1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Greenbrier Wagon
“Babe (The Blue Ox)”
1971 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Head to Head
About “Babe (The Blue Ox)”
(DISCLAIMER: I no longer own this car. We sold it to my wife's brother when he needed a large car for his photography business when his van died. We had three cars and only two drivers, and I wasn't really doing anything with the car at the time. I wish I had it back - It really could have been a great car if I'd been able to accomplish everything I wanted to with it. Also, all of the pictures shown with the car or in it's album were sourced from the internet and are NOT the actual car!)
My wife Rose (MAXXINE) enjoys long road trips as much as I do. Thing is, she DOES NOT like driving long distances, leaving the driving to me. Her sister fell into a deal for Lasik surgery back in 2000: $500 per eye if the patient qualified. The local eye surgeon was closer to $5,000 at the time. Rose's eyes were so bad that she had difficulty seeing the eye chart at all, let alone what letters were printed on it, without glasses. We jumped at the deal. The thing was that we live just outside Philadelphia and the surgeon who was to do the surgery was way out on Long Island - well over a hundred miles of the toughest traffic in North America. We had to make the trip several times - Pre screening, the surgery itself, post-op checkup, a 30-day checkup, and a 6-month checkup.
A short time later, she came to me with a local used-car magazine to show me a car that she thought I might like to look at. She knew my fondness for older station wagons, especially Chevelles (I had often talked about my '73 Laguna), and had come across a 1970 Chevy Greenbrier for sale at a lot down in Philly. She suggested we take a drive down there just to look at it, since even ten years ago those cars were getting to be pretty uncommon. Of course I agreed: Any excuse to go look at an interesting old car is good enough for me! When we arrived, the lot's owner and sole salesman (it was a SMALL lot) got the keys, locked up the office, and we went for a drive. I was fairly impressed with the car overall, but I thought the performance left something to be desired. It was clean and solid, though. Rose asked me if I liked it. Then came the big surprise: When I said that I did, she told me to buy it! It was her way of saying thanks for being her chauffeur for all the trips back and forth to New York.
About “COOL RUNNING”
I bought this car 1) Because i have always loved first generation Monte Carlos, and 2) My Ford F150 is heading to the body shop soon to have all the body work done and get painted. I might lose the truck for 6 to 8 months. So i told my wife we need to get a second car and why not a '71 Monte :) The car had not been on the road since 1995, when i looked at it initially i felt pretty good about it, the interior had already been done except for the door panels which were'nt in terrible shape, frame was solid, trunk and floors were solid, definately needed tires and other mechanical repairs, but that's what i do for a living. 1971 Monte Carlo, original numbers matching 350 small block with a TH350 trans, Edelbrock Performer intake, 600 cfm Holley, now has Headers with an x-pipe, and a pair of chambered mufflers, and it runs like a raped ape. Can't wait to take it down to the track and see what it'll do!
Specs for “Babe (The Blue Ox)”
Being a Greenbrier, this was a relatively low-line car. There were four trim levels of Chevelle wagon in 1970 (from the bottom up): Nomad; Greenbrier; Concours; and Concours Estate. Greenbrier was roughly equivalent to the Chevelle 300 Deluxe, which had been discontinued in the regular coupe and sedan lines after 1969. The car was fairly basic, but at least the rubber "carpet" was color-keyed to the rest of the interior instead of being black like it was in the Nomad.
Basic mechanical specs:
307c.i.d. V-8 Engine (200h.p.)
2-speed Powerglide Automatic Transmission
0-60: 16 seconds
1/4 mile: ?
Specs for “COOL RUNNING”
1971 Monte Carlo Numbers matching 350 V-8, 85K original miles, 350 Turbo trans, Edelbrock Performer intake, Holley 600, Just installed a pair of headers with an x-pipe and a pair of Summit racing chambered mufflers.
Factory Options for “Babe (The Blue Ox)”
307 c.i.d. V-8 Engine
Powerglide Automatic Transmission
3rd Row Seat (Includes Power Tailgate Window)
AM Pushbutton Single Speaker Radio
Factory Options for “COOL RUNNING”
No a/c, No power steering, bench seat, column shift.
Mods for “Babe (The Blue Ox)”
FM Radio Converter (...and when was the last time you saw one of those - and it WORKED!)
Dealer-Installed Air Conditioning (...that DIDN'T work!)
15" Corvette Rally Wheels
Mods for “COOL RUNNING”
New set of rally wheels and radial t/a's for it (245/60R15), new carpet, and seats reupolstered. new windshield, replaced rear shocks and springs. New fuel tank and sending unit, new front
brake rotors, calipers, pads, hoses, and wheel bearings. Hei distributor, 8mm wires, New master cylinder, proportioning valve,front brake lines, and several electrical repairs to get everything working like it's suppose to.
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