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Post by ratnfested on Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:10 pm

Ok I have not been here in a while cause I was restoring the wife's 70 Nova. Now that is done and I am starting my 77 Bu and I am excited to tear it apart and start the work. The car body and floor is very solid but the inside of both doors are rotted, not the outer skin just the inner bottom. I'll know how bad once I sandblast that rust and get ready to put in patches. but I have lots to do before that. Frame has to come out, motor is gonna be a LS1 and I wanna confirm it will fit prior to the teardown. Dash needs restoring. lots of fun stuff. I'll start with a before pic and I will put some during pics up as I go. Gonna be a 2 year project so here goes...

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Post by ratnfested on Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:13 pm

I had just made the car a bucket and console car but the windows leaking got to me and I took it off the road last year to concentrate on the Nova. But its my turn now.

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Post by 77mali on Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:26 pm

nice!
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Post by DiscoMalibu on Mon Oct 07, 2013 4:25 pm

Looks far more presentable than my car as it is! Leaking windows and years of Northeast salt... eh.
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Post by JB2wheeler on Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:23 pm

Keep us informed, we are interested. JB
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Post by 77mali on Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:49 pm

What's that color code combo called btw?
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Post by 1973montec on Mon Oct 07, 2013 10:20 pm

Lookin good
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Post by ratnfested on Wed Oct 09, 2013 8:48 am

I think it is medium green metallic. I call it puke green. But I plan to use that same color. Its a Florida car, it came up here in 95ish and I bought it after the second owner could not sell it and had to drive it through a winter. I'll post some more pics since I have been putting in about 2 hours a night on it.
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Post by ratnfested on Wed Oct 09, 2013 8:55 am

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Post by thatfnthing on Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:49 am

Sure seems to be in nice shape to start with. Should save some work.
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Post by driveit on Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:19 am

Awesome progress. Keep the pics comin.
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Post by pila on Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:25 am

That's really a nice one ! Preservation is the name of the game !!
It appears that you really like doing this "stuff" !Very Happy 

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Post by Hawk03 on Wed Oct 09, 2013 11:13 am

Nice work! I'm in the same process with my '77.
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Post by ratnfested on Wed Oct 09, 2013 2:07 pm

Thanks. It gets me out of the house so yes I enjoy being in the shop with the radio cranked up and just working away. I will keep posting pics and at some point I will need advise on some details cause I wanna go Resto Mod and some questions will arise. I'll be asking your ideas if you do not mind.
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Post by ratnfested on Tue Oct 22, 2013 9:44 am

Update time. Frame is out. but my pics are slightly short of showing that. Gotta get them off my phone still.



Anyone need a 305 2bbl? I gotta get rid of this and the TH350.
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Post by ratnfested on Tue Oct 22, 2013 9:46 am



Just testing the LSx fit. It should be fine with the Truck oil pan. I just need a normal intake.
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Post by Wallyuph on Tue Oct 22, 2013 9:50 am

The fun begins now
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Post by ratnfested on Tue Oct 22, 2013 10:09 am

Yeah. I don't know about fun but I am anxious as can be. I did the wife's Nova and it was the same deal. Just a smaller frame. I am taking the frame and all piece in to blasting and possibly powder coating this weekend.
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Post by Brainstain on Tue Oct 22, 2013 12:06 pm

Earlier you said LS1 but I see an iron block. What engine is it?

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Post by 77mali on Tue Oct 22, 2013 5:04 pm

Does the wife know you used the lobstah pot for antifreeze collection? Be careful, LOL.
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Post by ratnfested on Wed Oct 23, 2013 7:39 am

Its a truck motor. Not sure what they are technically called. LSx? Its gonna get a better intake, headwork and a nice cam. It will be an LS-phil. Uh the lobster pot was for pasta when I was a kid. I swiped it from Mom 30 ish years ago.
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Post by Brainstain on Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:06 am

4.8? 5.3? 6.0? Do you know the year? What heads are on it?

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Post by Wallyuph on Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:33 am

May be this will help you in your question. Mine in photos below it out of a 2003 chevy Tahoe. Its a 5.3 what they call a drop out or take/lift out. It is a iron block with Aluminum heads. I have no clue what "LS it is" If you are looking to do one you will want every thing with it uncut harness and all. Mine is a drive by wire so you would need the gas pedal also.



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Post by Brainstain on Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:55 am

Maybe I can help you both..  In your case, Wally you just say it's a 5.3.  "LS1" isn't a generalized term.  It's the aluminum block 5.7.  Any time someone says LS and a number, they should mean a specific aluminum blocked engine.  The truck engines have so many variations through the years that unless you really know what you have you just say displacement.  I have an LQ4 6.0 in my Chevelle and my buddy has a factory flat top piston LQ9 6.0 going in his 78 Chevy truck.  The only difference is pistons and compression.  

If either of you have opened your engines up, generally a 5.3 will have dished pistons and a 4.8 will have flat tops. There are occasions where that's not true buuuut.. You can also pull the oil pan to check the part number on the crank. 4.8s have a shorter stroke crank than the rest of the truck engines. They put both a 4.8 and a 5.3 in half ton trucks so you have to do some investigating to find out what the donor has. The easiest way is to check the VIN but I can't remember which way it goes so I'll have to look that up again.

All LS engines share a majority of parts. Almost all have aluminum heads except the very first 6.0s and they're junk.

Hope this helps everyone.



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