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1970 Chevy Nova SS - Racoma's Maui Ride

Bad Bow-Tie Doesn't Go To Hana

Bob McClurg Jul 1, 2002
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Hawaiian Albert Racoma's Pro Street-prepared '70 Chevy Nova SS is one of the baddest Bow-Ties running on the island of Maui. Racoma, owner of Boys at Kars Auto Refinishing, built the Nova six years ago to compete in the Street Tire class at the Valley Timing Association-sanctioned Maui Raceway Park. To date, Albert's Nova has run a best of 11.40-123.00, through the mufflers!Powering Albert's '70 is a Pet's Cylinder Head-machined 355 featuring a set of .030-inch overbore, 11.5:1-compression TRW pistons, Federal Mogul Performance engine bearings, ARP engine fasteners, an Iskenderian hydraulic cam (304 degrees duration and .545 inches lift), a B&M geardrive, and a TRW oil pump assembly circulating lubricant through a Milodon oil pan. Topping that off is a set of Pet's Cylinder Head-machined Brodix aluminum alloy cylinder heads outfitted with a .205-inch stainless steel intake, and .180-inch stainless steel exhaust valves with Iskenderian valvetrain componentry.

Up on top is a Wieand tunnel-ram intake with a pair of 600-cfm Holley double-pumpers mounted on a 100hp, Nitrous Oxide Systems (NOS) Cheater plate. Lighting things off is an MSD/Taylor HEI, while exhaust duties are handled by a set of Hooker Super Comp aluminized headers and three-chamber Flowmaster mufflers. Estimated horsepower is around 520.

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Backing all of this up is a '70 TCI-prepared GM turbo 350 utilizing a 4,000-stall speed, 8-inch TCI torque converter, and a B&M shifter.

With that much power on board, the Nova's chassis definitely required modifications. Racoma and crew fabricated a 2x3-inch box-tube rear subframe and installed a 12-bolt Chevy rear, narrowed 9-inches, featuring 4.88:1 gearing, 36-spline Dutchman axles, and 12-inch drum brakes. A set of stock rear leaf springs were brought inboard and work in concert with Lakewood "slapper" traction bars and an Alston Engineering antisway bar.

The Nova's front suspension is essentially stock. Wheels and tires consist of a set of 3.5-inch front, and 15x15-inch rear Weld Racing star-pattern polished aluminum alloys, outfitted with 3.5x145/15 and 18.5x24/15-inch M/T Sportsman rubber.

Inside Albert's "office" we find a 12-point Chassis Engineering rollcage and a set of Pontiac Fiero bucket seats all covered in red and black Rick Wayne velour. Also onboard is Simpson Safety equipment and Auto Meter instrumentation. Out in the trunk we find the NOS bottle along with a 15-gallon JAZ fuel cell.

Racoma and the crew at KARS Auto refinishing repainted the Nova Dupont Centari Corvette red. Then Albert pin-striped the car in yellow and orange.



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