THE COST OF GEARHEAD LIVING DESCRIPTION SOURCE PRICE Previous buildup total May CC $2,211.19 Three cans satin black AutoZone 14.97 Two cans wheel paint AutoZone 9.98 Pack of two Sharpies Lowe's 1.64 Pack of razor blades Lowe's 1.98 Plastic dropcloth Lowe's 2.98 Masking tape Lowe's 3.07 Aluminum rivets Lowe's 4.77 Sheet of 18-gauge aluminum Lowe's 5.99 Black RTV Local parts store 3.89 One can brake cleaner Local parts store 2.73 Two bottles of Super Clean Local parts store 9.96 One can rust-eating snot Local parts store 4.98 Rebuilt TH350 Local quickie shop 210.00 B&M Transpak 30228 Summit Racing 53.95 Trans governor clip Junkyard 0.50 Change found in A/C box Like free! -1.82 DISCO NOVA TOTAL SO FAR $2,540.76 They say you can't remove the air-conditioning box from a GM firewall without unbolting the passenger fender. They lie. When you're willing to maim, the suckers come right out. Welcome the return of The Tool, Car Craft's infamous Sawzall. You don't really need it, but that and a pry bar of unusual size make the job so much more entertaining. It gives you that feeling of dominion over the automobile. They say you can't remove the air-conditioning box from a GM firewall without unbolting th Here's that tidy caption we warned you about: it covers two days of work. After the pressure-wash and A/C stripping, we unbolted the steering box and brake booster and some other junk that would never return. Next, we scraped and wire-brushed the engine compartment for about six hours before hiding some tiny holes with Everglass reinforced body filler left over from the May paint story. Then we hosed it down with some also-leftover self-etching primer. Only after lots of masking came the semi-flat black. We took the time to do it right, because we'll probably never do it again. Here's that tidy caption we warned you about: it covers two days of work. After the pressu In the name of cost savings, we told you in the May issue that we were going to replace our shiny Mickey Thompson ET Drag wheels with the steelies that came on the Nova, at least until the car deserves the investment. We prepped our rallys for some fresh slicks by fogging them with aluminum wheel paint. They came out really, really badly. We should have sandblasted them and used more of that good primer. McGean tells us he's better than this, but we'll get over it. In the name of cost savings, we told you in the May issue that we were going to replace ou More Disco Boogie On CarCraft.comThis is part three of the buildup of Car Craft's Disco Nova. If you missed the first two, then go check it out on CarCraft.com right now. No, not like take a bathroom break first, but really-right now. NHRA rules require that all the holes in the firewall be filled. We took the easy way out when blocking the gaps left from ditching the air conditioning. Rather than welding them up, we made a cardboard template in a shape that blocked all the holes from the backside of the firewall, and then duplicated it from a sheet of 18-gauge aluminum. We riveted the aluminum in place and used black RTV silicone as a seal around all the firewall voids. NHRA rules require that all the holes in the firewall be filled. We took the easy way out We slash junk out of our way for more than just entertainment and simplicity. Our Longacre scales showed that the parts we've razed from the Disco so far weighed 84 pounds. Most of that is off the nose-including the air conditioning and the front swaybar-none of it will be replaced, and we've only just begun to gut. If Alex the shop dog gets more ink, he's going to need an agent. We slash junk out of our way for more than just entertainment and simplicity. Our Longacre We took our trans to a shop that promised "bench rebuild, $179," but it walked out for $210 in cash. At least they gave it three swipes of cheesy chrome paint and returned it without the spring clip on the governor cap and with a bunch of water in the pan. Lucky we found all this out by installing a B&M Racing Transpak, which is a step up from a Shift Improver Kit because it has a Competition mode with manual upshift and downshift control. We were able to clean most of the mayo out of the pan, and hopefully this cheapy TH350 will work OK. There's only one way to find out. Coming soon. We took our trans to a shop that promised "bench rebuild, $179," but it walked out for $21 SOURCES Summit Racing Equipment P.O. Box 909 Akron OH 44309 Craftsman Tools www.sears.com B&M Racing 9142 Independence Ave. Chatsworth CA 91311 8-18/-882-6422 www.bmracing.com « | 1 | 2 | View Full Article By David Freiburger Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!