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Old 05-01-2005, 08:18 PM
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Trying to keep you guys in the know...

Sorry i havent been posting lately, i've been lazy.

All is well with the Nova. It's gonna be a 64 i've decided. All the new parts that i'm going to order will be for the year 64(for those who dont know, its a 65, i wanted a 64 so its gonna be one....). I've gotten the old floorpans cut out, and they are awaiting a visit to the welder. The guy I baught the car from knows a bodyman who can do great work. Their are some areas that need patching up, including a rusted out section on the drivers side rear panel that might require a skin replacement. I'm looking forward to a fun summer, and I might be looking for a new powerplant. The whole 6 cyl. is not sounding to well.

What are your guys' opinions on a buick engine in a chevy. It's a big 350 for $200 that i saw in a classified ad. My options are completely open, i even considered putting a ford engine in it for a week until my dad gave me a lecture about Fords.

Anyways, pics are comming, i'll update this thread when they are ready...


Keep on truckin'

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P.s. I got another job working out the Saint Paul Saints doing concession stuff. If your in the area sometime come on out the game, I'll give ya a hot dog or two. It pays a whopping $6.50 an hour

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Old 05-01-2005, 10:24 PM
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I'm glad to here your dad gave you "THE" speech Got to have good parents to stop the kids from making crazy mistakes. As for the Buick mill, use what you can afford. But remember If you use a Buick, Pontiac, Olds mill you can't use the tranny thats in the car if its an auto. And if its a Standard car, you'll need to buy a Buick Bellhousing... Maybe driving up the cost, and evening out your savings.


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Old 05-05-2005, 01:24 AM
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Don't go with the Buick engine. They're too expensive to build. Stick with a Chevy - it'll be much cheaper.

Rock on and God bless...

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You will have a hard time getting that big wide Buick mill into that narrow Nova body..........Go with a SB Chevy. You will need the right oil pan and pump though.
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Hey HRK,

Good to see you back. Are you going to Back-To-The-50's this year or are you going to be too busy with the new project? Looks like you've got your work cut out for you.

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Yea, no sense in wasting a perfectly good Ford engine in a Chevy.

Stick with a SBC. Can't beat the prices and availabilty of parts.
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I see the SBC in the classifieds all the time, $200 and have all the parts, i hope. I called the Buick guy and he already sold it. It is no more. I'll keep my eyes open.

I have a question. My mom had been having some trouble with her 88 Cavalier Convertible with major cahonies(lotsa speed). Anyways the coolant light always kept coming on and she was low on coolant, just after filling it. She said she could go about 35 miles before having to put more coolant in. She took it to the shop and they wanted $1,500 to replace a head gasket...no lie. I was shocked and even more so when she went to trade it in for a nothing under the hood 2000 Ford Ranger. I wanted to cry. Now i looked in my Summit Racing catalog and there were some head gaskets.....$65. And so ya know, the shop she took it to has had a past of overpricing and doing crappy work. Well now we have a Ranger instead of a Cavalier. Now I wanna know was the estimate way over priced or was their something that they forgot to tell her? Should she have just let an amature mechanic like me to do it? The car was gonna be mine, so i am really mad about this.

cboy, no way in hell i'd miss out on BTT50's for any reason. the nova is registered as a 64, so if i can scramble it might make an appearance out there. I'll email ya our club's site, if we get one.

l8r guys,

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I see the SBC in the classifieds all the time, $200 and have all the parts, i hope. I called the Buick guy and he already sold it. It is no more. I'll keep my eyes open.

I have a question. My mom had been having some trouble with her 88 Cavalier Convertible with major cahonies(lotsa speed). Anyways the coolant light always kept coming on and she was low on coolant, just after filling it. She said she could go about 35 miles before having to put more coolant in. She took it to the shop and they wanted $1,500 to replace a head gasket...no lie. I was shocked and even more so when she went to trade it in for a nothing under the hood 2000 Ford Ranger. I wanted to cry. Now i looked in my Summit Racing catalog and there were some head gaskets.....$65. And so ya know, the shop she took it to has had a past of overpricing and doing crappy work. Well now we have a Ranger instead of a Cavalier. Now I wanna know was the estimate way over priced or was their something that they forgot to tell her? Should she have just let an amature mechanic like me to do it? The car was gonna be mine, so i am really mad about this.

cboy, no way in hell i'd miss out on BTT50's for any reason. the nova is registered as a 64, so if i can scramble it might make an appearance out there. I'll email ya our club's site, if we get one.

l8r guys,

Alex
I don't know how many miles were on it, but they may have overpriced it to cover any future possible claims related to the repair. I mean its an 88, and frankly, some people would just as soon abandon a car after a repair and not pay up. Don't know what condition its in, but they may have been just trying to cover themselves. They could put a mechanics lien on it if you refused to pay for repairs after they are done. Then they might be able to cover the expense by selling it in lieu of repair costs.
Since I think those are an aluminum head, it could have a crack or need surfacing. On a Mazda 323, I blew a gasket once and replaced it. Blew it again because the head needed to be surfaced (trued). I had the head machined and tried again. Blew the dang thing again a month later. Don't know what the reason was. I know the car had been severely overheated the reason it blew it the first time. I've never had that kind of luck with steel heads.
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