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Old 6th-September-2011, 02:04 AM   #1
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72 Nova resto mod

Im on a mission to build a very clean nova. I want it to look like a classic, but with some modern upgrades. It is going to be reliable, with 4 wheel disc brakes, comfortable seats, a covan dash, an overdrive tranny, and eventually an LS motor. I am going to end up with a TKO 600 or a T56. Well see how it plays out. I have been working on this car since 2007. I have some pics to share with you. Most of the sheet metal work is done. Unfortunately I dont have pics of when I first got the car. It had a 307, grey indoor/outdoor carpet, and a 4 bench seat that wouldnt allow a person to get in the back seat! I took the seat and the carpet and chucked them immediately. I took out the door panels and the rear seat and painted them black with vinyl dye, and it looked surprisingly good! I tinted the windows with limo tint to hide my unrestored interior. Also, the guy before me cut a huge hole in the floor and attached some kind of metal rod as a shifter. The ad listed it as a daily driver. Yeah, the day I drove it home, barely! It felt like it had square wheels! After I parked it in my garage I stared at it for while. When I looked at it the next morning, one of the tire treads was separated and laying on the floor! Its crazy how we are so cheap about towing a project car-I risked my life and my buddy's life driving it two hours to my house.
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Old 6th-September-2011, 02:10 AM   #2
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Old 6th-September-2011, 02:16 AM   #3
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Some of the goodies

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Old 6th-September-2011, 02:28 AM   #4
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Update on the car

I have an 8.5 10 bolt. It had 273 gears and open. It is getting all redone now. When I get it next week, it will have a 373 gear, new eaton posi, new axles, timpkon bearings, blasted and painted, and a trickflow girdle cover. The best part is it will have a drilled and slotted disc brake conversion kit from CPP! I will post pics for sure. I will be bolting it onto a Hotchkis sport leaf suspension kit (multi-leaf) with a 1.5 inch drop. The bottom of the trunk is undercoated and looking brand new! I did the front suspension and brakes almost two years ago with no pics. I used the factory control arms, with moog frontend stuff, including springs (i cut 1/4 of a rung off the springs). The brakes are factory disc. I installed a matched setup from CPP for the booster, prop valve, and master cylinder. Pics of this soon too.
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Old 6th-September-2011, 09:14 PM   #5
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Summary of the progress of the car

The car has all new full floor pans including the transmission hump, new trunk pan, tailnpan, full quarters. I have 2-3 fenders per side, as well as doors. I am reskinning a passenger door. There are a few areas of rust on the roof, and it seems like thin metal. Wish there was a skin. I need to pull the windshield and patch some areas of the cowl. Hood and decklid are original and very clean. So i have most of the rust chased out of the car. My goal is to get all the patch work done and have the entire car in black primer. I think im going to run the 350/350 for a while. I want to put the interior back in and sort have the car driveable for this winter. After the winter, which is slow season for my business, i plan to get my over drive manual tranny in my possession. I am going ls for sure.
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Old 6th-September-2011, 09:20 PM   #6
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LS6 for the Nova??!!!

I have a deal in the works, by the way. Its an ls6 from a 2003 zo6 vette. 450 horse stock! I took a ride in the vette and it is bad! The vette is running 342's with 12 inch meats. Im running 373's with 8 inch meats. 5 or 6 speed tremec would be nice. I should be getting my motor in about 10 days. It has 29k miles on it. Lots of power! I need the whole conversion kit to put this in my car so its likely to happen next spring. But hey, ls6? Worth the wait
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Old 9th-September-2011, 09:29 PM   #7
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more pics

Here are some pics of my new rear end, hotchkis sport leaf suspension, and under coating of the new trunk floor. The hotchkis kit is a direct bolt in for a monoleaf btw! The rear is all new with 373 gears, auburn posi, timkon bearings, new axles, trickflow girdle cover, and cpp rear disc conversion. I cant wait to get this all bolted in. I am re plumbing every brake line in the car too.

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Old 10th-September-2011, 11:58 PM   #8
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ls6

Ok, it looks like the ls6 deal is solidifying. I agreed to buy it and I will be picking it up Sept 28th. Im excited. I know I need a whole bunch of stuff for the conversion, and I need to get a tranny figured out. I could go 5 or 6 speed. I think the tko 600 is the most realistic, considering its all new in a box and warrantied. I would like to get the t56 conversion kit, but its pricier.
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Old 11th-September-2011, 12:24 AM   #9
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Some more pieces

New ss door panels, emblems, mirror, master hardware kit. I decided years ago that when I had another nova, I would have 17 inch torque thrust II's and a set of 15 x 7 ralleys (I had a sweet red 69 with the ralleys) to switch up periodically. So I bought a set of ralleys on craigslist and had them blasted and powdercoated. Here is a pic of these parts

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Old 12th-September-2011, 11:16 PM   #10
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New rearend mocked up

I got the new posi rear home today. It is not fully bolted in, just mocked up. Had to see it in the car!

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