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64 Two-Door Wagon L79/4 speed build

kmakar

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Finally it was time to address the lack of engine response. I was worried the cam was flat or the carb rebuild I paid big bucks for was done poorly. After readjusting the valves 3 times, pulling the carb off & trying the one from my Nova, nothing was different. I did a leak down test & a compression test everything was good. Right around 210lbs of pressure for each cylinder.

Last thing I try was the points distributor I bought off Ebay & rebuilt. First I ditch the points after getting 2 sets of defective Standard points from OReilly. Throw on the points eliminator kit from AAW, but alas, no change. Finally I yank out the small body HEI that Dave Ray built me for my Nova...install it in the wagon & the car ROARS to life. And I mean ROARS. Thank fucking god. Now I need to find another distributor, so I go on to Rock Auto & order a rebuilt points distributor from Cardone. I expected to get the '66 up aluminum body version, but lo & behold they sent me the correct year cast iron version. Yahtzee. I shim the shaft, throw the AAW points conversion on that one & life is good.

Here's a quick video of the engine from a cold start. DO NOT PAY ANY ATTENTION to the mess that is my Dad's shop. He has a bit of a hoarding problem. I digress....

Having trouble uploading it....Is there a file size limit?

Yep, 10 megs.... bigger than that and you'll have to upload to youtube and share the link.
 

77cruiser

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Beautiful Pete always loved the looks of those wagons. If I ever had anything that beautiful I might be scared to drive it.
 

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Beautiful Pete always loved the looks of those wagons. If I ever had anything that beautiful I might be scared to drive it.

I'm totally miserable when it leaves the garage. When I finish my Nova, it will never be this nice, I want to drive it & enjoy it.
 

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Here's the video of the engine from a cold start. Again, don't mind my Dad's disorganized shop. This is what happens when you have over 100 car projects at once. You quickly run out of space & slowly start to lose your mind. Again, I digress....

Engine isn't a monster, but it runs really strong for the stock technology of 60 years ago. Enjoy...


 

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Here's the video of the engine from a cold start. Again, don't mind my Dad's disorganized shop. This is what happens when you have over 100 car projects at once. You quickly run out of space & slowly start to lose your mind. Again, I digress....

Engine isn't a monster, but it runs really strong for the stock technology of 60 years ago. Enjoy...


The engine detailing is wonderful :)
What year is the Nova ?
 

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That L79 is just a great example of just right. Chevy put together a great street engine in the L79 and you put it back a step better Pete. Koodos.
 
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