SS 396 Clone Project: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro

From all indications, this 1969 Chevy was an ordinary Camaro when it left the factory. But the seller’s more recent plan for the car was to create a Super Sport or SS 396 clone. Some of that work has been accomplished, while more will be needed to finish out the seller’s vision. Located in Aberdeen, Washington, this rolling project is mostly complete and available here on eBay where the bidding has reached $13,100, but the seller has set a reserve north of that.

In an extended 1969 model year, Chevrolet built more than 243,000 Camaros. That’s because there were some delays in getting the second-generation models into production. If this car had been an SS 396 from the beginning, it would have been in rare company today as just 6,752 Camaro’s came with the L35 325 hp 396 cubic inch V8. To further this project along, the seller is providing a period-correct ”JG” code engine block that will need a complete rebuild. The big-block heads are from 1971 and a short-shaft TH-400 transmission out of a running car completes the ensemble.

Although the Chevy once were Lemans Blue paint, primer grey seems to be everywhere now. The body looks to be in great shape inside and out, but there is a bit of rust on the passenger side door and front fenders. The hood is metal cowl edition and the rear quarters have had patch panels installed. A new windshield is in place, but the rest of the glass is out of the car but included and all trim has survived.

This Camaro has correct bucket seats for the front, but the back seat has been recovered in non-correct material. It will need a new headliner once the re-assembly process for the interior begins. The door panels and carpeting are in serviceable condition. The car is a roller kept in a dry environment but has good tires on Corvette-style Rally wheels. The buyer could opt to continue down the path the seller has started or do something entirely different like replicate how the car was built. But the cloning goal would probably be cheaper to accomplish at this point.


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  1. bobhess bobhess Member

    Good solid car but I wouldn’t put more than the present 13K into it. Still a bunch of money to spend on it.

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