Jeffrey B’s 1971 Chevelle November ’21 Customer Car of the Month

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Jeffrey B’s 1971 Chevelle November ’21 Customer Car of the Month

Jeffrey was returning to his 1971 Chevelle in the parking lot after a routine trip to the local AutoZone. Opening the door he noticed a small piece of light beige debris on the floor with some old printing on it. More on that story in a moment.

This mostly original 1971 Chevelle SS was purchased three years ago and has 71,000 documented original miles. This Chevelle retains its original 402 big block engine, 12 bolt rear end, and Muncie 4 speed transmission.

The engine came to him modified with a mild performance cam, headers, and Edlebrock manifold and carburetor. The interior and all other running gear appear to be all original.

He was able to track down the owner back from 1980, who performed an extensive restoration on the car. He asked the gentlemen if he had ever run across the build sheet, and he replied, “I guarantee you it’s not in the car. He has had every inch of that car torn apart, and it was never found.

While he was almost sure this car was an original 1971 Chevelle SS based upon the equipment it came with. He really wanted the build sheet to have the proper documentation.

Back to the Autozone parking lot story. As he studied the piece of paper he found, he noticed the type of writing. It had the distinct look of a piece of the original build sheet. He had previously looked in all of the usual places suggested for this Baltimore-built car.

He fired up the big block and drove home to remove the front driver’s seat. Once removed, he discovered a piece of plywood and some extra foam above the springs. Once the plywood and foam were removed, there it was. The original build sheet was wedged under the seat springs.

There was enough of the sheet to verify all the important stuff like the car is an original SS big block, 4 speed.

Still not sure why he was so interested in finding the build sheet. He guesses it’s just kind of a “cool” thing to have. Does it change the value of the car? Hard to say. Regardless, what an unexpectedly great day in the life of owning this 1971 Chevelle.

All parts he has installed are OEM parts to keep the 1971 Chevelle SS as original as possible. He has begun to work through all of the 50-year-old parts and upgrade them to new original stock parts. This includes a new heater core and hoses, recore of the radiator, rebuild of the front end upper and lower control arms. Replacement of the steering box, drag link, idler arm, and tie rod ends.

He further plans to rebuild/replace the braking system keeping the original front disk and rear drum brakes.

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-Jeffrey B

Ground Up Parts Featured In This Build

1971-1972 Chevelle Cigarette Lighter Assembly

Part #: ICG-71


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1971-1973 Chevelle Outer Radio Knobs

Part #: IRK-712


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1971-1975 Chevelle Headlight Knob With Logo

Part #: IHL-712


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1964-1977 Chevelle Vinyl Floor Mats GM Logo

Part #: IBT-GM-BLK


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