December 16, 2021

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle – Red to Black

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The Chevrolet Chevelle is a mid-sized automobile that was produced by Chevrolet in three generations for the 1964 through 1978 model years. Part of the General Motors (GM) A-body platform, the Chevelle was one of Chevrolet’s most successful nameplates. Body styles included coupes, sedans, convertibles and station wagons. The “Super Sport” versions were produced through the 1973 model year, and Lagunas from 1973 through 1976.

After a four-year absence, the El Camino was reintroduced as part of the new Chevelle lineup in 1964.

The A-body Monte Carlo, introduced in 1970, also used a platform that was based heavily on the Chevelle platform, although it was lengthened ahead of the firewall.

The Malibu was the top of the line model through 1972 and completely replaced the Chevelle nameplate starting with the redesigned and downsized 1978 model year.

In 1970, sheet metal revisions gave the bodies a more coke bottle styling, and interiors were also redesigned. The 1970 Chevelle and the 1970 Buick Skylark share the same roofline. The 1970 Chevelle came in Sport Coupe, Sport Sedan, convertible, four-door sedan, a couple of wagons and coupe utility (the El Camino) body styles. Only three of these (Malibu sport coupe, Malibu convertible and El Camino pickup) were available with a choice of one of two SS options; RPO Z25 with the SS 396 (402 cid) engine and RPO Z15 with the new 454 cid engine. The base model was now simply called Chevelle in lieu of the former base 300 Deluxe, and was only available as a Sport Coupe or four-door sedan.


We will be installing power steering and vintage air. We will disassemble and reassemble for a new paint job. Also we will be replacing the trim for new.

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Working on tearing down the body in preparation for media blast.

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Here is the body after media blast.

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The body and parts of the body have been epoxy sealed.

The dash and fenders have been removed.

We have hung the passenger door for fitting of the replacement rear quarter panel.

The new rear quarter panel has arrived.

We have cut out the rear quarter panel completely.

The driver’s side rear quarter panel has been completely cut out.

In the process of cutting out the rear wheel well by drilling out the tack welds.

Both driver and passenger side rear wheel wells have been cut out.

Working on welding on the new rear quarter panels.

Discovered some rust that needed to be cut out and have a patch welded in.

Sanding the body to be prepared for primer.

Sprayed the vehicle with primer.

Wet sanding the doors in preparation for paint.

We have gotten the body of the vehicle painted Nore Black with red racing stripes.