Body Style 2-door sedan
Miles c. 218,000
Engine 350 (5.7 L) V8, .030 over
Heads both 1.80
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Carburetor 500 CFM stock 2-bbl
Exhaust Stock manifolds and mufflers
Camshaft Street and track
Lifters Stock hydraulic lifters
Estimated peak horsepower 251 HP @ 5000 RPM
Estimated peak torque 302 lb/ft @ 3500 RPM
Transmission TurboHydramatic 350
Rear Axle Stock, non-Positrac
Wheels Stock rally wheels
Tires Cheap Western Auto-brand garbage
Paint Type Currently only urethane primer
Paint Color Will again be original aqua blue poly
Sound System Stock, original monaural AM/FM
In September 1994, I destroyed the front right fender in a minor accident on a slick road. The accident wasn't all my fault: the guy in front of me was following too closely to the car in front of him, causing a three-car chain-reaction accident. I was able to slide down to approximately 5 MPH before colliding. The "5 MPH" bumper is not attached to a 5 MPH frame at the front, so the tip of the front right frame got bent up. When the bumper went back, it caught the front right fender and crinkled the whole thing back about 2 or 3 inches. I had to go to quite a few junkyards before I found a good fender.
March 18, 1996: The high school that is in the process of repainting the car will rebuild the TH 350 transmission this week. There's a big red stain all over the shop floor because the transmission lost all its fluids after we brought it in. Click here to see pictures from January of the car in the shop. That nerd in the orange welding suit in the background of the bottom picture is the body shop teacher.
April 11, 1996: The transmission is rebuilt and the "bomb" (as my mother lovingly refers to her former car) has been put back into the body shop.
May 17, 1996: My evaporator core is bad! Where do I find a new one? 1974 has a unique evaporator because of the stupid POA system (which incidentally requires a special VIR assembly that frequently fails). Correction: I saw a 1976 Cadillac Seville (with under 10,000 miles); its stock A/C amazingly had the exact same evaporator, evaporator housing, and VIR assembly!
May 28, 1996: I found an evaporator! It was only 15 miles away! Now back to frosty interior heaven (when the car comes out of the shop).
May 30, 1996: Got the A/C system back together. A new evaporator does wonders for the air temperature inside the car!
Here's my Nova's rear.
This is an abortive attempt I made in the summer of 1995 to repaint the car. I sanded the whole thing with a pneumatic DA at a friend's house. The rings on the air compressor were bad, so the DA would randomly squirt oil everywhere. The whole attempt would have been OK, except that the car would have ended up with an acrylic enamel paint job.
I had to give up the project after 2 coats of primer because the summer was ending and I was about to matriculate at Southern Methodist University. Before I left, we had to take the car into the shop to get the A/C fixed again (a hose developed a leak).
1Car Talk is a wonderful exception to National Public Radio's usual leftist lineup of shows. You can probably find it on your local public radio station.
Copyright © 1995, 1996 Aren Cambre.