By Scott Parkhurst
Classic Performance Products established themselves long ago as producers of top quality suspension parts. This bolt-on front clip is custom fabricated from top-quality materials, and as you can see from the photos, leaves you with a trick rack and
pinion front end, top-notch discs, and racy tubular supports.
We started with a clean '67 Nova SS
that had originally been equipped with a
straight six and a powerglide. After
locating this low-mileage gem, we immediately tore it down for some serious restyling. It took about 12 seconds to get over the guilt of modifying a low-mileage genuine SS, as the six-holer under the hood did some damage to the future collectability of the car. With the 230/2 speed out of the way and a serious 383/700R4 going together, the spindly stock front suspension was in dire need of upgrade. This kit from CPP is the perfect choice. It is completely bolt-on and completely streetable. We removed the front fenders, inner fenderwells, core support, and grille assembly to facilitate unbolting and yanking the entire stock front clip. The only hitch was the huge factory rivets at the base of the core support. We were able to exorcise our frustrations freely with a large punch and hammer once the heads had been ground smooth. With the rivets out of the way, the core support assembly could be placed aside. We moved on to the eight bolts that run from the body to the front frame stub, and after freeing them, you can see we were able to wheel the entire stock front suspension out as one piece. Assembly of the new front suspension started with bolting the new CPP frame section to the same eight hard points we had just removed the stock unit from.
With this completed, we bolted on the upper control arms, and compressed the coils in preparation for the lower arms. These tubular pieces are of outstanding quality, and everything fit together fine. The coils, spindles, and shocks all fit between the control arms easily, and our front end started looldng recognizable after only a couple hours worth of effort.
We're sticklers for good braking, and even though we know that stepping up
to discs would make a dramatic improvement in our braking performance, we opted to send them out and get them cross-drilled as well. This may be overkill for our street application, but if we decide to step up the power in this car, or decide to nm it down the track in the future (it seems like we always do), we're ready. The discs and calipers were fitted with bearings and temporarily installed on the spindles for fit (that means don't send us letters asking where the grease was). We'll be tearing it all apart again soon to get the calipers and rotors powdercoated. The crew at Classic Performance Products (Buena Park, CA) upgraded us even further with one of their booster/master cylinder/proportioning valve kits. We will have late-model braking power and comfort from this project, and the quality and simplicity of the Classic Performance kit was exactly what we were looking for. We were able to use the factory holes for mounting, and once the original master cylinder mount studs were drilled out (some are much easier just to pound out, ours required more effort) getting the booster mounted and hooking up the original brake pedal was simple. At this point in time, we wish to retain our original steering column. Connecting the stock column to the CPP's rack and pinion requires a bit of engineering.
Luckily, the experts at Classic Performance also specialize in steering adaptations in addition to suspension and brake mods, so we were in good hands. A custom steering shaft and universal joints will keep us aimed straight.After completing the basic installation, we were very impressed with the quality and ease of this kit. CPP has put together one sweet piece and the
improvement in ride quality, braking, and steering over the factory system will be well worth the effort and expense. We will fabricate new inner fenderwells, but the original ones could be cut and reused. Early ('62-67) Novas suffer from a shaky front suspension, and now this bolt-in setup can cure all the woes while strengthening the assembly. The support tubes bolt up where the factory fenderwell mounts were, and make for a stronger overall assembly with a competition look. Check out the photos and follow us through this big-but-simple job. There is a lot of work involved, but none of it is very difficult. With the help of a few talented friends and a fridge full of cold ones,' you could easily get through this in a weekend.

With the engine, transmission, and front fenders removed, all that was left to disassemble was the grille assembly before tearing into the old clip.

The core support and grille assembly were removed as one piece. Careful research showed we didn't have to break the whole thing down to nuts and bolts to get it out of the way, which suits us just fine.

There are four bolts on each side of the front clip that actually hold the entire front suspension on. They are not difficult to access once you get the sheetmetal out of the way. You can see two of them in the picture, the other two are on the inboard side of the frame. Don't forget to disconnect the steering column from the box. 

After the eight frame stub bolts are removed from the bottom, there are three bolts per side at the top of the fenderwells (where they meet the firewall) that must come out You can see all six empty holes here, as we begin sliding the entire front suspension away from the car. 

You can see how the steering box must be moved forward and down simultaneously to get these splines out of the column. It takes a bit of effort, but it's much easier than removing either the
box or the column completely. 

With the bolts out, a jack positioned correctly, and a few friends to help, we were able to move the entire front suspension in one swoop. The steering column splines will have to be guided out as the front clip moves away from the rest of the body. 

After some time with the cleaner/degreaser and the rattle cans, our old firewall was looking pretty good. Time to slide that new frame stub in place. 

The CPP frame stub mounts up right where the old one was. It lined up fine, and once we got all the new bolts started, it was simple to snug into place. 

The new upper and lower control arms were a sim-
ple bolt-on. The coil springs needed to be com-
pressed before we could get the spindles in place. 

With the compressed coil located between the
control arms, we got the spindle over the balljoints
and got the castellated nuts started. 

Once everything is in place, it should look like this.
Take a second to check out the beautiful weld on
the lower tubular control arm. That's good quality. 

We began installation of the disc brakes by bolting
on the caliper bracket 

Then, we slid the rotor over the spindle and got the caliper in position to check for fit. 

We bolted the cross bars up to the firewall, and stood back for a look before getting the steering rack mounted. Looks good to us. 

Mounting the rack was relatively simple. The bolts are kind of difficult to get to, but once you have them started, let the air tools do the work. 

Wow! Its hard to believe this is the same car we started with. The kit is very complete, and the results are obvious. The power booster/master cylinder/pro-
portioning valve were next.

This is the back of the power booster. It is designed to fit in the existing holes, and the only hole that needs to be drilled is the lower one.

Knocking out the old studs was a great way to get back at the car, but it won again. We ended up cutting the studs down and drilling them out Good luck on yours.

With the old studs out of the way, the new assembly from Classic Performance fit perfectly.

Finished! At least for the moment We have much to do, but you can see the difference these kits make. With help from Classic Performance, we'll be cruisin' with confidence, knowing we can turn corners and stop when we'd like to for a change. By the time you read this, inner fender-panel kits will also be available.

It's always best to have shop and assembly manuals on hand to make sure your installation is correct and to make the project as easy as possible. We recommend factory manuals, available at Greg's Automotive

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