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  • Bamfster
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    Nice .... right outta high school ('85ish) I scored a '76 w/250 & th350 combo for $250. Loved that car, but the girlfriend hated it. She still my bride but the car is gone. That Nova was the only car I ever made money on ....

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  • JOES66FURY
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    good stuff!

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  • 74NovaMan
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    A quick trip to the local Maaco (local quick turn cheap paint place) we were pretty pleased with the results. I do remember the water pump letting go on the way home and wondering if anti-freeze was good for fresh paint. This is how it looked with maybe $1,200 all in:
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  • 74NovaMan
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    The hood on the 73 was better than the 74 so that was swapped for the cause. We ordered a set of “Custom fit fender flares” for the rear from JC Whitney to address the quarter panel rust. Apparently custom fit means add 4 gallons of bondo for proper fitment. They were returned and we picked up a quarter panel replacement for the driver’s side. After some metal work (thanks Dad) and a reasonable amount of bondo we had this:
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  • 74NovaMan
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    Thanks Guys!

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  • Monk
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    Novas make great projects..........yep, more pics.

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  • SuperBuickGuy
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    cool.... next pictures pls.

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  • 74NovaMan
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    It stared fairly innocently with some minor body work and paint. The neighbor (major car guy) at the end of the block had just taken in a 72 Nova that had been smacked hard in the rear. He sold me the front fenders and doors and slot rims for $150. The door panels did not match style wise but were the right color and in good shape and I also got wing windows so it was all good.
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  • 74NovaMan
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    For my sixteenth birthday in the summer of 86’ I was given $700 with the intent that I use it to buy my first car. I found this gem just down the road from our place for $350. 350, TH350, no hatchback but otherwise identical to the 73 for options, or lack thereof. The car came with steel rims and rusty dog dish hubcaps. This pic is with the rims I scored from a neighbor with some new rear tires and homemade shackles installed.
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  • 74NovaMan
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    Fast forward to 1986. This is the car I learned to drive in and was for all intents and purposes my first car. These pics are from a few years later before the car was retired from terminal rust issues. When I got it the rust was about this bad but the seats were in perfect shape because of the plastic covers.
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  • 74NovaMan
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    74 NovaMan’s … Novas

    It all started in 1973 when mom and dad bought a brand new 1973 Nova. Rubber floor mats, clear plastic seat covers, power steering, 250 straight 6, 2 speed powerglide, hatchback, and 4 wheel drum brakes. That’s me standing next to the bumper.
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