1972 Chevy Nova - High-Flyin' Star

Stacey Warren's 1972 Chevy Nova is definitely an attention getter

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After three months of work, Stacey says it was ready for the first coat of paint, but he'd still not decided on a color. After several trips to the paint store and considering his wife, Jackie's opinion, they agreed on orange with silver stripes. But not just any orange. This is a special custom blend the owner came up with. It's got lots of pearl in it and he laid it down himself. A polished billet grille from Classic Industries and four-inch, pin-on cowl hood from Harwood make the Nova stand out even more. Billet Specialties Street Lite rims (15x3.5 and 15x10) surrounded by Mickey Thompson skinnies and drag radials (15x4.5 and 28x12) complete a stunning look. Back-spacing on the rims is 5.5 for the rear and 1.75 for the front, in case you were wondering.

Stacey and Donny Hunt assembled the 0.030-over 400 small-block. The rotating assembly is all from Eagle. A set of AFR 210 aluminum race heads sit on top and a custom-ground Comp cam with 292 duration and 0.583 lift works the valves. Induction comes from a Professional Products Hurricane intake and Holley 850 cfm carb. Fuel is provided by an Aeromotive A1000 pump. For that always-needed extra horsepower, a Wilson Manifolds Pro Flo nitrous system can provide up to 225 extra stallions. Cooling is courtesy of a Moroso water pump and two-row aluminum Jegs radiator. Schoenfeld 1-7/8-inch headers exhale into a 3-inch Jegs exhaust system with Flowmaster 40-series Delta Flow mufflers.

Nelson Temple Racing Transmissions assembled the Turbo 400 with a TCI reverse valve body and TCI torque converter. Gear changes are executed with a B&M shifter. While the car came with a 9-inch, it was rebuilt by the owner and Ryan Taggart. Stacey and Donny Hunt installed the Detroit Speed minitubs and Smith front clip.Inside, an S-10 front bench seat, recovered by Stacey and Donny in black vinyl, was installed with custom brackets made so it would sit as low as possible. Auto Meter Ultra Lite Phantom gauges keep the driver aware of the engine's vitals and it was Stacey himself who fabricated the custom roll cage.

Stacey wanted to thank Donny because he helped him build the entire car. Rob Costllo was responsible for the final wet-sand, cut and buff on that spectacular paint job. And Ken Clark let him to the paint, bodywork and front and rear suspension installation at his shop. "In my business, my goal is to make what you can't see as nice as what you can see, and I guess that flows over to cars," Stacey relates. While we didn't pull this thing apart, we can tell you from getting up close and personal with it that it is every bit as stunning up close as it appeared when we saw it on the track.

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