We’ve all seen cars advertised in magazines and newspapers as “numbers matching” or “fully restored”, but sometimes these words can be very misleading (especially when the car is coming from half way across the country)!
Steve found this out after purchasing a 1970 Chevelle SS396 from a classic car showroom. The Super Sport was advertised as numbers matching, but Steve quickly noticed that the transmission was wrong. Instead of the correct Muncie 4 speed that the 1970 Chevelle was supposed to have, Steve saw a Borg Warner Super T-10 sitting in its place. Luckily the rest of the drive train was correct and after a call back to the dealer, a correctly dated M-21 was on the way.
Once the transmission problem was squared away, Steve noticed that there was a lot more work to be done before the car could be considered correct. Many of the parts were installed incorrectly and not working, so Steve went to town ordering new parts. He installed new under dash lights, repaired the cowl induction, added a new steering column and fixed the reverse lock out, and installed a new wiring harness among many other things.
After about $5,000.00 and a lot of blood, sweat, tears, Steve’s 1970 Chevelle is fully functional once again.