Lonnie & Melinda’s 1966 Nova June ’21 Customer Car of the Month

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Lonnie & Melinda’s 1966 Nova June ’21 Customer Car of the Month

Although it says Lonnie and Melinda’s, this 1966 Nova is Melinda’s and he’s not allowed to sell it.

In 2008, Lonnie started building his wife a 1967 Nova. He was going all out but in 2011 had a chance to move his company to a larger building. He sold the car to move to the larger building and expand.

For years she would tell her friends about the Nova he was building for her and how he sold it. Three years ago, one of his customer’s fathers passed away, and they got a hold of Lonnie to help sell off the cars he had.

He just happened to have a 1966 Nova that was restored but was not for sale at the time. The family didn’t know if they wanted to keep it. After 6 months of hounding them about the car telling them “you know it’s going to a good home.” Eventually, they sold him the car.

When they sold Lonnie the car Lonnie’s wife had no clue he bought the car. He showed up with the keys and handed them to her. She drove the car for a year even though it wasn’t fully restored, the speedo stuck at 55, and it drove like a 1966 nova.

Well, the car was at his shop for winter, and he got a bright idea to take it apart which didn’t go over very well but hey that’s what he does. Then the root of all evil was born.

The car was stripped of all its stock stuff and updated with a 6.0 out of a cop car. Lonnie installed a stage 3 comp cam and all the items listed below.

  • Hedits Pro G front end and rear 4 link
  • Ridetech coil-overs
  • Holley Intake
  • Nick Williams 102 throttle body
  • Speartech lsx wiring harness
  • Bowler T56 magnum
  • Monster stage 2 clutch
  • Strange ford 9″
  • CNR built custom radiator with Spal brushless fans
  • Wegner Motorsports pulley kit
  • Painless chassis harness
  • Vintage Air
  • Dakota Digital HDX
  • Bowler touch and go
  • Custom 3pc wheels 18×9 18×12 from American Racing
  • Nitto tires
  • Custom set of ultimate headers
  • Custom dyed leather interior
  • Power windows
  • Detroit Speed hidden wipers and mini tubs
  • Ricks custom-built fuel tank
  • Full JL audio running about 3000 watts
  • Custom-mixed PPG water base bronze
  • Wilwood disc brakes
  • The list goes on…


As for uniqueness, the car speaks for itself. As for special, his wife can say it’s hers. Luckily for her, his name is not on the title so he can’t sell this one.

"I have been using ss396 since 2011. Customer service is great and the parts are always on time. "


Ground Up Parts Featured In This Build

1962-1967 Nova Coupe Outer Rocker Panel Left Side

Part #: RRP-4010L


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1962-1967 Nova Coupe Outer Rocker Panel Right Side

Part #: RRP-4010R


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1962-1965 Nova Coupe & Convertible Door Shell

Part #: RSH-X62CL


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1962-1965 Nova Coupe & Convertible Door Shell

Part #: RSH-X62CR


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