Turn a First-Gen Nova into a Gasser - Up, Up, And Away

How to easily turn your first-gen Nova into a gasser with B'z Rods' bolt on straight-axle front clip.

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1310 First Gen Chevrolet Nova Install 2/26

11 The subframe can now be installed using supplied Grade 9 12-point hardware, 3/8-inch for the top supports …

1310 First Gen Chevrolet Nova Tighten Bolts 3/26

12 … and 7/16 at the bottom. Once the subframe is installed, check to make sure it's square, then tighten all the bolts.

1310 First Gen Chevrolet Nova Axle 4/26

13 Now the axle assembly can be slipped under the subframe. While not necessary, having help makes this a bit easier.

1310 First Gen Chevrolet Nova Leaf Spring Axle 5/26

14 The leaf spring/axle assembly mounts to the subframe with 1/2-inch bolts in the rear and 3/8-inch on the front. Once installed, go and tighten the axle to leaf spring bolts.

1310 First Gen Chevrolet Nova Vega Steering 6/26

15 A brand new, not rebuilt, Vega steering box is supplied with the kit, and converts the car to a front steer configuration to eliminate bump steer. The pitman arm is preinstalled and set.

1310 First Gen Chevrolet Nova Tie Rods 7/26

16 Tie rods and draglinks are installed with 5/8 Nylock nuts. Each end has a heim joint for smooth motion and strength.

1310 First Gen Chevrolet Nova Cool Through Frame Brake Line 8/26

17 B'z even supplies these cool through-frame brake line fittings …

1310 First Gen Chevrolet Nova Dot Stainless 9/26

18 … That the DOT stainless lines connect to. It's up to you to bend up new hard lines from the master.

1310 First Gen Chevrolet Nova Chrome Shocks 10/26

19 The chrome shocks are installed with 1/2-inch hardware. These are a street shock that will provide a nice ride and control the bounce.

First Gen Chevrolet Nova Motor 11/26

20 The beautiful motor mounts connect to these tabs on the crossmember. Big and small-block versions are available.

First Gen Chevrolet Nova 12/26

21 The subframe is set to accept the stock core support. The core support needs a small notch cut into it so it can sit flat on the new framerails. New 5/16 hardware is provided to mount the core support.

First Gen Chevrolet Nova Core Support 13/26

22 The subframe is set to accept the stock core support. The core support needs a small notch cut into it so it can sit flat on the new framerails. New 5/16 hardware is provided to mount the core support.

First Gen Chevrolet Nova Reassemble 14/26

23 Now you can either reassemble the rest of the sheetmetal to the car using the original hardware, or leave it off till you complete the brake lines.

First Gen Chevrolet Nova Stock Bumper 15/26

24 The clip is even made to accept the stock bumper brackets, making this task super easy.

First Gen Chevrolet Nova Front 16/26

25 With just one day worth of wrenching, this Nova has a completely different look. Brian from B'z says

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B'z Rods
847-903-7466
http://www.bzrods.com

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