Recently, we stumbled across a YouTube channel dedicated not only to showcasing barn finds, but also to educating the audience on how to decode the various paperwork and body tags that go along with the car. Patrick Nichols’ most recent find is a highly-sought-after 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS.
This Fathom Blue example was purchased in Clarksville, Tennessee, and has stayed with its original owner its entire life, and at the address listed on the original sales paperwork. How’s that for a one-owner car?
As Nichols starts the walk-around, he decodes the fender tag to decipher that it was assembled in the Atlanta, Georgia Chevrolet plant in the third week of March in 1970. He also points out several hallmarks of an Atlanta-built Chevelle, such as metal inner fenders and the location of the hood pin retaining clip.
The original 350-horsepower 396-cubic-inch engine has been replaced, as well as the original brake master cylinder, but as Nichols points out, the engine bay and cowl hood are all still original.
Sliding under the car, Nichols decodes the rear-end markings to verify that the original 3.31:1, non Posi-trac rear-end is in the car, along with the original Turbo 400 three-speed transmission.
In the video, Nichols discovers that all four wheels on the car, in addition to the spare, are completely original. He recovers the build dates of the wheels to discover four were built on February 17, 1970 and one was built on February 12. He also finds that the center caps are original SS pieces and most of the lug nuts are original to the car as well. While not in great condition, he mentions that in a “like-new” condition the lug nuts sell for about $100 each.
Moving inside, we learn someone had swapped out the front bucket seats and rear bench seats for versions from the previous generation Chevelle, but the original gauges are all in decent condition.
While this 396 Chevelle SS isn’t pristine by any means, it is definitely a solid car that would be a good example to have restored to its original 1970s glory.