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tinydb84 01-19-2017 08:43 PM

My brother's Nova
 
Started back on my brothers 72 Nova. He bought it years ago and it had an oil leak in the pan.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...s/IMAG0473.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...s/IMAG0472.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...s/IMAG0470.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...s/IMAG0469.jpg
We put the engine back in and it had another leak. It sat like this for a few years.

tinydb84 01-19-2017 08:44 PM

Re: My brother's Nova
 
We didnt take any pictures of the front suspensioon upgrades. The front end was updated with disc breaks, drop spindles, and new control arms.
I finally convinced him to start on it again.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...625_194930.jpg
I started patching and shaving the firewall.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...625_194946.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...702_182107.jpg
Someone caught me welding.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...7515050371.jpg
Little epoxy until I can do the bodywork.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...716_151625.jpg

tinydb84 01-19-2017 08:45 PM

Re: My brother's Nova
 
Changed out the master cylinder.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...129_180049.jpg
New stainless lines.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...181042_001.jpg

tinydb84 01-19-2017 08:45 PM

Re: My brother's Nova
 
Then started an LS swap. Running a LQ4 with 243 heads and a 230ish duration cam. Sorry for the shtty Instagram pic.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...113-223159.png
Tried 3 different oil pans. None fit well enough to run without modifications.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...108_204312.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...108_193610.jpg
Tacked in.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...112_213044.jpg
Boxed in.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...112_213102.jpg

Zoomin 01-19-2017 10:41 PM

Re: My brother's Nova
 
Looks like a great project. :metal:

tinydb84 01-26-2017 03:17 PM

Re: My brother's Nova
 
Thanks Zoomin. Since I am spending my brother's money this one might get done a bit faster than my build.

Put the pump and sending unit dropped in the tank
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...115_202133.jpg
Mated the engine and trans
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...121_130728.jpg
Dropped the engine in on the stock stands
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...123_095118.jpg
Engine fit fine but the pan hung too low
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...123_095059.jpg

tinydb84 01-26-2017 03:18 PM

Re: My brother's Nova
 
Decided to make new motor mount towers rather than buy all new mounts. Made a jig to hold everything in place.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...121_170727.jpg
Cutting some tabs
http://s20.photobucket.com/user/Tiny...43741.jpg.html
Picked this up at the craft store. Works great for laying out radius.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...122_141915.jpg
Also got these tab magnets from Strong Hand Tools. Makes holding the tabs much easier.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...122_141943.jpg
Mounts burned in.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...124_092048.jpg

tinydb84 01-26-2017 03:18 PM

Re: My brother's Nova
 
Engine going in.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...123_095136.jpg
Engine in.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...123_095004.jpg
Moved the engine up and forward one inch. Seems to clear everything really well. Need to make the trans crossmember next.

Advanced Design 01-26-2017 08:34 PM

Re: My brother's Nova
 
Cool project, tagging along.

Joe Pass 02-20-2017 08:38 PM

Re: My brother's Nova
 
Well,, there goes the new neighborhood...lol

Rickysnickers 02-20-2017 10:05 PM

Re: My brother's Nova
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by tinydb84 (Post 7838911)
Decided to make new motor mount towers rather than buy all new mounts. Made a jig to hold everything in place.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...121_170727.jpg
Cutting some tabs
http://s20.photobucket.com/user/Tiny...43741.jpg.html
Picked this up at the craft store. Works great for laying out radius.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...122_141915.jpg
Also got these tab magnets from Strong Hand Tools. Makes holding the tabs much easier.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...122_141943.jpg
Mounts burned in.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...124_092048.jpg

Very nice welds!!

tinydb84 03-02-2017 03:07 PM

Re: My brother's Nova
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Advanced Design (Post 7839204)
Cool project, tagging along.

Thank you, hopefully you will like what you see.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Joe Pass (Post 7864715)
Well,, there goes the new neighborhood...lol

This neighborhood was gone before we got here. I am in a constant battle with people abandoning their cars on my street...

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rickysnickers (Post 7864828)
Very nice welds!!

Thank you. I had intended to tig it all together but it was such a tight fit in the engine compartment I got lazy and mig'd it all in.

tinydb84 03-02-2017 03:07 PM

Re: My brother's Nova
 
I think my brother is pretty motivated since we have been making good progress. He has been coming home from work to get **** done.
I filled in all the extra holes that were drilled in the floor and raised up the tunnel just a bit to give us a bit more space around the transmission:
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...205_123454.jpg
My brother stripped all the rust and brushed on some epoxy (we were too lazy to strip the floors):
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...225_165106.jpg
Got some knock off dynamat:
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...205_215743.jpg
Applied it to the areas that sounded hollow when we knocked on them:
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...227_210849.jpg
Put a layer of closed cell foam to act as a decoupler:
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...228_202226.jpg
Then mass loaded vinyl on top:
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...228_230407.jpg
Still need to work it down on to the floor more. The stuff is thick and hard to shape.

tinydb84 03-02-2017 03:10 PM

Re: My brother's Nova
 
He ordered his headers (didn't get a chance to take a pic yet). I welded in his O2 bungs while he was doing the floors.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...228_200037.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...228_201244.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...228_230416.jpg
Not the prettiest tig but it will do.

tinydb84 03-06-2017 01:39 PM

Re: My brother's Nova
 
Long weekend of really crappy work! Pulled the engine and stripped the engine compartment and underside of the car for paint.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...304_202202.jpg
The car hand an oil leak for years. There was so much crud we pressure washed and degreased multiple times.
I thought the car was black underneath...apparently it was just dirt and grease.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...304_202135.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...306_003143.jpg
My brother wire wheeling away.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...305_124739.jpg

tinydb84 03-06-2017 01:39 PM

Re: My brother's Nova
 
I did a bit of body work on the firewall.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...304_171125.jpg
Blocking to check for highs and lows.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...304_202110.jpg
Did a bunch of hammer work and first pass of filler.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...304_202222.jpg
Masking.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...306_003046.jpg
Spraying.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...306_003124.jpg
First coat and bad lighting.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...306_003018.jpg

tinydb84 03-15-2017 01:07 PM

Re: My brother's Nova
 
Here is a better pic of the engine compartment. Broke all three bolts to the wiper motor so now we need to deal with that.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...308_092208.jpg
The nice thing about working on his car is that I don't have to do any of the dirty work. He spent the last week finishing stripping, cleaning, and painting the underside of the car.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...314_181801.jpg
Didn't bother with the rear end or the leafs because we will likely pull it out at some point to either rebuild it or replace it with something stronger.
He started pulling the engine apart for paint.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...314_181815.jpg

Joe Pass 03-15-2017 02:00 PM

Re: My brother's Nova
 
Lookin good....

Dieselwrencher 03-15-2017 04:12 PM

Re: My brother's Nova
 
Nice Nova and cool project! Nice welding and fab work too. That will be a sweet ride when you guys are done with it. Do you plan to heat up the foam to get it to lay down better? I haven't tried any of that but may some time.

tinydb84 03-15-2017 04:30 PM

Re: My brother's Nova
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Joe Pass (Post 7886783)
Lookin good....

Thank you sir.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dieselwrencher (Post 7886924)
Nice Nova and cool project! Nice welding and fab work too. That will be a sweet ride when you guys are done with it. Do you plan to heat up the foam to get it to lay down better? I haven't tried any of that but may some time.

Thank you. The foam laid down fine. It also has a sticky side so it conforms to the floor where it is applied.

The MLV on the other hand was a pain! He cut it in sections and laid it down horizontally. Once it was cut to length he used a combo of heat gun, a few relief cuts, and aluminum tape to get everything in place and sealed down.

tinydb84 03-27-2017 02:46 PM

Re: My brother's Nova
 
Started putting the fuel system together. Never used push lock hoses before. Not as hard as everyone says. Froze the fittings, heat gunned the hoses, a bit of tranny fluid for lube and ta da!
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...319_183942.jpg
Modified an old exhaust bracket to mount the roll over valve.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...319_170754.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...319_171305.jpg

tinydb84 03-27-2017 02:46 PM

Re: My brother's Nova
 
My brother started to assemble the engine. New TCI converter and flywheel.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...326_153833.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...326_154125.jpg
Together.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...326_160932.jpg
No pics but my brother started scrubbing it clean and scuffing it for paint. Hope to get it in by this week since I am out of two for the next two weeks.

Joe Pass 03-27-2017 10:11 PM

Re: My brother's Nova
 
You're doing it right...very cool

tinydb84 03-29-2017 01:12 PM

Re: My brother's Nova
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Joe Pass (Post 7898602)
You're doing it right...very cool

Thanks. He wasn't initially planning on doing this much work but it has been coming out well and I think that has been motivating him to keep doing more work. Not bad for a garage build!

tinydb84 03-29-2017 01:13 PM

Re: My brother's Nova
 
My brother finished prepping and masking the engine.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...328_194343.jpg
Then shot it with Eastwood's 2k Aero Spray Ceramic Engine Paint.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...329_075550.jpg
The paint sprays out like a gun but has quite a bit more overspray. There isn't much paint in each can as you would think. He got about one coat per can. It has isocyanates in the paint to so be extra careful. He is going to add an additional coat today. Kinda regret not buying a clear for it.


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