file 1964 Chevy Nova 400 2 door sedan

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19 Jun 2016 10:59 #2644 by gorjo
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The engine and transmission are now in place and the car is resting on the new springs. The volvo struts have been converted to coilovers by slipping over some threaded sleeves and it seems that the 200 lbs/in springs I ordered are at least in the ballpark.



The Volvo powersteering pump was almost a direct bolt on!



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22 Jun 2016 21:31 #2650 by oestek
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gorjo wrote: The engine and transmission are now in place and the car is resting on the new springs. The volvo struts have been converted to coilovers by slipping over some threaded sleeves and it seems that the 200 lbs/in springs I ordered are at least in the ballpark.



The Volvo powersteering pump was almost a direct bolt on!



/Goran


Looking good! Nice coil-over conversion on those struts!

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30 Jul 2016 07:19 #2781 by gorjo
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Progress has been slow but steady lately, summertime is quite busy. The big thing right now is plumbing. A new fuel tank has been converted for fuel injection. I fabricated a new holder for the stock chevy fuelpump using parts from the stock unit, and a sump was also plugwelded in to tank. Now I have to make a new 3/8 fuelline from the tank. The stock 5/16 line will be used for return.






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22 Aug 2016 01:30 #2813 by gorjo
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Fuel system and engine wiring is complete and I have started the engine. At the first attempt the engine fired up easily but there was a loud clatter from the lifters and the oilpressure was close to zero!
After loosening the oilpan and removal of the timingcover I discovered that I had forgotten to install the front plugs in the lifter oilgallerys. That is the problem with doing to many projects at the same time I guess :-)
But it was a quick fix since the radiator support was not installed yet. The oilpressure is now fine and the engine runs fine.
During warmup with the radiator installed I suddenly discovered drops of ATF in the coolant. The trans oilcooler in that almost new (I assume it is made in China) aluminium radiator that came with the car is leaking into ATF in to the coolant. Luckily enough only a small amount of water has entered the transmission and there was no antifreeze added yet. A remote oilcooler will be installed
as a fix for that problem.
I still have the frontbrake plumbing to sort out before the first testdrive.
Those Volvo 240 brakes are dualcircuit all the way to the front calipers (2 front wheels and one rear wheel per brake circuit on volvo's!) so a T fitting and an extra brakeline are needed at each front caliper.

The missing oilgallery plugs!


Enginebay is now almost complete.
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09 Sep 2016 11:44 #2823 by gorjo
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First testdrive with the new driveline and front suspension in place. I have just done some lowspeed testing on my property but so far steering and suspension feels great and the rear wheels spray gravel with ease! :-)
However it seems to be some problem with that shiny (Chinese?) brake booster, the brakes works but the powerboost is almost negligible.


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12 Sep 2016 15:55 #2826 by oestek
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gorjo wrote: First testdrive with the new driveline and front suspension in place. I have just done some lowspeed testing on my property but so far steering and suspension feels great and the rear wheels spray gravel with ease! :-)
However it seems to be some problem with that shiny (Chinese?) brake booster, the brakes works but the powerboost is almost negligible.



Are all the brakes new in the front? We've had occasional success with vacuum boosters... some do as you say, others are OK. I'd hold my judgement until after they are broken in if the pads / rotors are new.

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