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I Have A Dream

By Crazyfast79TA

Filed under: 1971 Chevrolet Nova (Dream Car)

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It won't happen as quickly as I'd like, but I'm going to start on my Nova soon. I already have the quarter panels and wheel houses wlded in. I already have the tail ligt panel welded in (it still needs finished). I already have the rocker panels welded in (they still need finished too). I have floor pans to weld in. I have most of the old rusted ones cut out. I already hve thenew skin on thedriver's door. I have a good door for the passeger side that only needs a couple small patches welded in the corners. I have decent fenders that need a couple patches. the trunk floor is good. The frame rails are good. The front suspension has already been rebuilt. I want to add disc brakes up front. I have new leaf springs and shackles for the rear. I have a good strong 350 that was built fo one of my Monzas and later used in my S-10. I have a 700R4 that was in my V-8 S-10 that just quit on me. I think it's a broken sprag. I have a new package tray for the interior, and nothing else new. I had a good set of black door panels that I was going to use, but I had a racoon get in my trunk somehow and chewed them all up. The back seat is in real good condition (no rips or tears) it just needs a good cleaning. The front seats aren't such a good story. They aren't original, they aren't Nova seats either. Looking through catalogs, I figured out they're '76 Camaro bucket seats. I can live with that. The roof liner was shredded when I got the car and the carpet was gone. The dash pad is in perfect condition. The steering column is a tilt unit with a SS steering wheel. I have the single pedal brake (for automatic) that I can install if I run the 700R4 or I can use the clutch/brake pedals that are in the car if I run one of the stick shift transmissions I have (2 three speeds and 2 four speeds or a T-5). I have a new radiator support I bought when I worked at the Chevy dealer back in the early 90's. I'm not sure of the condition of the radiator itself, but it was good 20 some years ago when I dismantled the car. I have a new gas tank for it (that's a good thing because the original tank didn't make the move to Minnesota with me. The rusted out-beat up-piece of crap-junk gas tank from my FIrebird parts car did however make it here). I've got window chrome from a couple other Novas and extra bumpers (I'll probably still get new ones) and extra marker lights, tail lights, and headlights. I've got interior trim parts from several Novas. I've got 15"x8" Corvette Ralley wheels with center caps and trim rings that I want to use. I did have a couple sets of the 14' Ralley II wheels that I was originally going to use, but the Corvette wheels changed my mind.

So you see I have a lot of stuff done already and a lot of parts lined up!.

UPDATE: I'm going to start moving stuff in the garage (a.k.a. "the grudge") so I can at least LOOK at my Nova again. I'll have to put up shelves or something so I have places to put everything that's inside the car. I'll try to organize everything as I take it out and find a proper place for it. I may even make a list of the things and where they are so when I go looking for something I know I had, I know I have it and where it is. Wow! What a concept! Wish I would've thought of that 25 years ago when I started tearing down and getting stuff for it! I'll probably find the door panel clips for my Trans Am that I bought when I was putting it together 11 years ago that I couldn't find last month and bought more (and still haven't installed my new door panels!). I've got lots of stuff to inventory! I may have to build another shed just for my car parts because the grudge is full of garage sale stuff for a garage sale that was supposed to take place at least 2 years ago (before my cars were here and the garage was empty) Or maybe I could just take all the clothes to one of the donation bins and take the other usable stuff to the Salvation Army or Good Will. I could take my huge Broyhill dresser to a consignment store and my Grandma's old dresser to an antique shop. My old kitchen table is still taking up floor space and making more room to pile "garage sale" items. There's another table in there that was given to us to sell in the sale and some end tables my friend gave me. My one step-son brought home tires for his car (that he doesn't even have anymore) and they're stacked there.He also brought home some carpet remnants (rolls) for rooms we don't even have in the house.

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Crazyfast79TA’s Profile Photo
Aug 9, 2012 at 10:08 pm
The Yenko image is my goal. I won't use the name, just the stripe. This is going to be a long term project, but it's going to be right the first time around.
frank76ta’s Profile Photo
Aug 9, 2012 at 9:10 pm
You had my mouth drop when I saw the Yenko picture! Man good luck on this project! Still have mine the longer I keep it up for sale the more idots trying to scam me!!
bencar’s Profile Photo
Aug 9, 2012 at 7:20 pm
Best of luck, this definitely sounds like a long term project.
Crazyfast79TA’s Profile Photo
Aug 8, 2012 at 5:45 pm
Any progress now is a big step! I haven't worked on it since 2003!
CorvairJim’s Profile Photo
Aug 8, 2012 at 2:54 am
I hope your Nova comes together as well and as quickly as your Trans Am has recently!

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