In the business we're in it's not too hard to pick up on what's hot-and what's not so. One trend we don't see enough of, but gets our attention every time we do, is exemplified in this highly detailed Nova convertible. This theme doesn't have a catchy name like "Pro Street" or "g-Machine" but can best be described as having a street rod influence. The goal is more about style than performance, although a detailed, high-horsepower engine fits in, as well.
Scott Sullivan was one of the pioneers of this style that takes self-restraint to pull off because it's not about bolting on the latest gizmos, it's about finding the beauty that's there and tweaking and detailing it.
When Andre`Carey got his hands on this Nova as a stock, well-used runner, he immediately started trying to locate some of the missing trim pieces and other convertible-specific parts. Once he figured out that this was going to be a daunting and expensive task, he developed a plan to turn it into something that would fit right in with the street rods and customs that filled most of the shows he attended.
The fact that he owned a body shop made it all the more important that his own car have a stunning visual impact. The stance had to be low, and thanks to Heidt's and Air Lift the Nova can set the front crossmember on the ground-and the floorpan on the third member! The body has been smoothed, shaved, nosed, and decked. The body lines were sharpened, and the stock bumpers were welded and molded to the body.
The clean theme is carried into the interior with '62 Corvair buckets and a modified '64 Galaxie center console. The smoothed dash is complemented with a Dakota Digital instrument cluster and an ididit tilt column topped with a restored '62 Nova wheel.
Cosmetics aside, the best thing about this car is the fact that Andre` still treats it like a car, as evinced by the raindrops on it in the photos and the enjoyment he had driving a few hundred miles to a show with his wife and two young daughters.
OwnerAndre` and Valerie Carey, Arcata, CAVehicle1962 Chevy II convertible
Engine'66 327 breathing in through an Edelbrock Air Gap intake and Holley Street Avenger 750 carb and exhausting out through Dynomax 1 1/2-inch headers and Flowmaster two-chamber mufflers.TransmissionTurbo 350
Suspension FrontHeidt's front clip and air bag kitRearAir Lift air bag kit, 3.00:1-geared 10-bolt with Classic Performance Parts disc brakes
WheelsB. Coddington Smoothies 17x7sTiresNitto 450 (205/40s and 215/40sPaintPPG Torch Red by Andre's Body Shop, Arcata, CA (707/839-4821)