Mike contributed to the fabrication also, using experience from his tool and die company to help craft parts and pieces for the Nova. All the mounting pieces, brackets and related hardware were made by Mike, and he crafted the Nova's slick column mounted gauge pod along with a 6 and 8-inch cowl hood to accommodate anything intake wise for the Nova's big-block. Wiring and plumbing the chassis was done by Dave Dennis of East Coast Musclecars.
Said big-block is a 540 cubic inch mill built by Martin Competition Engines. Balanced and blueprinted, this Rat motor features Dart alloy heads, Wiseco 13.9:1 pistons, custom ground cam with a Jesel belt drive system keeping the cam and crankshaft in sync. Oiling is taken care of with a Moroso dry sump system drawing from a Stefs 8-quart oil pan. Breathing duties are handled by a Dart intake manifold and Holley 4500 carb flowing 1050 cfm. Making sure the motor never starves for fuel is an electric fuel pump by Magnafuel. Igniting the massive fuel/air charge generated by all those parts is an MSD/Jesel belt-driven distributor.
The Rat's headers were custom made by Wineholt and coated with material from Air Born Coatings. The headers feed into 5-inch mufflers also custom made by Wineholt. At 6900 rpm, the motor makes an Earth shaking 898 horsepower.
To get nearly 900 ponies from the crank to the pavement, Mike uses a Lenco CS1 4-speed with a McLeod clutch and pressure plate encased in a Trick Titanium bellhousing. From there an Inland Empire aluminum driveshaft transfers the power to a Strange four-link rear with 40-spline axles, 4.30 gears and a spool, all built by Way Cool Rod Shop.
Once all of the mechanicals were in place, the car was taken to East Coast Musclecars where Joel Keller took care of all the paint and body work, finessing everything into perfect fit tolerances and smoothness, and eventually covering the car in PPG Satin Black. Dane Geesey added the finishing touch with the flame graphics on the cowl hood.
Mike had always wanted a serious Pro Street car for his own amusement after working on and being around so many during his life. When building his Nova, very little was purchased for the car; most of the parts and pieces were fabricated by Mike and his friends. Those pieces that were bought ended up with modifications to fit the car just right.
Besides being hauled to various Chevy events throughout the year, Mike takes the Nova for at least one good drive a month, and will also take the car to local cruise events or around the neighborhood to rattle some windows. The next step is to get it dialed in for the drag strip (for starters, he'll have to add some sort of makeshift side windows). We can't wait to see what kinds of times it turns, but we wouldn't be shocked by mid 8s.
With as spectacular as this Nova turned out, we can't wait to see what Mike does with that '62 Bubbletop he started with.