Chevy Nova 2d 1968

Year has been changed,  Happy New Year everybody all over The Ball !!!

I know that many here in Finland are hiden their new projects or ready cars ,what they have bought. I have never understansd that "top secret" style, but everydoby has their own style to live..... I have nothing to hide, so here pics my new investment. This 1968 Nova I found from LA Craigslist and bought just after 2018 Christmas. 

I was looking for months Street car.  As they say "back to the Basic".  I start my American car hobby midle of 80´s with muscle car and loved drag racing more and more after raced 1st time in Hanko Street race (see pics in 1967 camaro).  I have hot rods, I love to built hot rods, sheetmetaljobs, built engines (just now I built two flathead engine to my customers), but I have think long time that I need something else too.  Im not interested in original cars, historical vehicles, but Hi-perf hot rods or muscle cars are took my Heart long time ago 70´s, when I read Hot Rod magazine, Swedis Start&Speed, Colorod, Power magazines.....

I was nearly buy earlier last autumn 1966 Impala with 600cid or 1972 Nova with Turbo SBC engine.  Thanks sellers, they never answered my email or Mikko´s phonecalls... 72 Nova owner answered, but he know nothing about his car, so maybe it was good for me to leave that case out.


1968 Nova

406cid SB engine, TH400, Currie 9" with caltracks. Runs and drives good.  All steel exept hood. Need to fix paint and something with technical, but nothing big job. There is ET Drag slicks under car, I bought also Street Radials if some day they drive here in Finland 1/4mile street radial races. Car built 2012 and there is article that car in Car Craft 5/2013.  Mostly I bought this car for fun. I want to drive on street and sometimes can test or race on track.

Nothing very special in this car engine, but good basic Hiperf stuff (New dart block, Pro1 230heads, crane cam+stuff, msd, Mahle, H-beam Scat, TeamG, Dominator, Dougs, Nos progressive controller, .... You know all those). I like to stay in good basic hiperf parts. I have possible to develop engine in the future, if necessary or must.  620hp + 2 x NOS, if used it.  I like that 3speed TH400 tranny and 9" rear end. Those are enough strong and trusty.   Mostly I like that car outlook, and everything what include technical, electric and how they have done cromo pro touring roll cage, subframeconnectors...etc. 


Update 23.2.2019:  

Nova will arrive to Finland middle of March, maybe ready to pick up home one week after that.  First I need to change pass.side rear fender quarter, test and tune engine, tranny and rear axle.  Need to install wiper mechanism and motor.  Next is paintjob. I need to fix hood, rear quarter etc.  This is not showcar, but easy to fix all those and spray new mat lacking over car.  I have bought one pair more same weld wheels for Radial slicks.  Next after paintjob is to register car and get lic.plates. 

I have not decided where and when I race, but maybe some NorthBlacklist races, maybe in Tierp FIA race (Sweden) and Kauhava FIA race (40km from my place).  Let´s see how car works.  No stress, just enjoy .












































Seacontainer arrived to Finland 19.3.2019.  22.3.2019 container unloaded. After paid customs fees + VAT (moms, sales tax) NOVA was ready for trip to Seinajoki.  23.3. Saturday I and my son washed car, engine and drove car in to my garage.  Today I started to look over car.  Looks good.


I looked over big quantity of receipt, which come with car. It´s huge sum of money to built this kind of street car.  I think, I do not have time to built car and I got this car "halfprice" if compare what are buildingcosts (parts, labour....).  FIrst thing is to change new rear quarter.  There has been smaller accident in CA.  After that I need to change Drag Radial tires rear, look over wirings, install wipers, ....








I fired up few times engine.  It sounds very good. Earlier I got information from USA that compression ratio is somewhere around 11:1. Now I looked over all papers. I found all info concern Engine, tranny, rear axle, 12point Cromo tubecage.....  Pistons are Mahle Pro serie domed.  14,5:1 (3.75bore, 4.155stroke = 407cid) when using 64cc heads. New Dart M serie Cylinder block has left little over 9" deck height, but anyway, Im worried about that high compression ratio.  I was think that I can drive that car more on street, but now I need to forget that and order racing fuel.....


Here some pics took 26.3. - 27.3.  I have changed RH rear quarter part.  I also made new part to innerfender, because they were cut inner fender in USA.  I found there very much vaporlock -tape, knive, Army personal numberplates, notebook, money... Yes, they have used putty too,...but that is not any news ,if we think about car which has built in US.

Tomorrow I continue. Need to made 1cm more space to RH side.  Rear axle is not middle of car.  Need to work all day with that problem.... but I will solve it.


Juha & his workmate are just open seacontainers signets.



I see my new girlfriend first time.  Mexicans were nail 5x5" wood blocks between container floor and rear axle like I asked them to do. M/T racing slicks are not keep air inside very well (no inner tubes) and now we have saved one pair racing tires.









I cut this sheet metal part,  round it using englishwheel and welded to between innerfender and new rebuilding part of rear quarter.

Fits perfectly and now it´s welded on.


This quarter is loosing putty after I have "swipe" it straight.   Not bad. Some places maybe 2-3mm, not more. 


welded.  Now there is 3-5mm free space between inner fender and tire.  Maybe that´s enough. 1st time M/T 275/60-15 drag radials under car.  





1st part new BAHCO tools arrived. I got reasonable price for all inc and metric tools I choose from new bahco cataloque. Still waiting for cabin, some wrenches,...   Saturday 30.3. Oskar check all stuff + packing list.


New Bahco carstands and 1472K -toolbox arrived. Nice and very heavy stuff all !!!



California "dealer" lic.plate.





Brotherhood Street Racers and LAPD (Los Angeles Police Department) motorsport club stickers from USA.




3weeks ago I was in "moose"-accident.  Insurance company try to buy my MB.  Finally we have done deal with them. My friend Pasi can made car ready. Why change car, if this car is good technical very good condition and low km droven. If I sell car to Insurance company and buy same age MB, propably I get worse car ....  



I have fixed car all over.  Not show quality basics, but I can say that car will have better outlook than before it came in to my garage few weeks ago. Car will have same colour.

Today I tow Nova to  my friends car painting company.  I Just get car ready for paintjob. Tomorrow 1st need to paint new metallic gray  and after that two round Glasurit mat-lack.


Today 11.4.2019 early morning Nova got new metallic gray basis (water) and 2litre "fullmat" lack.

Maybe need to open valvecovers 1st time, test overflow, test valvepressures etc etc.  After that Im ready for summer. Yes,

next i will register car, but before that need to install wipers and washers.



Wednesday I was drive Nova to car Inspection. Now Im waiting for how much Finnish Government needs "Cartax".... Old car, so maybe its 50-200euro total.  Yesterday, Thursday 25th of April,  I load car and stuff on to my trailer.   Today, Friday, we drive down to Tampere Hot Rod Show, when my Oskar son is come from School.


Weekend we were in Tampere Hot Rod Show.  No success for Aulis And Oskar.  Maybe judge has seen too many ROush RC500 pick up + US closed trailer + Street doorslammer Nova.   Or  maybe fatman´s fingers has made his magic....



Monday 29.4. - Tuesday 30.4. I have installed new CRS kevlar tranny SFI cover. I knew before installation that there is not enough space between floor and TH400 tranny.... So, I need to drop engine 2cm down and tranny too.  I made new engine brackets, and "destroy" Energy suspension tranny bracket, chopped it too.  Now all parts installed back and car is ready for race.  Some small things need to do and check, but this was last big job 20hours.

3.5.2019 I made driveshaft loop and bolted on under car.  Same time I changed new Seat belts.  Camlock Simpons were like "a brand new" SFI date was gone.  New G-force are not so good looking, but have "fresh" SFI sticker.





May 2019 updates:

- 2nd weekend of May there was ACC Oulu 40years anniversary american car show (ACC = American Cars Club). I had there Pick up + trailer + nova.  I had there also my latest  hot rod, 1932 Roaster.  That car was winner car in class  HOT RODS.

One week ago we were test and tune in Kalajoki beach race track.  We were not lucky with weather.  Rainy, windy..... I was drive carefully 3 test race.  We were happy about that posibility, because now know that car works technically and tires are not touch rear innerfenders.  There is only 1-2mm clearance between tire and steel....

5.6.2019 I start trip to Sweden. There is in TIERP Drag Race arena ofical European Championship competition. All fast classes are race European champion -tittle. THey have total 6 partial races, this is number 2. (Santa Pod UK, Tierp SE, Kauhava FI, Hockenheim DE, Tiepr SE, Santa Pod UK).  I have sign up to SST.  Hope car is work fine and there is enough power for 10sec ET´s.  Car total weight is 1462kg w/o driver.  Racingweight is maybe 50kg less, after I drop headers off, not fill so much racing fuel in tank and remove NOS bottle from trunk.  This is steelcar with 12point cromo cage, steel bumpers, full interior... and want to keep it like it is now.

30.5., Friday, I picked up Lic.Plates. Now car is registerd to Finland.  One month ago They made inspection. After that I have been waiting for 4-5weeks how much I need to pay car tax to government.  Huge 35euro is paid, and lic.plates are got.






Tierp Arena 5.6.2019 20.30.  +28dec Celcius outside!



Race ready. 6.6.2019 7.30 we drive car to Inspection and after that 1st qualification round.

Thursday we have drive 6 qualification round.  Our 1st start was our best (11.05sec). Positive things are good reaction times (0.005, -0.02....) but of course we hope that car is run faster to our 10.90 index.  It was very very hot weather and maybe it was too much for our "heavy" (1550kg with driver) car and small block engine.   Evening we changed new VP ms109 race fuel in to the tank and increased some decrees ing. advance. Driver has had "good touch" and car has been run good, but maybe not enough fast.   Let´s see how its going tomorrow, Friday when we have 3 qualification round.


These next fotos are took Miia Saarinen (Pori). Thanks, TOP Shoots!!!










This picture is from "Tierp iDag" -website.  Nice shoot!


North Blacklist street race, Finland:

I just send message to North Blacklist webmaster and asked him to drop my name out from racers list.  Im not facebook user, but just read how famous finnish prostock crew chief and pro engine builder Petteri Vatanen was tell there everybody all my Nova problems, so I give that spot nr 10 to him.  He is moneyman and he can built or buy street race car and go to challenge other street racers next competitions. Also note that some "hard" quys were like his comments, so its better that i step away and give them posibility to race and enjoy. I can race or be out, that¨s so fucking easy.  Go petteri go!!!,  racetrack is Yours.







Antti Kivinummi "RO-998".


These two pics are from 80s. Same car and same builder/owner.  Famous engine and transmissionspecialist Antti Kivinummi starts his drag racing career this car.  Acadian (Nova which has made in Canada) in blue:  photo took early 80´s in Räyskälä on in Hanko.

Acadian white:  photo from 1987 when Moropark Dragway was open in Finland.  Antti trust SBC engine.  After this car Antti has been race Pontiac firebird, 1948 Anglia, Dragster..... Now a days he mostly built Street and Race engines and transmissions in his own speedshop.  I remember to see him first time in Hanko street race. Two number too small Mickey Mouse -t-shirt and Günter -moustache and he drove fast. 

Also my idol car in compact real street race car 80s was  Pata EKman´s red 1970 nova. Fast and same time daily use like this car too. Real "sleeper".



Pata Ekman "NX-640"









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