Muscle Project: 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396

This car is said to be a real 1970 Chevelle SS 396 that was pulled from a barn after being stored since 1989. The previous owner has started a full restoration including acquiring GM NOS (new old stock) sheet metal. For unspecified reasons, the car wasn’t completed and is ready for a new owner to take it over the finish line. It can be found here on eBay with a current bid of $12,500. Located in Centerburg, Ohio, the car will need some work to complete but has the potential to be a legit collector car. Check it out!

The ad says the previous owner had pulled the original 396 and had it “completely rebuilt by Jegs” then reinstalled. I would imagine it looked pretty good when it was all freshened up. Unfortunately, sitting for a few decades has deteriorated the luster and it will probably need to be pulled and rebuilt again. The seller says they have had the engine running and it sounds good, which is a good sign.

The seller says there are a few holes in the floor pan, but based on the photos, the rust issues don’t seem too bad. There are a few rusty areas in the lower front fenders as well. The trim tag shows this car was originally fathom blue with white stripes, which is a very handsome combination. Apparently the car still has the factory cowl induction actuator switch and wiring mounted on the gas pedal, which is cool.

This was the view a lot of people had of a new Chevelle in 1970. With the LS6 package, you could get up to 450 horsepower which was the highest factory hp rating you could get in the peak of the muscle car wars. Although this car is an SS 396, the new owner could choose to make it an LS6 clone. How would you finish this car?


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  1. Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

    This is a true ‘70 rock star car cuz it needs “A Whole Lotta Love”-otherwise it’ll turn into the wrong kind of Le(a)d Zeppelin…

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  2. Cadmanls Member

    As a former buckeye, Jegs has been around quite a while, don’t recall them rebuilding engines. Anyway going to take a bit of elbow grease to get it to shine. I bought a 66 Chevelle once in primer never bought another project in primer, can hide some ugly.

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    • Chris M.

      I agree, maybe more accurately, Jegs provided all the parts to rebuild it.

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    • Roy Blankenship

      Jeg’s had a complete shop where they built cars, motors, chassis, everything. I bought thousands of dollars worth of parts from them over the years, they competed with the Rod Shop, but ultimately, they prevailed and the Rod Shop became defunct. Back then, you were either in one camp or the other, my first race car had a Rod Shop motor in it. A friend from high school spearheaded their move into online parts sales and the rest, as they say, is history.

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  3. Troy s

    Engine looks built with that kind of intake manifold. Not as quick as earlier big block Chevelles.
    Really could be a sweet machine none the less,, I’d like to see it in “day two” style. Great find.

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  4. Skorzeny

    It even has the optional, but uncomfortable, floor mounted air cleaner!

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  5. Bish

    Am I forgetting? This car being a VIN 136 is NOT an SS as advertised but a 138 is?

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    • jerry z

      After 1968, all SS models were paper options. No 138 stamping on the trim tag. Hope he has documentation to prove it’s an SS.

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  6. art

    Condition aside, I’ve always thought this year was one of Chevelles’ best in terms of style. Imagine this car restored in Roman Red.

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  7. JOHN Member

    The owner should have stuck a a borescope camera on top of the gas tank to see if a sticker is present, and it there was one, drop the tank. I found the build sheet of my Van Nuys built 70 El Camino SS. Faint, but legible. I would say it would have been well worth his time. great color combo, restored, this will be a beautiful car.

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  8. TimM

    Could be a nice car but is from the rust belt and it should be gone over!! Any car in primer always makes me think twice!! Big block 4 speed with the right documentation got to be worth something!!!

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