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. (more…)
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Installing a B&B Serpentine Belt System and a U.S. Radiator Aluminum Radiator
Text and Photos by Matt Emery
It’s been said that it’s better to look good than to feel good, but what if you want to have both? That analogy especially works with how your engine looks. Everyone wants to have their mill looking good, but it has to work well, too. And as if that weren’t enough, nobody wants to spend all weekend bolting on new parts when they could be out cruisin’. That’s why for our first installment of “Weekend Update,” we are featuring the installation of a B&B Street Rods serpentine belt system and an aluminum radiator from U.S. Radiator.
We wanted to showcase easy-to-install items that have a big impact, and there may be no better place to start than with the engine. The highly polished B&B Street Rods serpentine belt system is a thing of beauty. It’s fully CAD designed and CAD machined, and is very easy to install. If you have the mechanical ability to bolt on a water pump, then you can install this unit. The system incorporates an A/C pump, one-wire alternator, power steering pump, water pump and belt tensioner into a package that’s a snap to install. Though it appears to be one piece, the A/C pump and alternator are housed in the main frame, while the water pump, P/S pump and tensioner are separate. That makes it easy for those not intending to use the P/S pump, as was the case with this engine. The design keeps everything close together and tidy, and thanks to the polished finish, it looks great, too. And the best part is that Ken Biggs builds every one of them in the USA.
Clay Smith Cams installs the Dart SS Heads
In a previous issue, we showed you how the performance pros at Clay Smith Cams (Buena Park, California), prepped a set of Dart Iron Eagle S/S cast iron heads (and installed Manley valves and Clay Smith springs), which were going on a 283ci Chevy V-8. This month, we visit the shop again to watch Chad Langdon and Evan Speilman install the new heads in the Nova, with some help and sage advice from the cam doctor himself, George “Honker” Striegel, owner of Clay Smith Cams. Also, not ones to leave well enough alone, Dave Lange of Lange Performance then installed a set of Comp Cams Ultra Pro-Magnum roller rockers and their associated pieces.