When we met Matt Rabideau and his lovely wife Natalie they were a long way away from their Minden, Nevada, home. There was no denying that this ‘66 Nova was one of, if not the hottest rides at the Route 66 show, but once we heard Rabideau’s story, we knew that we had our cover car. Rabideau says that when he got the car, it was a rust bucket that didn’t have a motor or transmission in it, but hey, getting a ‘66 Nova for $1,200, you have to expect such things. But that’s not the story we that hooked us. (more…)
Archive for January, 2011
Compared to last year, when the DMP Customer Appreciation Day and Open House was rained out, the weather this time was blistering, but so were the vehicles that showed up for this event. (more…)
Installing a Pertronix Flame-Thrower/Ignitor III Ignition System
Text and Photos by Matt Emery
There are many ways to get more horsepower from an engine, but not many of them also include adding reliability. For many, a Chevy HEI is the perfect addition to their engine because the coil is part of the overall distributor package. But the HEI is a large unit and for some space is an issue. Such was the case of this Chevy Nova. There’s not a lot of space under the hood on one of these cars, and the V-8 Chevy engine takes up most of that room. As such, there wasn’t enough space (without pounding clearance into the firewall) for the traditional HEI.
That’s where the Pertronix Flame-Thrower billet ignition is perfect. It’s the same overall size as the Chevy stock distributor, but rather than having old-style points and condensers to worry about, the Flame-Thrower is equipped with the latest in electronic trickery in the form of its Ignitor III ignition module. The Ignitor III is the latest from item in the evolution of electronics from Pertronix. It features drastically increased spark energy over the traditional points-based system (especially when combined with the 45,000-volt-capable Pertronix Flame-Thrower coil), improved combustion thanks to throwing multiple spark throughout the entire rpm range. But one trick item that the Ignitor III has is a built-in electronic engine rpm limiter. Accurate to +/- 50 rpm, the new Ignitor III module allows for quick and easy setting/adjustment of the rpm limiter.