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Old 09-20-2017, 09:42 PM   #1
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Default H-I-J '76 Nova re-fit.

Not really a build but here is where we start... I've had a long run with my kids in jr dragsters and we're 1 season away from being totally aged out. Last season we decided to run NHRA divisionals since D2 opened it up to the kids just to see where we might land in the future. My kid isn't a dragster person so we knew a door car was in order and since I am just as happy working on a combo as driving and the near future would have her limited on racing due to life getting in the way I felt Stock would be a cheap(er) way to get an introduction to class. We looked at what was out there for almost a year, I looked at cheap and she looked at 69 Camaros, no way was I jumping in the deep end with no life jacket so here is what we ended up with. '76 H-I-J Nova 165/275 I picked it up some months ago, we have been pouring over, changing a few things we felt necessary, I'll be chronicling that here as we go.
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Old 09-20-2017, 09:50 PM   #2
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Default Re: H-I-J '76 Nova re-fit.

Good luck, can't wait to see the progress.
I'm in the same boat, kid is in his last year of jr and will be going to a full size next year.
probably a bracket car for him unless I can finish the mustang.(how many years have I said that??)

Anyway, post lots of pictures for those of us living vicariously lol!
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Old 09-20-2017, 09:59 PM   #3
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Good luck, can't wait to see the progress.
I'm in the same boat, kid is in his last year of jr and will be going to a full size next year.
probably a bracket car for him unless I can finish the mustang.(how many years have I said that??)

Anyway, post lots of pictures for those of us living vicariously lol!
I have a real problem not being able to keep my hands in my pockets. I fiddle with and change stuff for no good reason. Truly a sickness!
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Old 09-20-2017, 10:07 PM   #4
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Default Re: H-I-J '76 Nova re-fit.

So the first order of business was the roll bar, this car was built long ago and the door bars were so high into the door glass it was at the side of her face, so for safetys sake the door bars were replaced and I had them add an "X" down to the floor to strengthen near the front spring mounts. The original rear bars are far to the outside and support the rear spring mount.

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Old 09-21-2017, 08:40 AM   #5
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Default Re: H-I-J '76 Nova re-fit.

Todd: Good luck my son has a Nova stocker and if we can be of any help feel free to reach out - Bob
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Old 09-21-2017, 08:44 AM   #6
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Todd: Good luck my son has a Nova stocker and if we can be of any help feel free to reach out - Bob
Thank you Bob, I just may do that. And a 68-72 Nova may be our stepping stone in the future. Oh and that's a beautiful car he has there!
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Old 09-24-2017, 09:08 AM   #7
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Todd,

in one photo I see an engine air filter. When time allows, as an experiment, make a test run with the base plate only, no filter. Just curiosity, on my part.

Also, I like the idea of the later Nova body.

In addition, the photos of your Daughter working on the car are priceless. Tugs at my heart, it is a great happening and I strongly suggest you treasure each moment.
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Old 09-24-2017, 05:10 PM   #8
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Todd,

in one photo I see an engine air filter. When time allows, as an experiment, make a test run with the base plate only, no filter. Just curiosity, on my part.

Also, I like the idea of the later Nova body.

In addition, the photos of your Daughter working on the car are priceless. Tugs at my heart, it is a great happening and I strongly suggest you treasure each moment.
I've seen guys run them with just the base, I'm assuming there's some type of performance advantage. I'm not sure what the legalities are of that in competition.

Yes I've been lucky enough to race with both my kids and I wouldn't give up those memories for anything in this world!
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Old 09-24-2017, 05:21 PM   #9
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Default Re: H-I-J '76 Nova re-fit.

Everything in the car worked fine but finding multiple splices per wire is why we ended up here, more wiring today.

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Old 09-24-2017, 05:29 PM   #10
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Bought a couple new gauges just so we had a matching set and those are in. Most of the wiring is done just need to finish dash lights, gauge lights, headlights and tidy up. I needed to measure for a driveshaft today and totally forgot so I'll get to that tomorrow.
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