Ken C’s 1962 Nova

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Ken C’s 1962 Nova

Ken is the third owner of this 1962 Nova, his father bought it from the original owner in 1972 and gave it to Ken 43 years ago when he was just 12 years old.

Ken had worked on the convertible during his teenage years, fixing it up bit by bit in time to drive to his last day of high school in 1983. Unfortunately, he had to park the old Nova at some point in his college days as it had become tired and unreliable. He had the Nova restored in 1996 however and has been enjoying it ever since.

It currently retains the original 194 cid inline 6 cylinder paired to the original Powerglide transmission, but he has plans to upgrade to a 350 small block crate engine in the future. Along with the engine and transmission, he also plans to add power steering, power disc brakes, and air conditioning.

His 17 year old son has expressed interest in the old Nova, so the pair will have the opportunity to create memories together working on the Nova, just as Ken and his father had when he was young.

“Betsy as I call her is my first car. She has been with me all these years and provided lots of joy cruising and sharing with others who love cars. The high fives I get are a bonus.”


Thankfully, he has been able to keep the Nova in pretty decent condition over the years while retaining it’s use as a driver’s car as opposed to a trailer queen. It has a special place in Ken’s heart as it has been in the family for nearly 50 years now, and he hopes to pass it along to his teenage son when the time is ready. While it may not currently have tire melting power, the smiles per gallon are definitely up there with the best of them.

Ground Up Parts Featured In This Build

1962-1964 Nova Headlamp Bezels

Part #: KHB-2210
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1962-1964 Nova SS Window Crank Double Arm Black Knob

Part #: IWC-X23


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1962-1964 Nova Interior Door Handle

Part #: IDH-1604


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1962-1965 Nova Grille Guard

Part #: 985435


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