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Old 30th-December-2010, 11:10 PM   #1
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Cool My '70 "Touring Death Proof" build

This will be my official build thread. Go me
Purchase date - October 2010
Build start date - RIGHT NOW!

I bought this 1970 2dr Coupe rolling chassis from an old drag racer in Rockwall, TX (30min drive from my place, I luv Craigslist) who just had too many projects going on. Super str8 body but mild rot on rear driver fender lip, both lower quarters and front driver lower quarter. The rear tail panel is a slightly banged up around the passenger taillight but not bad. As far as rot, THATS IT. The floor pans were already replaced. A little surface oxidation on some places but you gotta look for it. I bought the car with nearly 2 more cars worth of parts for all of $1500.

The fella was really nice and actually held it for me for over 3 months till I got back to Texas after getting out of the Army. He actually made me promise to come back when its finished, obviously to inspect and check it out hehe NO PROBLEM. I have a custom build already complete, in my head, and ready to begin. I will post as many pics as I can. Advice/tips are ALWAYS welcome, but bear in mind this will be a custom build and not a time capsule.

I am fast-tracking the car so its drivable (my only ride at the moment) before I start school at UNT in the Fall of 2011, yes, I will be a 30yr old college student driving a '70 Nova...I dont know if thats bad azz or kinda creepy.

Ill be selling a lot of the extra parts I have, ALL ORIGINAL, so feel free to PM me if you need something and Ill be posting them on the for sale forum too. Im all about trading too. I got a good deal and want to help other Nova owners.

Let the games begin!

the car as I bought it







factory paint still good after 41 years, to hell with foreign cars says I!


"some" of the extra parts she came with




the stock engine in a '90s Sierra SS after I added a few items, used to be the TBI model


got the front end broken down, almost ready to unbolt the sub frame


my Dad got me the "angry duck" for Christmas, so happy! itll be the finishing piece for this build


got these a month ago to go in her, fake but very comfy
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Old 31st-December-2010, 01:25 AM   #2
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that's sweet, I was thinking of doing this when i first got my 73 (about 6 months ago).. but decided to just go with strait custom..... but i will keep an eye this should be a real real good build...
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maiden voyage of the HF 110lb media blaster today, did the crossmember as a trial run using coarse soda media, took all of a few minutes and came out great


also got the manual brake system and e-brake off. the body mount bolts got some penatrant and will sit overnight, removing the sub frame tomorrow
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Old 1st-January-2011, 09:26 AM   #4
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cant wait to see this thing take shape
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Old 1st-January-2011, 11:34 AM   #5
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Well now I can start concentrating more time and funds into the build, now that Im finally getting my VA checks. Only took 8 months ... the *******s
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Looks like you have a good start . Can't wait to see more progress pic's
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Keep the pic's coming!

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Old 5th-January-2011, 06:25 PM   #8
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build update

got the sub frame out (quite easily after soaking the bolts for a few days)


removed all the old brake and fuel lines. also got the shocks out


need to get an air hammer for the ball joints, then i can strip/coat the frame
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Old 6th-January-2011, 06:51 PM   #9
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POR15'ed the crossmember as a test piece, used 2 coats and will check it tomorrow


also stripped the access. off the 454 in preparation to yank it out


also measured the donor 10-bolt from the sierra ss and is 1.5" longer on both sides, itll fit but need to keep in mind when getting rims
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1.5" on each side is huge. It will really kill you on rim selection, plus it will force you to get a more postive offset rim, even if you do mini tub it.
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1.5" on each side is huge. It will really kill you on rim selection, plus it will force you to get a more postive offset rim, even if you do mini tub it.
didnt the axles of the day use little or no backspacing, since the usual wheel was a 15x7 or smaller? i figured id find a rim with 4" - 4 3'4" backspacing. let me know if my thinking is incorrect. ill be using 16x9 or 10 rims for the rear. just street no tubs. thanks
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Most old rally's used a center offset of slightly negative. They were 4" on a
7" wide rim. This would put the wheel pretty center of the wheel tub. You try and use that rim on your car it will push it to far towards the qtr panel and will rub. Trust me you will totally screw up any plans of a good tire and rim package. There will be no way you could ever put a 9" wide rim with that axle under there.

If you have an 8.5" rear end in there leave it alone or just have it rebuilt..
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Ditto on the last post. 9 or 10" rims rarely work on a stock rearend. They'll never work on an axle thats 1.5" longer. If you dead set on using the Sierra rearend, you'll have to tub it to make 9 or 10" rims to fit.
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well shucks, haha. thanks for the info guys. I did measure the inside rear fender well and I got 12" from body to fender lip. Whats the max rim width I can use with semi low-profile tires? Not ricer low-pro, but hotrod type low-pro. I figured 8-10" wide without rubbing. thanks again
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My specs or 18x9 with 6" bsp and running a 275/40r18 it fits perfectly..Sorry my rims might be ricer. I did bigger then 17's because I needed to clear C5 brakes...If you want pics let me know. I can show you how much rim i have on each side.

To fit anything over an 8" wide rim your going to have to run a custom back space. if you stick with a 8" wide rim you can run 5" bsp which is very common.
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