Steve T’s 1969 Chevelle SS396

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Steve T’s 1969 Chevelle SS396

This 1969 Chevelle SS is the culmination of a two year search for Steve. It was a garage kept example owned by an elderly man in Tennessee who hadn’t driven it in years, which Steve somehow convinced him to sell after some time.

Since the Chevelle had sat for so many years, Steve had his work cut out for him over the next three weeks. The majority of the rubber on the Chevelle needed to be addressed before he could even think about moving it; items like tires, hoses, belts and bushings were all replaced. All the fluids received a flush and a new battery was installed. Steve was now ready to drive his Chevelle over 2 hours to its new home.

With the essentials out of the way, the time came to focus on renovating the interior and the engine bay. The interior received new carpet, headliner, and seat covers to bring it back to life. A tune-up went a long way into restoring the engine performance, which included new plugs, wires, pumps, a new carburetor, radiator, and cooling fans.

Now that the 1969 Chevelle was both comfortable and reliable, Steve turned his attention to the exterior. He replaced the original tattered vinyl top with a brand new reproduction top and has meticulously waxed, polished, and buffed the paint numerous times. While the existing paint looks good enough for Steve, he may decide to repaint the Chevelle at some point in the future.

With the Chevelle essentially where Steve wants it in terms of appearance and performance, he is now enjoying it as a weekly driver, both for taking leisurely 3 to 4 hour cruises and bringing it to every car show within a three state limit. When he can’t drive any longer, he plans to hand it over to his son.

”40 years ago my neighbor had a 1969 Chevelle and as I delivered his newspaper, I always said that I would own a ‘69 Chevelle someday. Well, that day is finally here. I love the size, shape, and appearance of the 1969 Chevelle, and who wouldn’t enjoy that big-block under the hood?”

Steve

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1964-1977 Chevelle BC Shorty Bench Seat Console

Part #: CC-BCSHORTY-245

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Chevelle NK4 Sport Style 4 Spoke Steering Wheel

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1969 Chevelle Rectangular Rear View Mirror, Left Hand

Part #: MHQ-1316L

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1969-1972 Chevelle SS Fender Emblem Kit

Part #: TO-773K

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