Chevy II Nova 400
4 Door 400
Her name is Matilda. Unfortunately I didn't get any of her history when I purchased her. She has a dealer sticker from Maine on her. I bought her from a couple in Paxton, Mass in 2016. She certainly wasn't the prettiest Chevy II I've ever seen but she had some awesome patina and the previous owners had the engine and tranny rebuilt so she ran great. I was in the market for a 'Papa" car and she was perfect.
- 1964 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova Mordoor 400 (Meadow Green)
This is a moving target during the build. I've changed my mind several times since starting the build. I originally purchased a newly rebuilt 327 out of a '67 Chevelle. Then I started getting the LS bug and currently have an LS 5.3 from a 2000 Silverado sitting in the garage waiting to be built. My goal will be 500hp if I decide to use the LS. I've changed my mind several times about what tranny to use also. At first I was thinking TH350 but after reading on the site and talking to members I started leaning towards the 4l series tranny. Most recently I've been reading on the 4l75. Same same with the rear end. I am pretty sure I will use the 8.2 that came with the car. It will definitely be posi but not sure of gearing yet. I am not so worried about these decisions at the moment while I am getting all of the body work done. Once the body is done, then I'll have to start making decisions about the powertrain.
Her original interior was sandal with a front bench seat. Once I pulled the seats I found that both front sides of the floorboard need to be replaced. I'm leaning towards bucket seats when I put it all together. I've done some research and it seems the seats out of quite a few vehicles fit into the Chevy II. All the metal in the interior was painted sandal but the exterior is Meadow Green. The one definite decision I've made about this build is that the interior metal will be the same color as the exterior color. The color of the rest of the interior is still up for grabs. I've wavered between keeping the sandal or going black. Gonna let my son decide on outer and interior colors.
The right side upper firewall mount had some rot that needed to be repaired. I also discovered the rocker panels had skins placed over them so both rockers were replaced. The driver and passenger front floor pans were pretty rotted so they were replaced also. They still need a little more work and will be finished by springtime. Then I'll have her dustless blasted so I can find any other issues with the sheet metal.
She had the original AM radio and speaker. I loved it, my grandkids hated it. It only got two radio stations and Papa knew the words to every song. I had the radio replaced with a new one with all the bells and whistles. Unfortunately I have no idea how to use the damn thing. I also had the speaker replaced and one put in the back panel. I was told that the one in the back panel would lay flat so that you wouldn't even know it was there. BS. It sticks out like a sore thumb. Luckily I can buy that back panel with the area for a speaker so It will be hidden when I am done putting the car back together.
It'll be upgraded for safety if and where needed.
She will definitely have a dual exhaust. Most likely with headers but I want to lean towards a sleeper with the build so I'll be talking to others about options.
The stock front end was 13" with 5 lug rims. I'll be replacing the front clip. I'm leaning towards the TCI but haven't made the final decision yet.
Wheel and Tire
She originally had 13" 5 lug wheels. I've been reading a lot of threads on here about wheels and tires and I have no idea what I will be going with. That will be one of the last decisions I have to make. Probably will have my son pick out the wheels once I figure out what size to use.