Sadly a tornado in Dec, 2015 took the garage and
with a 1000 lb garage door over-head-beam wacked the 4 door body a few
times. Many spare parts,glass and most of the chrome on the shelves flew
away with the garage. So the project was put on hold as I searched for
another body. July 2020 a 1967 2 door post, 4 speed car with un-molested
sheed metal was found. Hopefully by December of 2020 the updated
drive train and suspension from the 66 will be in the 67. And so
here we go with the Nova Project phase 2.
Why a Chevy II? The 1st gen unibody
wasn't very great, suspension less than average and most had 4 or 6 cylinder
engines. There were a few with 350 HP 327 engines and 3 speeds.
Why are these cars popular as Hot Rods? Answer is simple. You
can put 350+ hp in a car that can weigh less than 3000 lbs. That is an
8.5lb to HP weight ratio. Which done right means
This is a history and
various thoughts as I work on the Hobby Car. Hobby Car to
me is a hobby, which means when time and money permit. It is fun,
diversionary and a long term project. Cost is often a major
consideration as shown by some of the unique solutions. Lower
cost does not mean using an inferior part or solution and hopefully
that is shown here.
Durability and safety are always key considerations. I have many
automotive skills, some very strong, others pretty good.
We love these old cars. I also remember the reliability and
safety considerations these old cars had. No where near what it
is in cars today. The Hobby Car is a blending of the old and new
to have a car I love, fun to drive and much safer in todays
The goal for this car is 98% street cruiser. Drive as much as
possible and avoid the "Garage Queen" syndrome. A little track
time for shakedown, testing and validation.
A goal for a hobby
car is crucial. If you don't have a plan or keep changing it,
costs will escalate beyond belief. If you have unlimited money for
your hobby this isn't a problem. For the rest of us, a well
thought out plan is important.
A site for
others with the ChevyII/Nova hobby car
Also if you want to race
there are some
to be observed.
Also there are reasons we
Don't Street Race.
Fuel & Air Systems
Steering, Suspension and Engine
and Tires the answers may not be simple on a 62-67 Chevy II
Cooling & Radiator
Electrical & Ignition
Last Update Oct 17 2020
see the sheet metal
under the rear bumper.
These are my pics after rust prevention urethane paint coat.
General mechanic wanderings etc.
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