Hey all, last Sunday I bought a 1974 Nova SS and during my pre and post-purchase research I discovered this great site.
Let's see....background...this is my first "classic" car and in recent years I've been more into motorcycles...but since I totalled my 1800cc cruiser I kinda lost the upper hand on logic and with a baby on the way this is my new hobby! That said, I know VERY little about these cars and I'm here to learn. Also, I'm on a pretty tight budget.
Edelbrock carb (600? 650? Not sure.)
Headers, not rusted through but nothing special
Good things: It drove home 200ish miles at 85mph with no issues whatsoever. Strong motor, straight lines, solid frame, good interior, lights/signals/wipers/speedometer all work. Not so good: No AC or PS, the brakes are below average and it needs some body work and paint.
Right now I am putting in an MSD ingnition (6AL), distributor, plug wires, etc.
Add powersteering. I think I have found a guy with the necessary parts at a good price so I just have to scoop them up then learn how to install it. Thoughts?
Secure dash. The original dash is with the car (and placed in position for the pictures) but the previous owner had it removed and all of the tabs sheared off. I'll wrangle with it and attach it somehow. Advice?
Bolt down the seats. The bucket seats are out of a GTO and right now only 2 of the 4 mounting screws are functional. The seat still works (slides forward and back, reclines, etc) but obviously it shifts a bit and won't pass inspection. I'm thinking this will be fairly easy but I've never done it...tips?
Brake work. I THINK it is disc in front, drum in rear but I haven't checked yet. If so I'd like to do what I can to improve the brakes on a budget. Pads and have the drums turned? Suggestions? I did pads on my bike and my '86 Bronco but that is the extent of my brake work.
Needs body work. The passenger side quarter panel is rusted out and was bondo'd at some point and that bondo is now rippling and trashed. A few small quarter sized rust spots elsewhere but nothing major. Trunk/floorpans are solid.
Paint. I'm in the dreaming stage here...I've already pictured it in many different colors. Right now I'm thinking gloss gunmetal gray with flat black Z28 style racing stripes. I know the 74 Nova never had any stripes but I'm doing this car for hobby/fun/kicks, not for accurate restoration or anything.
So that's my story so far...and here's some pics. Any tips and advice would be MUCH appreciated. I'm located in northern Virginia (NoVA!) if that matters.