Jim C’s 1970 Chevelle

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Jim C’s 1970 Chevelle

Jim purchased this 1970 Chevelle in 1976 from the original owner in North Royalton, Ohio. Jim drove it throughout his junior and senior year in high school and with a heavy heart he had to sell it in the fall of 1977 due to expenses related to higher education. In January 2012, Jim was contacted by a buyer who had found his Chevelle in a barn in Ashtabula, Ohio.

It had been sitting since 1980 and was still owned by the one person Jim sold it to, making Jim both the second and fourth owner. And as an added bonus the Chevelle was still black with gold stripes like Jim had painted it back in 1977!

“It was the actual car I drove in high school and I got it back 35 years later.”

Jim C

Jim purchased the Chevelle back from the man he sold it to and began a frame-off restoration with the help of his son. Together they sandblasted and powdercoated the entire frame, removed every nut and bolt and rebuilt the suspension and brakes. The interior stayed original including the dash, console, and even the door panels. Fortunately, the body was extremely solid and required little to no replacement panels, aside from the fenders and hood. Jim says;

“The metal on this Chevelle is the same metal GM had installed on the assembly line in 1970!”

Jim C

The paint was returned back to the original color of GM Shadow Gray (RPO 932) which was only featured on 11,692 1970 Chevelles. It was also originally a stripe delete car, and as evidenced by the 70’s paint job he put on it, Jim had liked the look of stripes but now also wanted to retain the original look. As a compromise he opted to put ghost stripes on the current iteration of the 1970 Chevelle.

The engine is a date correct ‘CE’ block (3969854 casting) 402 cubic inch bored 0.30 over. The transmission is a Turbo-Hydramatic 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 posi-traction. 

To say the least, Jim and his son have taken the time and restored this 1970 Chevelle back to its former glory! The car was finally completed in the spring of 2014.

(I’ll) never let it go again.

Jim C

"One stop shop, you had everything I needed and i got everything in a timely manner. Only had one damaged wheel well opening molding and that was promptly replaced with a new one."

-Jim C

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