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12-18-2005 01:09 PM Progress Report. Dec. 18, 2005
It's been awhile, and I'm sorry to everyone who needs to know about my project, but that's not many people, so whets it matter to you, eh?

Anyways, I'm still doing small body work here and there, Selling whatever of the old stuff that I can manage without for a while, buying some of the stuff that I want, and paying some bills.

The first pic will be of the 327 I bought from my dad's friend. It came out of his 34 Fo*d with only 7,800 miles on it. I'm in the process of rebuilding it. It's got aluminum Edelbrock Intake, and an Edelbrock 700 CFM 4 bbl manual choke Carburetor.

The next pic will be of my handy-work with a dremmel. I order to change a 65 into a 63, a conventional restorer would need to cough up $150 for new Mounting panels. But not me, no way. I found that just making the hole bigger, and measuring my cuts the shape of the 63 taillights, makes it a lot easier and cheaper than paying the money for the new panels, and a lot less of a pain in patois. You can also see a lack of trunk floor, that's on my list of purchases too.

The last pic will be of the dash where initially the ashtray was. Well I don't smoke, and no one will be aloud to smoke in my car, so an ashtray was not really needed in my car. Plus it made the dash look ugly. I plan on doing an in-depth entry on this, as I also plan on doing the same thing to the radio hole above it. The pic is of the dash at the mid-point, it looks a lot better sanded down and primed.

On my list:

Harwood 2 1/2 Inch Cowl Hood
Frame Mounts
Rear Quarter Panel Skins
4 Speed Saginaw Trans.
89 Cavalier Lower Console
Power Windows and regulator
Purple Hornies exhaust
63 front end parts (grille, bezels, headlights, signals)
Rear Bumper
Floor Foot panels
Trunk Floor
Respect from numerous people.


Air shocks
3" lowering blocks
327 Small block
Front Bucket seats
Vintiques Chrome reverse w/ smoothie hubs
Front Bumper
Main floor sections
Respect from my elders and friends

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05-04-2006 08:07 PM New Stance
Got the rear end lowered about 2 inches. Looks good, and best of all, I did all the work by myself!!!

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05-10-2006 01:54 PM Center Console on AutoCAD
I am in a Drafting Design class and throughout the semested we've been building other products and seeing how they are designed and going through a design process with them. The end of the semester is coming up, so we get to create our own item, design it, build it, and finally give a presentation to the class on our product.

I decided to do a center console for my Nova. I've gotten the general idea and shape built, whats next is to build (draw) all the small pieces and everything that will allow this to work.

I'm proud of it so far.

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05-10-2006 02:25 PM Bondoed
As part of my high school senior project I'm going to be doing body work on the Nova. The senior project requires at least 15 hours put into a product, and I figure with the amount of body work I do on my car, this should not be a problem.

On the lower area of the d/s door there were some small rust holes where water or something leaked through. These were an easy fix for bondo. Many people have said bad things about bondo, but I haven't found anything to complain about.

Picture one is the affected area. Not too much, but definately something to complain about.

The second pic is after I sanded it down. You can see some very light low spots and a couple high spots as well.

Third is after the bondo was applied and dry.

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05-11-2006 02:06 PM bondoed pt.2
Continued for last entry, here is the finish.

Pic one depicts the final sanding. Everything is filled, and all low spots have disapeered. She is ready for the primer.

Pic two is after the first layer of primer. After that I sanded the area down lighty with 500 grit and put another coat of primer on.

The last pic is the final product of the door that i was working on, straight and looking purdy, awaiting the final coat of primer.

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