1967 Chevy Nova - Why? For The Love Of It

Owner's Experience Breeds a Radical Rocket

Randy Fish Feb 1, 2003 0 Comment(s)
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Having built several cool cars over the years, salvage yard owner Giulio Breviario just isn't happy unless there's a project underway in his Florida garage. To his credit, he's built a '64 Nova, a '34 Chevy Outlaw coupe, a '23 T, and a '68 Camaro (for racing), as well as a '70 GTO for the show car circuit. Oh yeah, he also has a pristine '67 Nova in musclecar trim, along with this way radical '67 we're showing you here.

Even though we magazine guys are on the other side of the country, we do have some of the same buddies as Giulio. Our mutual friend, Richard Earle, of Suncoast Performance in Homosassa, Florida, was responsible for the design and fabrication of this project. Once the game plan was set, Suncoast crafted the tubular chrome-moly chassis, and things just took off from there

Mickey Thompson tires and Weld Pro Star wheels support all four corners. Up front, a set of struts from Lamb Components handle the bumps, coupled with Wilwood disc brakes, and a Mustang II steering rack. Front to back, this beast features a great deal of chrome plating, which serves to complement the workmanship and increase the "dazzle factor." Looking rearward, a thoroughly braced and gusseted 9-inch housing contains a third-member from Strange Engineering with 4.56:1 gears, Mark Williams 40-spline axles, and more Wilwood disc brakes.

In order to back up the build style, an equally radical 468ci big-block is nestled in the engine bay. While running 8.5:1 compression to keep the BDS supercharger happy, the engine is fitted with just about every brand of go-fast parts a gearhead could want. We're talking about a complete valvetrain from Crane Cams, MSD ignition, ARP fasteners, Holley carbs, a 300-horse shot of NOS (just for kicks), Russell hoses and fittings, and a fuel system from Barry Grant.

All of the aforementioned horsepower and torque reaches the rear tires through a fully deburred and polished TH400 transmission, fitted with a 3,500-rpm stall TCI converter, a reverse-pattern valvebody, and a B&M shifter. Now we can see why that 9-inch rear is braced and gusseted!

With the chassis and running gear bolted in and mocked up, it was time for Sam Schneider to work his craft on the body and paint, while adding several unique modifications along the way. To make this one stand out from all the rest, Sam shaved the driprails, "deep-sixed" the vent window assemblies, stretched the fenders 3 inches (and added lower vents), and scalloped the rockers to accept those radical, baloney-sliced exhaust pipes. To complement the build style, Suncoast supplied the fiberglass front end, and Bayonet Performance fabricated the aluminum decklid and wing. The rest of the body is from the tried and true "Body by Fisher."

Richie Brandt at Superior Custom Classics in Hudson, Florida, handled the interior trim, covering the dash, seats, and door panels in leather. The balance of the interior is comprised of polished aluminum panels, Dakota Digital instruments, an ididit column, and a Grant wheel. To complement the digital readouts, Giulio relies on an Auto Meter tach, blower boost, and a brake pressure gauge for complete systems updates. Believe it or not, this baby also has a 250-amp stereo-probably so Giulio and his wife, Ginny, can hear some music over their radical Rat motor!

Like most every other project you see on the pages of SUPER CHEVY, the finished product represents a collaboration of talent. It only takes one guy to start the ball rolling, but it takes friendships and lots of hard work for the ingenuity and creativity to stand out.

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