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1966 Chevy Nova Build - Project Getaway
When You Spend The Majority Of Your Professional Time On Two Wheels, It's Nice To Be Able To Get Away With Four
May 1, 2008
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1966 Chevy Nova Build - Project Getaway
Photo by Matt Polito
Here the deuce sits as pulled from the airplane hangar in Englishtown. It appears this was a show cruiser back in the day, with moon caps, custom seats, and "Help me Rhonda" painted on the quarters.
Well, that didn't last too long. Eddie and Bobby had already torn off the hood, fenders, grille, and headlamps, dropped the Powerglide transmission out, and began to pull the straight-six.
Once the drivetrain was removed, Eddie and Bobby unbolted the subframe from the deuce and rolled it away from the cockpit. The old unit will be replaced with a Chassisworks Direct-Fit g-Machine subframe, which is a total bolt-in unit.
Getaway was then put back up on the lift to remove the 10-bolt rear, fuel tank, and brake lines.
Eddie proceeded by stripping the interior of its gauges and all creature comforts.
After completely stripping the Nova, it was mounted to the rotisserie in order to be blasted with some baking soda. Did that sound right?
Once mounted to the rotisserie, the Nova was transported to Raceway Park (where else?), where there's plenty of space for the unibody to be taken down to its birthday suit (bare metal).
Eddie called upon Beau Gurlavich of The Blast in Trenton, N.J., to perform the blasting duties.
Not only is baking soda environmentally safe, it's also less abrasive than most media, allowing the metal to retain its current form without any harmful distortion or pitting.
The Blast has a mobile rig that can come to you-how's that for convenience?
It was like Christmas morning at Carroll's Rod and Racecraft when the Chris Alston's Chassisworks components arrived. All the pieces were neatly packaged in a more than secure fashion.
Each box is properly labeled, indicating the part numbers as well as a brief description of the part. The majority of orders are shipped by Chassisworks within 24 hours to get you going on your project rather than sitting around and waiting.
Showcasing a couple of the components to be installed is the Chassisworks g-Machine power rack-and-pinion, along with the g-Machine A-arms. The g-Machine rack provides responsiveness and excellent feedback to the driver. The rack body, control servo, and hard lines are all constructed of steel to improve durability and performance.
The g-Machine A-arms feature a large-diameter tubular cross-brace design and TIG-welded mild steel contruction. They allow the use of both the VariShock coilover or ShockWave air suspension.
Eddie and Bobby wasted no time; the subframe was set up atop three jackstands and readied to be outfitted with all the necessary hardware provided. All Chassisworks components are direct-fit for the '62-67 Chevy II Nova subframe.
Beyond installing the g-Machine A-arms, the g-Machine spindles were also attached. These particular spindles are taller than their OEM counterparts, increasing camber gain during body roll. This helps keep your tires planted for maximum traction.
Once the subframe was completely mocked together, it was time to mate it to the Nova.
Also obtainable through Chassisworks is this shock simulator, which sets the vehicle at a 12-inch ride height. This is key when performing measurements, especially in a project of this magnitude-every measurement is crucial.
Eddie and Bobby merely put a jack under the crossmember and wheeled it up to the firewall for installation.
Here Eddie finishes up by installing highclearance forward struts. These units feature mandrel bends that assist in routing the tubes tightly along the inner fenderwell, creating additional room for clearance around the engine, headers, and whatever other modifications you have planned.
Here's a view from the top showing the heavy-duty construction of the bulkhead where the A-arm attaches, as well as the zinc-plated adjuster hardware. The brake rotors are of the 14-inch Wilwood variety and feature directional vaning, slotting, and cross-drilling.
The Chassisworks billet aluminum hubs and hats reduce unnecessary weight and allow easy replacement of a worn component. We will install the Wilwood six-piston calipers at a later date as well as complete Wilwood stoppers out back. The deuce will roll on custom Intro wheels wrapped in Nitto rubber.
Now that the subframe is completely mocked up on the deuce, the entire car will be properly fitted to a jig before any further work is performed. This will ensure the car stays true and deters any sort of body flex, especially when cutting the floor to install the Chris Alston's Chassisworks rear frame and Fab 9 rear.
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