1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS for sale 101526290
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
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**** 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS454 LS5 (LS-5) ****

I've been getting numerous requests for the different numbers on the car. I've added a picture of the engine pad showing the engine ID "T0202CRQ" (Tonawanda Engine Plant, Feb. 02, CRQ = 454 mated to TH-400), and the partial VIN "10R212221." The block casting number is "3963512" (454) and is date coded "K10 9," or November 10, 1969. The axle reads "CCF 1205B1." That translates to a 3.31:1, built December 5, at Buffalo Plant, 1st Shift. The car currently has 4.10:1 gears, but comes with 3.31:1 gears. The axle manufacture date is "K269," or November 26, 1969. The axle housing casting number is "3969278N" (could be "3969278NF"). On the other side of the axle housing the casting "GM 54" can be seen. All of these castings and stampings make sense with the build date of the car (Feb. 1970) and the fact Arlington didn’t start building Chevelles until Dec. 1969. 

This is a true SS. While I do not have the build sheet or POP, all the right parts are there, the partial VIN is stamped on the engine block, and it has the correct stamps and castings everywhere it's supposed to, down to the date stamp on the original SS wheels.

The TH-400 is not original to the car. It's a "CJ" coded transmission dated 1973.

So again, original, numbers-matching engine and rear end. This is a rarely seen triple-white Chevelle -- paint code 10/10 (white/white), interior code 791 (Aff. Ivory Coated Fabric). It currently has a black interior. We removed the white interior 17 years ago due to wear, but I did keep the original headrests, which are sometimes hard to find, and which will go with the car. This is an Arlington, TX, built Chevelle. Arlington did not begin manufacturing Chevelles until Dec. 1969 with production # 200001. This car is production # 212221, or the 12,221st car built at that plant. The production date was the 3rd week of February 1970. Like some other early production Chevelles from Arlington, it has a TH-400 without the gear indicator on the console -- the gear indicator is on the speedometer, like a column shift car would have. This is correct for this car. 

So we have owned this car since 2004, but prior to this, the previous owner had it on the west coast in southern California. The car has factory power, front disc brakes, rear drum brakes, A/C, TH-400 transmission, U41 gauge package, bucket seats with console and horseshoe shifter, AM/8-track radio (restored by Antique Automobile Radio), tilt steering, F41 suspension, dual exhaust, power steering, and sport stripes. Note the previous owner added the "cowl induction" trim to the hood, but it does not have the actual ZL2 option -- the air intake valve and hood-to-air cleaner duct. There is no "flapper." Also, the car has a custom, dual exhaust with Flowmaster 40-series mufflers and OEM exhaust tips. The exhaust manifolds are original to the car. It does not have headers. So the custom exhaust starts at the exhaust manifolds.

Yes, the 8-tracks in the back seat convey with the car. The radio works, but only the rear speakers. The front speakers were shot and I never got around to replacing them. 

Based on the condition of the car, how long we've owned it, and how long the previous owner said he drove it, we believe the mileage (114,400) is correct, having rolled over only once. 

The chrome bumpers, the chrome window trim, the chrome around the headlights, the chrome wheel rings and center caps ... all original. Same with the taillights, turn signals, and so on. 

There are parts (not on the car) which convey with it:

1. The original dash. Currently there is a reproduction dash installed because the factory dash had had the radio post "cups" removed so an aftermarket radio could be installed. At the time, there was no repair for the missing "cups." Now I believe there is. Either way, the factory dash comes with the car.
2. The original Rochester Quadra-Jet specifically for the LS-5, part number 7040204, dated Jan. 23, 1970. The car currently has an aftermarket distributor and an Edelbrock carburetor, but the Q-Jet comes with the car. It needs to be restored. See pic.
3. A set of 3.31 gears. Currently it has a 4.10 rear coupled to the TH-400. 
4. Factory Ivory colored headrests. See pic.
5. Reproduction rear package shelf.
6. A set of new old stock (NOS) exhaust tips. 7. NOS hood springs. The hood springs on the car are weak. If it's a really hot day, they won't keep the hood up. See pic of NOS springs.8. The brackets for the front speakers.9. Whatever else I can find that belongs to the car.

This is a #3 condition car. It is not perfect, and it does have some minor issues. It is not a fresh, frame-off restored car, with a shiny new base coat, clear coat paint job. It has a lacquer paint job with chips here and there, but to me a lacquer paint job looks better on a classic muscle car. It's also not a rust bucket. The frame is rust free and this is a true SS priced fairly at its current condition, and does come with the extra pieces I mentioned above.

Things to note -- full disclosure: 

There are a couple rust bubbles on the rear trunk lid (just below the left racing stripe) that are roughly pea sized, and one near the passenger side rear tire. The car needs new rubber weatherstripping, as it still has the original weatherstripping. The A/C has some new parts, but is not currently working. I believe it just needs to have the system charged. The plastic radiator shroud had a crack on the top, which I repaired with epoxy. The passenger side front inner fender, which is the factory original plastic (some Chevelles had steel inner fenders, some had plastic), has a crack in it. The leading edge of the driver's side door has some paint chips that I touched up with paint from AutomotiveTouchup. These paint chips were the result of me trying to re-level the door as it was sagging a little. The distributor is an HEI or electronic ignition. The old distributor was gone when I got the car. All of this can be seen in the pictures, with the exception of maybe the weatherstripping, but if you want more pictures, then just ask.

Finally, here's the "why" we are selling it -- I purchased this car for my wife as a wedding present in 2004. Before we bought it, we looked for over a year to find a triple white Chevelle, because that's what she wanted. It's ironic then that we never got around to putting that white interior back in her. Anyway, for the past 17 years, we have enjoyed this beauty, and owned other muscle cars which have come and gone, but this Chevelle has always been our first and best love. We've gone to car shows. We've gone to cruises. We've smiled as people honked, waved, and gave us thumbs-up and head nods. Eventually now that we're older, we simply stopped driving this car like we thought it should be driven and cared for. For the past 3 years, it's hardly been out of the garage -- and that's not the life we envisioned for this car. We want someone to drive it, love it, and continue to keep it cruising the roads. I have to say though, if it does not sell, I won't be sad in the least. In fact, I'm almost rooting for it to stay in the family for another 17 years.
No warranty is supplied with the car. It is sold as-is. 

Feel free to contact me with questions. Pick up will have to be in-person. I know that limits who will be able to purchase our Chevelle, but that's the way it is. I've shipped cars before, and it hasn't gone well. Payment is cash or cashiers check or perhaps wire transfer. If you have questions about payment, send me a message.

The price is firm. If it does not sell, we will just keep her. Feel free to contact me with questions.

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Vehicle Specifications

  • VIN
  • Classic Car ID
  • Stock Number
  • Category
    Muscle & Pony Cars
  • Body Style
  • New/Used
  • Mileage
    114,400 miles
  • Engine
    8 Cylinder
  • Drivetrain
    2 wheel drive - rear
  • Transmission
    3 Speed Automatic
  • Exterior Color
  • Custom Color

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