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Smith's 1973 Nova Custom

Discussion in 'Under Construction' started by Smith, Feb 16, 2015.

  1. Smith

    Smith Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Kind of what I was thinking, haven’t decided what I want to do yet..


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  2. Smith

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    So talked to him more today and allegedly it wasn’t the original motor in his truck either, said it’s supposed to be the motor and trans out of a 92 and it previous owner before him carbed it.


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  3. Tylers88

    Tylers88 3 GM's and a Jeep

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    Tbi block means it has the bosses cast on for the factory roller setup, some even came drilled and tapped from the factory plus it’s a 1 piece rear main seal. Heads are 100% garbage but vortec heads are cheap and flow good. You could potentially buy it, put another $700 into it with a cam, used heads and an intake. You would have 300-350 hp no problem. Trans a turbo 350 or 700r4?
     
  4. Smith

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    Haha, I know nothing about these motors and really don’t have a ton of “motor” knowledge stuffed in my brain simply because I’ve never had to. I’ll def take your word and look into all of that some more, the trans is a turbo 400 so assuming it’s not what goes with the motor originally?


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  5. Tylers88

    Tylers88 3 GM's and a Jeep

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    No it’s not what would have been with it originally but that’s not a bad thing, turbo 400s are good transmissions. Turbo 350 vs turbo 400 is like 4l60e vs 4l80e, the 400 is simply stronger.
     
  6. Smith

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    Gotcha, gotcha! Appreciate the knowledge definitely thinking hard on snagging it.


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  7. Smith

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    Talked buddy into selling me motor and trans for $300. Going to try to pay him and pick it up this week or so, will snag some pics and more info to know exactly what we’re working with. Figured I for sure shouldn’t pass it up at that price..


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  8. Smith

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    Soooo....picked up the motor...
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    According to the internet it’s a 95-00 block...
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    Has a different intake as well as a stall in it...
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  9. Tylers88

    Tylers88 3 GM's and a Jeep

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    That means it’s factory drilled and tapped for the roller cam setup and vertical intake bolts means vortec heads which are probably the best factory small block heads. That’s a pretty good intake for a cruiser too.
     
  10. Graystone

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    I am looking for the same motortrend for the Camaro right now. You will be good minus the the fact you need to run an electric fuel pump
     
  11. Smith

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    Glad you know more about these than I. Might have to hit you up with more questions. Lol. Buddy that had it said it all ran well and trans with the stall was great, said carb might have needed a little adjusting but overall said it was a great cruiser he just opted to go LS and pulled this combo out.

    Might have to hit you up with some questions too. Lol. He has the fuel pump and all to give me as well I believe since he snagged different stuff for his LS swap. Gotta get with him and see what else he had. If not I’ll snag something, need to make a list of stuff to start saving and snagging.



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  12. Graystone

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    Really since you only need like 8 psi iirc for carbs it's just a pump and a regulator.
     
  13. Smith

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    Def going to have to do a little reading. Also need to try and find my Haynes book and see which wires are which in this thing...
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  14. Tylers88

    Tylers88 3 GM's and a Jeep

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    Ask away and I’ll try to answer best I can
     
  15. Smith

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    Appreciate ya, dawgggg. I know I’m going to have some lol


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  16. Smith

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    Did some more reading/digging and came to the conclusion on a few things. I def know I’ll need to 400 yoke, guy I bought my motor from might give me his, etc since he won’t be using it. From what I’m reading I think I’ll need the driveshaft shortened as well but trying to find someone with more info.

    Not sure I have all of the motor mount pieces so they are on the order list for a new set.

    Crossmember for 350 and 400’s are different, also different for a big block or small block so I’ll need to order me a crossmember specific for a small block and turbo 400.

    Got several “homemade” crossmember in the trunk from previous owner. Lol.
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    So far I believe I’ll need..

    •Starter
    •Radiator
    •Motor mounts
    •Th400 crossmember
    •Right size driveshaft and yoke
    •Bellhousing cover
    •Shift linkage
    •Battery cables
    •Battery
    •Battery box
    •Brake vacuum lines


    Possible things:
    •New fuel lines
    •Maybe new gas tank
    •Fuel pump

    Previous owner took it from column shift to a floor shift, guessing that’ll affect how hooking this thing up goes?

    Anybody want to add to this list/give parts suggestions to buy?

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  17. Smith

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    Copied this reply from someone on Steve’s Nova site that replied to one of my threads...

     
  18. barrrf

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    So you went with the 350 because it was cheap right?

    I have speedhut gauges in my car.........if you want to know anything.
     
  19. Smith

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    Haha, yes and no! I know realistically I can’t afford everything required for an LS swap like I want for the time being so I decided to jump on this so I can get it cruising and my dad get to experience driving “his car” after 20 years. A friend finally let me have the setup for $300 so I jumped.

    Def good to know. I love the gauges I posted in this thread.


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  20. Smith

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    Good news, talked to my friend I got the motor from and he has the starter to give me as well as a Holley Red electric fuel pump and another back up pump he bought when he thought the red was out but turned out to be a loose wire. Owe him a beer as it saves me a few more bucks for sure!


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