1963 Chevy II Nova

Thank you for visiting 63ChevyII.com. This site documents my progress as I restify (RESTore + modIFY) my 1963 Chevy II Nova. My plan is to keep a mostly stock appearance while upgrading the vehicle's running gear. My plans call for bodywork and paint, replacing most of the interior, an overdrive transmission (700R4), converting to disc brakes, a 5 lug rear end, lowering blocks, HEI (petronix) and a rebuilt engine (GM 292). This is my first project, so I'm sure many (more) mistakes will be made along the way.

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The Build:
  2011 (more...)
 
  • 292/700R4 install continues...
  2010 (more...)
 
  • 292 install is under way...
  • Prepping for 700R-4 Install
  2009 (more...)
 
  • CPP Mini-subframe, disc brakes, 5 lug rear end installed
  • Made decision on rims and still making decision on hub/center caps
  • Assessing the effectiveness of SEM carpet/vinyl dye
  2008 (more...)
 
  • Majority of Bodywork and Paint done
  • Prep work started for disc brake conversion and engine swap
  • Most of the interior was installed, along with temporary sound system
  • Tested insulation for sound and heat deadening
  My 1963 Chevy II -
 
  • A few pics I took between 2004 and the end of 2007, before the major work began
 
Summary of Completed Upgrades:
  Bodywork, Paint and Re-assembly
 
  • Bodywork (completed Dec '08)
  • Paint (completed Feb '08)
  Cooling System
 
  • Brass 2-Row Radiator with integrated transmission cooler
    • US Radiators part 010440ANH (installed May '10)
  • Water oulet housing spacer -allows use of Offy Valve Cover (installed Apr '10)
  • Universal Flex Fan
  • Waterpump Pulley
    • BBC pulley - smaller diameter, better damper pulley alignment (acquired May '10)
  Engine
 
  • 292 bored .30 over (acquired Dec 06)
  • Holley 390 CFM 4 barrel carb (acquired Dec 05)
    • Offenhauser Carb Linkage 5416
  • Engine Wiring Harness (acquired May 09)
  • Langdon's Stovebolt Castiron Headers for dual exhaust (acquired Oct 07)
  • Offenhauser 4 BBL Intake (acquired Dec 05)
  • 2 grove, 292 Harmonic Damper with custom offset
Fuel System
 
  • Holley Red Fuel Pump (acquired Oct '09)
  • 3/8" Stainless Steel Fuel Line (acquired Oct '09)
  • 3/8" Fuel pickup (acquired Apr '10)
  • New Gastank (acquired Oct '09)
  • Fuel Relay switch (acquired Oct '09)
Ignition
 
  • Petronix HEI Conversion
    • 7mm Plug Wires
    • Flamethrower II Coil
  Interior Upgrades
 
  • new upholstery (installed May '09)
  • misc interior items
    • headliner (installed Nov '09)
    • windlace (installed June '09)
    • seatbelts (installed May '08)
    • sun visor brackets (installed May '08)
    • sun visors (installed May '08)
  • Sound System (completed Aug 08)
    • CD Player in Glovebox (installed Aug '08)
    • Custom Kick Panels with speaker holes (installed July '08)
      • Speakers for kick panels (installed July '08)
    • Package tray with speaker holes (installed Aug 08)
      • Dual cone speaker for package tray (installed Aug '08)
  • Sound Deadening/Rust Prevention for all panels (completed May '08)
  Suspension Upgrades and Disc Brake Conversion (completed Oct '09)
 
  • CPP Mini Subframe Deluxe Kit (tubular upper and lower control arms)
  • CPP Power Disk Brakes
  • 5 lug rear end
  • 5 lug wheels
  • 1" lowering blocks
  • CPP Idler arm bearing conversion
Transmission
 
  • 700R4 with a mechanical speedo (acquired April '10)
  • CPP 700R4 Crossmember (acquired April '10)
  • 700R4 Shift Linkage (acquired July '10)
  • 700R4 TV Cable (acquired July '10)
  • Shortened Driveshaft
  • Lokar dipstick (acquired April '10)
  Wiring & Electrical Upgrades
 
  • New Engine Wiring Harness (acquired May '09)
  • 100 Amp, 1-wire Alternator
  • Added fuse blocks (fuel pump, gauges, torque converter clutch lockup switch, electric choke)
  • Added Relays (fuel pump, secondary fuse block)
  • Upgraded/replaced wiring - battery cables, ground wires, etc
 
Future Plans (as of Oct 2011):
  Interior Items
 
  • Arm rests
  • Arm rest bases
  • Door Panels
  Trim/Chrome
 
  • drip rail molding
  • re-chrome bumpers
 


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