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Took my grandmother home one day, and saw it sitting across the street. So, I went over and asked the guy if he wanted to sell it, and he said he did because he was in need of money.

Here are some pictures: The guy said it's a 71 (I'll have to check the vin codes)

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At the end, I got the car for $900. He left in it a Pioneer Cd player and 2 6x9 Sony xplode speakers.
I'm 19 and in college, majoring in Automotive Technology, so this summer break, I am going to work on the interior. When I start back in class, I'm going to take it back in and rebuild the engine.

Give me comments and suggestions, I'm totally new at this! That engine is a 250, right?
 

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Just what I've been looking for. Can I have it?
My son wants one for a driver if I can find one close to Ohio.
Looks great!!
Congrats!!
 

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It looks great...congrats! Yes if it is most likely a 250 cube. As with any new (old) car go through it front to back, you want to know exactly what you have and what condition it's in, pull the wheels, check the brakes and front end, change the oil if it looks like it needs it, give her the full tune up and go from there. Have fun!
 

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Thanks guys!
Yeah, it's my baby. I'm so excited that I have a car like that sitting outside my window. I don't have enough money to insure it right now, so I can't really drive it around at the moment. I have a new 2005 Chevy Aveo 5door that I am paying for, and I'm going to college. I work at an arcade making 6 bucks an hour, so I only get a little bit of money saved up each paycheck. Thankfully, my Aveo gets 35 MPG and I try and watch what I spend. I live in eastern Ky, almost right where WV, Ohio, and KY meets.
I will definately be back in here with questions later on when I rip my teeth into my Nova :p
And ahead of time, thanks for your help, guys! :chev:

P.S. Next controversial question: Rebuild and maybe turbo the I6 or find a 350 and do a swap? There are alot of people who tell me to get the V8, and some tell me to do performance on the I6. And it sounds like a swap would take alot of work... What's your all's opinion? Thanks!
Gotta go get ready for work =\ 11 to 4 listening to screaming kids running around everywhere!
My Aveo
 

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I took a closer look at it the other day. It's been pretty neglected. The guy who sold it to me was a little spacey if you know what I mean!
First of all, it has very little oil in it. The oil is not only a little black. It's almost sludgy.
Second of all, I couldn't see any coolant in the radiator.
That's about as far as I got. I'm sure the trans isn't in too great of shape either.
I drove it down the road and back up. I don't have tags or insurance on it so I can't drive it very far. It felt good. What didn't feel good was sitting in those stupid furry seat covers that are all full of dirt and food particles. And the brakes are garbage. It's like pushing a brick wall trying to get that stopped.
It died a few times on me. I'm sure that carb is all gunked up.
But even with all the engine pitfalls, I just had to unleash the Nova's fury on some unsuspecting asphalt:
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Oh yea, that's what I'm talking about!!! Even a 40 year old, neglected, gunked up, engine can smoke em! :chev: !
Haha, anyways, I will update you all as I go along with the rebuild and I might have to stop back in for some help along the way.
Take it easy everybody
 

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A good first place to start. Would be to change all the fluids. A like the look. Earl
 

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Way to go! Nice car & welcome to the sickness ( I mean hobby) :D

Many of us here can certainly relate to the poor years of college, but there is no better investment than a good education. I lamented at the cost per credit hour when I was in school, now I laugh at how little I paid compared to the increased earning potential. The ROI is exceptional, so stick with it - the Nova won't complain if you put it on the back burner for a while.

I would definitely go with the V8 swap - it is actually easier than trying to turbo or hot-rod the I6. I would suggest you drop in a TPI engine - they are cheaper to buy compared to building a conventional 1970 era engine.

Above all, just have fun!
M
 

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engine swap is a piece of cake, just depends on what you want to do with the car.

If it were mine i would do some much needed maintenence (all fluids, filters, tune up etc.) then drive it till the wheels fall off.

I wouldn't recommend sinking a ton of money in it, because you won't get it back at resale.

thats just my opinion. looks like you got a good deal. btw, 4 wheel drums are nothing like modern brakes so be careful. :eek:

Thats a 69 front bumper on it. :)
 

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Nice burnout. I did one almost exactly the same but i got mine smoking faster :). But than again i got a 307 V8(not much but i figure its more than a 6 cyl). Heres mine. Its not pretty and i cant drive it right now, But itll take off. The only diff from the pic and now is i got low pro`s on it now and i usually dont use hubcaps anymore.



My 73
I had those exact same hubcaps you have but i lost one. One warning about thinking about putting mag rims on a 4 door. Dont try unless u know itll work. We thought that by rolling the qtrpanels up and shaving them off that theyll fit. Well all it did was mutilate the rear end of the car. Just a FWI. But the way the tires look i wouldnt change a thing. Looks like it would be a good sleeper.
 

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nova

Listen to "YENKO DEUCE REG" !
Your education must be the No. 1 thing in your life right now.
Cars ,women,beer,spring breaks,keg parties,panty raids,late classes,sleeping late,women,beer,women,beer,"did I miss anything?" must be No.2.
Then you can join the rest of us Rocket Scientist.
Good luck Mike
 
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