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1978 Chevy Nova

 
macattack17
I love my Chevy Chevette!
Posts: 3
Joined: 09/12
Posted: 09/19/12 05:25 AM

I have a 78 Nova with 58500 miles.  Leak where the timing cover joins the oil pan(?)  Easy fix or take to mechanic?  

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pepsi1
I mow my lawn and find Chevys
Posts: 1718
Joined: 09/11
Posted: 09/19/12 12:01 PM

Welcome macattack17 to CHP:

It depends on 3 things.

1.You didn't tell us what you have in it?
2.How good are your mechanic skills, and tools?
3.It could be an easy fix depending on the above...LOL...

Bob  

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macattack17
I love my Chevy Chevette!
Posts: 3
Joined: 09/12
Posted: 09/20/12 04:04 AM

Guess that would help.  It has a 305 in it.  Runs ok, but I know it needs a good tuneup.  I'm a novice mech, but can follow intructions.  Have a chilton for it.  Have most basic tools but can buy or have access to ones I don't.  My first project car.  

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zman123
Everything in my driveway’s a Chevy
Posts: 537
Joined: 06/08
Posted: 09/20/12 01:16 PM

Replacing the front part of the pan gasket is not a hard job in it's self BUT, getting to it may be the most work. Pretty straightforward, drop pan enough to get to the gasket, scrape and clean off the old one, put on the new one put everything back together. REALITY is going to be a lot different though. Getting the pan off will be diffucult with the crossmember there. Will probably require at least raising the engine to get the required clearance. Might be easier to pull the engine, turn it upside down on a stand and do it right to get a 100% good seal. Paying a mechanic $70.00 per hour to do it for you might provide incentive to learn how to do it yourself. Good luck.  

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macattack17
I love my Chevy Chevette!
Posts: 3
Joined: 09/12
Posted: 09/21/12 04:10 AM

Thanks, that's the first project to accomplish.  Who would be a good supplier of parts?  Not needing engine parts, but need to replace the door seals on all 4 doors dry rot and the drivers side arm rest?  One site had a black rest, but I need a tan color.  Thanks...  

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zman123
Everything in my driveway’s a Chevy
Posts: 537
Joined: 06/08
Posted: 09/21/12 06:14 AM

Summit Racing for parts and Original Parts Group (OPG) for body and trim (78 may be a little new for them)  

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68scott385
I mow my lawn and find Chevys
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Joined: 10/09
Posted: 09/22/12 11:22 AM

try rockauto.com  
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Mikes79
Big Block power for the win
Posts: 998
Joined: 07/09
Posted: 02/15/13 05:23 PM

I got door weather strips ($45) and glass run channels ($25) for my 79 Nova 2-door from sandsclassics.com and they fit perfectly.  If you install new glass run channels, use either silicon spray or soapy water or you won't get them to slide into place.  I also got my window felts ($75) from JC Whitney.  

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