1978 Chevrolet Nova Rally
“The Brown Bomber”
1988 Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS
“Pride and Joy”
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About “The Brown Bomber”
I bought this car when I was 14 and rebuilt it myself. My dad is a mechanic with his own garage, but he never lifted a wrench to help me on it. He was there to offer advice whenever I asked for it, but that was it. When I bought the car, it had a straight 6 and an automatic transmission on the column, but I converted it to a worked 350 and eventually a 4speed. I changed the steering column to a tilt column I found in a junkyard to get rid of the mounting place for the shift lever. I did a lot of the work at my dad's shop after hours ond on weekends, even painting it there. This was a great experience for a kid raised around cars and a great confidence builder.
Everybody makes mistakes, and one of my biggies was falling for the idea that I wanted to build a second-gen Camaro. I found a '71 RS that looked pretty good that I could afford... if I sold the Nova. Long story short, it was beat to hell. It was a Bondo Buggy! It had taken a hard shot in the back end at one point, to the extent that the body was slightly twisted. The floors were swiss cheese. The wiring harness was just about fried, with several intermittant bad grounds. When I pulled down the engine to rebuild it, I found that it was too far gone to be worth saving. The list goes on and on. To add insult to injury, the guy who bought the Nova beat the crap out of the car, blew the engine and swapped in (as I heard it)something straight out of a yard, and wrapped it around a phone pole about a year later. Hindsight is 20/20, but if I could do it over, I would still have the Nova today. (The T-10 from that Camaro may find it's way into my wagon, though... )
About “Pride and Joy”
this car was bought by my parents in 1989 and had been stored each winter ever since. i have always loved it and when i turned 16 the keys got turned over to me. it had sat inside for 7 years before i had it so it needed a lot of love and time to get ready to hit the road. the original 305 had a knock inside the block so it was taken apart and rebuilt. new 350 heads and a holley 650 cfm carb. i put on flowtech "shorty style" headers into a TRUE dual exhaust with original flowmaster mufflers, finished off by 12" chrome tips. She purrs like a mountain lion.
Specs for “The Brown Bomber”
Junkyard Chevy 350 completely stripped down and rebuilt by me at 14 years old. I bored it out .040 over, upped the compression to 10.5:1, and went with a mid-race cam. The junkyard T-10 transmission out of an older Camaro was in good condition, and the entire drivetrain took all the abuse a teenager with a brand-new license could dish out. I never dynoed the car, but it did the 1/4 mile in the mid-13s and 0-60 in something under 5 seconds. I never did a top-speed run with it - My dad knew ALL the cops around the area, and if they didn't take my license, dad would have, and the car too!
Specs for “Pride and Joy”
completely new interior, all new stereo and system, major motor work, chrome kit, new paint, new top, Delgato rims and new tires, true dual exhaust with flowmaster mufflers and flo-tech headers. sooo much to list...
Factory Options for “The Brown Bomber”
AM-FM mono radio, air conditioning, automatic transmission
Factory Options for “Pride and Joy”
No factory options listed.
Mods for “The Brown Bomber”
Engine and transmission swap from an inline-6/automatic combo to a worked V-8/4speed. Original radio out, AM/FM/CD in. Custom wheels. Upgraded the trim to the "Rally" package. Bench seat out, bucket seats in. I bought the car when I was 14, did it all myself (with advice from my dad) including body and paint, and it was finished (except for the tranny swap) well before I got my license at 16!
Mods for “Pride and Joy”
i have tried to keep it to as close to stock as i could but when the motor was rebuilt i needed some more power that the original 305 didnt have. so its a little nastier than it was when i got it.
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