It really pays to keep an open mind when going into a new venture. When Tony Flosky and his son, Michael, of Clinton Twp., Michigan, decided they needed a "father-son project," the pair had every intention of building a nice street car. While on the hunt for a good basis for their driver, Tony's buddy Ken LaCroix, owner of Toy Shop Race Cars in Waterford, told them about a '67 Nova that had been under construction, but never finished. Since Tony has always dreamed of owning a Deuce, it seemed the perfect candidate for their efforts. The plan for building a mild-mannered street machine, however, flew out the window when they bought this Chevy II.
When we said the Nova had already been started, we meant it had started down the path to becoming a radical pavement bruiser. The car had been back-halved and tubbed, had a narrowed rearend, and was reinforced with a six-point rollcage. Tony hadn't planned on building a Pro-Street machine, but he wasn't about to shy away from this project. And there was still plenty of room for Tony and Michael to add their personal touches to the Deuce. The body on the '67 was fairly solid, but it wore a ratty three-color paint job, was missing body panels, and had no interior.
Tony called on the crew at Toy Shop Race Cars to finish assembling the customized, mild steel frame that had been built by MPR Racing of Clinton Twp. Toy Shop reconstructed the front shock tower mount, and shaved the entire engine compartment and firewall. The Nova rides on Bell Tech front shocks with factory spindles. Chassis Engineering of West Branch, Iowa, provided the coilovers, track locator, and four link for the rear suspension. The car is stopped by cross-drilled Wilwood disc brakes on all four corners. Rolling stock consists of 6-inch-wide Weld Scorpion front wheels wearing P215-55-R15 Dunlop 8000 Sport tires, and 15x14-inch Scorpions wrapped in 33x21.5 Mickey Thompsons in the rear.
A '72 four-bolt 350, machined out to 355 cid now powers the Nova. It has been fitted with Comp Cams double roller timing chain and lifters, as well as a Comp Cams 268H bumpstick and roller rockers. Pink rods and Sealed Power pistons squeeze the air and fuel to 7.5:1 compression. Lightly ported L-82 cast heads deck the block. The bottom is capped by a Moroso wet sump oil pan, while two Holley 600-cfm double pumpers are force-fed by an underdriven Weiand 6-71 supercharger up top. An MSD 6A ignition box, Blaster 2 coil, and Mallory dual point distributor spark the fuel, and spent gasses are expelled through HPC-coated Hooker fenderwell headers and Borla 3-inch stainless exhaust pipes. A Turbo 400 tranny with a B&M reverse shift plate and a 3,500-rpm stall converter send power through the narrowed 12-bolt third member, equipped with 4.88:1 cogs and spool and 33-spline Strange axles.
Many hours of work went into prepping the body for a very clean appearance. Some weight was shed from the Deuce thanks to Harwood fiberglass bumpers and hood. Billy Biggs of Waterford, Michigan, stretched the rear wheelwells, filled the cowl, firewall, and body seams, and filled all the emblem holes, before coating the Nova in PPG Mystic Teal Metallic paint. The people at Seatworks gave the interior a clean yet modern appearance thanks to plenty of teal billet, tweed, and leather. Four-point Simpson Racing harnesses secure the driver and passenger into leather and tweed appointed Corbeau seats. Tweed carpeting covers the floor, and the billet Weld Racing steering wheel is wrapped in custom matching teal leather. Custom door panels are upholstered with tweed and leather, and the door sill plates are none other than billet. AutoMeter Ultralite gauges indicate the Nova's vitals from within a custom aluminum instrument cluster.
It's been said that the best basis for building a street machine is someone else's half-finished project. This Nova certainly lends support to that claim. Barely completed in time for its first show at Cobo Hall, Detroit, in 1997, it placed as a "Top 8" Detroit Riddler award contender. This weekend warrior has gone on to take numerous other show honors and awards, including the 1997 ISCA Street Machine Class Championship, and Best Pro-Street at the 1997 Norwalk Super Chevy Show. The Nova's license plate sums up this car very neatly: 1BAD II!