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1969 Chevy Nova - Crossroads

Where Art Hits The Highway

Shane Reichardt Jun 1, 2000

If you put a car fanatic and an artist together, what do you get? Someone who comes up with a very clean design for their classic Chevy.

That's what desktop artist Deb Geesey, of Yoe, Pennsylvania, did when she combined her love for Chevrolets and the artistic talents she employs in her daily work. The result is a car that runs with the best of 'em and looks great while doing so.

To achieve great looks, the effects of 30 years of use had to be erased from both body and chassis. The hood was scrapped in favor of a fiberglass 5-inch cowl unit from Glastek, which was mounted to open in reverse direction. Deb's husband Dane took the body and had it chemically stripped and coated in PPG's DP90 surfacer/primer. He then spent countless hours straightening and block-sanding every panel before bathing the car in a custom-mixed green paint. Deb and Dane made numerous sketches before coming up with the perfect graphics package to complement the car's new look. Dane again stepped up to the task and applied the graphics like an expert. What's more is that the unique exterior graphics were perfectly replicated on the firewall and even on the valve covers. To aid in keeping the firewall clean the master cylinder was relocated and mounted under the frame. Speaking of the firewall, it was cut out and a custom smoothed unit was welded in its place. In addition, the wiper motor was installed under the dash. When the paint and graphics were completed, several layers of clearcoat were applied and color-sanded (with the assistance of Lonny at Mobile Shine Shop in Wrightsville) to ensure a glass-smooth appearance.

The Nova's clean-looking exterior is backed up by a clean-performing powerplant. The engine is a mild small-block with a number of Crower components, as well as a list of other proven internals, all assembled by Warrior Engines of Dallastown, Pennsylvania. Fuel is delivered via a Holley 650 double-pumper connected to an Edelbrock Victor Jr. intake. The combustion byproducts are expelled through Hooker Super Comp headers, 3-inch pipes, and Flowmaster mufflers.

Undeniably one of the most popular automatic transmissions among enthusiasts, the Geeseys also chose a Turbo 350 and selected a B&M pro ratchet shifter to control it. Guy Burger, of Red Lion, Pennsylvania, is the man responsible for building the TH350. Set up with a B&M 3000-rpm stall converter and a B&M trans cooler, the automatic should provide years of service even under the heaviest of feet. Power is transferred to a Ford 9-inch rearend with 4.11:1 gears and a spool. The rear springs and shocks were moved inboard to make room for Mickey Thompson-wrapped Budnik wheels. A full set of Monroe gas shocks makes powering around town a blast and when it comes time to throw anchor, Aerospace Component drilled discs at all four corners should help considerably.

Proving his multiple talents, Dane moved from installing the drivetrain to treating the interior to new coverings. Nearly everything was re-decorated in purple and black tweed with gray and green accenting the color scheme. Dane also installed a set of Auto Meter gauges, a Kenwood stereo, a Weld racing steering wheel, and M&R safety belts, as well as all of the wiring required to supply power to the updated cabin. Spending every second necessary to get the job done is one of Dane's admirable traits, and Deb has learned to deal with it. "When Dane gets involved in a project like this," she says, "it's usually non-stop until everything is completed. In order to see him requires a quick walk to the garage every evening." That doesn't seem to be a major problem though. "I'm not complaining," Deb continues, "his efforts for me have paid off in building my Nova!"

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