Frank S’s 1973 Nova – Customer Car of the Month February 2020

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Frank S’s 1973 Nova – Customer Car of the Month February 2020

This 1973 Nova SS hatchback was doomed to be a lawn ornament until Frank S. stumbled on it in someone’s backyard in 2012. Luckily, Frank had a vision for the hatchback and took it upon himself to restore it over the next three years.

The engine has been swapped in favor of a Dart 406 small block coupled to a Tremec TK-600 5-speed transmission, making approximately 580 hp.

Frank also had a custom two-tone interior installed along with AutoMeter gauges and a custom console to complete the look on the inside. On the outside, the 1973 Nova was resprayed in Huntington Blue Pearl, which helps it stand out at car shows.

Ground Up Parts Featured In This Build

1962-1979 Chevy Nova Polished Aluminum Radiator Cap

Part #: GCS-S5012
polished aluminum radiator cap


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1968-1972 Nova Chrome Radiator Top Panel Standard 3 Bolt 24 Inches

Part #: GCS-S9427
radiator top panel


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1967-1979 Chevy Nova Billet Aluminum Steering Column Dress Up Kit

Part #: GCS-S6062
steering column dress up kit


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1968-1974 Nova Small Block Without Air Conditioning Heater Box Cover Chrome

Part #: AL-304-CHROME
chrome heater box cover


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