While they were at it, the guys at Johns also installed a set of Baer Racing 13-inch front brakes. The Baer kit contains everything needed for the swap, including new hubs already fitted with new Timken wheel bearings packed with Redline synthetic grease. The drilled and slotted 13-inch rotors slip over the wheel studs, and aluminum Baer dual-piston calipers squeeze SBS performance pads. This should give the Nova a leg up in the braking test. While they were at it, the guys at Johns also installed a set of Baer Racing 13-inch front Out back, the original 8.5-inch 10-bolt rear was removed so that an Eaton limited-slip differential from The Gear Shop in Long Beach, California, could be installed. A set of 3.73:1 gears, also from The Gear Shop, would be mounted to the new diff as well. While the rear was out, Hotchkis leaf springs were added and would be complemented by a Hotchkis rear sway bar and another pair of Edelbrock shocks. Out back, the original 8.5-inch 10-bolt rear was removed so that an Eaton limited-slip dif Baer brakes also were used in the rear. While the rearend was apart, the caliper brackets were positioned on the ends of the axletubes. The stock axles were then reinstalled and the new 12-inch rotors slipped over the axle flanges. Aluminum PBR single-piston calipers with integral parking-brake mechanisms were installed when it was all back together. The Baer kit also included new cables to mate the calipers with the Nova's parking-brake linkage. Baer brakes also were used in the rear. While the rearend was apart, the caliper brackets Using high-performance brakes provided the perfect excuse to upgrade the rolling stock, since the 15-inch Rallys won't clear the larger rotors and calipers. A set of 17-inch ROH Sniper rims was procured via eBay along with a set of Sumitomo tires. Using high-performance brakes provided the perfect excuse to upgrade the rolling stock, si The previous owner had equipped the Nova with a decent 327 engine running rebuilt stock iron heads, a mild cam, and an aftermarket carb and intake. It ran, but seemed to have a persistent overheating problem. Rather than messing with an unknown on a tight schedule, the team decided to take the opportunity to obtain a fresh engine, and while they were at it, to go for more cubes. So a 383-inch stroker short-block was purchased on eBay Motors from Dyno-Flo Performance in Las Vegas. The engine was spec'd with Probe forged pistons, Eagle forged 5.7-inch rods and a 3.75-inch-stroke crank. The previous owner had equipped the Nova with a decent 327 engine running rebuilt stock ir Edelbrock heads were installed using ARP head bolts and Fel-Pro gaskets. A set of Comp Cams stainless roller-rocker arms was also used. Finally, the engine was topped with an Edelbrock Performer RPM Air Gap intake manifold and Edelbrock Performer 750-cfm carb. These parts were purchased on eBay Motors from Unlimited Speed Performance Parts. Edelbrock heads were installed using ARP head bolts and Fel-Pro gaskets. A set of Comp Cam The crew at Johns slipped the new small-block into the Nova, bolting it up to the existing Turbo 350 trans and 11-inch converter. The headers from the 327 were junk, so a new set of Hooker Comp 151/48-inch tubes was later obtained and installed by Pacific Muffler & Alignment. They were merged with the existing dual exhaust with turbo mufflers. The crew at Johns slipped the new small-block into the Nova, bolting it up to the existing After prior experiences with the Nova overheating, the team opted for some added insurance in the form of a Be Cool aluminum radiator and twin Spal electric fans. Once the engine was running and broken in, the car would run almost too cool at around 170 degrees F most of the time. Problem solved. After prior experiences with the Nova overheating, the team opted for some added insurance Although one of the team's stratagems was to avoid body and paint work at all costs, they did make one concession by swapping the stock flat hood for one of Goodmark's steel cowl-induction pieces. Our experience with these has shown good fitment, and the added intake clearance was welcome with our taller manifold. And it looks cool. Johns Customz matched the paint beautifully. Once the car was back together and running, all that remained was to get some seat time and dial in the engine. Although one of the team's stratagems was to avoid body and paint work at all costs, they SOURCES Johns Customz & Performance Torrance CA www.johnscustomz.com The Gear Shop Long Beach CA Pacific Muffler & Alignment Gardena CA « | 1 | 2 | View Full Article Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!