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Old 12-08-2013, 03:30 PM   #1
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Default Nova stocker project.

This car was a complete turn key car that I purchased from the Classifieds here. Jim Parsons and his buddy Mike had put together a good car with a lot of solid components. 327-275 (270), A1 'glide, Cal Tracs, etc. They were both a pleasure to work with....true gentlemen!

Jim and Mike met us in Omaha at a casino parking lot. Before we got there, they could have traded the Nova for a jet ski a guy had on a trailer in the lot! HaHa!


Jim and I hot lapped it around the lot a few times, then it was time to load it up and head North:


Back home in Steve Koppien's 'Rocket Shop':


I had decided to take the car apart, see what I had and then put it back together. This was a good chance to detail things and get a bit more familiar with the car. The motor was out early the next afternoon:


Changed the fuel cell around a bit. Made some alum. mounts for the cell, ran braided #8 to the engine compartment and remounted the pump:



Rewired the entire car. Made this alum. plate to mount the new MSD 6A ignition and main power supply buss bar:


Steve had an extra set of 'massaged' mono leafs with serious size housing centering pins, so those got pressed into service. New springs going in along with new u-bolts and urethane spring bushings. Shocks are the Calvert/Rancho adjustables:


Traded the nice black factory bucket seats that were in the car for a set of Jaz race seats. Got some dimensions for mounting brackets today and did the initial fit:


Added a main power disconnect switch within arms reach on the dash. That could be used to isolate the power panel should a problem arise:


I'll add some more as it gets further along. I've been very fortunate to have some good pals helping me with this project.....Steve Koppien, John McLeod and Ron Roddel.

Thanks for all your help! -Al
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Old 12-08-2013, 04:32 PM   #2
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Default Re: Nova stocker project.

I have a project much the same as yours Alan...looks like you have some excellent parts to begin with. I've had trouble in the past with a coil mounted close to the MSD box as you pictured...tried it yet?
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Old 12-08-2013, 05:28 PM   #3
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Gonna be long coil wire.
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Default Re: Nova stocker project.

It isnt the length of the coil wire, rather the RF interference between the MSD box and the coil...caused a mis-fire.
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Old 12-08-2013, 05:57 PM   #5
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That coil wire is way too long. The whole panel is mounted so you can conveniently work on it at the track while you stand on your head. Duh
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That coil wire is way too long. The whole panel is mounted so you can conveniently work on it at the track while you stand on your head. Duh
This isnt a gamer forum Painter...
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Old 12-08-2013, 06:40 PM   #7
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Well, excuse me.
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Old 12-08-2013, 07:23 PM   #8
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It isnt the length of the coil wire, rather the RF interference between the MSD box and the coil...caused a mis-fire.
Rich, MSD didn't think there would be a problem, but 'ya never know. I'll keep it in mind...thanks! -Al
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Old 12-08-2013, 07:26 PM   #9
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The whole panel is mounted so you can conveniently work on it at the track while you stand on your head. Duh
Two allen screws and you can have the whole thing in your lap to work on while you sit in the passenger seat. Surprised you missed that feature......

Congratulations????? -Al
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Old 12-08-2013, 07:57 PM   #10
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Alan,

I like the fuel pump mounting plate but I was always told you need to mount those Holley style pumps lower than the tank . I may be wrong or the picture may be misleading you may have enough fall there.

Holley's instruction sheet says

Mounting and INSTALLATION:
The best location for mounting any electric fuel pump is the rear of the vehicle. The inlet and outlet of the pump must be mounted below the lowest point of the tank. This is necessary to allow for an adequate fuel supply. The pump is designed to push fuel and not designed to suck fuel out of the tank. It needs to be gravity-fed or if it’s pulling from the top of the tank, it needs to develop a siphon feed to the pump. The pump should be mounted on the chassis, in a vertical position with the pump motor on top


Also being in FRONT of the pick up the fuel may need to overcome the launch G's, remember it's gravity fed basically
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