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So a while back I started a project thread to document my work. Since then the updates I put on there were very spotty and I have been very lazy about putting my work up there. In photobucket things got moved and links were broken and now the thread is shot.
So...Ta-da! I will be restarting it as of now. I have loads of pics on the computer so I'm planning on putting up a few per [available] evening until I catch up to where I currently am. Here goes:
Background: Original 307 with edelbrock 4 bbl carb, commuted in daily by Po until 2006. Started, ran and drove but was not "road-worthy."
My progress isn't as fast as I have seen but lately with graduation coming soon, my motivation has increased dramatically.
Updates to come, for now I will show documentation of all the rot issues on this car. Hope you like!!
^^Quite a gem isn't she? Honestly though when this is on the road I will probably never love any car more than this one.
Basically I'm getting it back to road-worthiness until I pull the trigger on big things.
1. I have an awesome subframe my dad got me for christmas, fully powder coated with disc brakes and its got the mounting points for rack and pinion (pics to come).
2. DSE mini tubbing which I am in the process of.
3. My uncle gave me a 350 he pulled from an 80's GM truck. Not going overboard but I'm planning on doing a little here and there whilst restoring the engine. Haven't bought or decided anything so I am open to opinions, here's something my googling found a couple weeks ago: http://www.edelbrock.com/automotive_...ek_chevy.shtml
4. From there I want to get a 4 speed manual and a shortened rear + fatter tire so I can effectively redo the whole drivetrain and use the mini tub for what its worth.
5. As far as color scheme probably black with orange stripes because black novas to me are phenomenal. Want to redo interior with a matching scheme, I want leather but if the money is tight I won't complain about cloth.
Looks like a nice kit, but your statement about not overboard sort of confuses me. I'm looking at the heads thinking "go fast" or "bragging rights"? You can get a lot out of the cast iron heads that came on the engine, but, it they are bad - like cracked - looking at options is a good plan. If you are doing it so when you open the hood others go "nice", it seems a bit overboard to me. Bet I'm sounding like a dad here, but I'm thinking bang for your buck.
Graduation from what? Congrats for your accomplishment!
Thanks for the well wishes guys, and yea graduating from high school in June. This car right here has inspired me to go into a four year welding/college program so I'll have a B.S degree in welding and fabrication. I'm actually really excited to get started in it.
like I said though I'm not pulling the trigger on anything big, the edelbrock link was something I stumbled upon. I want to get a good running/sounding 350 to have that muscle car feel to it. I'm just getting it roadworthy for now and when I restore the engine I'll pull the drivetrain when I get everything and do what I stated above.
Don't throw awany any of that green interior... Some of us like it and would want it!!
My car has the same color interior. Someone upholstered my front seat different than the back factory which is in great condition. I am having both my seats redone in vinyl in January. I have a picture how I want it pleated and it will cost me about $500 for him to do both front(bench) and back seats.
72 Nova -383, AFR 195s, Lunati #60113, 11.70s, next pass will be an 11.50
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