Half Done: 1967 Chevelle SS396 Project

Resplendent in — well — primer, this 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle is a project where most of the heavy lifting is complete, especially if you don’t mind engine building. It’s listed for sale here on eBay where bidding is up to $8,800 as I write and there’s not even a reserve!

Okay, maybe the “resplendent” was over the top, but those are some of the straightest panel lines I’ve seen on an unfinished Chevelle. We’re told that a frame-off restoration was started many years ago but the car has remained in this state for about 10 years due to the owner’s illness. The seller describes the body as solid and that it’s ready for paint.

We’re also told that the frame was sandblasted separately, painted, and some new suspension components were installed. Again, this is an awfully clean underside — where are the holes? Okay, any volunteer holes, not the ones GM made. I don’t see any!

I don’t know if the floor was replaced or not, but either way you certainly have solid metal to build from.

Whoops! Something’s missing here. The car’s VIN does check out to be an SS396 with the correct 38 code. We can also tell that the car was assembled in Fremont, California (code Z) from this handy decoder. The trim tag also helps us know something about the car, revealing that it was built in the second week of February and confirms again that it is a genuine SS.

Here’s what’s supposed to be in that earlier picture. Although this isn’t the original engine, it is a 396 cubic inch V-8, just from a year earlier car. And yes, that’s the famed Muncie 4-speed transmission. Unfortunately we’re told the engine needs to be rebuilt and we’re not told anything about the condition of the transmission. You can also see in some other pictures that some trim is supplied along with a mention of bucket seats, but I’m sure some things have gone missing in the ensuing years since tear-down. Let’s see where this no-reserve auction ends up going!


  1. Gaspumpchas

    Good seller, seems honest. providing the integrity of the body work is good, hard work done. Still lots to do and a paint job would be pricey unless u can do yourself. Engine also, not sure what a done car like this would bring when done? Anyhoo- looker over good, seems like lots or parts missing. Good luck to the new owner..67 Chevelle 396 4 speed- whats not to love??

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  2. bigdoc

    Could be a lot of fun when complete

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  3. plwindish

    Looks much better than any SS 396 that’s been recently listed here. I had a ’67 SS 396 back in ’69 – ’72. Gold with a black vinyl top, black interior with a close ratio 4 speed in front of the bench seat. It was a great runner until it got stolen in St Louis when I was stationed there in the Army. It was found within a day or two minus engine, trans, wheels and tires as well a personal contents in the car. I bought it back from the insurance company and had a rebuilt 327 put back in. The big block mystique was sadly gone forever after that. If I didn’t have two Avantis currently occupying my garage, I’d consider bidding on it.

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  4. Del

    Unless you can pay someone to reassemble this then you will have to do this JigSaw puzzle yourself.

    And you might go crazy trying ?

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    • sluggo

      Factory parts books and the factory assy manuals & workshop manuals are excellent. Show every part and order of assy. Not to mention there is numerous restoration guides in print as well as the TeamChevelle forum chock full of tech and resources, To some people its a relaxing, rewarding hobby, wrench time, crank up the music, coffee on and quality time in the shop/garage.
      Alternatively you could waste away in Margaritaville as a bar fly watching the world go by. Just me, but turning wrenches is more rewarding, But wenches when i was young and single WAS a fun pastime as well.

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      • jerry z

        I did a body on restoration on a 1966 SS396 Chevelle 30 yrs ago. Like sluggo said, factory assy manuals are your friends!

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  5. A.J.

    Just a couple weeks ago I walked away from a ’67 Chevelle. Not running, Northern car with some rust, but not bad enough for the scrap yard yet. Car was all there but needing plenty of elbow grease. They were FIRM at 12G’s! I blame all those auction shows on TV.

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  6. TimM

    The shell to me is worth $10,000 as a SS!! The other parts are just a bonus in my opinion!!

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    Would LOVE to have another 67 Chevelle SS 396. Though I’m pretty sure I can’t find another one for $325 (1974) didn’t need restored although after 2 years of beating on it almost every day and driving on N Y winter roads it sure needed it. “Thoughs were the days my friend we thought they would never end”
    You might be old if you remember that song. sorry couldn’t resist the devil made me do it honestly Lol

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