Tall, flashy, and exceptionally powerful: gassers are a cool unique
era in custom classics that command attention simply because they
tower over the other cars at the shows...literally. You don't see
these often, but when you want to be recognized even in a crowd of
standouts, then you need a cool look done from a cool classic like
a 1962 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova.
This one has a very cool outlaw style. Black paint has aged into a
true matte black, and that makes for the look of a true
straight-line brawler. These are all about transferring force to
the rear wheels. So it correctly has the high solid front axle
installed, and we all love how the world can now get a peek at
those headers with the exhaust cutouts. Plus, there's a tall cowl
hood drilled with speed holes and a proper wheel/tire setup with
skinny tires in front and Mickey Thompson rubber in the rear. But
even as a race-ready gasser, this classic Chevy also has flair.
There are bright chrome bumpers and half-chrome headlights. And the
full pinstriping package is a truly great vintage touch.
The interior is all about speedy business. Like a true racer,
anything that was adding unnecessary weight was just eliminated.
The only investments are about a better competition machine. That
includes the roll bar, large auxiliary readouts, and some custom
paint on the dash that reminds you to "hold on." It's also a better
driver with features like the Hurst Indy shifter, and that cruising
style steering wheel is mounted on a tilt column.
The engine bay has more of the true gasser style. That means taking
out the weight of the inner fenders and adding strength through
tubular steel. At the heart is a mighty 327 cubic-inch small block
V8. This was recently rebuilt for power only about 400 miles ago.
It includes a bored .40 over kit and flat top pistons. There's also
a Holley four-barrel carburetor w/spacer, an Edelbrock intake, and
an awesome set of Hooker Super Competition headers. It's a strong
runner with a nice idle that's far better than a pure track car.
The Muncie four-speed manual transmission gives you firm control
over the power and its rumbling soundtrack. And whenever you really
want to bring the thunder, there are electric cutouts. It feeds
into a strengthened 10-bolt rear with 4.11 gears and reinforced
with ladder bars for confident take-offs. There are the right
supporting details, like a new radiator as well as the fuel cell
and battery mounted in the trunk to put more weight over the rear
wheels. And there are four-wheel disc brakes that help you keep it
all under control with confidence.
Distinct, powerful, and ferocious, this is the cool gasser with a
tough-as-nails attitude. So you know you want to take it home right
1962 Chevrolet Nova
Location:Concord, North Carolina
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