From a Nova to a Skylark..

Discussion in 'The "X" bodies' started by LSxBody, Mar 19, 2017.

  1. TheSilverBuick

    TheSilverBuick In the Middle of No Where

    Yup, mine was shortened when I went to the manual transmission and shortened again when I put the 8.5" in. I was quite shocked when it was a tad short with the 9". I thought for sure with everything bolting to the front of the axle it'd need to be shortened again. I ended up purchasing a new driveshaft with 1350 u-joints on both ends instead of using the conversion joints I had been using.
     
  2. LSxBody

    LSxBody Member

    Wheels and tires are on! Rear ride height is perfect, tucking a little rubber and no rubbing. Will set front once I get the ls motor in and rebuild front suspension. Probably use eibach springs as I have used them for other applications and have been very happy with them. Now to the pics! Wish I could pull it out for some real pics! [​IMG]


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    Front: 17x7 us mag u111 4" bs 225/45R17


    Rear: 17x8 us mag u111 4.5" bs 255/45R17
     
  3. LSxBody

    LSxBody Member

    Wasn't happy with the rear bumper tuck, I felt like it didn't get the body line where the filler panel should be. Originally I decompressed the bumper shocks for the tuck, now I've removed them, drilled new mounting holes allowing it to tuck closer to the car and up as well. Much happier! [​IMG]

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    The inner bumper support is now flush with the rear body panel.
     
  4. LSxBody

    LSxBody Member

    Here is a pic of the rear bumper with the shock fully decompressed


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  5. LSxBody

    LSxBody Member

    Well, I decided to go with the kyb gas-a-just shocks. I've never had a bad experience with them (the brand) , they're easy to find, and I paid $100 for fronts and rears after a mail in rebate through Summit. That's the same price as the oem spec kyb excel-g's. Reviews say these are stiffer than stock. Hopefully it will be a good compromise between stock and a nice performance shock. I did look at the bilsteins but I decided I could use the extra funds somewhere else and ordered a poly bushing set for my upper and lower control arms. Swapping my sumped fuel tank in from the nova soon then on to the front suspension. I have shocks and bushings, will order 2nd gen fbody eibach front springs and moog upper and lower ball joints. Then it will be waiting for time to work on the car as I spend too much time at work [emoji857] I'm taking vacation next month in which I plan to do the motor and trans swap. We shall see if I can stay on track. [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  6. SteeveeDee

    SteeveeDee Orange Acres

    Looking good! I remember being 40 years younger and having the energy to do all those mods to a car. I DO wish that I had kept the '69 Nova my wife had when we met, but it got sold to make room for another vehicle. I only had so much driveway.
     
  7. LSxBody

    LSxBody Member

    I can't even count how many times I've heard similar stories from older gentlemen, I'm in my mid twenties and swore I'd never sell my Nova, I guess I'm only justifying it now because I'm still sticking with a 4th gen xbody chassis

    I've got the energy but not enough time! I only get 3 weekends a month so that's means I have to be very efficient with my work and plan ahead for ordering parts
     
  8. LSxBody

    LSxBody Member

    New motor mounts came in. I bought OEM ones from summit and drilled the rivets to remove the stock rubber to replace with energy suspension motor mount inserts. I have the poly trans mount as well! Also upper and lower "Proforged" ball joints arrived. Very nice looking! Just need to order my Eibach springs and I'll start the front suspension rebuild. Motor mounts are being upgraded since I need to have the lower control arm out to get to the bolts! [​IMG]
     
  9. LSxBody

    LSxBody Member

    Got an extra hand today to get the Buick out of the garage and flip her around so now she's backed in and ready to pull the engine/trans tomorrow. I ordered the 2nd gen fbody eibach front springs and a lokar column to cable shift conversion today so hopefully they arrive soon! Cannot wait to get the front end down and get some weight back into the car [emoji23]



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