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The 70 Chevelle isn't even done yet, but I couldn't pass up the deal. I'm sorry but I'm not a purist, I'm a day two'ist. This person bought a 6 cylinder grandma's 67 Nova, then went to town on it. His first love is 55 Chevys, and one came up he really wanted, and sold the 67 to me unfinished, I'm putting in a 406 SBC, and I have a Richmond 5 speed sitting on the side.



 

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SwEEEEEEEEEEET . Mike , can we make a trade ? :)
 

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There goes a chunk of tooling change....
 

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Nice car, and the 406/5spd should make it a fun driver. For us Ford guys it would be the Fairlane. Not really all that different, those two. Both were pretty quick back in the day, and even quicker now with new tech and better tires. Will look forward to seeing it come together. Mike
 

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Nice ride! I used to have one of those, cherry red, and before it a 66 Chevy II Super Sport. Still one of my favourite cars to look at, although I hardly ever see one here anymore. Have fun!

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My first car was a 67 Chevy II 2 door with the post. Not a Nova. Had a 327 with a wide ratio 4 speed. That was one fun car to drive.
 

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Busy night tonight Mike , but that is a great looking car . That combo should make it fly ! :grin:
 

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Thank you gentlemen The car is coming with the following included,
steel bell housing, hydraulic throw out bearing system, front suspension re do, with coil over shocks, rack, and pinion steering, 4 wheel disc brake upgrade, Ford fabricated rear end housing, 35 spline axles, heavy duty center section, rear springs relocated, and lowered, also 1 7/8" SS Headers. The 406 is all after market, and should be in the 600 HP range.
 

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" Dueces' Wild " :encourage:
 

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I got my Duce, I also had a chance to get a 69 Z/28 years ago, but I just got my 70 Chevelle at the time, and was cash poor. I flew from Arizona once to Ohio to look at a 67 L-79 Nova, wrong, the guy said the wife made a mistake on the listing, plus I saw rust stains coming out of the water drains in the door, and somewhere else, and passed. I forgot to add, this is my wife's car that she doesn't know about......yet.
 

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2 minutes ago I found pictures of my last 70 rolled on the way into work one morning . Stuffed away in my tool box . They sure were fun , but the kids and houses took me cash poor . Matter a fact , they still do ! :rolleyes: I still have plenty of toys and most have wheels , they just enjoy the dirt more than the asphalt . :)
 

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Been wanting one of those for a LO-O-O-O-O-NG time. Lucky.

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I forgot to add, this is my wife's car that she doesn't know about......yet.
Wait, your wife is going to drive a 600HP Nova to go shopping? Does she do it 1/4 mile at a time? She is going to love it!!!

I remember the first time I saw a 69' Nova with the 396ci option. It had this big cam and headers and rumbled its way down the street. We were following it and he punched it and broke the 10 bolt rear end after he wheel hopped it for a short stretch - they had the single leaf spring in the rear, remember?

I had a 67' Chevelle with the 327ci/325HP motor, followed by a 70 Olds W-31, followed by a Toyota Corolla so I could go to school without going broke. My dream car back then was a 1970-1/2 Z-28 with the LT-1 motor - never got around to finding it.
 

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The trick with the single leaf was to use two of them. Those springs had a pin welded to the spring to keep the axle in place. You cut the pin off of the second spring and put the second spring on top of stock spring. Depending on how you clamped the springs together controlled weight transfer front to back and side to side. With sway bars front and back you could actually make the car go around corners. Fun car to drive.
 

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My 70 Chevelle was her daily driver, as soon as she figured out the line lock held the car on hills with the 5 spd, she was hooked.
 

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That's a nice truck,LOL, it's a mix, city/country, but I am the farthest west member here:)
 
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Starting to accumulate parts for the 406 build. A machine shop in Colorado Springs is doing the machining, assembly, and the dyno. Dart block, AFR 227 cc heads, Bullet cams, Callies crank, Molnar rods, Mahle pistons. I only have pictures of the carb, and valve covers, still waiting for a bunch of parts to proceed.





 
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That is going to be one hell of a grocery getter for your wife!
 

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It needs to increase in value as an investment. That's what I'm going to tell her as part of the sales pitch. Have fun, but if it needs to be sold it won't be a loss. That's my story.....:)
 

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It needs to increase in value as an investment. That's what I'm going to tell her as part of the sales pitch. Have fun, but if it needs to be sold it won't be a loss. That's my story.....:)
Sounds good to me, I’m sold.
Hope that you can hit the 600hp target, will be a blast to drive!
 

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Thanks, while 600 is optimistic, it will be fun, no matter what. I will post results. It will pass everything on the road,,,,,but a gas station.
 

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Ok, how are you going to hold all the to the road. Posi/locker/spool, a set of rear bars, helps keep the rear end from twisting on launch,
Oh those were the days. 68 Camaro small block, spool, summers racing axels, full race type engine.
my daily driver was a 69 Impala SS with a blueprinted engine, and 4 on the floor, posi rear end. But gas was a lot cheaper back then.
 
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Hi Ken nice to see all of the fellow enthusiasts here. Life got in the way of all of the fun, now back to it. The Nova has a fabricated 9" Ford housing 3.50 gearing it will be coming with a spool, and 35 spline axles, but I will change that out for a Wavetrac posi. leaf springs have been moved inboard, and wheel wells mini tubed, and Smith Racecraft Assassin traction bars. A bit of an improvement over the old slapper bars. The Richmond 5 speed has 3.27 first gear, so that will help get it out of the hole.



I have been working on my 70 Chevelle for a few years now, and that should be done in the next few months. Should I make a thread about that one too?
 

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I have been working on my 70 Chevelle for a few years now, and that should be done in the next few months. Should I make a thread about that one too?

ABSOLUTELY ! :encourage:
 

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This is the recipe for the 406.

Dart SHP block
3.750 crank
6" rods
Mahl flat tops
Crower SS shaft rockers
Moroso pan 21017
Bullet 251/255 .650/.637
ported Victor Jr (hood clearance)
AFR 227CC heads
1000 HP billet carb
Should be 10.7 compression.
Won't know how it will do until the dyno, hopefully a strong street combination for a 67 Nova.
 

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OK, it's been awhile here is my update. Valve covers are still being modified to fit my shaft rocker system, but the motor went on the dyno with regular valve covers. Then I had to change leaf springs back to stock ride height, 1" lower was not going to cut it on the road. The rear end housing to trunk floor pan, and the frame to axle housing were on interference fit mode. then there is the matter of the wheel clearance to the frame, that has to be adjusted. I've ordered a new fuel tank to be modified since the springs were moved in for wheel clearance. Who knew furniture dollies were so useful, I will be moving the frame rails into the trunk a bit for more room for the tires. It seems like a lot of work, but it is straight forward, and just time consuming. I can see where the previous owner was getting into more than he wanted to deal with. "A new broom will sweep better than an old one" I'll just take over, most of the work has been done, just have to fix it up....









 
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Looking good. A lot better, and cheaper in the long run to just do it right once. Impressive numbers on the 406. Cheers, Mike
 
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