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Old 22nd-November-2008, 12:00 PM   #1
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1978 Nova Custom [pics]

I have been working on the Nova for a couple of months. Bought her in july 2008.

Here are a couple of pics how i bought her:




First burnout http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bwx05MCEQng

It has a nice 350V8 and TH350 transmission. She didnt get much attention from the previous owner, i've given her a new air filter, new oil and oil filter.



Next up; new valve covers, spark plugs, plug wire and chrome stuff for the brake fluid and radiator pressurecap.




I found a nice garage near our house, the perfect spot for more work on the car.



Some bodywork on the front



Reshaping the rear fender



Removal of trim, emblems and chrome



There were a couple of spots under the vinyl roof that seem to grow larger every month, the roof had water leak issues so i decided to pull the top. Horror was found there. I've spend hours removing the glue and repairing the water damage. Looks like i'm not the first to do work on this car.






After pulling all the plastic from the interiour i made a painting spot underneath the sink in the toilet. Not everyone in the family was happy about it but they tolerated it for a couple of days.



Found mayor rust and crap in the kickpanels and the cowl is also in bad shape, i've decided not to use the existing cowl vents and am installing a new water plan (we dutch have this thing about rerouting water




Fresh painted doorpanels



The old headliner needed work, i decided to pull everything out and replaced it with bright red skai leather. The result is not perfect but it's okay.




The interieur will be all black, i spraypainted the seats with VHT dye (great stuff!).




Yesterday i layed on the first coat of rustoleum, and i think it will be allright. More sanding and rolling to do, i will post the results next week.


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Old 22nd-November-2008, 05:53 PM   #2
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Looks like you have done quite a bit of work. Looking good
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Great progress so far.
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Old 24th-November-2008, 11:27 AM   #4
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pics

Yes keep the pics coming as you progress. It's fun to watch the progress!
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Old 25th-November-2008, 04:41 AM   #5
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Thanks!

I've added another black coat last night, really happy about the result. I do not want to put all the chrome back on, it looks much better without it. I am in doubt about the front chrome, i dont want to put it back, but there's a huge gap where the chrome used to be, i could mount it back on and paint it black, what do you guys think?

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Old 10th-January-2009, 09:37 AM   #6
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More pics

Hello, here are more pictures. The coat is not finished, it needs more wetsanding and paint. New radio isnt working yet and my steeringpump (or hose) has a small leak but nothing serious. Driving/performance is great and the new plugs/wire have def. improved gas/milage, if i could stop putting my foot to the floor it would be even better.




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Old 10th-January-2009, 10:19 AM   #7
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Looks pretty good, nice work.
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Old 10th-January-2009, 08:32 PM   #8
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Looks killer. Nice work. If ya get a chance, post some more pics - Interior, trunk area, underside, etc. Great lookin' ride ya got there...
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car looks awesome...great job
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That's rolled black Rustoleum? Looks great, especially with the slotted rims!

How many coats of paint and what was your final wet sanding grit? What compound and polish did you use?
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Great Job man!!! I like how you made the fender ext. smooth...awesome!
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That's rolled black Rustoleum? Looks great, especially with the slotted rims!

How many coats of paint and what was your final wet sanding grit? What compound and polish did you use?
Thanks!
I've used the Rustoleum Combicolor highgloss 9005 mixed with 1:1 thinner, applied 3 coats and sanded with 320 grit between each layer.

The last photo's show the result of 3 layers without polishing. When you look close there are many imperfections. I recently bought a polisher but have not found the time to finish the coat. I will sand of the remaining dust and peel one last time and apply one more coat before polishing.
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Thanks!
I've used the Rustoleum Combicolor highgloss 9005 mixed with 1:1 thinner, applied 3 coats and sanded with 320 grit between each layer.

The last photo's show the result of 3 layers without polishing. When you look close there are many imperfections. I recently bought a polisher but have not found the time to finish the coat. I will sand of the remaining dust and peel one last time and apply one more coat before polishing.
Great, thanks for the info. Looking forward to the finished product.
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hay i got the same car when you pulled off the vinal top was there holes behind the frount windows?
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hay i got the same car when you pulled off the vinal top was there holes behind the frount windows?
No big holes but a lot of rust.

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