front top rubber seal & a/c close out panel ......
Greg .... I will take you a pic of the top seal ...... I think u could make something up to work (I'm not sure they are still available)
the lower "a/c close out panel" IS History .... They don't repro that part..... the one I have is still on my car, and has a few cracks .... but still works. I have those pic's of that panel (I'll look , or search 3rd gen section - for a/c lower panel).
I think both items HELP to put more incoming air through the core.
I still run my L6s and I have a fresh one waiting to go in. And it is time I am hoping to change out the Muncie for a T10 with a 2.88 first if I get my hands on one. The fresh motor is pretty much the same other then I made a cam Change from the 583/607 to just shy of .700 lift. And installing a few other goodies I have been making to dress it up some more.
For me, it's a sound from my youth, as the family had a '65 wagon with a 230 that dad bought new. Something imprinted on me as a kid, hearing my mom or dad roll up in the Nova at night after I was in bed; I'd wait for that familiar sound, knew they were home, and then I could get to sleep.
Nostalgia aside, the car was kind of designed around the 6 in terms of the power and weight the body was designed to handle. Sure, plenty were made with small blocks and some powerful ones, but this budget economy car was really for people that wanted a cheap car with a cheap to keep engine as well. Only after having a number of V-8 Novas and Chevy II's did I decide that I wanted a convertible with an inline 6. Love the other cars, but liking this combination a lot for a cruiser car.
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pretty much , most of you guys know I'm a 6 - cylinder Fan !
I just went through this " Post " . . . . . . . . because . . . . . . . . I have a 'spare 292 engine . . . . . . . .
(complete - running 1 ton truck motor) . . . . plus , I'm kinda needing a winter - time project .
I am thinking . . . . about installing this 292 motor into my 69 .
I am out "looking for some INFO about the 292 = like the front crank-shaft ' Balancer ' . . . . . ?
That front Balancer IS almost 3" long . . . . (it would fit into my engine bay ) , but would not let me use
any type "manual drive FAN - Blade " ( the fan would hit the 3" balancer ) .
Then, - - 12bolt,com - - has a 2 - groove balancer (that says = it's a replacement for the 292) .
Here's my question = IS that my only ' choice ' . . . . ? (for a front 2-groove balancer) .
I also would need the 2 - groove water pump drive pulley . . . too match . . . ?
I'm reaching out too the SNS group , for any info : someone may have , about this up-grade .
( ( I have looked at " Lyndon's 63 Nova = 292 install pictures) . . . . but - - I know other Nova guys
have installed a 292 in some of their cars . ) )
I have talked to Larry @ twisted6 . . . . . and, have talked to Kenny Bryant (both guys Very Helpful) .
AJ Perks . . . . . is one . . . . I have sent him a "conversation" (a 63 Nova)
BaroneDog . . . . . is one . . . . I have sent him a "conversation" (63 Nova Wagon)
So, if someone may have info ........................ I'm looking .
Thanks , jim
# 1 - - 292 - large front crank-shaft Balancer .
# 2 - -
# 3 - - almost 3" . . . too long ; too let the fan blade fit & clear the radiator
a very Nice Nova - and - very Cool looking engine , for sure .
Thanks , for your quick reply . . . .
We just may need some more 'pictures of that Great Looking motor . . . . . like . . . . .
too me , looks like you have some "water heat" running to / under your 'intake manifold' . . . ?
So , what kind of ' exhaust , would you have ?
Thanks for your interest, Jim. I will take some more pictures of the engine bay in the morning and post them. This is my first car, 63 Nova SS convertible, all black. I’ve owned it since 1972. The cylinders are bored 40 over and sleeved. The head is ported and polished, but not lumped (yet). I added stiffer springs, new rockers, and replaced the seals. Cleaned up the valves, checked the rods, and reassembled. The valve cover is from Clifford, as is the intake and headers. I have a better cam, but need help installing it.