If you own a car long enough, you do one of two things: Either build it until it becomes an Indian dump truck, the likes of which you might find in New Delhi, or evolve it into the dream car you’ve always wanted. Bill isn’t into dump trucks.
The Nova was purchased in 1971, when Bill was looking to get into Super Gas and B-Modified racing. He painted “Super Bad II” on the doors and class-raced it in that livery for a year. In 1972, he switched to a new paint scheme: dark-purple-and-pink stripes on the side and “Billy the Kid” painted on the doors and on the deck-latch panel. It grooved with the Pro Stock looks of the time and ran that way until it changed yet again in 1978.
As you might have heard, the late ’70s were all about the Pro Street movement, and Bill had found Bob Fuller at C&F Race Cars, who tubbed and ’caged the car that now had a black body and blue stripes where the names used to read. The late ’90s were about street machines, and that brings us to where the car is now. Under it all is the classic form of a second-gen Nova, an iron big-block, and a Super T10 four-speed. Some things never change.
Who: Bill Woods
What: ’70 Chevrolet Nova
Where: Maplewood, MN
Engine: The car was a 350 four-speed SS when new. Then it had a 427, and now it’s a 454-based iron big-block. It’s been punched to 468 inches, and Bill added Brodix cylinder heads, a 750 Holley, and a 250hp NOS Sportsman Fogger system on top of the Edelbrock Victor 454 manifold. It has 93-octane-friendly Venoila pistons and makes 600 hp and 540 lb-ft on the motor. Check out the Moroso Blue Max wires coming from the MSD distributor and coil.
Exhaust: Those headers are custom made, although you can probably get them off the shelf. The rest of the 21⁄2-inch system feeds a set of Flowmasters.
Transmission: A nitrous-injected big-block is a joy in front of a four-speed, so Bill used his original Super T10. The driveshaft is from Strange with the upgraded 1350 U-joints and chrome-moly tubing. The clutch setup and flywheel are from Zoom.
Chassis: C&F Racecars built the rollcage and narrowed the rear frame with a set of custom framerails. It’s a ladder-bar car with a set of AFCO rear springs and sway bar and KYB shocks. Bill got the front end down with a set of Heidts drop spindles and installed tubular control arms and Moroso springs. Bob Fuller at C&F also built the Pro Stock wing.
Wheels/Tires: They look giant, but those Budnick Groove wheels are only 17x13 and 17x7 inches. OK, maybe they are big. The tires are Hoosier Pro Street 26x7.50R-17LT and 31x18.50R-17LTs.
Rearend: Moser axles and a set of 4.56:1 gears are in the Ford 9-inch.
Body: The current version of the car was painted black with silver stripes by Unique Body and Paint in Blaine, Minnesota. The hood is from Goodmark.
Interior: Inside is light-charcoal leather from Premier Upholstery on the ’97 Firebird seats. In the dash is the stock gauge cluster modified with Auto Meter gauges. Hidden from view is the custom JVC sound system with a Rockford Fosgate amp and Infinity speakers.
Speed: In Super Gas class, it ran 9.90s at “around 138.” Hasn’t been raced since.
Thanks To: Cynthia, Cory, Christine, and Cary.