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Discussion Starter · #21 ·
It’s only money, right? Can’t take it with you :D

I got curious on the Centerline wheels and spent about 20 minutes cleaning up what I would consider the worst one. Some minor pitting from what looks like a water drip over the years, but it cleaned up surprisingly well for not putting much effort into it. I’d like to spend more time on this one and the rest of the set eventually to see how well they’ll really clean up!



 

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Got a little bit more done on the Nova this weekend!

The Who-knows-what small block that‘s been under the hood for 13 years got given away on Craigslist.



Finally an empty engine bay!



I started cleaning out the car and organizing the extra parts I had for it. The trunk is in surprisingly good shape, not without its flaws, but pretty solid.



Tail panel on the other hand, not so much.



Interior cleaned out. I’m finding a lot of red inside the car that I didn’t realize was there. Red seat belts in the rear, some red trim that’s been painted, red carpet. Did these ever come with red interiors?



Pretty sure this isn’t a Nova rear seat. It fits, but not well.



While the floor pan is in decent condition everywhere else, I ran across this surprise while vacuuming the floor. The passenger side front is completely gone. Half stuck between throwing a patch panel in and still moving forward with driving it, or putting things on hold until I can properly restore it.

 

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This turned out to be an incredibly expensive week. I’ve been looking for a shop in Anchorage for several years now, since I actually live about 1 1/2 hours out of town, and I wanted a place closer to work. Real estate prices have been insane, especially for actual detached garages and shops. One popped up this week that needs some remodeling, but has great potential and enough lot layout to build a small house as well, for a below market price of $98k! We came in at $92.5k and should be finalizing closing this week! I also picked up an actual work truck, a 1995 Chevy K2500 with a utility box for a decent deal, since the ”350 SS” isn’t much of a truck to work out of. Of course, this will slightly affect the overall toy budget, LOL. In light of this, I have decided to stick with the 350/350 combo as factory, and sell off the 454/4L80E/install kit locally.

Also, the remainder of the Nova parts showed up throughout the week! We have a new:

• Fuel tank
• Sending unit
• Gas cap
• Tank straps and hardware
• Transmission cooler with adapter fittings
• Quick ratio steering box
• Idler arm
• Pitman arm
• Rag joint
• Inner tie rods
• Outer tie rods
• Tie rod adjuster sleeves
• Stainless brake hard lines
• Brake rubber lines
• 11” Booster, master cylinder, and combo valve
• Disc brake spindles, caliper brackets, and dust shields
• Rotors, bearings, and seals
• Calipers
• Pads
• Drums
• Wheel Cylinders
• Shoes
• Spring kit
• Adjuster kits
• Axle bearings, seals, cover gasket
• Motor mounts
• Transmission mount
• Delrin/Aluminum subframe bushing kit
• Rust converter paint for the underbody

 

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Transmission rebuild kit showed up this last weekend. Also placed another $3500 Summit order, lol.

 

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Oh yes. Major winter project incoming!

 

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The last piece finally showed up!



Full of all kinds of goodies!



I can’t wait to get this on! This is going to be a busy winter!

 

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Scored a Vortec carb conversion intake last night for $150

 

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I started on the TH350 this weekend also. Stocked up on towels and brake clean, as I have a TH400 to do for my ‘70 Monte Carlo this winter also.



Transmission mounted up on the stand!



Pan removed. There’s some clutch material present, but nothing too scary or concerning as of yet.



The filter appears to be well secured. LOL



Valve body removed



Separator plate removed



Pump removed





Forward and direct drums, and input shaft removed





Tail housing and governor removed





Sunshell and planetary removed





Output shaft removed





Low reverse piston removed





Everything laid out!





I ran across some normal case wear on the center support, so I ordered an upgraded center support with a case saver and wide sprag, so that should be in by next weekend!
 

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I should just be keeping entire kits in stock at this point, haha. This and the TH400 will be the 3rd and 4th rebuilds I‘ve done for personal stuff this year. Knock on wood, I’m also holding my breath on the 293,000 mile 700R4 that gets abused regularly on my daily driver - it shifts as solid as ever, but I can make that stock torque converter feel like a stall converter at times, LOL.
 

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Yeah, that’s the ones I’ve done the most of. Haven’t ventured into the 6L’s yet, but from what I understand, that’s an entirely new line of tools.
 
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