Thinking of buying a Nova SS...

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  1. convolutedmind

    convolutedmind Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss e

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    I've been driving around in a 95 toyota 4-runner for the last 4 years and have come to the realization that I've wasted 4 years of potential fun driving. So I was thinking of getting a 1969/1972 Chevy Nova SS...there are some on the used car sites in moderate condition for 7k-9k. Does anyone have one of these? If so how do you like it?

    Hopefully one day I can get a shelby since they are :wackit:

    but until then I think it would be a pretty fun car to have, though I've never driven one...
     
  2. deusexaethera

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    You could get a newer car and have much more fun driving it. That old Nova will feel like a barge compared to anything made in the past 20 years.
     
  3. Corz

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    If you like driving a primitive car with very little assists (ps/pw/pb) nova's are great cars and can be made very quick thanks to their lack of technology needed to get it down the road. Also, it wouldnt take a lot to make it handle and stop great either. throw a grand in brakes and suspension (total) and you will have a very excellent hot rod.
     
  4. Ronin

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    i have a 66 mustang and although old cars do have that large feeling I actually kind of like it

    besides, you can always do what im doing, and restomod your car so it feels new
     
  5. Do it! The handling/braking/gas mileage will be awful, but it's so much fun!
     
  6. E-dub

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    Get ready to replace everything for a car in that price range. Been there, done that, never again. You will spend more time working on it than driving it.
     
  7. Ronin

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    the only way you will spend a ton of time working on it is if you are poor and cant afford to get it done in a realistic time
     
  8. deusexaethera

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    Are you talking about getting it to run without blowing smoke, or are you talking about cleaning it up so it's actually a nice car again?
     
  9. Ronin

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    it varies and it fluctuates on if you have some help or not, i assume you can find atleast ONE person to help with grunt work and taking it places for specialist work

    stripping the interior to bone: few hours (if that) im assuming a fast work pace here

    laying new insulation: rest of that day and some possibly finishing up on the following (sound deadening rolls pretty quick)

    entire rewire job: a weekend:

    throwing back together the interior: a day or so (there are potential speed bumps if u run into unforseen difficulities) the dash will probably give you a headache

    paint: unless ur good friends or relatives with a painter/body guy this can cost a bit, but the actual paint process shouldnt take very long and then allow time for curing, etc, if this takes a long time to accomplish then whoever is doing ur work is a flake

    engine: on those old motors u could pull one in a day easy,get an engine stand and assemble a new one in a couple to a few days, or pay someone to put parts together if ur lazy and drop it back in, these old cars are so simple its crazy, especially if you know how everything hooks up and tools are well organized

    wheels and tires: 30 mins at a tire center, lolz

    brakes: this can take awhile if ur doing a conversion but id probably just pay someone for labor

    exhaust: 1-2 days to have someone do it, exhaust installs are cheap as fuck

    trans and similar components: if the money is there buy an aftermarket clutch, trans (or get a rebuild job) driveline, axle and gears, and have someone throw it together, not sure on time this would take, from what ive seen trans shop labor can get spendy, so if you know what you are doing or know someone who does id probably DIY it, but if extra money is at hand throw it a shop that specializes in transmissions (theres a trans shop near my house that does a lot of work on dragsters etc, its the only place id take my car for something like that)

    what else is there? think i got it all

    if u have the money this can all be done in anywhere from a couple weeks to a year

    getting it to run without blowing smoke is like a week max if u take your time (assuming replacement of a lot of shit and potential engine swap) unless the car is royally fucked hard, my car had 1 major problem, rusted floor pans, paid a body shop to do it (my body guy had his hands fucked up bad from an accident, didnt want to wait) i overpaid a bit but oh well, jobs done and now my floor is bed lined and pretty much rust proof, other than that all it really needed was new tires, rewire and a couple bolt ons and it was good to go, but im going all out on this bitch and reworking everything thing i can as money becomes available, it came with a rebuilt engine and trans and new paint for 5900. if i dropped 10k i wouldve had a near perfect car - 66 mustang. and please, no ford hate, for what i want it fits me perfect, cheap was easy to find, so on and so forth.


    i know on project cars you should do a lot of the work yourself, but im not a mechanic and id rather have people give me shit for paying for labor than having shit going to hell on me (i always see guys half assing their projects) i know how to do pretty much everything electrical on these older cars (as long as its a Painless kit, lolz) and do basic bolt on shit, theres just some stuff im not going to waste my time trying to figure out and potentially fuck up, epsecially when you are going hardcore and there is little room for error with expensive equipment

    i enjoy driving, not working and if i have to work i get done ASAP
     
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  10. Mjolnir

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    I'm going to second this.

    The Nova isn't "fun" to drive the way a sports coupe is. It probably handles worse than your 4-runner, without the off-road capability to justify it.

    It's cool, and probably reasonably quick in a straight line, but it will require lots of work and probably comes without A/C.

    for $7k to $9k you can probably get a mid 90's coupe with a stereo and A/C.

    It won't be as distinctive as the Nova, but a lot less of a headache.

    As a disclaimer, I drove a '63 Impala 4 door every day for a year, and I'd do it again in a heartbeat (I regret selling the car, and doubling my money in a year is small consolation), but you have to have a certain mindset to acept the foibles of a 60's/70's car as a DD.
     

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