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KHOP11
Mar 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm
That's a slick ride man! I like the interior too. Makes me kinda' want to put the white guages in my cluster wink image
 
 
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jrdeleon1
Mar 8, 2012 at 10:01 pm
Great story behind your car. I'm not the biggest fan of this generation Nova, but your's looked nice. Clean lines on the body. Beautiful car. Sorry to hear about it getting wrecked.
 
 
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vegavairbob
Jul 22, 2011 at 9:34 am
Beautiful
 
 

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Challenges W: 117 L: 38

 

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"Ashley"

1966 Chevrolet Corvair

Owner: CorvairJim

  • "Ashley": 25 pts (win)
  • The Brown Bomber: 10 pts (loss)
  • Total votes: 7
  • Ended: Sep 3, 2012
 
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Owner: ausumx

  • : 18 pts (loss)
  • The Brown Bomber: 27 pts (win)
  • Total votes: 9
  • Ended: Apr 4, 2012
 
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78 NO-GO

1978 Chevrolet Nova

Owner: KHOP11

  • 78 NO-GO: 21 pts (loss)
  • The Brown Bomber: 24 pts (win)
  • Total votes: 9
  • Ended: Mar 26, 2012
 

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1978 Chevrolet Nova Rally (The Brown Bomber)

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Photo of a 1978 Chevrolet Nova Rally (The Brown Bomber)

About

I bought this car when I was 14 and rebuilt it myself. My dad is a mechanic with his own garage, but he never lifted a wrench to help me on it. He was there to offer advice whenever I asked for it, but that was it. When I bought the car, it had a straight 6 and an automatic transmission on the column, but I converted it to a worked 350 and eventually a 4speed. I changed the steering column to a tilt column I found in a junkyard to get rid of the mounting place for the shift lever. I did a lot of the work at my dad's shop after hours ond on weekends, even painting it there. This was a great experience for a kid raised around cars and a great confidence builder.

Everybody makes mistakes, and one of my biggies was falling for the idea that I wanted to build a second-gen Camaro. I found a '71 RS that looked pretty good that I could afford... if I sold the Nova. Long story short, it was beat to hell. It was a Bondo Buggy! It had taken a hard shot in the back end at one point, to the extent that the body was slightly twisted. The floors were swiss cheese. The wiring harness was just about fried, with several intermittant bad grounds. When I pulled down the engine to rebuild it, I found that it was too far gone to be worth saving. The list goes on and on. To add insult to injury, the guy who bought the Nova beat the crap out of the car, blew the engine and swapped in (as I heard it)something straight out of a yard, and wrapped it around a phone pole about a year later. Hindsight is 20/20, but if I could do it over, I would still have the Nova today. (The T-10 from that Camaro may find it's way into my wagon, though... )

Specs

Junkyard Chevy 350 completely stripped down and rebuilt by me at 14 years old. I bored it out .040 over, upped the compression to 10.5:1, and went with a mid-race cam. The junkyard T-10 transmission out of an older Camaro was in good condition, and the entire drivetrain took all the abuse a teenager with a brand-new license could dish out. I never dynoed the car, but it did the 1/4 mile in the mid-13s and 0-60 in something under 5 seconds. I never did a top-speed run with it - My dad knew ALL the cops around the area, and if they didn't take my license, dad would have, and the car too!

Factory Options

AM-FM mono radio, air conditioning, automatic transmission

Mods

Engine and transmission swap from an inline-6/automatic combo to a worked V-8/4speed. Original radio out, AM/FM/CD in. Custom wheels. Upgraded the trim to the "Rally" package. Bench seat out, bucket seats in. I bought the car when I was 14, did it all myself (with advice from my dad) including body and paint, and it was finished (except for the tranny swap) well before I got my license at 16!

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