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25-06-2014, 10:58 PM
Hi there to everyone. My name is Gary and i`m the owner of a V8 nova which was featured in kitcars & specials magazine back in sept of 1984. i see some of you remember it or even still have the mag tucked away in old collections from the posts made. some pictures of her condition now have been posted by mick on "rays nova". i bought the car back in 1989, after being out of kitcar scene for a number of years i just happened to see a kit mag in the news agents thought i`d have a butchers and blow me there she was, for sale although accident damaged. so i bought her, stripped it to the chassis and started over.she still needs alot to finish but if don`t do her now its never. i`m `getting to old. then life stepped in, got married, had kid`s, etc i`m sure you all know the rest. untill now. just recently i met Ray and wife diane, purely by accident from some pic`s posted on facebook, then Mick who came round and took the pic`s of my car, and i can`t believe how close these two live to me. met Elaine and Dan by email. it`s really given me a boost, or kick if you like, to get on and sort her out after all these years. a big thanks for all the help and encouragement from the people aforementioned and looking to forward to meeting any others in the near future. all the best to you all, Gary.

25-06-2014, 11:38 PM

Glad to have you onboard and that your passion has been rekindled. Many of the members on this site have similar stories and have had their Nova's for many many years, this year is my 25th Year of Nova ownership and I'm still as passionate about it today as the first day I saw one.

Keep us posted on the progress of your build.



26-06-2014, 07:42 AM
Hi Gary,

Delighted to see this car is on it's way back. can't wait to see it!


26-06-2014, 08:27 AM
:kewlpics: is what we need.

26-06-2014, 10:15 AM
Great to hear another car on it's way back, all too many lost lately and don't worry about getting too old, it will not happen, I'm a young 68 and can still roll in and out of my SS :whistling:and after 19 years it is finally getting there, again.:blushing:

26-06-2014, 10:32 AM
Hi Gary, welcome from Oz! Would love to see more about your Nova. get those spanners turning. :wink:

26-06-2014, 03:58 PM
Hi Gary.

Welcome to the forum & glad to see you have started the rebuild of your car. The problem with these hobbies is they are just that, "hobbies" & eveything else keeps getting in the way lol

Pin up & start filling in the Christmas list for those car related goodies :banana:

Have fun.


26-06-2014, 05:39 PM
Hi Gary,
Great to meet you the other day and glad you managed to find your way to the forum :clapping:

Dan (or Alex) if you're monitoring this thread. Can I suggest that you move the pics and comments of Gary's Nova out of Ray's Nova thread and put them here as a starter.


26-06-2014, 06:12 PM
Will have a look Mick

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26-06-2014, 06:20 PM
Hi Gary,
Great to meet you the other day and glad you managed to find your way to the forum :clapping:

Dan (or Alex) if you're monitoring this thread. Can I suggest that you move the pics and comments of Gary's Nova out of Ray's Nova thread and put them here as a starter.

I have added a new post and copied the photos across, I've also assigned it to Gary's username so it's easily searchable in future if needed since it is as if he has posted it himself. Hope that helps.

26-06-2014, 07:03 PM
Hi Gary ,and welcome to the group, car looks great from pictures and magazine article. would love to hear the burbling V8 on you tube when it is reinstated in car.


26-06-2014, 07:44 PM
Will have a look Mick

Thanks Dan:thumbup:

28-06-2014, 07:48 AM
In case I can help, I am the guy who did the original V8 Conversion on that Nova. I have loads of pics and funnily enough am running a thread on a hot rod forum that will cover all the work we put in to it. If I can help let me know

28-06-2014, 04:46 PM
G'day Gary,

I too like the burble of the V8. Back in OZ we had the 4.4 litre version of the rover 3.5l (originally a Buick design). Had one in the Leyland P76 & later put one in a Holden HQ panel van.

Welcome to the forum & may the shed gods be with you.

can you post a Link to to the hot rod forum, re your build of the V8 Nova. I have a 2.5L V6 in mine & would like to see how you went about the V8 transplant.


28-06-2014, 05:32 PM
Hi Gary, welcome to the forum :welcome:

Looking forward to seeing how your recommissioning progresses - there is clearly a lot of interesting engineering gone into your car!


30-06-2014, 10:54 PM
thanks to all for your welcoming messages and encouragement in the rebuild. as i said its not going to be a quick one due to health and i think every one else`s problem money. i`m not going to give up this time. when i do start getting back in, which will be soon, i`ll post progress. cheers all.

special thanks to Dan for allowing communication.

17-08-2014, 11:36 AM
Here's to a happy experience on the long and winding road of restoration, look forwards to photos and progress reports. Peter

17-08-2014, 03:53 PM
Well, as the title say`s it`s started. iv`e actually got the jobs i needed to do in the garage out the way and begun the long process of the rebuild. nothing interesting at the mo, just got the body off and out the way to start from the chassis up. found the brakes all gummed up from standing around, flexi pipes all blocked, master cylinder rebuild and i`m going to do a disc conversion on the back. so far just fiddly bits but will try and pop some :kewlpics: on for every one to have a look at, just for those lucky one`s who havn`t seen their chassis for while.
thanks to peter for your reply.