Terry got this 1966 Chevy ll Nova about 3 years ago from a passion that runs deep for 66-7 Chevy II Novas. It wasn’t a completed build but it also wasn’t a hunk, only slight work had to be done to the car. Terry had to rebuild both the front and rear end to get this car back up and going. While he was doing that he also decided to touch up the interior with some parts from Ground Up SS396.com.
In the process, Terry put a Skip White Performance 383 stroker in it which last dyno’d at just around 500 hp!
“I love these cars! My first car was a 1966 Chevy ll SS and since then I’ve owned eight 66-67 Chevy ll Novas.”
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The car was purchased to be Brian Hughes’s first, “High School” daily-driver (at age 14). Scott, being the local “Speed Shop” owner, figured this type of car (1967 Chevy Nova), would be a perfect candidate for a mild Hot Rod build and were ready to take a couple of years to complete it.
A running car was purchased, and the process began. Totally disassembled by Brian and his friends. A fresh 355 small block w/Powerglide trans, new floorboards, fenders and quarters were installed at S/W Performance, Glassboro, NJ. Body/paint was coming up next on the schedule when LIFE changes. After 24 +/- years of marriage and business, one ended, and one was sold. The project was put aside, Brian chose to go the Sport Compact route, and Scott entered a different profession.
A few years later…
Scott re-enters the Performance Parts Industry, acquires a new residence/shop. Brian still had an interest in the 1967 Nova and the project gets back on schedule! Scott’s decision is to go to NMCA (National Muscle Car Association) Drag Racing, although, Brian has a different opinion.
The new chassis/cage process and drivetrain process begins. Then….. decision time again. Let’s make a “streetcar” instead of traveling up/down the East Coast racing. But, we have all the racing stuff? Spool, 40’ spline axles, fiberglass parts, etc. No problem. Steel parts are purchased, and race stuff put aside. The only inconvenience will be climbing over the cage to get in/out. Let’s call it a “Semi-Pro Street”. Then… another idea struck!
How about we build the car similar to the 1965 Pro Street Nova Scott had back in the 80s-90s (less the 6-71 blower). Brain and his sister Lauren spent many hours driving around attending car shows with Mom and Dad in that car, and it had some notoriety. Same color, monochromatic paint scheme, and most importantly, use brand name parts that would typically have been purchased at your local Speed Shop in the 80s-90s.
After a few more years of cutting, fitting, fabricating, and more LIFE changes, we built a car that kinda’ looks like what you would have built in the ’90s. Bright orange, simple-looking, a clean simple interior, NO extras, just the essentials and the “than” popular brand name parts.
A father-Son, lots of friends, many hours, sweat and tears, Back-Yard built, 1990’s re-creation! Oh yeah… Brian’s now 32! We guess it took a little longer than we thought… Maybe his (future) kids can ride around in the back of this one!
Scott Hughes / Old Hot Rodder / American Autowire Sales Brian Hughes / New Millennium Rods & Kustoms
NO …… heat, AC, radio, wipers, high beams, fuel level gauge. (Low-Level Warning Light)
“All” mounting hardware (excluding 6 trans mounting bolts) are S/S Brushed Button Head. ALL wire and plumbing are throughout the passenger compartment, roll cage and frame. No wire, hoses or steel lines, (excluding 4 flexible brake lines) are under the car. Exterior and interior trim, motor/trans/rear, suspension, and wheels painted GM Truck Pewter color. Front bumper fabricated without tag mounting and extended 2” metal valance. Rear bumper narrowed. Side/Trunk/Dash Trim – Clayton Machine Works Late-model GM door handles (rear doors w/o key)
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