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    All the little thingsÖ

    Iíve been in the garage a lot lately. Iím now remembering all of the little bits and pieces that go into completing the little Nova. Iíd taken pretty much everything apart/off before taking the car for paint. As I reassemble I realize that some of the original parts are just not good enough to put back so Iíve ordered new/reproduction pieces. Little things like bumper brackets that would seem to be straight forward are challenging as the new pieces (well made I must say) are just a ticth off the original and some persuasion is in order to make them line up. Couple that with a 57 year old car that has most certainly been bumped a time or two and well Ė itís challenging to get things to line up and then reef the bolts nice and tight. And oh-by-the-wayÖ. Why did GM decide to use 7/16 x 20 bolts to attach the bumper brackets to the frame? Fortunately my local Ace stock a good lot of Grade 8 bolts. Iíve got so many nuts and bolts at home that my stock is nearly a hardware store Ė but for whatever reason, 7/16Ē is not one I have a lot of.

    Sound is important in a hot rod as well so I installed new speakers and a nice modern stereo. The unit mounted below the dash as the original radio opening is filled with gauges. Front speakers found a new home in 57 year old kick panels and look pretty good. Sub woofer in the trunk and we're all good to go. Iím a bit compulsive where wiring is concerned so after I moved the battery to the trunk, I built a small distribution system and used relays for the large draw items. All in all, Iím happy. I have found that itís not as easy to crawl into and out of the trunk as it was when I was 30 years younger! Thank you Lord for Advil!

    A special note to those of you who are working electrical Ė you cannot ďover doĒ on grounding and bonding. One of the biggest causes (especially in older cars) for electrical issues is a poor ground return for a circuit. As such, Iíve individually bonded all things electrical to the frame. It assures that lights, signals and horn all work correctly. I make a lot of short jumpers using appropriate size (#12/14/16) black wire and high quality crimp ends that heat shrink to the wire. Itís bulletproof and saves a lot of headaches with troubleshooting trying to find those electrical gremlins that tend to plague us hot rod people. Use good tools and take your time and the results will be very rewarding.

    Hereís a few more pictures Ė enjoy!
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    A couple more pictures - tools and such
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    Gonna be sweet! But as I've just blown one apart it kind of makes me wonder about my weeks to come....
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    Quote Originally Posted by glennsexton View Post
    A special note to those of you who are working electrical – you cannot “over do” on grounding and bonding. One of the biggest causes (especially in older cars) for electrical issues is a poor ground return for a circuit. As such, I’ve individually bonded all things electrical to the frame. It assures that lights, signals and horn all work correctly. I make a lot of short jumpers using appropriate size (#12/14/16) black wire and high quality crimp ends that heat shrink to the wire. It’s bulletproof and saves a lot of headaches with troubleshooting trying to find those electrical gremlins that tend to plague us hot rod people. Use good tools and take your time and the results will be very rewarding.

    Here’s a few more pictures – enjoy!
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    Glenn, in IMHO this can not be stressed enough. GOOD work!

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    I've had 2 roadside problems with wiring, it was due to poor wire. I made the mistake of using copper/aluminum wire on some of Rita, one of them the fuel pump circuit. They are more like a fusible link in a high amp circuit. It's now been fixed and 100% copper wire only. Your doing it right the first time !
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    Quote Originally Posted by 53 Chevy5 View Post
    I've had 2 roadside problems with wiring, it was due to poor wire. I made the mistake of using copper/aluminum wire on some of Rita, one of them the fuel pump circuit. They are more like a fusible link in a high amp circuit. It's now been fixed and 100% copper wire only. Your doing it right the first time !
    You got that right Seth - copper is copper and there's no substitute. Years ago a lot of mobile and manufactured homes were wired with copper plated or all aluminum wire and after a period of time, galvanic corrosion would occur and a lot of electrical failures occurred - some resulting in major fires and loss of life. It's always worth the extra to buy stranded copper wire for automotive and marine electrical. Also, when in doubt, go to the next size, i.e., use a #14 instead of #16 or a #12 instead of a #14. Overall the wire is very inexpensive - especially next to the cost of being stranded or worst, a fire.

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    And may I add, use a high temp wire (insulation) in the engine bay.

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    I agree with everything said, but I get anal when it comes to wiring and most everything I do is soldered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NTFDAY View Post
    I agree with everything said, but I get anal when it comes to wiring and most everything I do is soldered.
    And I'm the same as you!
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