With all the modern advancements in Nova performance, it's likely that OEM and aftermarket parts aren't interchangeable. But if you stop and think about it, its no surprise, because as the saying goes, "out with the old, in with the new." And that's exactly what Nova enthusiast have been doing for years.
This Nova is no different. A couple of months ago you might remember Total Cost Involved swapping out the stock OEM front clip for one of their own on this '65 in our annual Nova magazine. The problem was, the TCI setup was no longer compatible with the Nova's OEM steering setup, so then what do you do? Well you look around for something that adapts to the TCI clip, and odds are you're going to run into Flaming River.
Flaming River makes quality steering columns, U-joints, basically anything you need for a steering setup for all makes and models. Knowing this, we here at SC decided to see what its like to install a Flaming River steering wheel, steering column, U-joints, and steering shaft to our TCI-equipped Nova.
The Nova is a manual steering car with rack-and-pinion so we didn't have to worry about a lot of confusion. The install was straightforward and easy to follow. By just mounting the Flaming River steering column, then cutting the steering shaft and attaching the U-joint the install was over. However, we did run into a slight problem when it came to the OEM steering column floor mount. (Kind of goes back to the "out with the old, in with the new" thing) Therefore using our keen since of geometry and artistic skills (Haaa . . . that's a knee slapper) we crafted our own floor mount, and to be honest with 'ya, it was nothing more than tracing and cutting. The entire install can easily be finished within 4 to 6 hours, and besides the slight fabrication needed, any do-it-yourselfer could handle the job.