That kind of muscle would tear apart the stock chassis components and get Paul kicked off any track with out some proper safety equipment. Race Cars and Stuff in San Marcos, California, was called upon to build the 14-point cage, rework the sheetmetal and the wheel tubs, and install the Chris Alston's Chassisworks front subframe and ladder bar rear suspension. The front subframe features Varishock adjustable coilover shocks, manual rack and pinion steering, and Wilwood four-piston brakes and 12-inch rotors.
Out back the ladder bars are supported by another set of Varishock adjustable coilover shocks so Paul can dial in his ride. The Chevy II rolls on a powder-coated set of Weld Draglites, 15x4 wrapped in P195/60R15 BFGoodrich rubber up front and 15x12 in the rear with a set of sticky 31x16.50x15 LT Hoosier Quick Time Pros.
To transform the once rusted exterior into something nice enough to enter in a show was taken care of by Steve Mares of Mares Restoration. Steve replaced a ton of sheetmetal before blocking the body nice and straight. Once the body was prepped it was rolled in the booth and coated in DuPont ChromaBase Warm Silver. After the Warm Silver dried it was wet sanded smooth and polished to the high shine you see in the pictures.
To finish off the sinister look the billet grille, bumpers, and trim from Classic Industries was sent off to Electrotech Powder Coating to have it coated in a sleek black. Since chrome door handles would look out of place on a car devoid of any other brightwork, Paul had West Coast Plating do them in a brushed nickel finish.
Inside, the car is all business with very few creature comforts-not even an audio system graces the dash. Racecars and Stuff is responsible for installing the PRP seats and covering the door panels with a grey and black tweed combination. Peaking out from behind the Grant steering wheel is a full set of Auto Meter Pro Comp gauges loaded into a Covan's dash insert. A Hurst shifter with a Jegs pistol grip handle allows Paul to bang the gears without the worry of accidentally blowing past a drive gear and hitting neutral. The factory radio hole was filled, as the sweet sound of twin-turbos is music to Paul's ears.
Paul told us that the biggest challenge besides repairing all the rust was building a car that could do it all. He can cruise the beach, drive it 40 miles to a car show, and then turn up the boost and blast down the track. Just recently Paul took the Sinister Nova to his local drag night where he clocked a 6.84 at 104 mph in the eighth-mile on the 6-lb tune (with a 1.40 short time). His most memorable experience to date was winning an award along side his father at the first car show he entered. A close second was taking the first ride with his daughter Molly and son Lewis.