How to Wire a 1963 Chevrolet Nova - Project Hardtop Hellion

Power On! - The Hardtop Hellion's Electrical Gadgetry

Jake Amatisto Mar 12, 2014 0 Comment(s)
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1963 Chevrolet Nova Neutral Safety 2/22

The neutral safety switch is located inside the shifter cover and works off of a detent plate that prevents you from starting it when the transmission is in gear. To check the alignment of the switch, a voltmeter is used, which showed us that the circuit was open when it was supposed to.

1963 Chevrolet Nova Wire 3/22

Baglieri was able to wire our transbrake into the circular horn connector in our steering wheel. This allows the wheel to fully turn without any cables or wires getting tangled in the column.

1963 Chevrolet Nova Circular Horn 4/22
1963 Chevrolet Nova Mount Painless 5/22

Baglieri opted to mount the Painless fuse and relay panel to a plate we attached to the passenger side floor. This gives us easy access and will make add-ons down the road easier.

1963 Chevrolet Nova Mount 6/22

Relays were mounted in the trunk for the fuel pump and fan-equipped transmission oil cooler. A relay’s job is to protect the component from electrical abnormalities, surges, overloads, etc.

1963 Chevrolet Nova Taillight 7/22

The taillight lenses of early Novas are pretty small and dim, so for safety and cosmetic reasons, we contacted Year One for pair of LED Taillight Kits. With these, it’s much easier for other drivers to see when we’re stopping and what’s really cool is they come pre-terminated with factory connections that hook into the O.E.M light bulb pigtails.

1963 Chevrolet Nova Wiring 8/22
1963 Chevrolet Nova Solder 9/22

To truly get a solid connection, BCR practices using solder and heat shrink on all of the connectors. This ensures a long-lasting, weather-resistant connection.

Flaming River Battery Cut Off 10/22

If you have your batteries located in the trunk of your car and want to drag race at sanctioned tracks, the NHRA requires a battery cut-off switch, like the one we opted for from Flaming River. The Big Switch and Lever Kit is a complete setup that provides a lot of mounting options for the user and meets all the SFI requirements. Bear in mind, that it is imperative to route the alternator wire through this switch as well (not just the positive cable), otherwise the alternator will keep your engine running.

Flaming River Big Switch Kit 11/22
Classic Instruments Gauge 12/22

If you’re a Nova guy looking for a better way to monitor engine vitals, then be sure to read all about our detailed Classic Instruments’ gauge cluster install in the months to come.CHP


TCI Automotive
Ashland, MS 38603
Performance Distributors
Memphis, TN 38132
Flaming River
Berea, OH 44017
Speedway Motors
Lincoln, ME 68528
Classic Instruments
Boyne City, MI 49712
Year One
Tucker, GA 30085
Optima Batteries
Milwaukee, WI 53209
BCR Motorsports


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