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1970 Chevelle SS 396 Restoration Started 15 Years Ago, Still a Work in Progress

Restoring an iconic car certainly isn’t the kind of job for the average Joe, and in some cases, people simply give up on the whole thing when they eventually figure out it involves too much work, money, and time to complete.
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This appears to be the case of this 1970 Chevelle SS, whose restoration started no less than 15 years ago but never came to an end.

Now listed for sale on eBay as a project car (aren't they all?), the Chevelle comes without the most important parts: the engine and the transmission are both gone. While this might be bad news at first, the fact that both of them are missing allows the buyer to change the purpose of the restoration. So instead of bringing the Chevelle back to factory specifications, a restomod might actually make more sense, especially if a new engine is around.

This SS shipped with a 402-ci (6.6-liter) 350 horsepower 4bbl Turbo Jet V8 paired with a four-speed manual transmission. According to official papers, which you can check out in the photo gallery here, the car was manufactured in Ontario in February 1980 and shipped by Chevrolet only approximately two weeks later to a dealer in the United States.

The current owner of the Chevelle explains the car was purchased a few years ago, and no changes have been made in the meantime, though the good news is that you’ll get several extra parts that would help with the restoration.

On the other hand, there are several parts that have either been replaced entirely, such as the floors and the braces, or are still missing, like the center console.

Without a doubt, this Chevelle is an interesting candidate for a full restoration project, though bringing it back to a mint condition will definitely be a challenge. However, a fully documented model that has already received a bunch of improvements isn’t that easy to find, so if you want to inspect this car more thoroughly, know you’ll have to pay $12,500 for both the Chevelle and the extra parts.

Editor's note: This article was not sponsored or supported by a third party.

 
 
 
 
 

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