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My first Nova

 
Kclive Kclive
New User | Posts: 2 | Joined: 09/12
Posted: 09/29/12
10:49 AM

I happened to come across this forum and it seemed like just the place I needed to find for some information.  I am picking up my first Nova here next month from a friend.  It is a '73 with the straight six and powerglide.  I am fine with this for now, but was curious what could be done to the engine to dress it up a little bit and maybe add a little more horsepower.  I will have some work to do to this car, but the body is in really good condition and all the parts are there.  I am going to have it painted this coming spring so in the meantime I am going to be working on the motor and interior.  I am super excited considering this will be my first actual muscle car. (I don't count the camaro I have now considering it is a '95 with the small V6)  Any ideas or suggestions would be great.

Thanks,

Bradd  

68scott385 68scott385
Guru | Posts: 1990 | Joined: 10/09
Posted: 09/29/12
01:30 PM

turbo, or two turbos
pretty parts, you're on your own there, never shopped for pretty parts on an I6, but a good Krylon job works better than chrome IMO.  
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Kclive Kclive
New User | Posts: 2 | Joined: 09/12
Posted: 09/30/12
05:36 AM

Thanks for the suggestions.  I will have to look around and see what I can come up with.  Eventually I will be building up a small V8... probably a built 327 or 350, haven't decided yet.  But for now I just wanted something a little different and it already has the 250 *** straight six in it.  

Mikes79 Mikes79
Guru | Posts: 997 | Joined: 07/09
Posted: 09/30/12
05:06 PM

Is it a numbers matching car?  

pepsi1 pepsi1
Guru | Posts: 1718 | Joined: 09/11
Posted: 09/30/12
05:09 PM

A nice engine replacement with some power is the 260/350. If you purchase that it will wake your Nova up. Or go for more power.

A friend purchased this engine for his truck. I installed a little more cam, and a good Cloyes Double Roller Timing Chain. It made a world of difference for him, with the power level of the 350. You can get those engine for $1300.00. A few hundred more for a cam, lifters, timing chain, intake manifold, 650 vacuum Holley carb and an HEI distributor.Under $2000.00 he was melting the rear tires....TH350 Trans and convertor. $600.00 to $1000.00. So for $3000.oo to $3500.00 your done.

Big note all the parts are new in those engines. They are 4 bolt blocks, and carry a 50,000 mile warranty. Can't beat that...You will have to install a set of V-8 springs in the front end because of the weight difference...

Bob  

pepsi1 pepsi1
Guru | Posts: 1718 | Joined: 09/11
Posted: 09/30/12
11:56 PM

Bradd

It really sounds like a nice ride. Yeah is it a number's matching car. If it is you may want to leave as is and rebuild what you have now.

If it is you can put all your parts aside. Then if you do a little engine change you will have the parts.They are a nice enough body style where GM didn't get into those ugly front and rear 5 MPH bumpers.

Bob  

76Skylark 76Skylark
Guru | Posts: 853 | Joined: 12/11
Posted: 10/02/12
12:31 PM

Man that Sweet little Six and 'Glide tranny is all you need.Do a Mega power wash on the WHOLE Car,now take spray cans that are like the  colors they were new and spend time Applying the Paint,don't make a mess,build some Pride in your Car and the rest will come Naturaly.don't get in a hurry........... it's been waiting for you for 40years already.