't yet hooked up. You can either stick with this engine and finish the installation or swap it with any powerplant you want, as long as you bring the Chevelle SS back to the road.

You can easily tell the vehicle has been struggling with a lot lately, which isn't surprising. A car left to rot in a yard typically exhibits a challenging metal condition, so you must put it on a lift and inspect everything, beginning with the floors and the trunk pan. I don't expect good news in this regard, and the seller doesn't share additional specifics either.

The original Powerglide transmission is still around, so at least you get half of the original drivetrain. The bumper, the radiator, and the taillights are still in the car alongside other parts, so if you see something missing in the photos, you first need to check the cabin.

A Chevelle SS is a highly desirable project, but most people look for the original package, especially because they want to retain the original Super Sport package. Doing this on this project is nearly impossible, considering the lack of an engine, but you could still try to find a correct unit to bring the Chevelle back to stock glory.

If you believe the vehicle is worth a second chance and you're willing to begin a complete restoration, you must pay $3,500. Considering its condition, you'll need a trailer to take it home, and you must travel to Alaska to inspect it.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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