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Atypical 70 Chevy Nova X-Body

A New Take on an Old Chevy Nova

Photography by , Terry McGean

Car Craft Q&A

Car Craft: So what's the hang-up with Novas?

Tony Smith: I just never liked their looks--it seemed like an oldman's car or a kid's beater hot rod, and I wanted neither.

CC: But you didn't want to pass it up?

TS: No, you just don't find cars of that age in the kind ofcondition this car was in when I got it. Even though I didn't care forNovas, I do like older Chevys, so I knew it was one to grab.

CC: Anything you want to change?

TS: After participating in Air Ride Technologies' Track Day, I'vemade some alterations to improve handling, since I now know from havingit on the track that it's possible to make a bagged car turn corners.

The Details

Car: '70 Chevy Nova

Owner: Tony Smith, Tiffin, OH

Engine: Chevy 383ci small-block with Eagle crank, GM 5.7 rods,and JE 11:1 pistons; machined by Riverside Engines in Tiffin, OH

Cylinder heads: Chevrolet iron castings, ported, polished, andfitted with 2.02/1.60-inch valves

Induction: Edelbrock Performer RPM Air-Gap with Demon Carburetion650-cfm Mighty Demon

Camshaft: Comp Cams hydraulic flat-tappet with 292 degreesduration (adv.) and 0.510-inch lift

Exhaust: Hedman Headers, custom 21/2-inch stainless pipes,Dynomax mufflers

Power: 450 hp at 6,000 rpm, 400 lb-ft at 4,800 rpm

Transmission: GM Turbo 350, performance built with 2,800-stallconverter

Rearend: Ford 9-inch axle with 3.50:1 gears and Moser axleshafts

Front suspension: Stock control arms with Air Ride Technologiesair springs and QA1 adjustable shocks

Rear suspension: Air Ride Technologies four-link with Shockwaveair spring/QA1 adjustable shock units

Brakes: Stainless Steel Brake Co. Force 10 discs, front and rear

Wheels and tires: Colorado Custom Empire SS, 18x7, front; 19x8,rear; with Falken P215/35R18, front; and P245/35R19, rear

Body mods: Shaved marker lights, Goodmark 2-inch steel cowl hood,one-piece side glass, smoothed engine bay

Paint: Blue and silver custom mixed PPG by owner/ Smitty'sCustoms

Cost: About $40,000

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