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Old 06-22-2010, 05:34 PM
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trying to emulate a 74 or 75 look

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I've got a 74 Nova and so far I think I'm on the right track making it look as it would if someone bought it new and souped it up in 74 or 75. I've got the GM midnight blue metallic paint (but lacquer with clear coat), slotted mags like the ones on Starsky and Hutch (only the back ones are about an inch or inch and a half deeper than the front ones), and the interior has been switched from that awful green to black using all stock pieces. The last place is the engine. I rebuilt it the first time shortly after I bought it in 87, so, while it's Chevy orange, it's got chrome valve covers with the long stem bolts identical to those the Knucklebuster truck seen on Stacey David's Gearz TV show had when he rolled it in. I know my question has been a bit long-winded, but I'd like some advice on the valve covers. I like the look of the finned covers, but am not sure that they were the thing in 1975. What was popular for valve covers back then?

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Old 06-22-2010, 05:49 PM
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Mickey Thompson(or Holley) cast finned aluminum covers were what everyone wanted back then, chrome was what the folks who couldn't afford the M/T's used. Edelbrock had a cast with thier logo on it also in the late 70's.
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Classic M/T covers!!!!! Mine are painted but you get the idea.

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Thanks! I'm glad you suggested the M/T covers. They look cool! Way better than the generic finned covers I was going to get (Cal Custom). I bought this pair on eBay just now and will add some Chevy engine orange between the fins and around the M/T. After I polish and prep them, that is.

Any tips for painting aluminum valve covers? I've heard than an adhesion promoter is needed, is that true? Any recommendations for a paint? I was thinking of using Dupli-Color Engine Enamel.

Thanks again. I can't wait to get these!
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Old 06-23-2010, 01:35 PM
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Dont forget the extended shackles or air shock for the rear
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"I've got a 74 Nova and so far I think I'm on the right track making it look as it would if someone bought it new and souped it up in 74 or 75. "

You will need a J.C. Whitney catalog.
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Old 06-23-2010, 07:27 PM
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Please- try to resist the wheels and tires poking 4" out both sides past the wheelwells...
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Please- try to resist the wheels and tires poking 4" out both sides past the wheelwells...
That is the one facet of the 70's look that I absolutely cannot stand, didn't like it then and don't like it now. Always makes the car look like a hack picked the wheels.
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Another "look" from that era (and even now) that smacks of 'hack-built', is the mufflers hanging way down, just a couple inches off the ground- even w/the car all jacked up w/air shocks set on "kill". lol
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Heres something to look at this is mild to some i seen back then, Don't laugh Cobalt or Eric everybody was doing it back then I have more pics somewhere if i could only remember where they are



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Wicked!!

Nice car, though.
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thanks for the responses guys. I guess I'll just take styling cues from the 70s, then. I had gas shocks and long shackles on my first Nova back in the mid-80s...not sure I want them on my current Nova.

Yeah, I had the JC Whitney catalog then, too
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I had slotted mags on my '72 Camaro in '74, and I hated them (they came with the car). By late '75 I had a '69 GTO and I put ET diamond spokes on it (kinda like Cragar s/s wheels), they made that goat look good.

By '74-'75, most had abandoned hijackers and/or long shackles. The cars were starting towards Pro Street, guys were doing tubs, pro stock scoops, murals, etc. The monochromatic look was a few years away and the heavy metal flakes and/or psychodelics were a few years behind.

By the end of '75 the drive in at Shoney's was gone, and cruising the strip (Atlantic Ave in Va Bch) had been outlawed.
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