1963 Chevrolet Chevy II (Nova) Nostalgic Gasser
The Paint: “Creamsickle” Orange and White with painted nostalgic lettering
The Engine: SMC 383 CID with 292 Comp cam, 10.5:1 compression ratio, Weiand aluminum Dual-quad, tunnel ram intake with 2 Holley 600 4 bbl carbs. , electronic ignition, producing 450 Horsepower.
“Dougs headers” Jet Hot coated and muffler inserts
The Transmission: Borg-Warner Super T-10 4 speed manual with “Lakewood bellhousing and “Hayes” clutch.
Vintage, period Hurst “Ram Rod” competition shifter, with manual reverse shift lever
The Differential: Ford 9” Traction-loc with Dutchman axles, 3.50:1 gear ratio
The Suspension: Front; Speedway straight axle with leafs and shocks, rear leaf with spring sliders, ladder bars
The Frame: Custom built and narrowed and powder coated by Vanderbeck Racing
Front disc brakes with chrome dual master cylinder
Fiberglass Hood fully hinged, and pinned
Front mounted “Moon” tank with it's own dedicated fuel system
Thermostatically controlled engine fan and belt driven fan
Fully functioning “Classic Instruments” gauges
Vintage Sun Tachometer
Speedway nostalgic accelerator pedal
Custom black tuck and roll bucket seats with contrasting orange piping
60's style padded roll bar
Interior matching cover for storage area behind the front seats
New style wiring system with updated fuse block
Trunk mounted battery with rear mounted master cut off switch
Period correct Rocker Launcher, and Rocket Injector aluminum wheels with new bias ply tires on the front, and Radir “Pie-crust Cheater street slicks on the rear.
Are you into nostalgia? Of course you are, all of us in this hobby are. Street machines, whether a factory muscle car, a Hot-Rod, even a Pro-street or a Pro-touring style all garner their roots from racing. It's that simple. Big engines, small engines, 4 speeds, stripes, graphics, wheels, gauges, just about everything into a classic car on some level can conjure up memories, flashbacks, and conversations about racing.
Bonneville, Lemans, Trans am, and the Dragstrip are all favorites of the collector car enthusiast. The focus of this particular style of car sits exclusively on the latter...The Dragstrip!
The point of the nose-in-the-air front end was to hopefully shift weight from the otherwise heavy front end to the furthermost point back in order to gain traction. This style had all but faded from the drags by 1974, replaced by the “Funny car”.
Today, excitement abounds when we see a thumping engined, straight axle, mean looking Gasser stomping through the cars shows or lurking down the boulevard looking for trouble.
This Chevy II is one of the cleanest, nicest, and fun driving Gassers I've ever driven or been in. The paint is crisp, the interior is comfortable and old school. The well built lopey cammed, tunnel ram dual quad 383 crate engine fires right up whether hot or cold, and doesn’t miss a beat. This Nova drives nice and true down the road too, and the front disc brakes work great, all of the gauges work, all of the lights work, and that 60's period Hurst Ram-Rod shifter is an absolute kick to use.
Everywhere you look on this little Chevy you'll find a clean, rust free, and tight machine. Quality components were used throughout the build, which by the way has 1,802 miles on it.
If you're considering a well built, never raced, excellent running and driving Hot-Rod that you can enjoy driving on the street, or maybe take to the drag-strip for nostalgia, this is about as well rounded of a Hot-Rod you're gonna find...Period!