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Hey Guys, I have been snooping around this site for awhile now and now that I finally am diving into my project, I decided I should probably introduce myself and my project. Just a bit of a warning; I tend to be long winded, so we will see how long this ends up being….

Background:I am a Mechanical Engineer and work with diesel engines for construction and forestry equipment for one of the major manufacturers. Besides cars, I enjoy boating, stand-up jetskiing, fishing, running, home improvement, etc, so of course I have about 4 other major projects going on at the same time as this one (one being a entire basement gut and remodel). I have had quite a bit of engine, fabrication, and machining background from growing up and throughout my college career having a part time job in some of the labs in school as a fabricator as well as being heavily involved in SAE during college. I hope to get back into some heavy wrenching and fab’ing during this project.

So ever since I can remember I have been a fan of the early Chevy II’s. Something about their boxy build, light body, and being a GM gives them my vote for the perfect hotrod. I also have been a huge fan of LS engines and came very close to putting one in an S10 of mine in college. Well, after working on my wife's uncle for the last couple years to get him to sell me his Chevy II, he finally broke down this spring, mostly because they are in the middle of building a new house and it has been sitting as is for the last 20-25 years!

The car:The car is a 2 owner (now 3) 1963 Chevy II SS. It has been in my wife's family for 30ish years and was owned by a friend of her family before that. It was torn down about 25 years ago and over the past 20 years, her uncle has done the following:
Floors replaced
All new front sheet metal
All body work complete (sitting in primer)
Suspension and brakes gone through (and replaced)
All new vehicle wiring from headlights to brake lights
All new interior: all seat covers, carpet, door skins, head liner, sun visors, everything!
Gauge cluster sent out and re-chromed and innards fixed/replaced
Radio reworked (AM)
250cu engine professionally upgraded (not original): 0.040” over, balanced, shaved head, 4 barrel carb/manifold, upgraded ignition, exhaust header, radiator pressure checked, etc.
Powerglide gone through, new torque converter
Bumpers re-chromed
All original trim saved (some need to be re-chromed or polished),
ALL documentation: Original paper work, original manuals, original (old) Haynes type manuals, a 1964 GM dealer shop manual, new/reprinted tear down manuals, magazines, and various other Nova related documents.

I know there is more that I am forgetting…. Overall, this thing is dead solid with perfect metal, with not a single bit of rust on her (way cleaner than my few year old GMC!) The owner is a hardcore union guy and he has only replaced stuff with original GM parts or American made parts.

The plan:
Stage 1: Get the thing painted and running! I plan on doing a bright blue. I haven’t totally narrowed it down, but kind of like a slightly lighter blue then what is on a WRX. I have seen a Toyota tundra that was almost the right color for this one. Also, I am currently in the middle of welding up some of the trim holes and thinking of doing a mini tub/ spring perch relocation first. It currently has the interior gutted and the wiring needs to be finished. The engine is all there so it shouldn’t take much to get it up and running. I also need to replace the windshield, but I am just going to buy that locally and have a shop install both.

Stage 2: 5.3L LS engine, 4L80E, Mustang II front end, Explorer 8.8 (shortened) rear end w/ disk brakes.I have the engine and transmission already. It is a 5.3L out of a 100k mile 04 Tahoe that I picked up for $700 with a 4L60E and picked up the 4L80E for another $400. I havent decided if I am going to rewire my own harness or buy a new one. For most of the rest of the other parts that I may need I will get off of eBay, Craigslist, here, LS1Tech, etc.

Stage 4: Turbo build! My previous performance car experience has all been with turbocharged cars so I have always dreamed of a turbo v8 build. The plan here is to do a budget/junkyard set up with all custom plumbing and truck exhaust manifolds (flipped) for exhaust, very similar to how Yates EFI did it on his Turbo Chevy II. The plan for this car is to be a pretty bad street/strip car since we have a 1/4 mile track here in town.

Well that’s about it guys! I hope I haven’t completely bored you all. I do plan to document this process as much as possible. I plan to hopefully document most of the build here on this site. I want to thank you all for all the helpful info I have gotten up to this point and obviously the vast amount of info I will need in the future! Look out for future posts on this build! Let me know if you guys have any comments or questions!
 

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Hello and welcome to the site. Your car sounds pretty good. Post up some pictures of your car when you get a chance.
 

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Welcome to the site :waving:

I didnt expect that viewing this thread...

And it sounds like that you have your hands full....:yes:
 

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Thanks guys! I am out doing some paint prep and eye balling what I'm going to need to do for this mini tub project . I will post some pictures later tonight!

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Greetings from another Iowan. You must be from the Earlville area. I have a fairly stock '63 SS if you need any reference information, and an L76 in my '67 sedan. If you have never been to the cruise nights in East Dubuque )they're done for this year), you really need to go. I will give you a formal invitation to join the Eastern Iowa Nova club. We will be hosting the 6th Annual Heartland Nova Reunion next June, most likely in Riverside, Iowa. Last year our final count was 73 Novas! Anyway, enjoy your car. Build it exactly the way you want it. Have fun, and drive carefully!
 

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Hey TheDez, I am actually in the Cedar Falls area. I do actually come down to Davenport once and a while for work though. I would love to start attending some of the area's Nova events once I am up and running. Here are a few pictures of the car coming home and sitting in its new place.





Current Engine:


Future Engine:
 

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TO SNS , :waving:
VERY NICE,
WHAT ADDITIONAL PLANS DO YOU HAVE FOR IT?
:cool pics: GLAD TO HAVE YOU WITH US, ENJOY THE SITE! :thumbsup:



 

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Hey Everyone! Its been a while since I have posted anything on here and I thought I'd check in. The car sat untouched for about 6+ months since we did a lot of traveling (China, Vegas, all around the Midwest) and bought a new house (with a shop for the Nova!). Anyway, the car is just about ready for paint.

I think I am set on a color scheme. I picked "Cosmo Blue" which is a lighter blue that is used on newer (2012) Jeep Wranglers. It is a non-metallic blue that seems to change color quite a bit depending on the light. I plan to use this on the whole car and all the metal interior pieces (dash, upper and lower doors). On top of that, I plan on doing the back part of the trunk lid on the inside of the chrome some sort of silver. For the time being I plan on powder coating the stock rims silver as well. Here is two examples of the same blue color:

http://www.jkowners.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=44011&stc=1&d=1321776912


http://images.dealerrevs.com/pictures/57479704.jpg



I also am borrowing a 1hp buffer from a friend to go to town on my trim pieces. Anywho, here are some pictures of the progress:





 

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:waving:Welcome from Wisconsin! :sleep:Long winded? Just kidding. Good luck with your project.
 

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Glad you got back to us on the progress!

Your plan you're working sounds great!

hope to see updates sooner!:eek::D

Great start!

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Welcome to STEVE'S! Nice project!
 
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