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Like a kid on Christmas! Except I don't remember having to break down n recycle this much cardboard,lol. Prolly because we didn't get this many presents at once


 

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14" rotors/6 piston calipers. I was shocked at the actual size. I'm quite sure these are probably overkill for this little light car. But after building a 700rwhp ford lightning with stock brakes, I didn't want to chance it again. That truck was very hard to stop at kill speeds


 

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So, these are some of my parts going into the build. What isn't present yet is my 2006 gto I bought from a buddy with 12k miles as a donor car. Its cosmetically totald out, but still runs and drives.
Id like to do a head n cam combo(TEA or AFR) on the ls2. Defly gunna swap in the t56. Prolly build it up later as I'm initially lookn for just a drivers car to see if I absolutely love how it is at that time. Ultimately, I believe these headers are goin up forsale and I'm going twin turbo or procharged. Id like to make ridiculous amounts of power on the streets, even if its unuseable. My lightning made 705rwhp on pumpgas,..it was fun, but I didn't fear for my life like I thought I was going to when smashing the gas pedal...FORD:doh:
 

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Lots of goodies!!! Gonna be badazz when your done!!! Are you gonna powder oat your clip?
absolutely. lookn to go with something that looks like brushed aluminum kinda. Should look good with my wheel and accent finishes thru out the car.
I'm souped about these wheels I'm bout to order, almost there...
Getting a set of 18x8/18x12 American Racing vf 485

I ve read thru your build threads couple times. Defly a huge help. Nice clean work goes a long way
 

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so what I havnt really mentioned yet is my plans for the back half of the car. Well that's just it...gunna backhalf it.
I realize that plug n play systems(tci 4link or TA set up) currently available are both very affordable and functional.
I started out really wanting a killer set of wide rear wheels..pro street vs. protouring kinda. I wanna run some bfg rival s 335-35-18 outback
So I'm gunna have the floors cut out, custom built 4link, tubbed, caged, trans tunnel, ford 9" nodular rear(narrowed), fuel cell, battery relocate, etc done to complete it as a rolling chassis. Prolly drive it like that for awhile before I commit to big power build. Which will most certainly involve a sleeved block stroked and a huge power adder(s)
Its a lot of work, but its what I want and I can already picture it in my head.

this build is gunna be very time consuming and slow going. But I ll document a lot of it with pics and tons of questions. I'm lookn to build a clean pumpgas street tire car that can open up a can of whoop *** when needed. Lookn to surprise some people here on the jersey shore. But there are some very fast street cars running around here these days
 

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Gettn started

so, just a fore thought before some slow going progress pics. I'm almost 33 n life is good..But I'm of the "i want it now generation and cant fathom disappointments",lol. Having said that, I knew building a 50yr old car was gunna suck, I knew it wasn't gunna be easy, I knew there were gunna be 1step forward 2steps back moments, I knew id mostly be in over my head, and I knew that it was kinda tight niche project(as oppose to buying a new vette and procharging it. Or gettn a new Camaro n doing bolt ons,etc).

Sorry for the run on and poor grammar.
BUT, I'm thrilled to be hands on balls deep into this project. I have an end goal in mind...and it looks glorious in my head already. I ve never been a real gear head. Payed out the butt with hard work and $ to have my last ride built. It was MEHHHH,...OK. So with limited and I mean limited mechanical ability and knowledge of anything automotive, I started my build this past sunday.
I'm an HVAC mechanic/installer by trade. I own and operate a small hvac company on the jersey shore. Couple that with some common sense and I will get thru this project.
I am officially submitting to the I don't know everything gods. I am however upgrading my knowledge of all things automotive to-GENERAL +. LOL
So I will share as much knowledge n pics dumb or useless along the way. And I'm open to all constructive criticisms

First pic-nova on the lift for good. Drove it for last time as a 50yr old car with junk 327 in it...same morning
 

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Jumped right in on tearing stuff out and down. Couple of sad notes. I'm scared of lifts bcuz I ve never owned or worked on under one before. 8min into project n I was loving it and its usefulness. Kinda a necessity in my opinion n age. I salute all the driveway concrete car builders who get shyt done! On another sad note, I was shocked and upset at the true condition of my car, the lift and teardown will reveal everything. Even as I took stuff apart, I was jus getting depressed and feeling regret. So I became humble knowing that I'm saving these heap of crap that looks like its only 5yrs behind the RMS TITANICs condition now. I'm passed the point of no return and am gunna push thru and correct whats fixable, and fix what aint! Lol.





 

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also sad to know that I'm not keeping or re using much of anything on this car. I should have spent less money on just a better body to start with. Hindsight=20/20

So I started by removing exhaust with sawzaw, pulled driveshaft.
Than I slowly took apart the front end sheetmetal, bumper, grills, lights etc. mostly all scrap for now I'm guessing.






 

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I'm happy to know that power block nation and hp tv were on the whole time in my shop while I worked on my nova..So cliché!
I hit a road block on the nova when I got down to taking the radiator support of the car and it appears as if I must grind off factory rivets to remove it. I stopped there for sunday. It was a big day n I had all of that accomplished by lunch with no major issues or setbacks otherwise. I ll resume this week with a new cut off wheel. I also broke down my tci preassembled spindle/wildwood brake set ups. Trying to get everything ready for the powder coater as my teardown to firewall is moving faster than id thought it would. By Friday night(day 2) I should have the engine n trans out.
On a sidenote, everything I ve encountered or handled from my TCI order appears to be of top notch quality and craftsmenship. I'm hoping the whole build goes this way. These monster brake set ups are insane. CANT WAIT!






 

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Be careful with the way the car is racked. There is a lot of car hanging off the back of your lift. The more parts you remove from the front, the more your car is going to want to fall off the back of your lift. Good luck, cool project.
 

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Be careful with the way the car is racked. There is a lot of car hanging off the back of your lift. The more parts you remove from the front, the more your car is going to want to fall off the back of your lift. Good luck, cool project.
yes, I'm aware. These assymetric lifts are cool to work on compared to my buddys 4post lift. It actually looks worse than it really is. Next stage its getting a big strap ran thru the corner windows to hold it down. Soon as the rad support is out its going down on floor to be rolled back for more front space engine/trans removal. Than back on the lift securely with 4" straps going thru the windows to each lift leg. If I gotta sand the firewall and paint it by hand, itd be nice to do at a comfortable height. I always give it the shake test when its 2' off the ground n under load,lol.
 

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yes, I'm aware. These assymetric lifts are cool to work on compared to my buddys 4post lift. It actually looks worse than it really is. Next stage its getting a big strap ran thru the corner windows to hold it down. Soon as the rad support is out its going down on floor to be rolled back for more front space engine/trans removal. Than back on the lift securely with 4" straps going thru the windows to each lift leg. If I gotta sand the firewall and paint it by hand, itd be nice to do at a comfortable height. I always give it the shake test when its 2' off the ground n under load,lol.
I found it easier to center punch and drill those rivets...then knock the head off with an air chisel....less mess
 

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I found it easier to center punch and drill those rivets...then knock the head off with an air chisel....less mess
ok, thank you. I will try that instead. Only way I ve ever seen it done was to cut an X with grinder in the heads and chisel off each quarter of the head n punch it clean out. But I ll give it a shot other way. I'm not one with a grinder yet, but I soon will be id imagine,lol. I think I'm gunna order a new rad support rather than try to re use/save this one. its got some rot I'm not sure I wanna spend time on. altho I ll keep it until new one fits in nicely. Lookn at a dynacorn replacement, For $165, I ll gamble
 
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