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Meeting our 67' Nova

By mrheiner2647

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We decided to take a one way flight to go pick up our 67' Nova and drive her home. It was an education for future buying trips!

Without question we did a good job on our research! She is a beautifully done car! Excellent lines, beautiful paint job, undercoating is top quality, etc. And after looking around her, we started her up......OH MYYYYY.....a cross between the side pipes on my 65' Corvette and the 40 Series Flowmaster's on my 2010 Camaro.

And then we drove her......yes....she is wonderful! That LS2 engine making 425 HP is wonderful in that size of car! She handles very well, gets after it with ease, and although the under system is new and certainly stiff it is a confidence boost having her that way!

She's truly all that!

And thankfully, we found an electrical issue with the computer and the fuel injection relay. Thus, after 5 hours with her we had to part ways, get a one way car rental, and leave her. The dealer is going to ship her free of charge along with doing a few other minor things after the work is done. In the future we are sticking to shipping what we buy, but only after a face-to-face visit!

I had looked all over the internet and nothing I could find compared to the build quality of this Nova. There are some "matching" cars but the build of this Pro Touring type car is stunning. It may not be perfect, but I've wandered the car shows......this was done better than just about anything I've seen at any show....and if you put her on a lift, it gets even better!

Car investing turning into a passion

By mrheiner2647

After many many years of what appeared to be fairly normal life: driving cars that made the most sense for the situation at the time. Now I'm in a different situation and recently made my first step into not just car ownership, but car investing.

What I have learned is that no matter how you get into this sort of thing, cars are addicting. I am one who really likes to learn, but I am a hands on learner. Giving me a shop manual isn't gonna help much, but talking to people and working on the car with them is how I learn. And danged if folks were not correct: these old cars you can actually work on!

So after years of never really knowing much about cars, all of the sudden I find myself at the cars 101 level talking about POSI, under systems, transmissions, tri-power set up, and all sorts of things. I couldn't tell you what it means to bore something out, but I'm really excited about learning.

Admittedly there are advantages and disadvantages to my approach with this. I will never be as good on my cars as guys who have been doing it forever, but with eight kids I don't have the time anyway. But I do have the resources to have one car I need to keep matching, and one car that I can keep beautifully modified. And in both cases I can keep them nice and make improvements, but I'm not in a position where I have the time or space to actually do the work myself.

But I am grateful that in this world of car investing and restoration, it doesn't seem to matter how you get into this. If you are humble, like to learn, and polite with others, there are GREAT people out who are ever so willing to talk cars and who will answer even the dumbest of questions!

Welcome to the world of cars!

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