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Short, Simple, and to the Point

Jul 20, 2005

One thing that gets me all riled up is when someone gives me the runaround. Or when they take four minutes to tell me who, when, why, where, and how they're going to run down to the corner store to grab a Dewski. It makes me wanna scream "Enough already, get to the point!" Some cars give me that same feeling. Don't get me wrong, I like cars that are out of this world, but it's also nice to see cars that are just short, simple, and to the point--like Justin Roseberry's '66 Nova.

When Justin was 12-years-old, he and his uncle headed over to a local shop were Justin spotted this Nova sitting in pieces in the corner of the garage. Being 12 and curious about everything, he asked the owner of the Nova if it was for sale. The owner said, "Yea, probably." When Justin got home, he hit up his dad to buy the car. With a little negotiation, Justin walked out of the shop with a Nova in boxes, a 396 big-block, a $2,500 debt to dad, and a whole lot of work. But first, Justin would spend a few years working on various cars and learning the craft before diving into his own project.

Once home, the Nova was temporarily stored in a carport until a shop was constructed to begin the build. Once the shop was finished, Justin stripped down the car and took the Nova's carcass across town to his Uncle Jerry Hall's shop, where all the major modifications were carried out. The first order of business was to massage every panel back to its original condition. For the really warped panels, they ordered replacement parts from Classic Industries and Year One. Justin then ordered a set of American Racing Hopster 17-inch rims with Hancook Ventus tires. The rest of the Nova was built around the wheel/tire combo. To throw some bigger meat in the rear, Justin mini-tubbed the Nova by 2 inches. However, Justin and his uncle Jerry added a 2-inch strip of metal down the center of the wheelwell to keep a more stock-looking appearance, as opposed to an actual mini-tub. The rear spring hangers were also moved inward to accommodate the bigger meats. Once the tub job was finished, a Moser 9-inch was dropped in place. Up front, an Arizona Nova Mustang II suspension was welded to the frame. Because the Mustang II setup removed the OEM shock towers, Hall built inner fender panels to refine the engine compartment.

Sitting underneath the Harwood 4-inch cowl hood is a '69 Chevy 350 built with Dart Sportsan heads, TRW 10:1 pistons, Dart intake manifold, Edelbrock fuel pump, and more. Allowing the motor to inhale and exhale is a Jet Hot-coated exhaust, S&S headers, and 3-inch flow master mufflers. At best the motor cranks out 400 hp @ 6200 rpm and 475 lb-ft of torque @ 5200 rpm.

Last, but not least, it was time to bang out the exterior and interior. Roseberry went with a simple, sleek, and classic DuPont black paint job, then matched the outside with a black and gray tweed interior. There you have it--a Nova that's nothing fancy; just short, simple, to the point, and one rad car.


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