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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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