1967 Chevy Nova - Firing For Effect

17-Year-Old Paul Van Nus Has Lots of Motivation

Ro McGonegal Jan 1, 2009 0 Comment(s)
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Team Van Nus trashed the dash pad and policed the area, smoothing the flats, and sealing up the holes for the ash tray and cigarette lighter, all the while making new inserts for the Vintage Air HVAC controls and vents. Auto Meter gauges cluster in the slick, matte-finish Covan's panel, looking as if the ensemble grew there like a beautiful rogue moonlight mushroom. Joe supplanted the fuzzy electrical system with an American Autowire Highway 2 loom. Krist Kustoms (Fort Wayne) changed the face of the interior to mirror a minimalist thinking and understated elegance. Nary a thread out of place. Almost too pretty to sink your rear into, but it's a fine foil for the urgent exterior. A B&M Pro Stick is at the ready. That snakeskin-wrapped Billet Specialties steering wheel isn't something you'd find on your daily beater.

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Joe and Paul saved a bunch of loot by doing this part themselves. Joe has intimate knowledge of bodywork and spray guns, so paint jail wasn't an issue. They didn't have to wait for anyone. Joe applied PPG/Southern Polyurethanes Bizen Orange Pearl and treated the immaculate, uncluttered engine compartment with contrasting dark gray metallic.

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Big V amended the Nova's ox-cart seriousness with a complete Chris Alston No-Fab front end module that includes subframe and firewall stringers, tubular control arms, spindles specific to the application, Vari-Shock coilovers (550 lb/in springs), and a Chris Alston antisway bar. Joe also suspended the narrowed Dutchman 9-inch axle with Vari-Shock coilovers (210 lb/in springs) dependent on a TCI four-link conversion.

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Wheels and Brakes
On the skinny end, V posted 17x7 Intro Ram5 billet wheels and Kumho Ecsta SPT 215/45ZR tires. At the rear, he blew things up a little with 10-inch Ram5 wheels and 285/45ZR17 rubber. Consistent rough-duty braking is ensured by 13-inch Baer Tracks up front and 12-inch Baer Touring on the back axle.




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