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Chevy Nova Drag Cars - Life With The Bulls

Living With A 10-Second Street Car

By Scotty Gosson, Photography by Scotty Gosson

'64 Nova
Owners: Tod and Charlie Allin
Engine: 357ci small-block Chevy with GM LT-1 crank, Eagle 6-inch H-beam rods, SRP forged flattop pistons, 10.9:1 compression
Heads: Dart II, cast iron, fully ported by Lindvig Machine, 2.055/1.60-inch stainless valves, Pacaloy springs, Crower Enduro stainless rockers
Induction: Bow Tie manifold, 750-cfm Barry Grant Silver Claw carb, 250hp NOS Cheater plate
Cam: Custom-ground solid roller by Cam Motion for nitrous, 259/269 duration at 0.050, 0.723/0.688-inch lift with a 112-degree lobe separation, installed 4 degrees advanced at 108
Exhaust: Hooker Super Competition fenderwell headers with 1 3/4-inch primaries, 3-inch collectors, 3 1/2-inch mandrel-bent exhaust with Flowmaster Top Ten Shootout mufflers
Trans: Manual valvebody TH350, 9-inch Continental 4,800-stall converter
Rearend: 9-inch Ford, Dutchman axles, 4.11 gears, Strange spool
Front suspension: Stock springs, 90/10 drag shocks
Rear suspension: Factory leaf springs, Cal Tracs bars, 50/50 drag shocks
Brakes: Ford drum, rear; '70 Nova front disc conversion
Wheels and tires: 15x3 1/2 Weld Pro Star, front; 15x7, rear; P135/70R15 Klebers, front; M/T 26x10.5 ET Street gumballs, rear
Paint: Flat red by owners
Cost to build: $15,000
Performance: 10.19/133 mph on nitrous, 11.22/123 mph on motor

'65 Nova Wagon
Owner: Joel Harris
Engine: 355ci small-block Chevy with GM LT-1 crank, 5.7-inch pink rods, TRW forged flattop pistons, 10.5:1 compression
Heads: Pro Action, cast iron, cleaned-up bowls, port-matched with 2.055/1.60 stainless steel valves, Crane Gold Race rockers, and stud girdles
Induction: Bow Tie manifold with Holley 750, 250hp NOS Cheater plate
Cam: Cam Motion solid roller, 256 degrees duration at 0.050, 0.620-inch lift
Exhaust: Hooker Super Competition fenderwell headers with 1 3/4-inch primaries, 3-inch collectors, 3-inch mandrel-bent exhaust, X-pipe, Borla XR-1 mufflers
Trans: Manual valvebody TH350, 10-inch Continental 4,100-stall converter
Rearend: 9-inch Ford with 3.70 gears, Strange spool, mystery aftermarket axlesFront suspension: Stock
Rear suspension: Stock w/leafs clamped together
Brakes: Factory drums (Fords on rear)
Wheels and tires: 15x3 1/2 Weld Drag Lites, front; 15x7, rear; P145/60R14, front; BFGoodrich P135/60R15 Drag Radials, rear
Paint: Factory black
Cost to build: $12,000
Performance: 11.70 @ 119 on nitrous; 12.19 @ 110 on motor

'63 Nova
Owners: Dana and Chris Plankenhorn
Engine: 377ci small-block Chevy with stock 350 cast crank, stock 5.7-inch rods, TRW flat top pistons, 11.1:1 compression
Heads: Phase IV Bow Tie, cast iron, fully ported, 2.08/1.60 stainless valves, Crane Gold Race rockers, and Crower stud girdles
Induction: Bow Tie manifold with Dominator flange welded on, 1050 Dominator, no nitrous
Cam: Comp Cams solid roller, 260/266 degrees duration at 0.050, 0.600-inch lift, 106-degree lobe centerline
Exhaust: Hooker Super Competition fenderwell headers with 1 3/4-inch primaries, 3-inch collectors, 3 1/2-inch exhaust with Flowmaster mufflers
Trans: Manual-valvebody TH350, 10-inch Continental 4,200-stall converter
Rearend: 9-inch Ford, Strange spool, 4.11 gears, Dutchman axles
Front suspension: Stock six-cylinder springs, 90/10 drag shocks
Rear suspension: Stock, clamped leaves
Brakes: Stock drums (Ford on rear)
Wheels and tires: 15x3 1/2 Weld Drag Lites, front; 15x7, rear; BFGoodrich P145/50R15 Drag Radials, front; P255/50R15, rear
Paint: Flat tan by owners
Cost to build: $11,000
Performance: 11.31 @ 121

'66 Nova
Owner: Chris Kearney
Engine: 357ci small-block Chevy with GM LT-1 crank, Eagle H-beam 6-inch rods, TRW forged flattop pistons with 10.4:1 compression
Heads: Dart II, cast iron, fully ported with 2.055/1.60 stainless steel valves, Crower Enduro rockers, JoMar stud girdles
Induction: Bow Tie manifold, 750 Holley, 250hp NOS Cheater plate
Cam: Cam Motion solid roller, 266/273 degrees duration at 0.050, 0.700-inch lift
Exhaust: Hooker Super Competition fenderwell headers with 1 3/4-inch primaries, 3-inch collectors, 3-inch exhaust with Flowmaster mufflers
Trans: Manual valvebody TH350, 9-inch Continental 4,900-stall converter
Rearend: 9-inch Ford with Strange spool, 4.10 gears, Dutchman axles
Front suspension: Stock with 2-inch lowering springs, 90/10 shocks
Rear suspension: Stock with Cal Tracs bars, stock shocks
Brakes: Front discs from '72 Chevelle (required minor machining on spindles); Ford drums, rear
Wheels and tires: 15x3 1/2 Weld Drag Lites, front; 15x7, rear; 135/50R15 BFGoodrich Drag Radials, front; 275/50R15, rear
Paint: Buff tan by owner
Cost to build: $16,000
Performance: 10.84 @ 127.00 @ 119 on nitrous; 11.44 @ 119.42 on motor

SOURCES
Allin Specialties
5-41/-210-1448
By Scotty Gosson
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