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Old 03-19-2011, 12:02 PM   #1
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Default 1970 Chevelle restoration 2010-2013

This is my Chevelle:


It is a real SS454 LS5/M40 car that I bought out of a junkyard in the mid 80's. It was one of 4 Chevelles that Bruce Hershburger had brought up from Washington state as parts cars for his red LS6. It was missing an engine, a transmission, had a mismatched interior, super crappy bodywork, and a trunk loaded with leftover parts.
My brother knew a guy who had had Coker do $1600 worth of work to a marine 454 found in the Aleutians and hacked his '67 GTO firewall to make it fit. I got the engine when he went to a Pontiac 428. The 454 had 1965 425hp 396 Corvette heads with 3/8" pushrod guides but Coker's had put in 5/16" pushrods. In the trunk happened to be a coffeecan jammed full of HP 3/8" pushrods!
I got the thing running during the winter of 86-87 and cruised it around the Peninsula for several years, until the paint started cracking and falling off and I got too ashamed to drive it in public. My maintenance records show I put 17,000 miles on it from 1988-92, but only 600 in the last 19 years.
I have finally caught up on other projects and was sick of seeing it rot, so we dug it out of a snowbank last November and stuffed it inside to thaw and assess.

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Old 03-19-2011, 12:10 PM   #2
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The correct speedometer only reads to 120mph. Somebody installed this 70-72 Camaro 150mph speedo sometime in the 70s. I'm still undecided whether I will put in a Chevelle speedo as I highly doubt I will go over 140mph as often as I used to.
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Old 03-19-2011, 12:16 PM   #3
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This is the best corner. Fiberglass and GreatStuff foam!

My first patch. I had to rebuild a rear floor under the seat so I can reinstall a diagonal so I can cut off one quarter so I can rebuild the trunk so I can fit the trunk lid so I can rebuild the window sill so I can...

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Old 03-20-2011, 02:22 PM   #4
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Got the quarter cut off last weekend.

Still lots of brackets to fab and repair while waiting for wheelhouses and trunk dropoffs to get here.

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Old 03-21-2011, 01:47 AM   #5
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cool build, keep the pics comin
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Pretty cool! If you've got bigger pictures I wouldn't complain about seeing them!
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Also that's an interesting story. I find it amazing that someone brought up four Chevelles, and not just run of the mill Malibus, but even an LS5, just to restore one. That LS6 must have been pretty rough to need that many cars to fix it!
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Old 03-21-2011, 03:44 PM   #8
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Also that's an interesting story. I find it amazing that someone brought up four Chevelles, and not just run of the mill Malibus, but even an LS5, just to restore one. That LS6 must have been pretty rough to need that many cars to fix it!
If it was the 80's a 1970 chevelle was only 10 to 20 years old and still "common" to see on the road. in the midwest it was typical with all the salt on the roads you needed several parts cars to complete 1 project. not too mention there was no internet shopping for hard to find and rare parts at your fingertips. you-pull-a-part junkyards were plentiful, so you could buy a roller for parts feasibly.

Anybody else miss those days?
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Old 03-21-2011, 08:09 PM   #9
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I was told that my car had an LS6 in it when it was brought up, which may be the engine put in Bruce's red car. But the positraction carrier, all of the fiber optic stuff, and both hood flappers were also gone when I got the body. Since the Chevelle fiber optic stuff is extremely rare and Bruce's LS6 had it too, I suspect that was the reason it was picked to be the parts car. That and the fact that the left quarter was so poorly replaced in the 70s that a rear bumper couldn't be installed. And it was painted anyway! The car may have sat in the yard of some bodyshop for years after its owner refused to pay for that "repair".

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Old 03-21-2011, 08:27 PM   #10
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Oh my god man. How freakin sweet. You are a lucky man. I am subscribed to this thread. How cool to have a real 1970 (my personal favorite) true SS.... unreal. Make that sucker a Barrett car....
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70 Chevelles have to be one of my all time favorites, great looking cars. Cool that you know some of the history behind it. Make that sucker look brand new!
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Hey cool, bigger pics! Awesome!

I've always loved the '70 front clip, also the '68-'69 look pretty good.

If you end up replacing that hood Duallie I might interested in that one if it's cheap/free enough! It would be right at home on my rusty El Camino!
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I have been busy on a non-Chevelle project.

Before:


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3 months clearing junk, logging, and prep,
2 months finding a guy to do the dirtwork who wasn't a flake,
1 month slab prep and pouring and curing,
1 month bending nails and closing in,
3 months wiring, piping, sheetrock and mudding/taping.

I am currently cleaning out the shop and making room around the Chevelle.

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Old 04-01-2012, 01:22 PM   #14
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If it was the 80's a 1970 chevelle was only 10 to 20 years old and still "common" to see on the road. in the midwest it was typical with all the salt on the roads you needed several parts cars to complete 1 project. not too mention there was no internet shopping for hard to find and rare parts at your fingertips. you-pull-a-part junkyards were plentiful, so you could buy a roller for parts feasibly.

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I almost bought a 69-72 442 for $3500 when I was 18 (1990), no chance of that happening anymore. Bought a 1980 z28 instead, still got into plenty of trouble.
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Right on!
Bruce does VERY nice work. I picked up a blue '67 4spd. Chevelle parts car from him several years ago.
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Had a 72 SS clon i built a 383 stroker for, always liked Chevelles, had two 67 SS Chevelles also, my favorites. Heavy Metal -Tucker on here had a couple 70's also.
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