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Project Nova--Fine Tuning The Combo

1968 Nova
Posted November 12 2012 11:35 PM by Johnny Hunkins 
Filed under: Project Cars

Project Nova strapped to the Mustang Dyno at Outlaw Motorsports

After all the big issues are handled, there's always a bunch of small things to fix.

The rotted sheet metal is repaired, the body is painted, the engine is built, the suspension, brakes, steering, rollbar, rolling stock, and trim is complete, the car is completely rewired, and the drivetrain is beefed up. So what's keeping us from hitting the road? Well, when you rebuild a car from the ground up, you quickly build up a really long list of small stuff that can keep you from hitting the road with a big smile on your face. Yes, the car drives, but no, it's not the enjoyable experience it should be.

For instance, there are a bunch of oil leaks, the horn doesn't work, the running lights don't work, some of the gauges are flaky, the radio still isn't installed, the heater/defroster doesn't work, the wipers don't wipe, the e-brake isn't hooked up, the air/fuel ratio is still too lean, and the carpet still needs to be installed. These aren't huge issues by them self, but taken together, they can put the brakes on your road trip. That's why we're digging in and taking care of the little stuff this month.

We are fortunate to have Outlaw Motorsports in Riverside, CA helping us with Project Nova, and they've helped us banish the last of the gremlins in our '68. Slowly but surely, the true personality of an alpha dog street beast is emerging from the Chevy sheetmetal, and in just a few days we hope to have it ready for the Goodguys show in Scottsdale, AZ this weekend. We'll keep you posted with our progress, but leave you with this little teaser: One of the things we did today was to swap on a smaller Holley 750 double-pumper on our Dart 400 small-block and strap the Nova to Outlaw's new in-ground Mustang chassis dyno. We got some great results!


Outlaw Motorsports


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