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Bowtie Keepers: ’71 Nova, ’11 Camaro, ’68 Camaro & ’71 Chevelle Wagon

Here’s what the readers of Super Chevy are up to with their own super Chevys.

Super Chevy Staff Jun 25, 2018
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Still got your first car? Bryan Kyllo of Minnesota does. He purchased this ’71 Nova in April 1974 and has rocked it ever since. The drivetrain is comprised of a GMPP 330/350, M20 trans, and 3.36 10-bolt posi rearend. The 350 is augmented with an Edelbrock Performer carb, Hedman ceramic-coated headers, and a Be Cool radiator, but no A/C (“Rats!” says Bryan). Rolling stock is the timeless staggered Cragar/BFG combo. Not a real SS, Bryan painted the grille black and added SS badges over the years. What really impressed us is that Bryan says the Nova has never been wrecked, especially since he and his wife, Genell, have racked up 280,000 miles travelling all over to places like the Grand Canyon, Glacier, Yellowstone, and Zion national parks; Bryce Canyon; the West Coast; and Tucson. That’s one well-traveled Nova!

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007 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Passenger Front Show 7/12
008 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Passenger Front 8/12

Joe Alexander is very proud of his ’11 Chevrolet Camaro SS bathed in retina-scorching Synergy Green, which was a particularly rare color and model option combination. Obviously, Joe’s not the keep-it-original type as seen by all the modifications. Under the hood he’s added Kooks long-tube headers, a Corsa exhaust, a K&N cold-air intake, and a Fluidampr underdrive pulley (25-percent). Suspension wise, LSR trailing arms, toe links, and heavy-duty sway bars have been added to the mix. The exterior received a GM Heritage front grille, GM front chin spoiler, and Foose wheels. The interior has been treated to custom-embroidery headrests with the SS logo, a custom console, and a Hurst short-throw shifter. The Camaro SS has just 3,500 miles since Joe only drives it on sunny days.

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012 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle Wagon Exterior 12/12

Bart Tompkins, from Inverness, Florida, is a fan of two of Super Chevy’s project cars—the ’71 Chevelle wagon and the ’68 Camaro—for reasons easy to understand. He also had those two cars, but from a different era. Bart’s wagon had a 454, TH400, and 3.70-geared 12-bolt posi for a drivetrain. The custom interior featured ’74 Chevelle swivel seats, and the exterior was coated in pearl white paint. The Camaro had a 350hp LT-1 engine, TH400, and posi rearend. Both had cowl-induction hoods. In 1992, the wagon won Best Interior and Best Engine at the West Palm Beach Super Chevy Show. In 1991 and 1992, the Camaro got runner-up in the Modified class at the West Palm Beach and Gainesville Super Chevy shows. We think you have excellent taste in cars, Bart!

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