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Old 04-08-2004, 08:56 PM
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inline 6>v8 nova

i was wondering how much trouble is to swap an inline 6 from a 68-72 nova with a 327 or 350? i've been thinking of giving up my current ride (76' gmc sprint sp, 73' 400, headers, cam, aluminum intake, q-jet, etc) for a nova of this year. most of the ones with a v8 are out of my price range, $0-$3500, and have already been restored, so an engine swap seems to be my answer. thanks for any help.

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Easy is the word....I have done the swap several times my self and very few compications arise. The transmission bolt pattern is the same for the sb and the straight 6 so it will bolt right up. You will need different frame and motor mount which can either be bought on the after market or gotten from a wrecking yard. You will also need a different exhaust. Make sure you get a sb with all the exessories and brakets on it which will make things go easier. The only other thing you will need to do that I can remember right now is lenthin the starter wires. BTW you might need a larger rad (3 core exc) or at the very least a fan showd (which most 6 cyl don't have) and a more agressive fan. The rear end will be a 8.2" 10 bolt which will be sufficent for handlling a mild 350 no problem.
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The 6-cyl. cars used a cable throttle linkage. The earlier V8 cars of that range used a lever & rod setup with a different accelerator pedal mounting system. Later V8's used a cable with the ball-type carburetor stud, and that cable (for a '72 4-bbl.) is hard to find. I changed my '69 from a 250 to a 283 & used the starter from the 6 with no wiring mods. I later changed it to a 327 & the larger starter (came from a cop car) required lengthening the wires.
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Old 04-09-2004, 02:05 AM
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i was doing that same swap, but now i bought myself a camaro...get a th350 trans the 6 cly has a th250 and get an 8.5 rear, you should also get a bigger radiator. i got lucky, i never did the swap but i got all the parts from a donor buick skylark that i found on ebay for 50 bucks. im just gonna throw all that into my camaro, unless i decide to keep the 700r4
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Old 04-10-2004, 02:47 AM
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oh oops i failed to look at the year of your nova, later model nova's used the weaker drivetrain, yours everything should be good
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