Kenny M’s 1972 Nova

Built From The Ground Up

Kenny M’s 1972 Nova

This 1972 Nova came into Kenny’s life through a friend who is also an enthusiast of hot rods. His friend has a fun habit of tearing things down and not restoring them, two warehouses full actually! For a year and a half, Kenny poked and prodded over one car in particular, the ‘72 Nova, that he had seen in one of his warehouses. Finally, his buddy threw a number out one day and the deal was done.

Kenny added a completely new brake system with a polished booster and master cylinder Strange brakes front and rear, black, to sit nice behind the black dragster wheels. He also added numerous interior and trim parts including a Grant steering wheel. He completely rebuilt the steering column, stripped it down and repainted it. Additionally, he restored the entire dash with new dash cover and a Phantom Auto meter gauges cluster. Finally, new air conditioning vents were added, as well as, door panels, carpet, seat covers were all done to original replication. The interior is now pretty much complete to a beautiful factory appearance.

This was a California car; it came with a 307 cubic inch small block Chevy and a turbo 350 transmission. Kenny purchased from SS396.com every piece of rubber and trim on the entire car. Currently, he’s waiting for it to return from the chassis shop and then the body work can begin.

After much internal debate, this beautiful survivor is at a chassis shop in Midland Texas about 70% completed. At this time, the rear end has been narrowed and a 9-inch Ford was installed. Furthermore, 15×15 dragster wheels with 15-in wide slicks fuel cell, new frame rails, everything for drag racing have been added. The front end it has been lowered 3 inches with ride tech tubular suspension and Strange brakes blacked out. It will have an eight-point roll cage and it will probably be considered a pro streetcar. As it will still have a factory appearing interior, except for the tubs in the back, he will have a small back seat manufactured.

Kenny plans for the ‘72 Nova to be a bracket racer and a show car. He plans on running at the Motorplex in Ennis TX, Temple Texas at Little River academy, which is one of his favorites, Penwell raceway in Odessa Texas, and a few other tracks as well. The Nova is also being built to establish a new family bond between Kenny and his sons, Austin, Lane, and Bailey. There’s no stronger family than a racing family! Those who play together stay together! Kenny and his wife will also surely find many years of pleasure and bonding in the coming years with the racing community.

"Quality products for a reasonable price and I plan to buy new lights and other parts that are starting to really show their age."

-Kenny M.

Ground Up Parts Featured In This Build

1968-1972 Nova Deluxe Weatherstrip Kit Standard Felts

Part #: JDX-X68S

$186.97

You Save: 15%

1962-1974 Nova Trunk Weatherstrip

Part #: JSS-309

$19.99

You Save: 25%

1969-1975 Nova Glove Box Insert With Air Conditioning

Part #: IGD-X69

$26.99

Best Price Available

1962-1979 Nova Glove Box Screws

Part #: IQ-402

$3.95

Best Price Available

Shop our huge selection of Nova Parts!

1962-1979 Nova Parts

We want to see your Built From The Ground Up Ride!

Submit your car to be featured here!

Share this car with your friends!

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on email
Email

More Articles From Ground Up SS396.com

neals 72 nova
1972 Nova

Neal’s 1972 Nova

This is Neal’s 1972 Nova from Athens, Ohio. The Nova originally was a 307ci, 350 Turbo HydraMatic, 2:73 gears, with power steering and air conditioning when new. Neal’s Nova is

Read More »
coil spring
Chevelle

How To Install Front Coil Springs

Installing Front Coil Springs In A Classic Chevelle, Camaro or Later Nova Installing front coil springs in the front of your Chevelle, Camaro, later model Nova or even C-10 trucks

Read More »
paul h 1973 nova
1973 nova

Paul H’s 1973 Nova SS350

The first car that Paul H ever purchased with his own money after graduating college was a 1973 Nova SS hatchback. Even long after parting with that Nova, it remained

Read More »
Nova

Generations of the Chevrolet Nova

The Chevrolet Nova, a nameplate that resonates deeply with automotive enthusiasts, has traversed through various generations, leaving a mark on the automotive landscape. From its inception in the 1960s to

Read More »

Follow Us On Social

Now Hiring in Florida!

Looking to get into the Automotive Industry? Here's your chance, click below to see what positions are opening soon!

Parts Catalog

Chevelle & El Camino, Camaro, & Nova
Free

We Want To See Your Car!

Submit your car to be featured today!