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Old 08-23-2004, 11:54 AM
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66Nova swap

I too am an early ChevyII nut, I've had a bunch of them.As far as the water pump and all of the pulleys, they will work,don't know about power steering though. The oil pan is a front sump pan in 66 but if you hunt the junkyardsand find a single rearsump pan like a 57 had it will work. The steering will just hit the pan at hard turns but a piece of pipe and a hammer can fix this real easy. The exhaust you need are the ones that drop about the middle of the heads, I don't think newer ones will fit. You will also need to come up with v-8 frame side motor mounts. There are alot of ChevyII sites to go to, try Nostalgic Nova

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Old 08-23-2004, 02:13 PM
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thanks, as for the power steering, i don't have it anyway so i'll be okay. Classic industries has a Nova parts book that sells the pans. i'll keep my eyes open for a pair of center dump headers, but i'll try my hardest to make the ones that i get with my engine to work.
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buy a conversion kit available from mamy vintage parts places
get flow tech headers (CHEAP)!!!! the stock 4 speed linkage gave me lots of problems binding and breaking under load i was using a zbar relocator brakcet from j-w nova parts if u really want a maunal trans id highly recommend a hydraulic setup. fenderwell headers. or stock manifolds only with stock clutch linkage as well was another prob i had. shorty headers might work there wasnt much selectiion back when i was still atempting this swap..... i had much better luck with the cheap headers and hydraulic clutch. i welede a corvette slave cylinder onto the bellhouseing. the unique chevy2 bellhouseing that is.....
my suggestion AUTO!!! cheap and easy im currently runnig a braked glide with a 3500 stall its LOTS of fun!!!!!! also be sure and have a excellent fan and radiator... the solid inner fenders make airflow diffucult.. oh ya have fun with the steering too make abousutly sure u only use dela lum or energy susp bushings
get a ball bearing idler arm kit from chevy2 only its a great upgrade almost making my car handle well>........hahahahha ya right there called shakey2s for a reason good luck kid 11 years of free advice from someone whos been there lucky bastard u are
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umm ya no problem i just need some rear tires and she'll be ready to go
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You will have to have 68 down brackets and pulleys, all of them. Unless you go all after market. Also you need mount towers.
The manifolds from the 80 will not work in the 66 I think the old ram ones will.

With the parts you have listed, you are a long way from your horse power target

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chevy2s have uniquie ram horn manifolds
regular ram horns can be used but the front exhaust pipe will require a nasty bend near the flange
the stock manifolds have a unique exit angle and i had succses running 2 1/4 stubs swelled up to 2 1/2 before the 45' bend at the bottom of the firewall
got a 350 small block into the low13's with that exhast
also made running stock clutch linkage (junk) possible.

pulleys
easy and cheap vbelt method that worked for me
complete long waterpump setup from junkyard

original short waterpump setup using manifold mounted alternator requierd a very long belt
i dont think this setup was meant to rev 7000 rpm cus it love tossing belts
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Old 09-16-2004, 01:05 AM
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nova is a big boat, I woudl go bigger than 350...

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i dunno if 3000 lb with driver full interior and subwoofers is a big boat

u must have a T bucket or a dragster
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Wow! Slayer, is that really how light Nova's are?! It's a great project car (my daughter is DYING for one) but I thought they weighed more than that. My little 1991 Sonoma is 3260 with me (pushing 200!), a full tank and a small block. I'm surprised a Nova weighs less.

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hmm, I thought only the 68-72's were that light. Saw one guy on that car display page who said his 66 was 2900 lbs?! I think they're probably closer to 3500. There's a lot of chassis on that car-
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The 68-70s nova is 3175 lb. with a V/8. (4 dr.)
The 67-69 camaro is 3105 lb. with a V/8. ( cp )
The 68-70s chevelle is 3395 lb. with a V/8 (4 dr.)

The earlier novas were lighter, ??? I'll have to look for the manual.

Isn't the 66-67 a unibody with strut towers?

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boy I dunno, I must have been off. All of those numbers look really light troy, I can't immagine a chevelle at anything less than like 3600 lbs... maybe I'm on crack.

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I'm sure you're right, Troy...you've got the numbers in front of you. I didn't realize the unibodies were that much lighter.

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its totaly unibody
unlike 68+novas and camaros which have a half a chassis for the front end the 62-7's front end is completly made of sheet metal.

and if u rear end someone badly u can unbolt the car into 2 pieces at the firewall and roll another 1/2 car infront bolt it up and be on yer way

lightwieght is gained at the price of a terrible stock front suspesion and steering......real bad alignmet is a nightmare!!!!
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I thought they were heaver too. But that's what the GM manual said.

I always thought the camaro was around 3500 lb.

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i dunno if 3000 lb with driver full interior and subwoofers is a big boat




2240 pounds............. the heads, intake, water pump, driveshaft and 9 inch center section.........are all aluminum.

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