From Cruiser to ‘Crosser: Installing a TCI Pro Touring IFS System

May 16th, 2011

Text and Photos by Matt Emery

Although autocrossing has been around awhile, thanks to shows such as the Goodguys and others featuring them, the idea has really taken off recently. We love speed and competition, whether it’s drag or road course racing, but since we can’t afford a race-only car, we figured that transforming this ‘64 Chevy Nova into a competition-ready ride is just as good. Better even, as most race cars can’t be cruised around town and to shows. It even has a nice stereo system; but make no mistake, this car is being built to drive hard and fast.

That’s why it was decided that TCI’s latest offering, the new Pro-Touring IFS system for the 1962-67 Novas, would be the perfect choice for a front suspension system. One of racing’s biggest enemies is weight, and since the TCI unit is a reported 70 pounds lighter than the stock setup, it’s already ahead of the game. Add in that the TCI Pro-Touring IFS has modern geometry, is available with adjustable coil-over shocks, rack-and-pinion steering and huge Wilwood disc brakes, well, we already have that first turn in our heads.

This is the fist installment of the three or four part series on turning a show and cruise Nova into an autocrossing, show and cruise car. The first is installing the TCI Pro-Touring unit and assorted items such as Wilwood disc brakes. The second part will cover plumbing the brakes, as well as new fuel lines. We’ll be using Classic Tube stainless steel lines and Phenix Industries fittings. We’ll also be replacing the body panels and lining them up.

The third part will cover the installation of a TCI torque arm Pro-Touring-style rear suspension system, and then we’ll balance the car. There’s an old racing axiom that smooth is fast, and these last items, balancing and set up, are hugely important to getting the car through the corners quickly and smoothly. Luckily, we have Jim Sleeper of Pomona Valley Customs to handle everything for us. Sleeper is doing the install as well as the set up. He’s the longtime crew chief for “Uncle Joe” Benson’s racing team and is something of a suspension guru. We’ve know Sleeper for a long time, and thanks to him we used to have a ‘93 Chevy extended cab pickup that would dog Corvettes through tight canyons.

We say “three to four” installments because the set up might merit an article of its own. It certainly is worth one, because having the proper set up can take a limited suspension to its best, and the best suspension to its limit. We’ll see how things play out over the next few months.

We hope that you find this series interesting and informative, and that we spur you to think about getting your own ride out there turning a few laps at the next autocross event.


TCI Engineering

1416 W. Brooks St.

Ontario, CA 91764

800.984.6259 (http://www NULL.totalcostinvolved


805.388.1188 (http://www NULL.wilwood

Embee Performance Coatings
2100 Ritchey St.

Santa Ana, CA 92705

714.546.6907 (http://www NULL.embeeperformance

Phenix Industries

1164 Cannon Rd.

Riverside, CA 92506

951.780.9330 (http://www NULL.phenixindustries
Pomona Valley Customs

4081 W. Holt Blvd.

Montclair, CA 91763




2 Responses to “From Cruiser to ‘Crosser: Installing a TCI Pro Touring IFS System”

  1. 67nova (http://www NULL.motortopia says:

    i would like to see a mustang ii tci frontend clip installation on a 1966 or 1967 nova like you have done on the protouring clip

  2. 67nova (http://www NULL.motortopia says:

    i can not find part 2 or 3 through motortopia under tech

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