Bruce's '72 Nova: 2000
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- New Holley 750 carb, MSD Pro Billet distributor, and MSD Blaster 3 coil
- New graphite-impregnated leaf spring eye bushings
- New Herb Adams 3-way adjustable rear shocks:with extenders. These stiffer shocks prevent the tires from rubbing in almost all situations, not to mention a slight improvement in handling and response.
- New (to me) iron Bow Tie heads(#034) along with Crane Gold full-roller rockers
I didn't make the 12s in the quarter as I had hoped, I only got down to email@example.com with the cutout caps removed, but I guess I'm okay with that. I just need a looser converter and some nicer weather (it was about 83 degrees with 100% humidity) to run the number. At least that's my theory!
I put about 7500 miles on the new motor in 2000 and except for the duration of the head swap and winter, it's my daily driver.
Here are the final 2000 specs for my car:
- '73 350 block from a Nova SS, align-honed, decked, and bored .030" over
- Stock cast crank turned down .010"/.010"
- Rebuilt 5.7" rods with ARP Waveloc bolts from Northern Auto Parts Warehouse
- Speed-Pro hypereutectic flattop pistons
- 10.1:1 static compression ratio
- Hastings moly rings
- Melling M55A oil pump
- Moroso oil pump pickup
- Moroso windage tray
- Moroso 7-quart oil pan
- Vibratech 6-3/4" StreetDampr harmonic balancer
- Comp Cams Xtreme Energy 274 cam - 230/236 degrees duration @ .050" lift, .487"/.490" valve lift, 110 degree LDA
- Bow Tie iron heads, casting number #034, 2.02"/1.60" valves, 1.46" springs, guideplates, screw-in studs
- Crane Gold full-roller rockers, 1.5:1 on intake, 1.6:1 on exhaust
- Comp Cams #926 valvesprings
- Edelbrock Performer RPM intake manifold
- Holley #3310 750 cfm vac. sec. carb with secondary metering block and 50cc accelerator pump - 76/82 jets, lightest secondary spring
- K&N 14x4 air filter in a Summit Racing housing
- MSD Pro Billet distributor and Blaster 3 Power Tower coil
- Hooker Competition 1-5/8" headers
- Mandrel-bent 2-1/2" dual exhaust all the way to the rear bumper with collector extensions, cutouts, oxygen sensors (not installed yet), and Thrush California Turbo mufflers
The Rest of the Driveline:
- TH 350 with B&M Shift Improver Kit (which I highly recommend!)
- Stock driveshaft with Summit safety loop
- '72 8.5" 10-bolt rearend housing
- '73 or '74 Nova Eaton posi carrier
- Richmond 3.70:1 ring & pinion
- Stock axles
Chassis and Suspension:
- Stock unibody frame with homemade subframe connectors welded in
- Polyurethane body mount bushings
- Polyurethane leaf spring bushings and pads (pads aren't in yet)
- Original front V8 w/ A/C coil springs with one coil removed
- Herb Adams 3-way adjustable shocks on all four corners
- Relocated upper control arm (per Dick Guldstrand's recommendations) for more positive camber gain
- Polyurethane upper and lower control arm bushings and bump stops
- Hellwig 1-1/8" front anti-sway bar with polyurethane bushings
- Addco 3/4" rear anti-sway bar with polyurethane bushings
- Front steering system rebuilt in '97 including tie rods, sleeves, ball joints, idler arm, and Pitman arm.
- Rebuilt power steering gearbox with 12:1 ratio and high effort valve by Lee Power Steering.
- Rebuilt power steering pump by Lee Power Steering.
- New stock replacement rag joint
- '73 Nova SS tilt steering column
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