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Old 04-09-2004, 01:58 PM
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Question Chevelle Malibu vs. SS

I have been recieving a lot of crap lately about a Chevelle SS. All these Auto Tech kids at my high school keep telling me that this chevelle that has an SS emblem on it is fake, and that it's really a Malibu. They say that because the engine has been changed out from a 396(stock engine) to a 350 small block, and also because it doesn't have a possi track(i'm not sure in the spelling) rear end. Are they right?

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What year Chevelle? Some were SS and had 350 engines. The SS was a trim option. Many SS396 cars came with no positraction.
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its very possible it is a fake, there are more SS clones out there than one can imagine, some are done nicely, some are not. SS was a package & Malibu was another package. The VIN can be decoded to tell if its a reall SS or not.
I had a 68 Chevelle that I was certain at the time was cloned to an SS396. The reason I was so sure of it is because it had idiot lights & bench seat column shift automatic. At the time I assumed all SS cars had buckets & console, well, I was wrong, it was a legit & rather rare original SS396 car.
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An SS doesn't automatically mean big block, so they are wrong there. It also doesn't automatically mean posi, they are wrong there too.

There are a lot of common mistakes made when people try to id a real or cloned SS.

Some years, (like my 1969) aren't identifiable by the vin number whatsoever because SS was a trim line, not a model after 1968. Also, bench seats, column shifter, tach, none of that stuff was STANDARD with the SS package, it had to be ordered special on top of ordering an SS.

Tell the kids at school to look here for a little education.
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