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Big Block Fun: 1970 Chevelle SS 454

1970 Chevelle SS454

This Chevelle is definitely rough and needs considerable work, but it is an SS 454 after all! The big 454 V8 is a lot of engine for this car and would be a blast. It has some rust issues that need to addressed, oh and the 454 isn’t the original but a later replacement. You can find this project here on eBay in Scottsville, New York with a current bid of $14,500. That’s a lot of money for a project that’s missing its original engine, but it could be worth a look!


  1. andy

    People pay too damn much money for these cars! Nuff said.

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  2. JamestownMike

    Ebay link doesn’t work!

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    • David Montanbeau

      Funny that you go by the name, JamestownMike. The guy that owns the company that I’m running name is Mike and the shop is in Jamestown CA

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  3. Alan (Michigan)

    This is the color combination of my ’69 SS. Love it still.

    Mine was the TH400 instead of the 4-speed, but I’d not kick this out of my garage.
    Big project, but so well worth doing, IMO. And, as a “non-original” motor, that leaves room for many improvements/updates along the way towards restoration.

    I do agree with andy though….. Too many people want these and see $$$ profit potential to make them affordable for most of us. I’ll be long gone before the money part of it comes back to earth. By then, the cost of petrol to actually run one instead of having it in a museum will be outta sight. Maybe many will be converted to run on CNG?

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  4. Nick Member

    This will be a numbers matching car after restored. owned by a little old lady and only driven on a beautiful day.

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  5. Prowler

    They probably find original paper work to go with it

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  6. stillrunners

    Hasn’t this been listed before….and before that….and….it is a nice one to do something with….

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  7. John B

    I’m an old-school Mopar guy, but I would have to say that in the 1970 model year, this car and the Buick GS 455 were the ones to beat in the quarter…with skilled drivers.

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    • David Montanbeau

      You forgot the ZL1-302Z and L88.When I was running with my 65 09 that ran 12s back then, the 427 Fords and 440 6 packs was a challenged besides the ones above. Here is my brother in 69 with a sponsored 440 6pak

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      • David Montanbeau

        His times

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      • John B

        Hi David…I did say the 1970 model year, implying a new car with a skilled driver not really a recollection of all strip-inclined offerings from the previous decade. If you come to a vintage muscle-car shootout with modern component-“equipped” vehicles…I believe the results would bear out my comments.

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  8. OhU8one2

    Call me crazy,but these big block behemoth’s never did a damn thing for me. And they still don’t. LS5,LS6 whatever. Take your cowl induction hood, and “SS” emblem’s,and the rest of the fancy schmancy. Wave the magic wand,presto! OMG! 73′ Trans Am,Super Duty 455,Brewster Green,with black interior,snowflake wheel’s. Ya see dreams can come true. Poncho Power

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  9. D. Sizemore

    Having done a 1970 Chevelle big block car I can tell you that this vehicle needs just about everything. Rot in trunk is from the upper rear body that has swiss cheesed under the top(look at the hole in the left sail panel where the top has pulled loose)…Unless you have the cost of the car plus about 50K to put into it – which I don’t…I’d pass and look for one that is already done for that kind of money.

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  10. nessy

    I was almost going to say the 14k current bid is not overpriced at all if this is a true LS6 454 car, then I looked a bit closer, it’s an LS5 car which is still ok, I don’t know how I missed that but the highlight is the missing original motor being replaced by a mid 70s smog engine? They can keep it but I’m sure someone will overpay for it.

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  11. Paul R

    That chrome handle with the white shift ball on it will bring the big $$$’s on this ride.
    It looks looks like a solid platform for a restore. My favorite year of the Chevelle’s after a 1966 model.

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  12. Lugnut

    Heres one that’s a non-original block 454 for about $10,000 more. Looks like a much nicer starting point. Put another way, $10k plus the cost of that one in the post wouldnt get you to where this one is at

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  13. Doug Towsley

    Theres a lot of other examples out there. Its always better to start with the cleanest and best example to restore.
    These are not bad,
    See: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Chevrolet-Chevelle-Malibu/142086325752?_trksid=p2047675.c100010.m2109&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20150805074509%26meid%3Dfe5bb47b16a048ff9ec5c44c25c2cbc4%26pid%3D100010%26rk%3D6%26rkt%3D16%26sd%3D152204852110

    And this seems much nicer and same area, Big block as well:

    But who knows what the reserves are? The one in this post has no reserve so maybe there is shill bidding going on, but regardless For an East Coast car this is not bad at all. Sure it needs patch panels and work but its a pretty nice platform. I keep repeating it but if Big block, go big or go home. 454 is the way to go, plus a Muncie, Power brakes and an Iconic body style whats not to like? People will pay big money for this. If you are a checkbook restorer you will also pay big money to restore it. But a guy with skills and the tools can do a great job on this and come out way ahead whether a flipper or long term investment. This will not have any problems selling. Anyone who doubts it has not been looking at sales and comparables.

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