A rare chance to own a HotRod Magazine Cover Car that still appears as it did when featured as, “Sleeper! This Nova Runs 9.90s,” in the May 2004 “Pump Gas Drags” issue. (Because copyright laws prevent posting the four page feature, do a google search for “HotRod Magazine May 2004”). It was also included in their December 2004 issue as one of Hot Rod’s “Top Ten Cars of the Year;” as well as well-written feature by Rob Kinnan in the September 2013 issue of Chevy High Performance Magazine: “SUPER SLEEPER A ’64 Chevy II That Looks Like a Poodle, but Bites Like a Pit Bull” (again, copyright laws prevent posting pictures of the four page feature).
During HotRod Magazine’s 2015 Drag Weekend HotRod.com wrote of it, “Not only did the car look great in the paddock, the Nova looked impossibly smooth on the way to 140-mph runs.” Copy and paste in web browser: www.hotrod.com/articles/hot-rod-drag-weekend-day-3-race-results-plus-see-all-the-action-from-phoenix-az/
In November 2018, and just as it sits today, this understated 3570lb pump-gas (91 octane) 26x8.5” DOT-tire car was driven 120 miles from San Diego to Auto Club Pomona where it ran a foot-brake ET of 9.561 @ 142mph – then driven home (time slip in pics).
BODY: 1964 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova 400 series hardtop, all-steel/all-stock (except for steel 2” cowl induction hood), subframe connectors, hood/door/trunk activated car alarm, remote electric trunk release, very good paint/chrome, factory tinted glass. All lights, turn signals, wipers, and horn working.
INTERIOR: Stock front bench seat/dash/steering wheel/door panels/headliner, no back seat, fully carpeted, 6-point cage w/ removable driver & passenger swing-out bars, RCI 5-point harness (9210CB), Autopower window net, tach/amp/wtr temp/trans temp/oil psi/fuel level/N2O bottle psi gauges, Speedo disconnected, MSD shift light (8952), AEM O2 guage (30-4110), LM-2 Innovate Motorsports O2/data logger (see 11-17-18 printout in pics), Retrosound OE appearing AM/FM radio with kick panel and trunk-mounted speakers. Instrument panel, glove box, dome light, and all gauges illuminated.
FRONT SUSPENSION: Chris Alston Chassisworks front frame clip, QA1 Double valve coilovers (DD404), QA1 coil springs (10-400).
REAR SUSPENSION: Stock location multi-leaf springs, Calvert adjustable shocks (CR42133), South Side Machine lift/traction bars.
BRAKES: Front-Wilwood Dynalite calipers (120-6816), Wilwood Brake Pads (BP-10), Alston 11.75”x.81” rotors (3907), Hurst line-lock (1745000). Rear – OEM Drum. GM OEM-style master cylinder.
DIFFERENCIAL: GM 10-bolt corporate 8.5” with large Ford bearing ends (88128SE), Eaton TruTrac helical gear limited slip carrier (4900191), 3.23:1 Richmond 8.5” gear set (4900191), 30 spline Tom’s Axels.
WHEEL/TIRES: Front 205/60/15 on 6” Vintique rallye wheels, Rear 235/60/15 Mickey Thompson drag radials on 7” special-offset Vintique rallye wheels with rim screws, GM bowtie hubcaps.
ENGINE: 5800-6000 RPM 10.4:1 compression ZZ502 block torque-plate bored .030”-over to 4.5” bore making it 509 c.i. (12568782) .008” deck clearance, GM 1053 forged crank, GM forged rods 4349 (10198922), ARP 7/16” Rod Bolts (235-6401), JE Sportsman Racing 4032 low-expansion forged small dome pistons (212140-8), Akerly&Childs Xtreme ductile iron rings (10451HG-5) gapped .027”/.029” 400 grit-finish, Clevite main bearings (CLE MS829H), AARP 7/16” rod bolts (ARP-235-6401), Cloyes timing set (9-3149A), Melling high-pressure oil pump & shaft (MEL 10774) 40PSI @ idle, Moroso oil pickup (24440), Moroso 6-qt oil pan (20413), Comp Cams lifters (CCA-900-16), Cometic .030” head gaskets (CGT-C5333-030), Edelbrock head bolts (EDL-8551), Edelbrock E-CNC 355 ported 118cc aluminum heads (79555) 352cc-intake/142cc-exhaust runners 24.5-degree intake valve angle, Edelbrock valves (39-1278/39-1214), 1.55” valve springs 165-seated/480-open, Comp Cams retainers (CCA-613-16) and guide locks (CCA-749-16), GM cast-aluminum OE valve covers double gasket-ed for rocker arm clearance, Edelbrock Rollin’ thunder hydraulic roller cam 248/256 duration .632/.648 lift 112 lobe separation 1500-6500rpm cam (2264) installed at 0-degrees, Dura Bond cam bearings (GMP-12), Comp Cam chromoly 3/8” 5/16” tip pushrods (8901-8/7912-8), Summit balancer (B64264), Scorpion 1.7 roller rockers (SCC-SCP4010BL), Edelbrock Victor Jr. air-gap aluminum intake (EDL-2902), Holley 4150 HP 950cfm square bore dual inlet dichromate carburetor (0-80496-1), MSD Pro Billet locked-out distributor with steel melonized gear (85501), MSD ignition control (6420), MSD coil (8253), NKG V-Power spark plugs #10 (5820), QuarterMaster mini-starter.
FUEL SYSTEM: Stock gas tank with Holley red pump driven aluminum re-circulating rear-mounted surge tank, Holley black fuel pump from surge tank to engine (12-815-1), Summit fuel filter (G1507SK), Holley fuel regulators (12-803).
NITROUS SYSTEM: Stage 1-NOS timed based progressive controller, Digiset delay timer (NOS-15838ANOS), MSD 3 Stage retard controller (8970); Stage 2-Digiset delay timer; two stacked ½” NOS Big Shot nitrous plates (NOS-1251-NOS), NOS SuperProShot solenoids (18050, 18045), two trunk mounted 15lb nitrous bottles with -6AN supply line, NOS 12v bottle heater (14164) w/ audible “on” chime, six 15lb bottle nitrous supply.
EXHAUST: Alston Chassisworks 2” long tube headers with 3.5” collector, Flowmaster 40 series mufflers, 3” full-length over rear axle exhaust.
ENGINE COOLING: AFCO aluminum cross-flow radiator (80103NP), Edelbrock aluminum water pump (8850), mechanical slip-clutch fan w/ oem-style shroud, 160 degree thermostat. Engine temp consistently stays 160-180 degrees on the street and at the track, hotlaps included.
TRANSMISSION: T400 (JW Transmission) full-manual forward shift pattern, WIX filter (58881), JW UltraBell flexplate shield, TCI Ultimate Street Fighter anti-ballooning plate 4300 RPM stall torque convertor (241003), TCI flexplate (399873), two B&M 8”x12” plate-style trans coolers, B&M Megashifter (80690), RCI trans blanket (7808A), Spicer 5-1350X driveshaft u-joint.
FLUID MAINTENANCE: Lucas Synthetic 10/30 Motor oil & filter changed and trans pan drained and refilled (synthetic DexVI) every 50-70 passes.
ELECTRICAL: Powermaster 85 amp (7127) 10si alternator, Optima Grp 24 trunk-mounted battery (9002-002) in Moroso sealed battery box, Taylor (1033) 4-post master shut-off switch, Under-dash 12-circuit blade-type fuse panel.
SFI RE-CERTIFICATION DATES (for ETs quicker than 6.40/10.00): Chassis Cert 12/20 (approx $200), Flexplate 7/21 (TCI $120), Flexplate Shield 12/25 (JW Trans Ultra Bell), Trans Shield/Blanket 9/20 (RCI $285/Summit $115), Seat Harness 12/21 (RCI), Window Net 4/20 (Autopower re-certification $30).
Complete turnkey! Needs nothing. Licensed and street legal. Unique opportunity to own, show and/or race a HotRod Magazine cover car, and one of drag racing’s storied “Sleepers.” Rumble through a car show/cruise-night as a legit non-poser; or drive it in to your local track, air-down the drag radials, and put the hurt on some unsuspecting big-tire/wheel-standing extrovert. Or, do both! Either way, a consistent crowd-pleaser.
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Retiring 10-year care-taker. All Cash/No Wire Transfers/No Trades/No Replies to Text-Messaging. Series of parking lot photos taken on 3-27-21. Buyer to arrange for any shipping. Will make available for pick-up from 92115 location Mon-Sat 10am-4pm. Respectfully, please carefully read/review/study entire detailed ad info and pics before any contact.