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Old 28th-December-2010, 04:44 PM   #1
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My Free 73 Nova

I got this car from a guy who had been renting a storage yard and couldn't afford the rent anymore. he had the car and had to get it off the lot so he just gave it to me. It is an original Arizona car with minor surface rust since it hadn't been registered since 1989. It had everything except the motor. I filed for an abandon title, got that and then started work.
First thing i did was go through the 350 transmission and cleaned it all out. Looks good and the car only has 80,000 original miles so i'm just going to run that trans.
I then got a 305 V8 from a buddy at work that is supposedly rebuilt and been sitting for 5 years. i got that all cleaned up and painted.
Today I am picking up my torque converter and should install the trans and motor together tomorrow.

I will continue this build as it comes together.

Hopefully all the pics are ok, if not sorry and I will remove them just let me know















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Old 28th-December-2010, 05:49 PM   #2
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can't beat that price not in bad shape either do you have the front clip to go with it?
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Old 28th-December-2010, 06:31 PM   #3
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can't beat that price not in bad shape either do you have the front clip to go with it?
I saw a fender in one of the pictures.
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Old 28th-December-2010, 08:20 PM   #4
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yes, the entire front clip is in my mini "junk yard" also.
i need to bead blast the inner fenders and core support. the original owner originally did this at some point and since they just sat outside they have surface rust on them but not anything bad. the front fenders are in great shape just like the rest of the car (minus the passenger rear quarter).

my plan is to just make it a cruiser for now. its fun and gives me something to do. this is also my first car i've built or will be building
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Old 30th-December-2010, 12:13 AM   #5
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Good choice on the valve covers. Cool looking dog too.
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Old 30th-December-2010, 09:11 AM   #6
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Right on dude bring that baby back to life...Cool story!
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Old 30th-December-2010, 09:33 AM   #7
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Great story and pics. Looking really good with the old school valve covers. Keep us posted.
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Old 30th-December-2010, 09:44 AM   #8
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Man, can't beat the price and the car looks pretty good. Just needs some work on the quarter panel. It is an AC car too!

Curiosity question. Is that a 73 frame or is it a 69 - 72 frame? I thought the bumper mounts were different on the 73 frames.
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Old 30th-December-2010, 10:16 PM   #9
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thanks guys, i appreciate the comments.
i got the trans mounted to the motor today but forgot to get the trans mount when i was at the parts tore so i will get that tomorrow then put the trans and motor in the car. i was able to get the new motor mounts in the car today and put the torque converter on the trans. put about 3/4 quart of fluid in the tc so it should be good to go.
we just had a hell of a lot of rain yesterday and since i'm working on this in my back yard it was a challenge to get the random pieces of plywood/particle board aligned so i could rotate the engine hoist... lol
the day ended with me and my neighbor using a floor jack minus the jack pad, a come-a-long and a pry bar to get the hoist rotated 180 degrees so its facing the car correctly. we then mounted the trans to the motor. by this time it was getting rather cold so we lit the fire pit (thanks to gas and lighter fluid and wet wood) and cracked the beers open.
ended the night drinking beers by the fire and talking about tomorrow's plans for the car.

it was a good day

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Man, can't beat the price and the car looks pretty good. Just needs some work on the quarter panel. It is an AC car too!

Curiosity question. Is that a 73 frame or is it a 69 - 72 frame? I thought the bumper mounts were different on the 73 frames.
yes it is an ac car, and i do plan to have ac since i live in arizona. i will complete that down the road though.
as for the frame, i'm not sure really. all i know is the guy i got it from did some welding and reinforcing on the front crossmember for a bigger motor. he was going to drag this car.

is it a different frame can anybody tell? let me know what i need to look for and maybe i can post some pics??
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Old 30th-December-2010, 10:18 PM   #10
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Good choice on the valve covers. Cool looking dog too.
thanks, i'll let duner know you said so and give him a treat at the same time
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Old 30th-December-2010, 10:23 PM   #11
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Cool to see you jumped right in and are bring the car back to life!

I agree with the good looking pup too! Hi Duner
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Curiosity question. Is that a 73 frame or is it a 69 - 72 frame? I thought the bumper mounts were different on the 73 frames.
From what I recall reading somewhere, its the same subrame 68-74, and in 75 it changed to accept the impact bumper shocks. 1974 also had the shocks, but they had a separate bracket to attach them to the frame.
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Old 30th-December-2010, 11:37 PM   #13
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74 is the only other year Nova with these bumpers. Because the 74 frame is the same as the 68 thru 73 Novas, a special bracket is bolted to the outside of the frame rails. The shocks then mount inside those brackets.
Here's the quote from novaresource.
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Glad to see the nova getting back on the road, Just an FYI you can get the intake and valve covers looking new by painting them with testors metallic silver model paint, it stays nice forever, i painted my performer and it looks like new, i also used that paint on my nova rallies.
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Old 31st-December-2010, 02:05 AM   #15
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thanks for that tip, however i kind of like the look they have now after cleaning them up. kind of an antique look with the light and dark spots. at least for now i will keep them that way but down the road may use your suggestion.
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