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Plans Running Wild In My Head

By Crazyfast79TA

Filed under: 1971 Chevrolet Nova (Dream Car)

After working on my Trans Am since December and not being happy about all the things that were wrong with different systems, I'm definitely going to do the Nova Right, the first time! I haven't worked on my Nova since 2003. I was going to go at it like gang busters in 2004, but that was the year of my divorce that sent my life into a downward spiral until I met Michelle and married her in 2008. Since then, I've built my life back to a comfortable state. I'm not rich, but I've found contentment. Michelle has been a great wife for me. She's been very patient with me and my car obsession. I've spent all of 2012 working on my Trans Am.. I've just about got it done for this year. There's so much more I want to do to it, but it's going to have to wait. I'm going to get back to work on my Nova. I don't know where the money will come from, but it will come. However, before I can dig into it, I have to get our 4x4 Chevy fixed and ready for winter. I don't want to have to drive our van again in winter-weather. I also promised my step-daughter I would get my S-10 back on the road and let her drive it when she gets her license. So it's looking like the Nova will be a winter project. There's so much to do on every part of it. I've got floor pans to weld in. I've already welded the quarters and wheel houses in. I got the tail-light panel welded in but not completed.I welded the rocker panels in, but not completed, either. The front windshield channel and rear window channel both need attention. The dash top is kind of rusted too. And that just leads to the firewall. Then there's the rest of the body panels (hood, doors, fenders, trunk lid and such) that need bodywork, too. Then I can sand-blast the frame and refurbish the suspension and upgrade to disc brakes on the front. I'm going to put new bearings and seals in the rear end and check the clutches in the posi unit. Of course, I'm going to replace all the brake and fuel lines. Whew! I'm tired already just thinking and typing about it! But man, am I looking forward to it!

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Aug 11, 2012 at 7:27 pm
Okay. Maybe I won't get started on my Nova or work on my Trans Am anymore. I won't touch the S-10 or the big truck either. I still have to finish some welding on my Father-In-Law's Escort wagon and make room in the garage for my wife to park her Sport-Trac this winter. There's still house projects that need done too. Forget about what I "live" for. It's not about me.

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