1965 Nova – Ray Hoogsteen


  • The 355 small-block was ditched in favor of a crate 383 stroker from BluePrint Engines, topped with an Edelbrock intake and a Holley 750 double-pumper carb fed by a Holley electric fuel pump. An MSD ignition system provides spark while coated TCI headers ditch the spent gases. Keeping the potent V-8 running cool is left to the aluminum radiator from U.S. Radiator and a Weiand water pump. This combo is good for 440 hp and 483 lb-ft of twist. Backing up the new engine is a 700-R4 overdrive four-speed from Toy Shop Transmissions (Pomona, California) with a TCS 3,000-stall converter spinning back to a Currie 9-inch with 4.11 gears and a Detroit Truetrac posi.
  • Of course, it was the suspension that got this whole ball rolling. Up front, a TCI IFS clip with a 2-inch drop and adjustable TCI shocks were paired up with a Wilwood disc brake kit.
  • Out back there’s a TCI four-link setup with another pair of adjustable TCI shocks and more Wilwood binders. This combination makes the Nova a lot of fun in the corners while still maintaining a nice ride around town.
  • For rolling stock, they chose Circle Racing Series 88 18×7 front (4.75-inch backspacing) and 18×9 rear (4.00-inch backspacing) polished wheels shod in 225/40R18 front and 255/45R18 rear Toyo tires.