If the windows look off to you for a 69, its because the guy put 74 doors on it.
Summary of what i have done before making this thread:
So i was originally planning on buying a first gen stang, and had one lined up and ready to buy for $4000. The guy said he needed to charge the battery over night and to come pick it up the next day. So i decided to look on craigslist to see if i had missed a better deal when i decided, just for kicks, ill look up novas (even though im a stang guy, ive always loved novas) and there she was! A 69 nova with a 350 and a pretty straight body for $4400. So i went and checked it out and the body and frame were super straight with no rust and the motor looked pretty nice.
350 with 750 edelbrock carb and performer intake, mild comp cam, and full dual exhaust and a turbo 350 trans.
I had him start it and noticed a slight knock and he said it still needed to be tuned and it needed a radiator run off because it over heats. The knock worried me so with some negotiations and driving away only to have him call me 30 mins later, i got him done to $3500 and brought it home!
Later that night i start it up and the slight knock is now a full blown "oh s**" knock and there's a huge exhaust leak shooting flames out of the #7 cylinder
i take off the oil cap and the head is bone dry (and so the journey begins to fix this guys garbage attempt to putting this car together...)!
So the next day, i put a run off tank in, do an oil change and go to change the header gasket when i realized the two outer bolt are about 1 1/4" and the new stock header bolts no longer fit. So as a temperary fix until i can either afford new heads or fix the holes, i buy longer bolts and hope they hold.
Next up, a compression check.
All plugs were a normal color passanger side but driver side plugs are all fouled and cover in black sout. Compression on all cylinders were around 170-180 so i put new plugs in and start it up and the knock is gone. I go inside the car and realize the mechanically oil pressure gauge must not be used to actual oil pressure because the line blew and oil was gushing everywhere. So i buy a new line and fitting and the gauge worked fine and im getting good oil pressure. Time to tune!
Thanks to all the helpful ppl on this site i learn how to tune a carb and where my timing should be so i buy a tach and upon installation realizeall the wiring of the car is a complete mess of splices and shotty connection (painless wiring kit install soon to come). I hook up the tach, set timing to 36 at 3000 rpm, turn mixture screw clockwise til idle drop then one full turn counterclockwise, set idle, and she runs like a dream!!
So i take her out and about 3 miles down the road i completely lose spark and she die... (im a super carburetor newb so dont judge me!) So i think maybe i have the carb set to rich and it some how blew out the spark or something. Lol so i start messing with the mixture screws and still nothing. I pop a wire off and there's no spark to it, i move it around a bit an it shocks the **** out of me and the engine starts. I get it home a shut it off and it starts to diesel. I turn it on to readjust the carb and can remember where i had it and everything i do makes it worse. So i say screw it and tow it in to a shop to get tuned.
So here is where i am now. The mechanic tuned it but since the guy i bought it off of put an undersized radiator in (held on with zip ties) and a fan that isnt close enough to the radiator, it over heats like crazy. So im getting a new radiator and shroud with all the proper fittings so its not held with zipties and a spacer for the fan. My charging system apparently isnt working either so ill soon find out if its the alternater, voltage regulater, or the guys shotty wiring.
Once all that's done, ill be replacing all the wiring with the painless kit. This car has takin over my life and even though it's been one thing after the other, im starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and cant wait to get her back!