The car ran great, but the carb needs lots of tuning.
No big leaks, but I think the input shaft seal on the Powerglide is leaking, so the trans will probably have to come out. Lot of work to replace a $5 seal I should have replaced before I installed the damn thing. Oh well, making progress.
Wogs64SS, the bumpers are reproduction. Rechromed originals would probably have turned out nicer, but these were a good option for my build.
Aaronb, I had Les Schwab align it. The guys were very professional and took great care of the car. A lot of places (Big O) don't have the early Nova's in their computer and I didn't know of any local speciality alignment shops that were open to fit my schedule or close enough to get to with my tires squealing above 20 mph.
After driving the car for a bit I noticed a small leak coming from the front of the trans. I think its the trans input seal so the whole thing is coming out of the car to replace a $5 dollar seal I should have replaced before I installed it the first time.
Spent the better part of the Memorial Day weekend working on it but the trans is back in and I was able to work on some of the linkage, vacuum lines and found some bolts I forgot to install.
Spent the weekend wrapping up the trans install. Everything works great! No leaks or any other issues.
However, I got tired of fighting the neutral safety switch with the stock shifter so I ordered a new shifter from Shiftworks. It's awesome!!! Bolts into the stock location and the neutral safety switch and reverse light switch are built in. I fabbed the stock wiring onto the Shiftworks wiring and installed it.
Here's the stock photo:
And what I got:
Here's the stock shifter installed.
Installed on the hump. I used countersunk bolts so I can install the stock seal and ring.
Here's pics of the shifter installed and adjusted. I used the rope seal to seal around the edges like the factory did to stop hot air and water. The handle hits the side of the seat just like original, LOL.
There were some paint imperfections I wasn't happy with so I took the car to a local shop to have them address several issues. They fixed the few bad spots, aligned the doors, hood, fenders and trunk and painted the trunk. Also buffed and detailed the entire car. I'm very happy with the results.
The trunk looks great and we added a little Red to accent the factory Grey and Black.