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1966 Chevy Nova Rear Chassis - Rear-Surrection, Part 1

Project Getaway Gets Rear-Ended With Quality Components From Chris Alston's Chassis Works, Strange Engineering, And Wil Wood.

By Dan Ryder, Photography by Bobby Carrol, Dan Ryder

We're now getting ready to lay the rear frame section under the Deuce, but not before determining the axle centerline. This is one of the more critical measurements besides ride height and properly squaring the rear in the vehicle. At first a visual is performed to see where the builder/owner would like the wheel to sit in relation to the wheelhouse opening. Once that's determine, a plumb bob is used to properly measure the centerline. We will be stretching the wheel openings a few inches at a later date to allow for a more proportionate look and easier access.

Once the axle centerline was determined, the rear frame was mocked up under the Nova, measured for length, and trued to the vehicle itself. After the crossmember and the rear portion of the frame were cut, it was tack welded into place (the frame will be fully welded once Bobby's satisfied that all the components are properly lined up and no binding occurs). Note the built-in driveshaft safety loop and 4-inch exhaust cutouts incorporated into the frame from Chris Alston's Chassisworks.

Here Bobby displays the additional length of frame that was removed. Since this piece contained the crossbar in the rear, it's advisable to attach in a new cross-piece further toward the front to keep the frame true during the installation. We caught Krawiec playing with something on the bandsaw. What the heck are you doing, Krawiec?

Krawiec is no slouch' whenever time permits he enjoys getting in the mix to further Project Getaway's progress. The Pro Stock Motorcycle racer is making fill-in pieces to smooth the look where the tail-panel meets the frame-rail. What is the reason for this offset, you? after rapping with Bobby for a bit, we found that both he and Ed decided to sink the frame up into the Nova's shell an additional 2 1/2 inches to really give it a lowered look-sinking the Nitto rubber and intro wheels way up into the well. While this looks awesome, it may create additional fabrication that is not normally needed. Stay tune and we'll keep you posted as to the additional necessities throughout the build.

Pictured is the rear frame section from Chris Aslton's Chassisworks all tacked in and already to receive the FAB9 rear. Stay tuned for the next issue of Super Chevy as we show you now to properly narrow a 9-inch rear housing with the special tools needed to square the housing ends, weld'em on, and garnish it with products form both Strange and Wilwood Engineering.

Carroll's Rod and Racecraft
Nitto Tire
Dept. MM&FF
6261 Katella Ave.
CA  90630
Chris Alston's Chassisworks
8861 Younger Creek Dr.
CA  95828
Strange Engineering
Morton Grove
Intro Wheels
4700 Calle Bolero, Dept. SC
Camarillo, CA 93012
By Dan Ryder
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