Project Swinger

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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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Swinger Update: OER Window Regulators and Ring Brother’s Hood Hinges

Many times the most difficult parts to find during a rebuild are the ones that are rarely seen. Hidden by panels, these parts don't become a problem until they fail. Classic Industries helped solve one of problems. 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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Project Swinger Update: Z-Best Straightens Out Swinger For Paint

Wanting a professional prep job done before Swinger got painted, we turned to Z-Best Auto Body & Paint for the full treatment. Knowing that a car’s paint job is only as good as the prep work done prior, Z-Best did an amazingly thorough job completing the many tasks required to get Swinger ready for her new look. Read More

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Project Swinger Update: Some Serious Classic Industries Interior

We know you’re waiting to see what Project Swinger looks like since she’s been painted, but we aren’t quite ready to let you in on that little secret. However, we do have some eye candy for you, giving you a sneak peak into what the interior of our pro-touring Nova is going to look like. Read More

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Project Swinger Update: Classic Industries’ Brings Home The Chrome

With the latest discussion on Swinger being the paint scheme choices, we wanted some chrome to jazz things up a bit and really get our Nova‘s classic look rolling. Not only were we looking for pieces to compliment the pro-touring style of the car, but also pieces that showed close attention to fine details. Read More

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Project Swinger Update: Tools of The Body Work Trade

When we got our ‘71 Nova, Project Swinger, it was in rough shape. Because of all the rust and body damage, we had to do a lot of metal work to straighten out the rough body of the car. To accomplish this, we used many tools. While the use of certain tools may be obvious for metal work, others are less evident. Read More

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Project Swinger Rewind: Paradise Found

Project Swinger has come full circle in a metaphorical way. From it's original glory when it rolled off the showroom floor to a dark corner of the garage waiting to be cared for, and back into the light in preparation for it's glorious return to the streets. 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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