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I have owned this car for 30 years now,
First Car I Ever Bought.
It has seen a few changes in its life.
Stock, Street Racer and Now Pro-Touring.
Every nut, bolt, glass, chrome, stainless, etc is
These days the pro-touring scene
can feel a bit like the pro-street scene
a bunch of show cars built solely for aesthetics.
Sure, they all look good with wide wheels
and giant brakes,
but how many could successfully conquer
an autocross course?
The number is probably smaller than you think.
It's why we never get tired of builds
like this 1967 Chevrolet Nova SS.
Sporting a 500HP Carbureted LS1,
a Built 700R4-speed Automatic Transmission,
an industrial strength drivetrain.
So where do you begin with a Nova like this?
Probably on the outside where
rust-free California sheet metal served
as the foundation.
Charlie's Auto body in Riverside took care
of the paint and body and
certainly did a great job transforming this Nova
into a show stopper.
The first thing that jumps out is the color
2008 Dodge Viper Blue.
There were no less than three blues available
on the '67 Nova
but this one doesn't compare to any of them.
It's more vibrant and lustrous than
factory colors could dream of being in the era.
Another huge factor is the body work
below that top coat.
Behind the laser straight quarters,
the car has also been DSE mini-tubbed
to accept a 10-inch wide wheel.
Pro-touring is about usable power
not just big numbers on a show board.
With that in mind,
it's hard to think of a better platform than GM's LS1.
I built this engine to move,
on paper it shows about 500HP to the flywheel.
I never had the car Chassis Dynoed,
but I wanted to.
Hand ported LS6 (243s) which flow great.
These heads are also milled
to bring the compression to 11.1
so I can run 91 octane pump gas.
MSD ignition runs all the engine electronics.
The FI was removed and
I opted for carburation to make it look old school.
It has an Edelbrock Vic Jr. intake manifold
and a 780CFM Pro-Systems Carburetor.
Take a look underneath this Nova
and you'll find even more high-tech hardware
and meticulous workmanship.
The stock sheet metal front end is supported
by a full Church Boys Racing (CBR)
Chevy II front which houses tubular
upper and lower control arms,
double adjustable Viking coilovers,
a splined sway bar, and
manual Rack n Pinion.
The updates continue out back
where a factory 1966 Chevy II 12 Bolt posi(very rare)
with a Eaton posi and 3.73s.
A Ridetech four-link system works with
a set of Viking coilovers to keep the rear planted.
The 4-wheel Wilwood brake system consists
of 14-inch front and 13-inch rear,
fed by braided hoses throughout.
The custom interior is very soft
custom black vinyl and suede accents,
custom door panels and headliner in suede also.
I made the custom console and
added the Pioneer 7 Navigation system.
This Nova also has new
Nu-Relics 4 power window kits and billet switches.
The factory bucket seats have sport seat foam
added for a more comfortable ride and sport feeling.
The custom stereo uses the Pioneer 7 Head unit
with NAV, 1200W Belva 12" sub woofers,
2 6x9 Pioneer rear speakers and
2 5.5 Pioneers for the front.
Built LS1 Carbed 500HP with hidden coil packs
Built 7004R Transmission with 2000 convertor
Full CBR billet shafts,
tubular arms front suspension
Viking double adjustable coil overs
Ridetek rear 4-link Competition Engineering
Sub Frame connectors
Factory 12 Bolt Posi with 3.73s
Custom Interior and trunk
The Underside fully POR-15 coated
Custom 18x10 and 18x7 Bonspeed Detroit Rims
295/35/18 rear and 245/35/18 front
7-Speed DSE Hidden Wiper Kit
Viper Blue 2 stage paint.
Steel SMD Hood
Wilwood Big Brake Kit,
4 piston and 6 piston calipers.
Ringbrothers Air Frame Billet hood hinges
1-3/4" 304SS LS1 headers with
3" Stainless steel X Pypes Exhaust
with Flowmaster 50 Series
Jegs Ulta Quiet HP Fuel Pump
New Stock stainless steel gas tank and fuel lines.
Lokar gas and brake pedals
Factory rebuilt heater box and controls
Ididit tilt column with custom steering wheel
AAW full wiring kit
ALL new glass
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