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Made a trip to California to visit friends and attend the annual Super Chevy Suspension Challenge with Church Boys Racing. Had a great time saw friends from NorCal, Joe, Jose, Brian, Duane and from SoCal John aka Shifty4 and Bill aka Klean63. Dave from Texas and met Charley from Canada and Dean from Ohio. This year Chuck Sr entered his 63 sedan with CBR suspension front and rear. Senio has owned this 63 for nearly 40 years and it is beautiful.
I can say it did nery well but you will have to wait until the issue is published to see how it stacked up to the competition.



While there I picked up the project car from John. 1964 Nova 400 series 4 door.

Here it is on the trailer ready for the ride home and all the stuff it came with



The trunk floor is the only bad rust, it will be replaced





After arriving home the truck, trailer and the car were unloaded. The garage a disaster needing to be organized





The actual car ready to begin









and some work on the firewall before getting it inside

 

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Worked on organizing the garage, there is a 72 Chevelle frame in there and a bunch of wagon parts. Trying to add the Nova stuff was a challenge.

Mission accomplished :)



Work began to get parts on the car and out of the way. Front end first, the CBR suspension and steering is great. really easy to install no modifications are needed to the car, everything bolts on and looks good. I have seen first hand how it improves the ride and handling.

So first the firewall was painted, actually 4 times before I got the color to maych the powder coated inner fender structures.



Next assembly. Bill, a friend from Green Valley, came over and helped with the assembly. I was the young one of the two of us :)









Brakes will be next, 4 wheel disc from an 98 - 02 F body. CBR mounting bracket installed on front spindle. Conversion uses the stock 5 lug spindles and drum hubs from 64 - 67 Nova, 12" rotors front and rear, 2 piston calipers in front, single in rear all from the F body. Waiting on new wheel bearings, will post the brake install later this week.
 

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WOW, and I thought my place was a mess.:eek:l:)

It's looking good, that CBR sure is a nice front end and so easy to install..:thumbsup:
 

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The trunk didn't look that bad to me That is exactly what it has to look like if you were going to back half the car. Since you are running CBR front end you might think of a S&W back half kit or one from Chris Alston since he has a shop on the wrong coast closer to you.

Keep in mind a four link is an excellent suspension system for street or track (Chevy used them on their more powerful cars with bigger motors like the Impala and Chevelle).

A more door could be made into a real sleeper with a 406 or bigger SBC under a flat hood.

Big Dave
 

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Church Boys Racing sells a triangulated 4 link for the rear that is nicer than any of the ones i have seen for sale. The 63 had another brand under it for years, with the CBR set up it rode much better and handled great. There will be photos of the underside in the Super Chevy Suspension Challenge article. For our intended usage of the car the leaf springs will work fine. A 62 wagon with the same front end as I have and leaf springs in back pulled 1g on the skid pad. I won't be driving that hard :devil:
 

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Re: V-6 power for my Gen 1

I sure like the uppers being set back, won't have any trouble getting Caster with those.
 
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