|10-04-2012 10:33 AM|
I have owned several BBC Novas. Both factory and homebuilt. Love those cars. Presently have a 71 Rally Nova with big cube BBC for install.
Homebuilds tend to feel nose heavy when just driving around. Factory cars used different suspension parts. Feel/drive better.
If you like torque. A modified BBC/Nova will impress you.
|10-04-2012 09:38 AM|
|grandpa01||You will also do something with the heater housing, the hoses come out on the right on the BB. A mild 454 runs very good in a Nova, not many mods needed.|
|10-04-2012 08:28 AM|
|RWENUTS||One big difference to watch for is header clearance. Not much room around that steering box if you want to run a decent size of pipe.|
|10-04-2012 03:09 AM|
Novas are reason when it comes to weight.easy to get parts for them. I guess it really depends what you call power.
example only,I bought a 1980 Camaro from a fella that spent a pile of money on the car,including a rebuilt 454. I paid 5k for the car( twice what it was worth) but a good deal considering how much he had spent on it.
problem it was a dog,ran low 14s. I took the engine out,took it apart and blue printed the engine and changed the camshaft and put a used set of bigger valves in the stock small valve heads.
It cost me $1700.oo .The car picked up 7/10s. then I bought a posi,different manifold and different intake,changed the gears,bought slicks,etc,ended up running 11.9s
|10-04-2012 02:53 AM|
yes the price of a new stroker i can easy find an old truck with a 454 and good mileage and swap everythind
i dont want drive it everyday
just for fun and feel power
|10-04-2012 02:42 AM|
|vinniekq2||454s make from 230 hp on up. a 383 stroker is not a cheap build. I would take a mild new engine if I plan to drive a lot. you decide on what works best for you then see how to get there on a budget.Im terrible at super cheap builds,I prefer quality.|
|10-04-2012 01:29 AM|
1971 nova with stock 454 vs stroker 383
i was wondering
buy a new stroker 383 or go with a stock 454 used from an old c20 still with good mileage
for the price of a new stroker , it will be may be cheaper to go with a 454 with all the modifications
just for driving around blocks durings sunny day and have fun
not for racing but still feel amout of power
let me know your advise