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Bow Tie Keepers: 1962 Bel Air, 1967 Nova, 1963 Corvette Readers' Rides

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Modernized ’62 Bel Air

Most of the time, being the only gearhead in the family is no fun, but in the case of Tom Pettit of West Jefferson, Ohio, that just meant he was the only one who wanted this 1962 Chevy Bel Air when the in-laws were trying to find it a new home. After taking possession, Tom had the car painted then swapped out the old 235ci six-pot for a 305ci Tuned Port Injection V-8 from an ’86 Camaro Z28 along with a 700-R4 transmission. Now he’s got a solid driver that he enjoys taking to local cruise-ins and surprising the locals with what’s under the hood.

Bowtie Keepers 1967 Nova 2/3

Mean, Green ’67 Nova

This black on Synergy Green 1967 Nova was a team effort, built by Mike Riha and his son Eric along with help from a couple of local shops. The build started with upgrading the handling with a coilover independent front suspension and a four-link out back from TCI Engineering. Power was taken care of by a rebuilt 5.3L LS engine backed by a TREMEC TKO 600 five-speed transmission. A Ford 9-inch lives in the rear, housing a 3.00:1 rear gear making their Nova ride like a dream on the highway.

Bowtie Keepers 1963 Corvette 3/3

Road Race Corvette

Terry Naughtin’s 1963 Corvette competition lightweight Grand Sport is no joke. The car was built to race but is now licensed and street legal, even with its 4-inch all-tube chassis. Terry’s Vette is powered by a period-correct 427ci big-block Chevy and BorgWarner four-speed transmission. With the combination of lightweight materials such as the tube chassis, Plexiglas side windows, and aluminum seats means this Corvette only weighs 2,160 pounds. Not bad for a “street car.”

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