1972 Chevy Nova SS - Physical Therapy

Jason Shell Recovered From Severe Injuries By Building This Wicked Procharged Nova.

Tommy Lee Byrd Oct 1, 2010 0 Comment(s)

Thanks to a host of versatile modifications, Jason can switch his car from Pro Touring to drag race trim by making a few simple adjustments and bolting on the race rubber, which consists of Mickey Thompson slicks, wrapped around Center Line Rev wheels. Current rolling stock consists of Boss 338 wheels, which measure 18x8 in front and 18x9.5 in back. The big rollers are hard to miss, thanks to custom coating from Chris Light at Color Me Crazy Powder Coating.

To fit the Nitto NT555 285/35ZR18 tires, Jason had Donnie Johnson at Smoky Mountain Chassis install a Detroit Speed mini-tub kit. While the car was in the shop, Donnie Johnson fabricated and installed a six-point roll cage to stiffen the X-body and keep Jason safe.

Inside, you'll find a pair of Kirkey aluminum race seats, but that was one of the only measures taken to reduce weight. Other interior modifications include a Covans Classic dash insert filled with Auto Meter gauges, a Grant steering wheel and Simpson five-point harnesses. No radio, no air conditioning, and no power accessories give Jason's Nova a no frills attitude, even though its Hugger Orange paint job does little to discard attention. The car had a great paint job when Jason got it, so he was careful to keep it that way and save a few bucks in the long run.

So far, Jason's best in the eighth-mile is a 7.10 at 110 mph, but the previous clutch had serious issues, which resulted in lack luster, 2.1-second 60-foot times. However, with the new clutch and that kind of mph, he'll be seeing 6s before long and reaping the benefits of a comfortable and street-legal muscle car. No matter the activity, Jason's Nova is up to the task, and looks good doing it.

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