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Old 11th-May-2011, 12:39 PM   #1
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Complete restoration/modernization of a 69 Nova

I picked up this beauty from a friend who had parted out about 95% of it on E-Bay. Still, I felt it was worth saving, but missing so many original parts I decided to modernize it a bit. My goal is to build a Pro Touring(ish) car with a minimal amount of money. I plan to use an LT1/4L60E combo I have laying around to power the beast. I also want to build this with my 11 yr old son and when he is ready I will give it to him. So here is what I started with.





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Old 11th-May-2011, 12:47 PM   #2
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First step is to sand blast the entire car down to see how bad it really is. My buddy and I own a full size sand blasting setup so this has no real cost to my except gas and blast media. This is how it turned out.





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Old 11th-May-2011, 12:58 PM   #3
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Craigs list is a wonderful thing, I found a dash panel for 20 bucks and 3 of the 4 floor sections I will need for 40 dollars. So with some help from my friend Dave we set out to fix the rusted areas with the panels I picked up. Here are some pics.





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Old 11th-May-2011, 01:00 PM   #4
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A few more.





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Old 11th-May-2011, 01:08 PM   #5
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I did forget to snap a picture of the dash finished, I will grab that one and post it soon. But here are some of the floor repairs.





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Old 11th-May-2011, 01:11 PM   #6
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There is still much finish grinding and a bit of mud to smooth it all out but it is strong and rust free. Right now both sides front and the drivers rear are finished, I need to save money so I can buy the rest of the sheet metal I will need for the entire car.



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Old 11th-May-2011, 01:11 PM   #7
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LS engine would be the way to go if I wasn't running old school small block. Looks like you are off to a good start though.
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Old 11th-May-2011, 01:23 PM   #8
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Ok, with more time then money, next up is the fitting of the LT1/4L60E combo. I want to keep the air compressor (cuz I'm a sissy) and I don't have the 700 or so for the fancy relocation kit, so after some thought here is what I came up with. I notched the cross member to allow the air compressor to rest and be clear from hitting anything. Next problem is the motor mount, I need to put it back in its original location and still allow me to attach the AC lines. Easy fix, I used the original motor mounts from the 69 and got rid of the clam shells on the LT1.






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Old 11th-May-2011, 01:27 PM   #9
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I had to do some friendly trans tunnel modifications with a BFH to get the 4L60E to clear. Do you have the original CPU for the LT1/4L60E?
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Old 11th-May-2011, 01:35 PM   #10
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Ok, with more time then money, next up is the fitting of the LT1?4L60E combo.
Good luck with the swap brotha, if you have questions just send me a PM. I've done the LT1 conversion, so you might enjoy taking a look at my build thread (link in sig).

I will tell you that you are about money even going with a LSx swap, and the aftermarket support for the LS is incredible.

What are your plans for a fuel system? Keeping it injected?
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Old 11th-May-2011, 02:49 PM   #11
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BLYOTH, yes I kept the CPU and there is a local guy who will do the mods to it for 50 bucks, cant beat that.

Mr 69LT1Nova I have read your thread front to back several times and gleaned some really good ideas from your efforts, thank you for that.
I am using your idea of keeping the original gas tank and have already started the fitting process. I will post pics on that tomorrow if I can. As for the LT1, I got it out of a 95 Caprice Classic and it is the true LT1 not an L99, I have 400 into the entire package so not a bad deal.

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Saw-weet! Keep it low buck and you'll get some major kudos for you efforts.

Also interested to see what you do with the rest of the A/C install (plumbing and evaporator/condenser along with the controls). I took the easy route and just deleted it. Don't really need it here in the northwet.
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Old 11th-May-2011, 05:10 PM   #13
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awesome! bringing it back to life good luck with everything
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Old 12th-May-2011, 11:44 AM   #14
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As promised here is the picture of the dash all finished up.



This was much more tedious than it may look, there were a few small patches made to shore up a badly rusted dash. But, not really counting welding wire or gas I have only 20 bucks and some scrap metal into this repair. Now if only I had bothered to measure the location of the windshield clips so I could more easily install new ones... sigh.
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Now back to the gas tank, following Mr 69LT1Nova's advice I kept the donor Caprice tank and lines to work with the LT1. First there is a big size difference as you can see by the picture.



So I began with fitting it under the car, first problem is that the forward tank perches must be removed to allow the tank to rest all the way up. I will fab up a new way to reattach them for the new tank later. Then I located the area that needed to be cut out of the trunk floor to allow the "pump hump" to pass through.



Then cut away the floor.


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