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Old 22nd-May-2017, 10:39 PM   #76
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creeping up on the tune. did some logs today

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Old 23rd-May-2017, 05:11 AM   #77
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Thats gotta be the best feeling ever...congrats again!
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Old 23rd-May-2017, 11:21 AM   #78
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Thanks! It sure is. Car is running great.

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Old 6th-June-2017, 08:06 PM   #79
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Hawaii is weird with car parts. I couldn't find a decently priced 8.8 for a few weeks. Then today I picked up a 1999 Ford Explorer 8.8 rear end for free. It also came with the whole vehicle which got sent to scrap. It is the "D4" code so that means it has 3.73 gears with a limited slip. Disc brakes to boot. These rear ends have 31 spline axles

I also picked up 3 short side axles. This gives me two full sets as I'll be cutting 3" out of the long side and running two short axles. Once the long tube is shortened, it winds up 3/8" narrower than the Nova 10 bolt.

So I'll get it stripped down tomorrow and over to the chassis guy to shorten the one tube.

Then it's time to move the leaf springs inward 2" and mini tub it.

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Old 7th-June-2017, 12:40 AM   #80
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Nice score on the rear.
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Old 7th-June-2017, 12:51 AM   #81
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Nice deal!

Keep the detailed pics coming along on your way of moving the springs in and mini tubbing it.
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Old 7th-June-2017, 04:08 PM   #82
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Nice deal!

Keep the detailed pics coming along on your way of moving the springs in and mini tubbing it.
I'll do a full write up on the rear end mods and also the mini tub setup

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Old 7th-June-2017, 11:21 PM   #83
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What a mess this made cutting the brackets off and removing some surface rust. Not looking forward to that again

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Old 12th-June-2017, 09:28 PM   #84
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got the long side shortened and tubes welded to the center section.

going to leave the car alone until august or september. that's when the rainy season starts. it'll take a while to do the mini tub, relocate leafs, order wheels and tires, etc so I might as well take advantage of the nice weather and keep driving it.

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Old 16th-June-2017, 01:11 AM   #85
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I'm not very good with leaving things alone. so here we are

I've been planning to put a LSA blower on it next year sometime but a deal came up and I couldn't pass. so then I lightly asked around and scored some LS3 heads as well.

Made a phone call to Tick Performance and they said my current cam should clear with the LS3 heads, so I figured why not swap out the top end and lessen the efforts when it's time to install the blower. I'll just swap the current cam out for a BTR stage 3 blower cam without pulling the heads when it happens

it'll stay N/A for now and I'll stick to the plan with the rear suspension happening next

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Old 17th-June-2017, 07:39 AM   #86
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Hahaha, i luv it. Im no better, havent even fired mine yet and already considering ditching the ls2 for a 427 lsx n twins.
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Old 18th-June-2017, 11:32 PM   #87
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Hahaha, i luv it. Im no better, havent even fired mine yet and already considering ditching the ls2 for a 427 lsx n twins.
Wow. That will be a monster!

Been wanting to paint these wheels since I bought the car. Finally got it done

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Picked up the LS3 heads and this little guy today. Heads go to the machine shop tomorrow for a valve job and will go on next weekend with a stock LS3 intake

Sadly the blower will go on the shelf for a while. Rear end is next, 3" exhaust after that. Then collect all the expensive parts for the LSA install. CTS-V front drive kit, ZL1 lid, coolant tank fofor the trunk, injectors, etc

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Wow just read start to finish and really nice upgrades and work on your 65 gem of a Nova. I wish I knew half of what you do about these cars, but later in my project I may thanks to build threads like this.

Looks like it will be a fun cruiser indeed.
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