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1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 CONVERTIBLE
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 Convertible
Restored 454ci 466 Hp V8 4 Speed
We are very pleased to offer this brilliantly restored 1969 Chevelle SS396 Convertible clone finished in code-correct Garnet Red (52A) with White convertible top and matching Parchment bucket seat interior (790). Under the hood of this example lies a professionally built, big block 454ci V8 engine producing a dyno-tested 466 peak horsepower and 522 lb. ft. of torque using mostly stock components! All while staying detailed & dressed as a factory-appointed 396ci V8 of the period. Additional options include M21 close-ratio 4-speed Muncie transmission with Hurst shifter linkage, 12-bolt rear axle fitted with 3.31 Posi-Traction, factory air conditioning, power front disc brakes, power steering, buckets seats with center console, Rally gauges with in-dash tachometer, F41 competition suspension, 14” SS wheels wrapped in Firestone Wide Oval F70-14 tires, power folding top, and upgraded Custom Auto Sound AM/FM radio in the stock location!
Using a solid condition, factory 1969 Chevelle Malibu Convertible, John Evans Restorations fully photo documented this build from start to finish! Having represented and sold past Evans cars, we know from experience they are built right by completely disassembling the vehicles to their bare foundations in a true frame-off, rotisserie manner. This particular car was extra special by being John Evans personal car for his own private collection! It began in 2006 with the entire body and chassis completely media-blasted to bare metal. The frame, inner fender wheels, and suspension components were epoxy coated black. What rust that was found in the lower, rear quarters and a small area on the interior floor was removed and replaced with only GM replacement panels, otherwise this body remains largely original sheet metal. All body panels & components were treated to expert preparation that included two coats of poly primer (inside & out), multi-stage block sanded, re-primed a second time, blocked again it two increasing grits, fully sealed, then received its final top coat in a PPG base coat/ clear coat application before being color sanded and polished to a mirror-like finish! It looks absolutely amazing from all angles!
The engine machine work and build was completed by JCM Machine Shop in May 2007 with a 1973 date-coded Chevrolet 454 engine block that was bored .030 and fitted with all new forged internals, Comp Cams Extreme Energy flat tappet hydraulic camshaft, rebuilt heads with new valves & springs, stock exhaust manifolds, Edelbrock Performer RPM aluminum dual plane intake, Holley 750cfm carburetion, K&N air filter, new water pump, new fuel pump, belts, correct GM hoses & tower style clamps, HEI ignition, and more! It’s true displacement now measures 460.39ci with 10.5:1 compression, so it was designed to run on premium pump gas. The 1969 date-coded M21 transmission was supplied from Wayne’s Transmission and installed with new CenterForce clutch, balanced driveshaft from Driveshaft Unlimited, new u-joints, and interior pedal assembly & linkage. The 1970 rear axle was also fully rebuilt & seals with the Posi-Traction gearing.
With the chassis prepped & painted, it was fitted with all new OEM brake lines & complete fuel system, all new brakes at the wheels, body & suspension bushings, front end components, drivetrain mounts, wheels, trim rings & caps, & tires, entire 2.5in exhaust system, and more! With an all new interior, all wiring harnesses, convertible top, weather stripping , chrome trim & badging, body side stripe, it’s truly is as new as vehicle could be, with no expense spared to make it as much a stunning show car as it is a very competent driver! Included with the car are a CD of the restoration photos, dyno sheet, and owner’s manuals. With the vehicle completed in late 2007, it has been pampered by John Evans with occasional showings and cruises.
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