New Bloomfield, Missouri, June 2012
This 63 series 400 had been sitting on my Father-in-Law's best friends' property for 23 years. It's actually a funny story how it ended up in the backwoods.
Back in 1989 it was meant as a surprise 16th Birthday gift for my wife. Her Dad had bought it off a lot (cheap) cause it had needed ball joints real bad, so he got a deal, towed it home and worked on it with his friend Lester and prepared it for his loving daughter.
The story gets good here..cause my wife HATED the color and the fact it was a four door and that if he was going to buy his Only Daughter a car shouldn't he take her to see it first?
She called it a Brown Turd Car
and refused to ever drive it. EVER!
Her Dad was so mad that he drove it over to his friends house and drove it into the backwoods along side some old trucks that were sitting there.
Over 20 years later it's all forgotten about. Her Dad knows I love Nova's and he and I go to visit Lester, just to say hello. Stories are going around about the various cars on his 40 acres (there are many) and they bring up the Nova.
NOVA? Nova, I say? Where is it? The laughs continue until we finally make it down to the end of the field and sure enough there it is.
I would like to tell you I pulled it out of there immediately, but it has actually taken me years to get this done. I don't live in Missouri and this has taken some time. WE had to run a tractor down to the site and back just to clear the brush and things that were in the way.
WE spent the best part of the first day dragging it out of there, hampered by 13 inch tires that would only hold air for 5 minutes. At least they held some air at all
These are the old trucks that it sat next to. The GMC 3100 is suppose to be mine if I want it. (sigh) I love these folks, they don't throw vehicles away, they just park them somewhere.
We finally got the car to a clearing
and I discovered that both Mice and a SNAKE had lived in there...Big YUCK!
Cool thing upon inspection is that It's a factory AC car, automatic, manual brakes, manual steering with 2 speed window washer. It's the Nova 400 series according to my personal expert Nova Joe.
Here comes the fun part...Now we had to move it 8 miles away. AND Meanwhile we are suppose to be helping out with a pending Family reunion party, Oopops!
SOOOOoooo... It took two days to borrow a truck and trailer and get it to Ed's (Holly's Dad) farm,
but we trailered it there, unloaded it a secure place and then worked on cleaning it up as best as we could. Shop Vac, Windex, Chrome Polish, WD-40, insect repellent and whatever i could borrow and for now its at least presentable.
The interior has rotten seats and carpet so that had to go right away, the wiring is suspect, the floor plan needs a complete replacement. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? I DONT CARE. It will be hauled out here to Nor Cal eventually and I will gut it and start over. Boy I love a challenge!!!
Here it is washed up (some) and sitting on blocks. All the glass is there, all the windows work, its like it WAS IN A TIME CAPSULE ...that had a small leak...LOL
Beyond the sentimental value here, (the car my wife never wanted) it is a really cool car and mostly all there except the floorboards. The Body is straight, quarter panels a little rusty, trim is all there and I even found a new carb in the back seat in a box.
I think I will take a suggestion by our friend Joe and get it running first AND then drive it "as is" with patina and all! Got to first replace the floorpan, carpet, door panels and headliner, see what else it needs, Hey maybe a V8?
In any case it is going to be a fun project and another Nova saved from certain death.