Jim Centorbi’s 1970 Chevelle

Jim Centorbi’s 1970 Chevelle

Jim Centorbi’s 1970 Chevelle – A true SS 396, not a clone.

Jim purchased his 1970 Chevelle in 1976 from the original owner in North Royalton, Ohio. He drove it through his last years in high school and with a heavy heart I had to sell it in the fall of 1977. In January 2012 he was contacted by a person who had found the car in a barn in Ashtabula, Ohio where it had been sitting since 1980. It was still owned by the person Jim sold it to in 1977. Which made Jim the second and fourth owner, after purchasing it for the second time.

After purchasing the Chevelle he began a frame-off restoration with the help of his son. They have restored it to its former glory, by sandblasting and powder coating the frame, removing every nut and bolt and rebuilding the suspension and brakes. The interior is the original including the dash, console and door panels.
The body was extremely solid and required no replacement panels, this is original sheet metal. The paint was returned back to the original color of Shadow Gray. It was still painted black with gold stripes when Jim painted it back in 1976. The car was completed in the spring of 2014. The engine is a date correct ‘CE’ block, 3969854 casting 402 cubic inches bored 0.30 over. The transmission is a Turbo 400 that was built by “Transmission by Bruce” in Parma, Ohio who also built the original transmission. The rear end is the original 12 bolt positraction. This car is a true SS 396, not a clone.


Check out these photos taken by Jim!


1964-1972 Chevelle Big Block Air Cleaner Decal, 396 Cross Flags

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1964-1972 Chevelle Big Block Air Cleaner Decal, Turbo Jet 350 Horsepower

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1968-1972 Chevelle Front Arm Rest Pad And Base Kit Black

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1964-1972 Chevelle Trunk Weatherstrip

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1968-1972 Chevelle Deluxe Mesh Package Tray Black

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1969-1972 Chevelle SS Exhaust Tips without GM Numbers 3 Inch

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