file 1964 Chevy Nova 400 2 door sedan

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15 Feb 2016 03:33 #2323 by gorjo
gorjo replied the topic: Re:1964 Chevy Nova 400 2 door sedan
Strutmounts fabricated and tacked in to place. I have used the Volvo top part and fabricated the rest in 2mm sheetmetal. At first I thought I could do the sheetmetal in one piece using a card board template, but soon realized that 2 mm sheetmetal is a bit harder to bend than a piece of cardboard :)



It seems that the struts do not need to be shortened as the suspension travel seems to be adequate.
The next task will be to make engine mounts and figure out clearence for steering shaft and exhaust so I can finish up all welding and send the front clip to sandblasting and paint.

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17 Feb 2016 14:14 #2336 by gorjo
gorjo replied the topic: Re:1964 Chevy Nova 400 2 door sedan
The engine is in! I did let the driveshaft give the longitudinal position. Passengerside motormount is fabricated and I had to cut into the innerfender removing part of the old upper A arm mount and innerfender to body mount to get clearence for the exhaust manifold. The cutouts will of course be tidied up when I take it all apart for cleanup and paint.

A funny sidenote, during the cutting of the innerfender a thought crossed my mind "Why dont I buy a pair of blockhugger headers, they would fit, Right?" After thinking over it for a couple of seconds I realized that:
1 This is still a V6 for crying out lud, there ar no blockhuggers available as far as I know!
2 I need coffee, now, badly!




The driverside mount could not be mounted in the stock position since some idiot has placed a steering rack in the way :-) So I used the Volvo mounting point in the crossmeber instead.
Plenty of room for exhaustmanifold and steering shaft on this side.


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17 Feb 2016 14:19 - 17 Feb 2016 14:20 #2337 by oestek
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Looking good! You are making great progress, thanks for the updates! That Nova now looks like it was made for that suspension and V6.

I can't say I've ever seen block huggers for a 6...

We're excited to see the progress, keep us posted!
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27 Feb 2016 10:31 #2368 by gorjo
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We have steering! I ordered steering u joints from www.jocar.se excellent service had them in two days. One DD-DD and one DD-3/4-48 splines for the volvo rack, The column is out of a -67 Buick skylark, also visible is the shift linkage.



Now that all major mock-up and fabrication for the frontend is done it will be disasembled so I can finish up all welding and do some rust repair. Even though it looks horrible the main structure like chassirails and rockers are in great condition due to heavy use of rustproofing!




And it good to know that if the Volvo discs wont be up to task of stopping the car, that we have the optional Flintstone brakes! :-)



/Goran
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03 Mar 2016 11:51 #2372 by oestek
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Nice work! It looks the steering shaft is happy. Sometimes you see people install far too many u-joints without correct support. Great job! I also like that you've been able to use the column shift linkage.

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14 Mar 2016 11:47 #2390 by gorjo
gorjo replied the topic: Re:1964 Chevy Nova 400 2 door sedan
Marie is giving her little engine the beauty treatment.



Unfortunately it was in vain, after deciding to do a valve job while the engine was out of the car we discovered this after pulling the heads. That's what you get for doing things in the wrong order i guess :-)
But all hope is not lost, we found another engine to put the newly rebuild heads on and this one will get a complete going over. These engines are cheap even in Sweden.



This lot is ready to be sent to sandblast and paint.



And now for the quiz, What is this dohickey?
I found this inside the cowlarea while doing rustrepair, I guess it could be a part from the spotwelding robot at the factory. No trace of it is visible from the inside.



/Goran
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