I purchased my Nova February 28, 2018. My dad found this car in his neighborhood about 10 years ago, I was looking for a project so I stopped and asked the guy if he was interested in selling.

That started the 14 month journey to bring this old girl back to life.

The rear end was locked up so a roll back brought it and eight boxes of parts home. My brother and I started tearing into it right away. It had new floor and trunk pans about half welded, new quarters were on with self tapping screws.

Every night after work I would work on sanding and painting the whole underneath of the car, pulled the rear end and broke it all down before installing the new guts, rebuilding the heidts front end and anything else I could get into to speed up the process.

Then on the weekends my brother and I would go to breakfast every Saturday and spend the rest of the day working on fitting panels, wiring and everything else we could get done. The front fenders and passenger door are the only original sheet metal left. Once we had everything fitted I had an old family friend (Scott S.) start on the body work and over the course of the next several months everything started to come together.

In May of 2019 the paint was applied. The flames are a neat story. When I was 16, my first car was a `62 Biscayne and it was rough! My dad patched it back together and shot a coat of paint on it. I wanted flames on it so my dad’s friend (Bob Cambell) came out and laid out a flame pattern and it looked great. I’m 48 now and wanted flames on the Nova. I spoke with Bob Cambell and he came out and laid out the flames on my `63. So even though it was 30 years apart, the flames are laid out by the same person and painted (Dad) by the same person. I couldn’t have done it with out the help of my brother Trent, my dad Jack, family friends Scott S. and Bob C. and support from my wife Lisa.

Nova Info

  • Engine: 327ci Built by Jack Pyle
  • Cam: Comp Cams- Intake .507/284 Exhaust .510/296
  • Heads: Original 2.02 with 1.6 ratio roller rockers.
  • Carb: Edelbrock 650 AVS2
  • Exhaust: Block hugger headers, wireless header cutouts and Super10 flow master mufflers.
  • Trans: 700R4 w/10″ 3200 stall
  • Rear end: 8.2″ Original housing with 373 gears and limited slip.
  • 10 Gallon fuel cell.


Our Parts

GM Classics & Chevy 2 Only was a real lifesaver for this project. Junior was so helpful in finding parts even when I didn’t know what I was missing! We had many email conversations back and forth but we always figured it out. I used GM Classics parts for most of my build, especially the hard to find items. The customer service and expertise on Nova’s is top notch. – Stacy Pyle

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