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Old 12-02-2010, 01:31 AM   #1
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Anyone here run a first gen Nova? If so, and you aren't running a full chassis, what have you done with the front suspension? Mine is currently stock, with moroso springs and 90/10 shocks. At some point, I'd like to change it up, step into something modern, and open up some room in the engine compartment. Thoughts?
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Old 12-02-2010, 01:47 AM   #2
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there are plenty of kits out there , if this is a race only car look at www.cachassisworks.com , they have a strut front end that is good also there is smith race craft ( i think ) they have one as well

i have a 63 , im running a heidts front clip ( basically a mustang II front end ) there not the best for drag racing but it works my car is street strip

here are some sites

www.heidts.com
www.totalcostinvolved.com
www.cachassisworks.com
www.smithracecraft.com
www.churchboysracing.com
www.classicperform.com

the last two websites have kits for stock front ends that are alot cheaper than buying a total front sub frame kit , churchboys and classicperform offer a " mini sub frame kit " which consists of upper and lower a arms that bolt to your original nova frame which improves the handling of the novas front end hope this helps
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The two by three fronts just dont have enough shock travel for the lower powered cars just chop the shock mount out and install a longer coil over spring and longer shock reset bump steer
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Old 12-03-2010, 10:19 PM   #4
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I don't think I want a store bought front end, they are very high priced and I don't think I want a Mustang II setup.
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Old 12-03-2010, 10:53 PM   #5
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After market front chassis for the 1st gen. novas are expensive but they are really the only convenient way to lose the shock towers and free up valuable realstate if that's what you are after.

On my old street/strip '63 the hot cost effective up grade at the time was the cpp mini subframe kit, which I did. I also did Global West Del a lum bushings, Moroso springs, and Calvert 90/10's.

The kit made a huge difference and everything made a difference on the strip. Like Jeff said, there's not alot of front end travel in these but after "freeing" everything up it transfered weight like a sob. Only problem was due to the poor geometry of the 1st gen's, the front end would stay up in travel for the entire 1/8 mile pass. Bumpsteer was terrrible until I had it lined up with the suspension extended about 3 inches.

Had it been available at the time, I would have gone with the Church Boys set up. It seems to be less prone to binding and Chuck Church seemed real good to deal with when I talked to him a couple of years ago.

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I can sell you one of these i think they are as nice as they come!
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They are very nice BUT some classes wont let you put a Strut where a Double A-Arm started. i really wish they made the 2nd Gen Nova /Camaro front end fit the 1st Gen Nova's too
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Old 12-04-2010, 03:22 PM   #8
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I can sell you one of these i think they are as nice as they come!
I totally agree, that's gorgeous. But, the cost is probably ridiculous. Im thinking I can build something similar, and not completely go broke.
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I'll agree with Doug H contact Chuck Church he'll do you right, tell him little Jimmy sent you

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The curch boyz stuff is very nice ,thinking about there stuff for the future.. but for now my 66 is completly stock but a coilover conversion from autofab , and an idler arm bearing conversion kit, and the car has been in the 9s and it handles great w/ small block. If you are planning on putting a big block in the car then i would go with an aftermarket tube front end..just makes so much easier to work on.
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Old 12-04-2010, 11:07 PM   #11
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I've talked to Chuck, his stuff is top notch. I'd really like the room in the engine compartment, plus saving some weight as a big block may wind up in there someday. It's a drag car only, will probably never see street time again. I think I'd like to do a strut setup like pictured above, but it doesn't need to be a bolt in.
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TRZ also has some very nice stuff for a Chevy II
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TRZ also has some very nice stuff for a Chevy II
Thanks, I will take a look.
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The Pro-Touring clip from TCI can be had for around $3500. It has about 3.5" of uptravel with the provided coilover and has adjustable camber gain for street/strip/autocross. Maybe you could change the supplied coilovers out for something a little longer for more up travel. It is nearly 70 lbs lighter than stock including the autocross style 1" anti-roill bar and power rack & pinion. Probably another 10 lbs right there




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