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Old 12-05-2002, 03:48 PM
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My neighbor bought a '62 Nova 400 into which he wants to put a 327 and a TH350. I read a comment on beefing up the frame for a big block and I inagine it wouldn't hurt with this car either. The big question is the suspension. I don't think the present front end will handle the v-8. What's a good/easy replacement? I recommended a 10 bolt rear. How easy will that be to install? Will a newer Nova front/rear bolt in? I've built a couple street rods but never played with a "newer" body. Thanks.
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This is a easy straight forward swap with factory pieces available. You need a Chevy II oil pan and oil pickup tube. Brackets are available to convert the 327 to a clutch ball location that will work with Chevy II clutch linkage (the stock V8 that came in Novas have a special hole for the Z bar to mount).

GM done this in 64 with no noticable reinforcement of the frame. I have done this swap for others with no complications. Chevrolet did go to 5 lug wheels when they added the V8 but the 4 lug stuff works good on a street car (sleeper types).
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Good Idea!! Have a 67 Nova myself, basically the same frame. First you will need V-8 frame mounts, then the chevy II oil pan and pick up tube. Your th350 will bolt right up with a little modification to the rear trans mount. Suggest a floor sifter. Also Heidt's makes a new front clip with rack and pinion steering, disc brakes. then you won't need the V-8 mounts and special oil pan. Istalled the Heidt's kit in mine. As for the rear end the 10 bolt out of the 64-67 nova's will work just fine. But do recommend frame connectors.
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I have owned 12 of the 66 and 67 Novas and would recomend a Mustang type front end, that way youu dont have to deal with the special oil pan and you will be able to hold it in the road, there has been thousands of people killed driving one of those ill handling cars, I must add that I do love them

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If you dont' do a stub swap be shor to youse a hever set of springs in the front and for a rear end if you can find a falcon that was a v8 or 66 or 67 stang v8 car with a 9 in, all you have to do is move the spring pads to bolt to youer rear leffs we yousd a 68 stang rear end but the wheel wells were cut round you know the gasser look.and a good set of T,bars wouldent' hurt the guys at the strip that dident' beff up the spring pads at the body were soon tering them out! but that is from a drag raceing pont of vew.Note when I sad move the spring pads I talking the ones on the rear houseing not the body.

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