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This is a discussion on My 1969 Chevy Nova within the Classic Muscle forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; Originally Posted by KahanaReef Yes... Yes you will! +1, we've got your back bro. Many would like to have the ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by KahanaReef View Post
    Yes... Yes you will!
    +1, we've got your back bro.

    Many would like to have the chance to do what you're doing and may would kill to be able to start with something as straight and rust free as your Nova.
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    ...you'll know it's me when I come through your town
    I'm gonna ride around in style, I'm gonna drive everybody wild
    'cause I'll have the only one there is around

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    I found some rust today. It's under where my feet would be at the pedals the floor is rusted through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conrad283 View Post
    I found some rust today. It's under where my feet would be at the pedals the floor is rusted through.
    How bad is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conrad283 View Post
    I found some rust today. It's under where my feet would be at the pedals the floor is rusted through.

    Nice thing about owning a Nova -- you can get all the sheetmetal you need. I didn't make a good choice for my first restoration project as I can not find any sheetmetal for it. Everything is going to have to be handformed. Keep posting pics as you go so we can enjoy the progress.

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    the real one sold on ebay for 24k. it was a rusted piece of shit too.
    I really like the duck they used for the hood ornament.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    Nice thing about owning a Nova -- you can get all the sheetmetal you need. I didn't make a good choice for my first restoration project as I can not find any sheetmetal for it. Everything is going to have to be handformed. Keep posting pics as you go so we can enjoy the progress.
    I'll finish taking out the dash today and then take the carpet out too and really check it out. But I think I'll only need a small piece to repair the floor.

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    Found the original owners manual in the glove compartment ... Pretty cool

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conrad283 View Post
    Found the original owners manual in the glove compartment ... Pretty cool
    That's awesome. I kept mine from my last Chevelle. I almost gave it to the guy who bought it, but, decided against it. I kept that, the front plate and the grille bowtie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conrad283 View Post
    Found the original owners manual in the glove compartment ... Pretty cool
    Does it have the POP attached to it?

    And, if you don't know (most don't), the "POP" or Protect-O-Plate is a metal plate with letters and number embossed that indicate all relevant info on the car for the dealer for work purposes. It will have a reversed Dymo label attached to it with the owners name embossed. This was used with a credit card type device to imprint on the work order for warranty and maintenance work. All of this was attached to the last page of the original Owners Manual. This is what was used in the days before barcodes and computers.

    In the case of high performance cars (SS's and the like) it's indisputable proof of the cars provenance as it contains the VIN as well as most of the option codes the cars was born with. This is one way you can document a high performance car without the engine or tranny being present.

    I kept this info (original "pink slip" as well as the owners manual with POP) from the 1st one of the many 67 Camaro's I've owned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 67CamaroRSSS View Post
    Does it have the POP attached to it?

    And, if you don't know (most don't), the "POP" or Protect-O-Plate is a metal plate with letters and number embossed that indicate all relevant info on the car for the dealer for work purposes. It will have a reversed Dymo label attached to it with the owners name embossed. This was used with a credit card type device to imprint on the work order for warranty and maintenance work. All of this was attached to the last page of the original Owners Manual. This is what was used in the days before barcodes and computers.

    In the case of high performance cars (SS's and the like) it's indisputable proof of the cars provenance as it contains the VIN as well as most of the option codes the cars was born with. This is one way you can document a high performance car without the engine or tranny being present.

    I kept this info (original "pink slip" as well as the owners manual with POP) from the 1st one of the many 67 Camaro's I've owned.
    The car was sold to Marion Oppenheim on 1/13/1969

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    Got the dash off


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    Good to hear that you can save the carpet and found the manual and stuff. How about a build sheet? I have never yet found one in any of our cars... still hoping though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KahanaReef View Post
    How bad is it?
    Not a big hole, no bigger than the diameter of a basketball

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conrad283 View Post
    Got the dash off

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    Looks like you've got your work cut out for you. No pun intended..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conrad283 View Post
    Thanks ... I hope so ... Everyone was raggin on me at work ... I'll show them
    You will. I've seen people start with some real crappy heaps that are 10 times worse. At least when you are done you'll have something unique to drive to work while they all drive cookie cutters.

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    Progress, this is it:






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    Make sure to take lots of pictures as you go to document everything. I keep a notebook by the car during teardown and write down notes on how things are oriented, order of assembly, etc. I have also found that using baggies to hold all the hardware works great. Slip a piece of paper in each baggie with enough information to tell you where stuff goes. If you don't have one, an Assembly Manual is a great thing to have as well. Good to see steady progress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    Make sure to take lots of pictures as you go to document everything. I keep a notebook by the car during teardown and write down notes on how things are oriented, order of assembly, etc. I have also found that using baggies to hold all the hardware works great. Slip a piece of paper in each baggie with enough information to tell you where stuff goes. If you don't have one, an Assembly Manual is a great thing to have as well. Good to see steady progress.
    I ordered the assembly manual. I have already started to baggie things ... But some of them maybe a little contaminated. Mostly all of the bolts are rusty, so unless I can get them super cleaned, I might buy a front end or whatever bolt kit. We'll see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conrad283 View Post
    I ordered the assembly manual. I have already started to baggie things ... But some of them maybe a little contaminated. Mostly all of the bolts are rusty, so unless I can get them super cleaned, I might buy a front end or whatever bolt kit. We'll see.
    Take all your bolts and nuts to a Alt rebuild shop. Ask them to run them through their bead blaster. It will clean them up nice and give you a better idea of what can/can't be reused. Helps if you know someone there too of course. Other wise, it's off to the wire wheel and hope not to shoot your nuts/bolts across the shop.. Just my .02

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    I usually blast and wire wheel the bolts. I used to paint them, but they would always chip on installation. I picked up a black oxide kit last year and have used it quite a bit. The whole kit was around $60-70 and gives a factory look to the bolts. Granted, it does not provide the best rust protection, but so far has held up well on all the suspension and frame bolts on our Cutlass.

    I know Eastwood now offers a black oxide kit. I purchased mine through Caswell, Inc. Here are some pics of the rear sway bar end link bolts for our Trans Am in the blackening solution (no current required like some metal coatings):


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