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  • Topic: Newbie with a '72 Nova project
  • Started by 7Nova2 Jul 16, 2014 at 11:53 am
  • Last post by bobjob Jul 18, 2014 at 2:49 am
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  1. #1 Jul 16, 2014 at 11:53 am

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    Hey guys and gals - I've recently purchased a '72 Nova that I plan to restore. 95% of the body work is done. I plan on focusing on all of the running parts first. I want to set this car up as a cruiser but still have plenty of muscle when desired. I dont want to drive around the block and have to go fill up the gas tank. I will be using a 350 sbc and 350 turbo tranny. I want to hear from some you gear heads out there that have been busting your knuckles inside of these beauties for years. If you were using the same setup that I will be, what would you do. Carb? Intake? Distributer? bore the block? heads? headers?camshaft? crank? rear end? gear ratio in rear end? A manual tansmission is not out of the question but would need to teach my daughter how to drive a stick. Any and all advice and/or critiscism appreciated. Thanks!
     

     

  2. #2 Jul 18, 2014 at 2:49 am

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    .... biggrin image ..... hi welcome to the site .. '72 nova ,, great car ... 350 / 350 is a good setup ... I wouldn't get too crazy if you want ok gas mileage ... hei distributors are low maintenance ...maybe a performance intake manafold,, smaller 4 barrel carb (650) or quadrajet. ,, and headers makes a nice setup..... should give you something that won't break the bank ... auto trans with a mild shift kit ,, gives it some pep and won't kill your back when it bangs thru gears ..... mild (r.v.) cam will also help some .... don't know what kind of gears in the rear ,,,but try to stick with some freeway gears .... you won't burn the rubber off your tires ,,, but if you pick your races to 50 miles or more ,, it will be ok .... scratchchin image
     

     

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