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Old 11-09-2016, 02:28 PM
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I want to say to so many members on this forum how grateful I am for the help, advice, inspiration, and encouragement you've provided over the many years I've been plugging away at this. In some ways this car is just one of many, but in others it is absolutely one of one (especially to me).

I dare not name names for fear of leaving someone out, but I will make one exception for the late JaysinSpaceman. He was always encouraging. I really miss bouncing ideas off him and learning from the great work he did. I imagine he would be celebrating with me today if he were still alive. Every time I look at my fan shroud I can't help but think of him.
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Old 11-09-2016, 02:53 PM
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... JaysinSpaceman. He was always encouraging. I really miss bouncing ideas off him and learning from the great work he did.
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Old 11-10-2016, 10:52 PM
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I want a do over on the first startup video!


https://youtu.be/uUkMiMpk2e0


That is my son Logan, six years old now, and his little sister Sydney, three. Logan has been asking about "daddy's red car" since he started talking. Coincidentally I started this project about the same time he was born.

I love both of my kids beyond words. Seeing him so excited to start this car put an ear-to-ear smile across my face that I can't shake.
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Old 11-10-2016, 11:57 PM
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THAT is Awesome!

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Old 11-11-2016, 10:18 AM
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Haha, that is great. Thats the face of 100% joy. Love it.

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Old 11-11-2016, 03:05 PM
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Priceless.

That's what it's all about I think.

P.S. it sounds nasty!
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Old 11-11-2016, 03:46 PM
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I knew he would be excited to hear it run, but this excited? Wow.

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P.S. it sounds nasty!
Thanks! I love it, but I suspect it will change a bit when it's tuned. I'm going to have to do something to quiet it up for the neighbors - as much as I love the sound, I need to be considerate of the napping kids and elderly on my street who don't appreciate that sound the way I do. I am thinking about electric cutouts and a second set of quite mufflers if I can fit them somehow. If it's possible, I'd like to keep this sound for everywhere except putting through neighborhoods.
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Old 11-16-2016, 06:35 AM
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I dare not name names for fear of leaving someone out, but I will make one exception for the late JaysinSpaceman. He was always encouraging. I really miss bouncing ideas off him and learning from the great work he did. I imagine he would be celebrating with me today if he were still alive. Every time I look at my fan shroud I can't help but think of him.
Wow I didn't know he passed away, he was always cool and full of great ideas. How long has it been? I miss hanging out on here all the time.
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Old 11-16-2016, 12:24 PM
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We lost him in March - very sudden/unexpected. Take a look at these two links:
http://www.offroadfabnet.com/forums/...&postcount=457
http://www.calaverasenterprise.com/n...c7b804577.html

Hope you stop by more often. We could use the company.
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Old 11-17-2016, 01:22 PM
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Now that the engine is running, I've compiled a new checklist for what's needed to get the car back on the road. This is harder than I thought because some of the car has been disassembled for six years and it's hard to remember everything that's come off, let alone locate all the parts that have since moved homes!

I decided to start by reinstalling the rear seat. As I was putting in the lower part of the seat, I double checked the battery cable routing and found it was routed directly under the springs. My brother dubbed this the "hot seat", but I like "electric chair" better!



To avoid catastrophic meltdown/fire, I relocated the wire clamp and found a better location closer to the firewall. This seat (and the entire interior of the car really) has seen better days, but at least it's in now.





Next on the project is the air conditioning evaporator suitcase. A long time ago, I cut a small rectangle out of the box to provide clearance with the back corner of the cylinder head. You can see the cylinder head peekaboo in the photo below, which is looking from inside of the car through the firewall opening. This area needs to be patched with fiberglass to seal up the HVAC system and create a clearance pocket for the engine.



There were also a couple other holes in need of patching from previous damage. Below I used sandpaper to rough up the interior around all the patch areas and cleaned them with IPA.



Next, I used some modelling clay to create a backing/mold to fiberglass over. I coated the clay with PVA mold release and let it set up for about 30 minutes before attaching the clay to the exterior of the evaporator suitcase.





Finally I mixed about 1oz of resin with 14drops of hardener in a Dixie cup, brushed it onto the interior of the box, and applied two layers of 1.5oz chopped fiberglass. After each layer, I brushed on additional resin and used the brush to press the fiberglass into/around corners and remove air. Given this is the first time I've ever attempted fiberglass work, I'm satisfied with the results. But I did learn a few things for future. First, the 1.5oz mat is a little too thick for this kind of detail work; it was hard to work around the small shape I was creating. Second, I did not need quite so much resin - some of it pooled up in the corners, but fortunately none of this will be seen. Third, some times you just have to try things and I'm really glad I did. I may be able to use this technique down the road to create an airbox or other fiberglass parts.





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Old 11-17-2016, 01:28 PM
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That's pretty awesome making the mold from modeling clay. I have never thought about that.
I think fiberglass is one of those techniques that could really open up all kinds of possibility for the home shop guy as it is pretty affordable to build some complex parts.

I want to build some fiberglass door speaker pods for the daily driver. Not really needed but I have always wanted to do it. Might have to try that on the Suburban.
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Old 11-17-2016, 06:10 PM
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I blame Redliner for making it look easy enough for a stooge like me. Not sure if I'll ever make anything cosmetic out of it, but maybe someday.
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Old 11-18-2016, 08:21 AM
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Just looking at those pictures makes me itch!

Nice work.
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Old 11-21-2016, 02:07 PM
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I managed to reassemble the AC suitcase and mount it to the firewall. Pardon the messy wiring; I cleaned that up after the photos.





In all the years I drove this car, I never paid much attention to the factory AC/HVAC (heating ventilation and air conditioning), because I did not have the AC compressor or the rest of the system installed. Now I am on a mission to make the system operational and I'm doing my homework on how this particular system operates. I'm beginning to learn it offers all the functionality of a modern HVAC: vent, AC, heat, blend, recirculate, and AC-dehumidified defroster. The only things it doesn't do are automatic or dual climate control. The control system is based on a combination of relay logic, vacuum valves, and simple mechanical devices. It may seem antiquated compared to today's micro-controlled EVERYTHING, but in actuality it is a robust system that I expect it will work great after refurbishment.

With the AC mounted, I could finally start putting some sheetmetal back on. I mounted the fenders, inner fenders, and grill assemblies.



I also ran the front wiring harness for the headlights and markers. It was great to see them light up again after so many years, although I am also looking forward to upgrading them at some point.



Next I was itching (from the fiberglass perhaps?) to get the car back on the ground and rotate the tires. So after six long years, the Nova finally took it's maiden voyage with its new LSx swap engine. It was like being reunited with an old friend. We just picked up where we left off six years ago and went for a spin like nothing had ever happened. Long time comin'. This was also my son's first ride in the Nova and he was stoked! The moment it started to move, he just lit up!

Here is a video:

https://youtu.be/FavnEcpv


As excited as I am to have the car running again, I am most excited about my wife's, son's and daughter's reactions to it. I have had this car for many years. I used to pick up my girlfriend in this car in high school and that same girl is now my wife and mother to my kids. It's great to have them all just as excited as I am!
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Old 11-21-2016, 07:25 PM
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Old 11-22-2016, 01:41 PM
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Here's a striking comparison of then vs now:





Both look good to me, but I may be biased. A good cleaning is on the to-do list after I get a few miles under the belt.
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Old 11-25-2016, 10:00 AM
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So cool. Congrats. Needs a clay, polish, and wax!
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Old 11-25-2016, 11:27 PM
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Thank you! It does need a good detailing after I wrap up some loose ends. The whole car needs rust repair and paint.
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Old 11-26-2016, 11:40 AM
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So good to see your project operational. What I think the big accomplishment is staying with it for that many years. That say tons about you, and your attention to detail is top notch. So its mostly done with what sounds like cosmetic tasks ahead of you. So in all honesty will it every be 100% done or do you like many of us have a never ending list of "It would be cool to add a..... or change this....."
Carry on and again great job.
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Old 11-28-2016, 02:57 PM
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Thank you for the kind words. I know many projects like this become dust piles or get sold after so many years. Family and life events become competing priorities. I'm glad I was able to get it running finally and look forward to making more memories in this car, especially with the kids. The car is definitely not done and probably never will be!

I have a short list of things to do before I head to the tuner:
- Wire the tach, including pull-up resistor
- Install/wire gauges and MIL
- Wire brake signal (may be needed for caselearn)
- Install front shocks
- Install swaybar end links
- Rough alignment
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