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1971 Chevrolet Super Nova

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May 2014
The Car - This 1971 Chevrolet Nova was initially a project car for Lewis and the guys from First Priority Auto Restoration and Detail, California, USA. They got it when it was blue, got the engine working, changed the rims, fixed a couple of small spots of rust, sanded it back and filled 43 years of knuckle dents on their way to restoring it. Thats when I saw it on Craigslist, got it checked out & now its now mine.
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June 2014
Arrival in NZ - My 1971 Chevy Nova actually landed at the docks in NZ on the 9th June but it took a week to clear Customs, MAF and Structure checks before finally being delivered to me. As you can see the Nova's body is primered but straight and rust free, its sitting on some nice 15" Weld Racing Alloys, the floors are pretty dang good and the engine runs.
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Stripping the Nova - Between 17-20 June I stripped down the front end including the A/C Unit, all panels and wiring, glass, trims, moulds etc. I test fitted some 17" Foose Legends (wrong offset for the rear) before taking to the trunk and body floors with a flapper disc and some antirust sealant. I also scraped what remained of the old roof lining off.
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Front Suspension & Chassis - Between 21-30 June I removed everything I could from the front chassis before I hit the rails with a wirebrush & flapper pads. I primered and painted the front rails and the firewall while I had the A-Arms stripped down, blasted and painted before fitting new poly bushes. I replaced the rag joint and chassis to body mounts (also polyurethane) before refitting the new front rotors and 2" drop spindles.
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July 2014
Panel Beating - All of July 2014 the Nova was at Garry Hyde Panel and Paint. All side panels were de-moulded, de-badged and had lamps removed for that smooth look. I fitted up a center mounted handbrake from an old 1984 KP61 Toyota Starlet and you can also see the inner seat track mount pates going in.
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These pics show the car after being blocked and re-primered awaiting painting in Late July.
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August 2014
Paint Time - In early August the masking and painting begun. Pics 3/4 look yellow but thats just the paint booth lamps. Pics 5-7 are in ambient room lighting with the engine bay, interior and boot all blacked - Factory GM Butternut Yellow.
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Driveline Upgrades - I decided with the new camshaft on the way I might as well give the engine the once over. I have ordered some chrome valve body covers and timing chain cover and had the intake manifold vapour blasted to give it some shine too. In late August the assembly begun and is almost complete. On the Diff side of things I installed the ABS-Powerbrake disc brake rear conversion and have decided to have the Diff shortened so I can run an 18x9.5 0 offset in the rear.
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Interior Reassembly - New front bucket seats get rid of then old bench while the original rear bench which was sent off to South Auckland Upholstery for retrimming. I also stripped the old door and 1/4 cards and sent them off once I had treated the upper panels. Floors, dash and roof were done with Dynamat and with some carefull trimming I also had enough for the rear seat back too.
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September 2014
Small Stuff - This is where I started to get into the small time consuming stuff. I replaced the 1/4 glass rubbers and had the frames painted black (to match the doors), I cleaned the seatbelts with a simple green solution to make them look new, I bought my personalised plate, I ordered some wheel spacers (miscalculated diff width by 20mm) and finally fitted the new 18" Ridler 645 rims (8.0" front with 225/40/18 and 9.5" rear with 265/35/18). Finally I mounted the rear bumper and bumper body mold and started on the wiring.
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October 2014
Exhausting Work - Headman shortie headers with modified collector into 2.5" pipe, H pipe, 2x FlowMaster HushPower HP12 mufflers, over the diff and dumping just behind the rear wheel. Listen to it purr during cam run in.
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Interior Updates - 4" centre speakers, 6" kick panel speakers, hidden 6"x9" rear speakers (mounted in the boot). New roof lining going in and carpets down with the B&M ratchet shifter going in.
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Exterior Updates - Door rubbers, channel runs and glass fitted. Rear plate lamps, body to bumper mould and tail lights fitted. Front grill, bumper and corner lamps installed.
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November 2014
Interior Updates & Glass Fitted - Head liner fitted along with sun visors & rear view mirror, rear quarter trims and parcel shelf, dome lamp and 3 point front retractable belts. Electrical system fully tested and head unit installed. Front and rear windows fitted along with rear 1/4 glass now in a fixed only position. Window trims at the panelshop being painted black to match the sides.
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December 2014
Dash Time - Now that I have all my SpeedHut gauges it was time to get to mounting them. I made a template which I liquid nailed in place before primering and paining. As an after thought I located some dash warning lights (from an old toyota) and made a space for them just under the main gauge area.
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Cosmetics - Dropped another 3/4" in the front. Black hood finally fitted and lined up. Rear window trims matt blacked and fitted, Front window trims matt black and broke the front window. ahhhh. New Grant 14.5" 3 spoke steering wheel direct for the states.
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January - May 2015
Nearing Completion - Dash installed and working, rear 1/4 and door cards installed, Front grill/slam panel covers installed, bonet emblem fitted and new rear Hotchkis suspension and Heidts chassis joiners arrived from the states. Time to finish the ol girl and get her on the road.
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June-July 2015
SPRNVA is born With the suspension finally here SPRNVA was able to be certified and made street legal in New Zealand. Bit pissed I missed Beach Hop but thems the breaks and there is always next year. Loving the graphic my son did for me too :)
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