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Smith's 1973 Nova Custom

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

  1. Graystone

    Graystone Well-Known Member

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    FYI that pump is going to be loud
     
  2. Smith

    Smith Super Moderator Staff Member

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    What I’ve read, see where people try to use rubber to make it a little more quiet. Free is free though so going to rock it :shrug:


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  3. Graystone

    Graystone Well-Known Member

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    I mean I would too but just letting you know
     
  4. Smith

    Smith Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Def appreciate the looking out!


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  5. barrrf

    barrrf Active Member

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    I may have a couple more part lying around for sbc if you need something.

    I definitely have LS swap parts laying around. When I did my swap, at the beginning I was like "this isnt going to be too expensive" and at the end I was like "fuck me I forgot a lot things that cost money"
     
  6. Smith

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    Hahaha, I bet man! I use to have a spreadsheet that I can’t seem to find where I had tons of parts/links/prices and is part of the reason I’m using this motor for awhileeee. Def will hit you up if I run across something you might have.


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  7. Smith

    Smith Super Moderator Staff Member

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    So I need to get this motor up off these tires and moved around the shop. Was going to order this

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000BPUU1...colid=UH8VCTJC3Q7I&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it
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    And this….

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077ZWHNV...colid=UH8VCTJC3Q7I&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it
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    To both get it up off the ground and for when I got to put it in the car. Anyone have a preference with anything else?

    Also picked me up another Haynes manual to browse over/have on hand!


    Also, with Black Friday coming up Ive set aside some money to go ahead and buy a few things to get this motor in the car (hopefully some places will have decent percent off sales). Figured car stuff was more productive than what most people would be out looking for. Lol.

    Have a few questions in regards to those items.

    1.) Going to try and get the TH 400 crossmember from tamrazs (as recommended) since I need one with mount in the middle for a SBC not to one side for BBC https://www.tamrazsparts.com/68-72-nova-67-69-camaro-firebird-th-400-crossmember-small-block-sb-chq/ $145

    2.) I need a transmission mount. Will just any turbo 400 mount work? Saw these on several sites, figured I could just snag some of them? https://www.jegs.com/i/Prothane/311...MIwcHTmcrX3gIVjjZpCh0TywsgEAQYBSABEgItgvD_BwE $31

    3.) Motor mounts! I know you have short and tall/clamshell, etc etc. Read several threads where I believe Firebird69racer went into detail on when they changed and part numbers, etc. but I’m still a little behind the times. Get OEM or poly? Or? Looking back at my pictures I believe I still have the motor side of the mounts but how do I figure out what I need to order?

    4.) This electric kickdown jazz, people argue back and forth about hooking it up but Ive decided its there for a reason and needs to be hooked up. However, how is another story. I’ve read on both this

    B&M https://www.summitracing.com/parts/...MI2cGW887X3gIVCqdpCh2D1w6REAQYBCABEgLpwfD_BwE

    and this Lokar https://www.jegs.com/i/Lokar/625/KD...MI2cGW887X3gIVCqdpCh2D1w6REAQYASABEgLSqfD_BwE

    Anyone have experience with either? Care to comment?


    5.) Feel free to link any other links to some recommended items. Going to have to snag more hoses, gaskets, fuel lines and all that jazz but mainly wanted the stuff to pick this motor up and stab it in to get to doing the other stuff.
     
  8. Smith

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    Ended up snagging just a load leveler from Harbor Freight. Got the motor moved, going to clean it up another weekend.

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    Also bought the Turbo 400 crossmember for a SBC, a transmission mount, and some motor mount bolts.

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    Still need to figure out a few other things as well as get frame side motor mounts. Mounts on the block are ~4” wide so I need the clamshells that fit or I need smaller motor side brackets.
     
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  9. Smith

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    You homo’s have any suggestions??

    Copied from my build on thread on a Nova site:

    Have both of these sitting in a cart to be ordered to just make sure I have the right mounts instead of guessing if what’s on the motor works. Just waiting on a little larger order.
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    Now to figure out the other parts. Specifically the radiator and electric fuel pump.

    For those of you with a 350 and in a 3rd gen? More specifically a 73’ custom. Is there a size you recommend? I’ve seen chatter about champion as well as some of the universal summit ones? Plan is to take off my current fan blade and buy a Taurus fan, trying to track down a Volvo relay and all but those aren’t common in my area so might have to find someone online selling them.


    Next up is electronic fuel pump and wiring it up/where to mount/bracket, etc? Currently have a Holley red that was given with the motor. After reading I know I need to try to get it below the bottom of the tank, I know I need at least an 85 micron before pump and a 10 after (any affordable recommendations?) My problem comes in to mounting and wiring, I’ve looked at online diagrams but does anyone offer a wiring kit? A bracket? Definitely want to be on the safer side and wire with some type of relay and not just to a hot ignition wire, etc.

    Searching on here but seeing lots of in truck fuel cell types and not much stock tank stuff. Thanks in advance.


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  10. Tylers88

    Tylers88 3 GM's and a Jeep

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    Probably the best place that will be the lowest and still mostly protected will be close to where the fuel filter is on this one. Should even have room to keep your filters tucked up but still accessible for service.

    https://www.summitracing.com/parts/rfw-fp36/
    Here a fuel pump wiring kit, has a 30 amp relay
     
  11. Graystone

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    I have a 4 core one from classic industries. My application is more based on oe appearance though.
     
  12. Smith

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    Yeah, I’ve seen a lot of people mount them there but most try and get as low as possible but still as close to the tank as possible also. I saw a kit with relay for like $20-25 that many use also, but also add an oil pressure switch for safety reasons. Some even add in inertia switches Incase of wreck as well. Any idea on best place to put a oil pressure switch on the motor?

    Gotcha, gotcha. I’ve looked at several but not sure what to get size wise. Just trying to get things in line so I can save the cash and drop it on a larger order.

    Did get the stuff ordered to get the motor in and mounted though. Hopefully find a upcoming weekend in the next month or so to clean the motor and some of the engine bay up and get the motor at least in so I can see what I’m working with.


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  13. Graystone

    Graystone Well-Known Member

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    Just get a stock replacement that is a 4 core. Than you don't have to worry
     
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  14. Tylers88

    Tylers88 3 GM's and a Jeep

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    I’d put a T in where the gauge is plumbs in at. I have a Vortec block just sitting in my garage, I’ll snap you where I had my mechanical gauge at.
     

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