TOTAL FRAME OFF RESTO, 454 TO LS5 SPECS, R12 A/C, HORSESHOE CONSOLE, BUCKETS!!
There's no question that the biggest, baddest Chevy of the muscle car era was the 1970 Chevelle SS454. And while the brutal LS6 was the top dog in the horsepower wars, if you wanted things like A/C and a street-friendly personality, the torque-monster LS5 was a smarter choice. And that's exactly where this gorgeous 1970 Chevelle SS 454 tribute ended up: a highly accurate LS5 street brawler with a lot of charisma.
They started with a V8 Chevelle and went all-out to build one heck of an SS tribute. In a ground-up project like this, it makes sense to start with good base stock, so the body shell they selected came from a warm climate and didn't pose the challenges that one of its northern siblings would. It was straightened and smoothed, a correct cowl-induction hood was installed, and then it was covered in a few coats of Cranberry Red and a pair of black SS stripes down its center. Everything was buried under the clear to make it ultra-smooth, then buffed to the kind of shine only modern paints can provide. It hasn't been driven much since it was completed, so it's still very, very clean, and it'll take an expert to spot the differences. There are proper SS badges, a blacked-out hood, and even correct oval exhaust tips peeking out from under the rear bumper.
The all-new black bucket seat interior also accurately duplicates the SS look. Correct seats, new seat covers, proper black carpets, and even reproduction door panels make it feel very showroom fresh inside. As I mentioned, the LS5 engine meant that most of the luxury goodies were back on the menu in your hi-po Chevelle, and this car includes factory-style A/C with R12 refrigerant inside, a tilt column, and, of course, a center console with the awesome horseshoe shifter. Round gauges are a part of the SS look, and they are nicely finished with bright markings and clear lenses, apparently having been restored with the rest of the car just a few thousand miles ago. There's an AM/FM/cassette stereo head unit in the dash, and it controls a 10-disc CD changer that's been stashed in the nicely detailed trunk. That same trunk also carries a reproduction floor mat and full-sized spare with jack assembly, so you know they were checking the details during the build.
The engine was rebuilt to 360 horsepower LS5 specifications with a few minor deviations from stock, mostly stuff that the original owner would have done within weeks of buying his new Chevelle. Up top, there's a Holley 4-barrel carburetor with electric choke, but it lives under a correct chrome air cleaner with reproduction decals, so almost nobody will notice. There's Chevy Orange paint on the block, correct hoses, fittings, and clamps, and all the bare metal parts are the right finish, albeit protected from the elements. Ceramic-coated long-tube headers and a set of cut-outs underneath give this LS5 a split personality, and the TH400 3-speed automatic feels robust enough to do full-throttle burnouts at every stoplight. Thanks to the frame-off restoration, the underside is extremely well-detailed and in excellent shape; as you can see, almost everything is new. Even the 245/60/14 BFGoodrich radials on correct SS wheels look like they only have a few miles on them.
A very impressive Chevelle that runs even better than it looks. 95% authentic, it's a great way to enjoy some big block muscle without giving up the creature comforts. Call today!
- AM/FM Radio
- Air Conditioning
- CD Changer
- Front Disc Brakes
- Power Brakes
- Power Steering
- Seatbelts (Front)
- Seatbelts (Rear)
- Tilt Wheel
- Vinyl Interior
- iPod Compatible
- Owner's Manual
- Restoration Photos
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