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Thread: 1970 Chevy Nova Project

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    Isn't it fun finding out that your car is worse off than you thought it was? I went through plenty of that repainting my Camaro.

    Anyway, keep us updated, looks good so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brndn View Post
    Isn't it fun finding out that your car is worse off than you thought it was? I went through plenty of that repainting my Camaro.

    Anyway, keep us updated, looks good so far.
    Yeah There may or may not be an issue with the car being straight, too, because the deck lid doesn't line up right. I'm kind of ignoring it because I'm too scared of the possible consequences.

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    My dad's Nova has the same issue. It has never sat quite right and he has replaced everything he can think of, shocks, front and rear springs, etc...

    He has a new front subframe sitting at his shop, just hasn't had enough time to tear it all back down and install it. I think he is really dreading the fact that if that doesn't fix it then there's basically nothing else to replace.

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    Finally, I'm almost finished with the shitty stuff I've been doing the last few weeks, namely disassembling/cleaning/stripping/painting the underside of the car. This is my least favorite part about restoring this car... the 39 years of who-knows-what that is caked all over everything. Since I was doing the rear suspension, I decided to take care of this horrible step right now, with everything out of the way, rather than put it off.

    As the car sits at the moment:


    Before paint, but after most of the cleaning/stripping was done:




    After paint:






    I still need to touch up in a few places where I sprayed a little thin, and as you can tell from the fifth picture I left the gas tank mounting area unpainted for now until I decide what kind of fuel storage I want to go with, and/or just in case I need to cut out part of the trunk pan for rust reasons. I used Rustoleum pickup truck bed liner for the undercoating, this after I started out with the Duplicolor version which I liked better but the local auto parts store promptly ran out of :tragedy:

    Kind of a boring update, I know, but it's been a while and I figured this thread deserved some kind of evidence that the project is continuing.

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    Awesome job man, looks great thus far.

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    FUCK.
    YES.
    FUCK YOURSELF WITH A CACTUS BRIAN 1850

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    Did you REALLY have to bump all these threads? So close to 500 amirite?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiPP View Post
    Did you REALLY have to bump all these threads? So close to 500 amirite?
    i was gonna do 80 striaght to see what would happen
    FUCK YOURSELF WITH A CACTUS BRIAN 1850

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    Quote Originally Posted by brian1850 View Post
    i was gonna do 80 striaght to see what would happen
    you should

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    bottom side looking much cleaner now, been doing anything on it lately?

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    damn clean car i have a 72 im working on i wish i had pics of it with me ill get some soon its in az im in ca its in the shop though getting painted and a new floor pan then right after its going to the upholstery shop

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    looking good, any updates?

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    looks great man! my brother has a 72 nova as well. loads of fun when its up and running, and even more fun when you're working on it.

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    72 is my fav year. I love restoring old cars. This project looks great.


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    Thanks for the encouraging comments. Sorry for the lack of updates, I kind of took a break from EF (obviously). Here is what happened in the meantime:

    Got the rear painted in the same truck bed-liner paint:




    Then finally got on to what this whole preparation nightmare was for in the first place, installation of some Hotchkis rear multi-leafs with a 1.5" drop:




    And this is how the car sits now with the new springs. Not a real noticeable difference at this point, probably because there is very little car left for the springs to support. Once its all back together it should sit nicely.




    After this was done there wasn't any "big" thing to tackle so I spent the rest of the time messing with the body, using the car as a learning experience in hammer and dolly work and (cringe) welding panels with a shitty Harbor Freight welder. No pictures of this but you wouldn't want to see it anyway, it's ugly. Lots of time went into that tail light area in the last picture which is where the car was in a minor collision at some point.

    Now the project is on hold while I go to law school. If this thread is still around in three years, I'll come back and pick up where I left off.
    Last edited by Martel; 12/06/2010 at 7:27 am.

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