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Video: The Project Swinger Build Wrap Up For Our ’71 Nova Part II

Part 2 of our Project Swinger wrap up concludes the build with coverage of many of the components that were installed to make this car handle better, in order to prep it for the autocross. Read More

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Project Swinger: The Project Build Wrap Up For Our ’71 Nova Part I

Our Project Swinger Nova is a true-to-life testament of how some time, effort, and the availability of the aftermarket in top-notch, bolt-on goodies can transform your project car into a modern runner. Read More

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Less Noisy Nova: Project Swinger Gets Dynamat Xtreme Custom Cut Kit

When it comes to muscle cars there are both good noises and bad noises. Follow along as we treat our 1971 Nova - Project Swinger - to a full regimen of Dynamat Xtreme using their pre-cut Custom Cut kits to keep vibrations and resonance out, while letting us better hear all the sounds we do want to hear. Read More

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Tech: Installing Brightwork Onto Project Swinger

In this installment of Project Swinger, we're looking at buttoning the beast up and focusing on the details. Follow along as we replace the glass and brightwork on our long-term Project Swinger '71 Nova, courtesy of Classic Industries. Read More

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Project Swinger Update: Getting Our Nova Up And Running

Project Swinger had been pushed around the shop enough, and this year it decided to push back when the LSA and Tremec 5-Speed were installed. The exterior trim, glass and interior trim are upcoming projects and we'll keep you filled in. Read More

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Jet-Hot Coating and Flowmaster Exhaust for Project Swinger

Project Swinger gets a custom hot set of pipes using a kit from Flowmaster, Super 44 mufflers and a cool coating from Jet-Hot Coatings. It's almost criminal to hide parts that look this good under a car. Read More

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Straightening Swinger’s Skin And Putting On A Coat of Planet Color

It's been a long time coming, but after all the performance parts mock ups, we finally stripped our Project Swinger Nova down bare and dropped it off at the paint booth at ZBest Paint & Body to get a shiny new coat of Sherwin-Williams paint. Read More

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Project Swinger Update: Installing the LSA And Tremec 5-Speed

It's pretty obvious "Swinger" is heading out as a heavy hitter. It's been a long time coming, and finally with the paint smoothed and finished, Sean Goude, our resident tech-genius could begin the laborious task of fitting Swinger with the entire powertrain setup, exhaust, and driveshaft. Read More

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Project Swinger Update: Dakota Digital Gives Us A Heads Up

Project Swinger is nearly up and running. This month we update you on its interior, more specifically, it's all digital hardware from Dakota Digital. This all-in-one unit supplies the driver with every running feature via included sensors and easy-to-read display. We've got the update here, check it out! Read More

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Fueling Swinger’s Fire With Aeromotive’s Stealth Fuel System

Before we can revel in the beauty of freshly repainted and dutifully re-straightened classic muscle car sheet metal, we need to assemble and trial fit most everything. Today's mission was simple enough: install Aeromotive's Stealth Fuel Cell, Performance EFI regulator, 100-micron fuel filter. Read More

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Fueling Swinger’s Fire With Aeromotive’s Stealth Fuel System

Before we can revel in the beauty of freshly repainted and dutifully re-straightened classic muscle car sheet metal, we need to assemble and trial fit most everything. Today's mission was simple enough: install Aeromotive's Stealth Fuel Cell, Performance EFI regulator, 100-micron fuel filter. Read More

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AFCO LS Radiator and Fan Conversion Installation

Behind every great engine is a great cooling system. Swapping an LSA engine into our '71 Nova, Project Swinger, meant upgraded its cooling system. We turned to AFCO and their bolt-in LS radiator and fan conversion kits for muscle cars. Read More

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Project Swinger Update: Getting The Ride Right

Reassembled - although loosely - Swinger looks good on its own feet. It's been a long time since this fair-weather project has been back together and it makes us want to turn up the heat and git 'er done. We've been tinkering with the ride height, raising it an inch here, lowering it an inch there. Read More

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Project Swinger Update: Getting Fueled Up

Right now, with her supercharged 6.2-liter CTS-V LSA plant resting between the fenderwells, we've had Swinger all but totally plumbed for the big ol' Aeromotive fuel cell, electric fuel pump, and a whole lot of steel braided line. Read More

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Project Swinger Update: Rolling New Forgelines

Hey kiddies! It's been a while since we've last heard a peep out of our Pro Street/g-Machine '71 Nova nicknamed "Swinger," we know. But be not dismayed! There's all sorts of cool stuff coming down the line for our venerable classic conversion Bowtie. Read More

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The Power Behind Project “Swinger” Nova

In this installment of updates on our Project "Swinger," we'll reveal our sinister plan to update our Nova with a thoroughly modern small block Chevy - the supercharged LSA, with a little help in the oil pan department from RetroLSX. Read More

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