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Found a decent 70 with zero rust and a LS 6.0 liter install started. There are a lot of loose ends that need to be cleaned up, but my wife and I are very excited about it. He put a turbo 350 in it, but I'm swapping to a T56 I have laying around.
 

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Hello and welcome to the site!
Sounds like your Nova is off to a fun build. Please keep us posted on your progress.
 

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Sounds like its going to be a blast to drive. Welcome to the site and congrats on the nova

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Wow that sounds like a good dream. Rust free 1970 with an LS. I have been thinking about the T56 swap for my 68. Let us know how that goes.
 

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Thanks for the welcome.

As I said the LS swap is "started". Engine is sitting in the car and it does run but that's it. It has a 30' paint job on it. He did it in his garage. But they key thing for me is zero rust. Paint can be done later.

The steering box is unbolted because the shorty headers won't clear. I did see a set of hedmans on summit that say they clear power steering. Ordered them last night and will try and put them in this weekend.
They are Hedman #68710. I'd post a link by can't seem to paste it here on my phone. Anyway I'll let you know if they actually fit. My other alternative is a rack and pinion setup.

He used an ICT swap kit and the right side motor mount bolt alignment is way off. I've not figured that one out yet.

The alternator is up too high for the hood to close, and he used an autowire kit for everything. I called autowire this morning and I find out there are 3 different alternator types. 2, 3 and 4 wire I believe he said. The two wire tye has to be controlled by an ecm. I'm going to have to check on that tonight and see what I have. And need to figure out a new mount setup. I've looked online and found a bracket kit that mounts the alternator way off to the side, dont like it. Looks like a quick and easy way to make and sell parts without putting enough thought into it. I'll keep looking but I think I'll end up designing something and CNC'ing it out on my mill.

I've found out I can use a big block heater box and core to get the inlet/outlets from behind the head. I've already ordered those parts.



As I said I have a spare LT style T56 I've had laying around for a few years and I'm planning on using it. I need to change the front plate and input shaft to the LS style. I called my buddy at Anaheim Gear and he's got the parts for me. I do transmission mods for him and he usually gives me a good price. I also need to figure out what clutch setup will fit on the 6.0. I've got an LS2 in my trailblazer but it's an auto. I'm hoping all the LS style motors will take the same type of clutch. And need to get a hydraulic clutch pedal setup.

I dont know what the rear gear is, I may have to change that. If I do I'll try and find a 12 bolt. Has an open 10.

Other things are it has a disk brake conversion on the rear, but all the e brake hardware is gone off the calipers, and the e brake pedal is missing.

There are many little things that need to be figured out. Like the rubber fuel line running from an electric pump all the way to the engine held up by tie wraps. Battery cable routing. The MSD box it by the heater box with about 3 ft. of extra wiring wrapped up and stuffed behind the engine. I'm going to move it to the inside of the car. My goal is to have as little stuff in the engine compartment as possible. Right now it's a mess. He has the fenderwells out for some reason.

The good, the 6.0, no rust, full disk brake conversion on the front with drop spindles and tubular A arms. Interior it absolutely perfect. He has a Hurst auto shifter in it but I'll be selling that soon.

So I'm going to take pity on you guys and end this novel.

I really look forward to exchanging ideas with everyone here.
 

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Talked to american autowire today. Sure as heck I have a 2 wire alternator that will have to be replaced. So heading to pick and pull this weekend. Should be able to find something there, and it's 40% off this weekend. Never know what else I may find there also.

Took a few more pics. For some reason it look like someone cut a portion of the right side dash support out. And the steering column doesn't look that great either.

There is a brand new hurst shifter that has been mounted and never used. I'll be selling it shortly.

Well for some reason I can't post more than one image tonight. Guess I'll try later.

 

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Welcome from Canada! :yes:

Great find, looks like you have a super start to your build! :thumbsup:
 

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Welcome from Canada! <img src="http://www.stevesnovasite.com/images/yes.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Yes" class="inlineimg" />

Great find, looks like you have a super start to your build! <img src="http://www.stevesnovasite.com/images/thumbsup.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Thumbs Up" class="inlineimg" />
Thanks. It will be fun. I need all the encouragement I can get though. My to do list just keeps getting longer. Up to 2 pages now and growing. The more I look the more I find.

But not complaining. I've saw the challenges others here have overcome and I feel lucky. 49 year old car with zero rust. Cant get better than that for what I paid for it.
 
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