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6180 Morgantown Road
1966 Chevrolet Nova SS
Chevrolet designer Clare MacKichan recalled about creating the Chevy II: "There was no time for experimentation or doodling around with new ideas from either the engineers or from us in design; And it had to be a basic-type car." "I think that was the quickest program we ever did at any time," he continued. "We worked night and day on that car, and it didn't take very long to run it through our shop because we had a deadline." And that's what made the Chevy II one of the fastest new-car development programs in GM history just 18 months after the designers got the green light, the first production Chevy II rolled off the Willow Run, Michigan, assembly line in August 1961, in time for its September 29 introduction. Unlike the Corvair, the 1962 Chevy II was deliberately never intended to be revolutionary in concept or execution; its mission was to give Chevrolet buyers a simple, back-to-the-basics compact car. When he announced the Chevy II to the press, Chevrolet General Manager Ed Cole described the car as offering "maximum functionalism with thrift."
Minimalistic with maximum function, thrift, not revolutionary in concept or execution, a compact grocery getter, pick the kids up kinda car, here in our hallowed halls. It is nearly so pedestrian you would walk by it and never notice it. However, while this was the initial thought for the Chevy II, this particular car goes above and beyond to meet every restomod expectation. With careful planning by our consignor and the skillful hands tackling the build near perfection has been achieved. Breathe in this always kept in a climate-controlled garage 1966 Nova SS!
With the body straightened, rust remediated with the help of new fenders, doors and rear quarter panels then countless hours of block sanding this car was then given the green light to be painted. The car is now royal blue metallic with light blue ghost flames over the cowl induction hood and fender. New glass, bumpers, headlight bezels, trim and seals were installed, and now present very nicely but with some inclusions in the paint and notable runs on most edges and body lines on the sides of this machine. Highly polished 15-inch American Racing Torque Thrust 5-spoke wheels are installed all around and are shod in staggered width rubber.
Straight and true black vinyl, framed top and bottom with royal blue painted steel mix with some chrome accenting, cranks and handles and some tuck and rolling for the lower door panels are a preview of what's to come. Slipping inside snappy 60's style buckets grab your eye and your butt with tuck and roll bolsters, and smooth inserts in black vinyl. These sport a white stripe running through their center, and these are vinyl as well. In back a matching styled bench looks like it's never been sat in. 3-point seatbelts have been added to the front seating position for added safety. A black plastic console runs between the front buckets and is topped with an aluminum and royal blue insert that holds the B&M shifter. Black carpeting is flooding the floors and in front above the carpeting is an original simple black padded top dash. On the tilt steering column is now mounted an aftermarket tachometer and digital radio in the center of the dash replaces the original and now has AM/FM/CD capabilities. A trio of gauges hangs below the center of the dash to monitor all engine vitals and above is a nice tight black vinyl headliner with working dome light.
Opening the hood we are hit with the money shot. Smooth inner fenders and tubular structural bracing provide the backdrop for the blinged out 355ci roller V8. This mill is topped with a 4-barrel carburetor and Edelbrock aluminum intake manifold. Eye-catching polished aluminum and chrome abounds in this bay and no stone has been left unturned, keeping things cool is an aluminum radiator and shiny chrome fan shroud and braided covers have been installed over all the hoses. All of this is attached to a TH350 3-speed automatic transmission which sends power back to a TracLoc Ford 9" rear axle with 3.55 gearing.
Definitely involved in the redux, a Heidts Mustang II type suspension in front, TCI 4-bar with adjustable coilover in the rear give this SS a more modern ride and feel. With manual rack and pinion steering and 4-wheel disc brakes there is no corner this Nova can't carve. A strong black painted rust-free steel unibody with subframe connectors provides the backdrop for the flooring, which is seen with some patching but is structurally sound. Headers snake their way down past the body color matching front suspension and run to the rear of the car after passing through Flowmaster mufflers.
There is nothing thrifty or stodgy about this once 6 cylinder any longer. With a twist of the key the big V8 fired right up and settled into a nic
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