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Old 30th-December-2016, 02:15 AM   #1
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65 Deuce: rust repair, mini tub, LS 6.0, full CBR setup and Holley Dominator

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Picked up this sweet 65 Nova a while back and enjoyed cruising around with the family. I did some homework and hatched a game plan for what I wanted out of the car. Will be a fun weekend cruiser that we can enjoy and the wife will be comfortable to run errands in. Although I'm slowly adding parts that she won't be fond of, haha.

It's in decent shape. Car was redone maybe 10-15 years ago. They obviously took some shortcuts but that's ok. Paint is nice, has a few areas that will get touched up. I'm also getting the engine bay painted to match. Some rust in the floor, and a few spots on the drivers rear wheel well. Picked up a patch pan for that

Interior and exterior will remain the same. Only change will be painting the wheels black and keeping the chrome center caps

here's what's getting done over the next few months:

Motor:
Gen III LQ4 6.0
243 heads w/ dual springs
Tick Torquemax v2 cam
Trunion upgrade
HV oil pump
LS2 intake
CBR 1 7/8 longtubes
F-body accessories
Vintage air a/c

Trans:
4L70E
HD-2 shift kit
FTI 4,000 stall
shifter undecided (TCI?)
CBR crossmember

Electronics:
Holley Dominator to control motor and trans
Holley 7" digital dash for gauges

Fuel:
Holley retrofit in-tank 450lph returnless pump
PTFE -6 Fragola line
(super simple like this. just the pump and feed line from the stock tank)

Cooling:
Entropy direct fit radiator
Tru cool max trans cooler

Front suspension:
Full CBR rack conversion
Viking coil overs
Tubular upper and lower control arms
CBR sway bar
Right Stuff power disc brakes

Rear:
widen stock tubs by adding a strip to the middle
2" offset rear shackles for 1st gen camaro's (heard they fit)
relocate front leaf spring mount under the frame rail
s10 sway bar


here's how it was when we bought it










added some brackets to mount the car seats and we were cruising as a family





car had a stock 350, power glide setup and I threw it on the dyno for fun one weekend at an event we had setup at a local shop. made 206hp 268tq. Numbers were pleasing for such a basic setup. it was just a good cruiser




here's the rust areas underneath. not terrible and will strip the whole underside while I'm at it. have a complete drivers side pan and front section for the passenger side. Also got the braces you see that are separating from the floor




inside view and the awesome patch panel that someone put in at some point, haha...








the new 6.0 LQ4. just set the intake on to see how it'd look. Dropping it off at the machine shop tomorrow for new cam bearings. Found the 4L70E trans out of a trailblazer SS with 10k miles on it. They're not the best, but hope it'll live a few years in this lightweight body. I'm not wanting to make a new tunnel and stuff. We are currently stationed in hawaii and I don't have the normal 2 car garage or all of my tools








engine bay currently. have to strip it and prep for paint






and finally what has been putting a smile on my face for the last few weeks. Tons of boxes showing up. still waiting on a bunch more. but it's coming together






So I have a ton of work ahead of me and will hit plenty of road blocks. Hoping to have it done by this summer and put a bunch of miles on it for years to come

Mike

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Old 30th-December-2016, 02:30 AM   #2
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WoW! Looks like you've planed this out well and have all your ducks in a row.
Looking forward to the build,will be a fun one to fallow.
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Old 30th-December-2016, 02:33 AM   #3
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WoW! Looks like you've planed this out well and have all your ducks in a row.
Looking forward to the build,will be a fun one to fallow.
thanks. I've done this a few times, though on other platforms. definitely did my homework and abused the search button on this site

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Old 30th-December-2016, 02:35 AM   #4
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Love your Post Chevy II looks like a fun build keep up the pics !!!
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Love your Post Chevy II looks like a fun build keep up the pics !!!
Thanks! Will do.

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Old 30th-December-2016, 03:23 AM   #6
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Gotta love all those big brown boxes with CBR goodies in'em

Looks like it's going to be a cool project
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Old 30th-December-2016, 09:25 AM   #7
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Awsome, keep the progress and pics coming
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Old 30th-December-2016, 10:21 AM   #8
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Sounds like you have a solid plan. You are using all the right parts.....the new CBR headers look great...

Only thing you might consider is using such a large stall for the street. IMO a 2500 would make it more street friendly and will work just fine with your cam choice....again..just my opinion...

Sub'd for the build out....


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Old 30th-December-2016, 12:37 PM   #9
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Nice 65. looking forward to following along on this build.
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Old 30th-December-2016, 12:50 PM   #10
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Sounds like you have a solid plan. You are using all the right parts.....the new CBR headers look great...

Only thing you might consider is using such a large stall for the street. IMO a 2500 would make it more street friendly and will work just fine with your cam choice....again..just my opinion...

Sub'd for the build out....


T,

Thanks. Understand the concern and I had the same. Didn't want to regret going too small and a deal popped up on this one I couldn't pass. If it's a pain, I'll swap it out

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Old 30th-December-2016, 02:44 PM   #11
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Great start...off n running. I ll be following ya on both sites.
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Nice parts...nice car..l would not worry about that 4l70e...I have one behind my 525hp ls3 with no issues. ..unless you plan to hit it hard all the time ..like a race car...for the street its great
Ps I did not see any rear end...if you are using a 10 bolt that is gonna be your weak link.....I still have a 10 bolt but I baby mine....I have a built 9" in the garage. .it'll be going in when my 4 link and air ride go in this spring
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Old 30th-December-2016, 11:13 PM   #13
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Good to hear. Did you add a corvette servo or shift kit?

Yes, it still has the 10 bolt rear. It should be fine with minimum traction. No track on Oahu unfortunately. I'll put an 8.8 in it after we move back

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Sounds like a great plan. I'll be following for sure
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Good to hear. Did you add a corvette servo or shift kit?

Yes, it still has the 10 bolt rear. It should be fine with minimum traction. No track on Oahu unfortunately. I'll put an 8.8 in it after we move back

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You'll be fine for awhile with that 10 bolt. I ran a completely stock 10 bolt in my 66 with a 421 stroker. Ran it several times at the track with slicks. It held up fine. I'm sure it was wanting to break but it didn't. And I'm just around 600hp and 500-545tq...
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