1967 Chevy II Nova owned by Jeff Gorjans
Car of the month (again) is this beautiful 1967 Chevy II Nova owned by Jeff Gorjans, aka, MargaritaMan on our racing forums. This is the second time Jeff's Nova has been featured here on www.Motorsportsvillage.com. The reason it is up this time is for a "Farewell to the Queen" salute, as Jeff has decided to sell the car.
Jeff bought the Nova off of Racing Junk in 2004 and drove 4,168 miles from Southern California to Pensacola, FL to pick it up. That trip took 68 hours! Since then everything except the paint has been rebuilt/redone by Jeff in his garage. Originally destined to be a “Trailer Queen”, Jeff decided later on that he wanted the closest thing he could have to a race car and still be able to drive the car on the street and show it too. I think he has achieved his goal!
Jeff’s Nova is a full chassis car with a Chassis Engineering square tube frame with a 14pt. cage. The roll cage was re-welded by Mitch’s Custom Fabrications and NHRA certified to 8.50 ET. Shocks are Aldan Eagle coil-overs on all four corners. Jeff’s Nova sits on Weld wheels with Mickey Thompson front runners and Hoosier Quick Time Pro DOT slicks on the rear. Wilwood discs on all 4 corners provide woah and Flaming River steering wheel, column, and linkage connect to the rack and pinion steering. Auto Meter helps Jeff keep track of the engines operating parameters. The Nova’s interior was done by Jeff and the paint, which is one of the few things he hasn’t changed is a Cranberry Pearl with ghost flames on the inside and outside of the fenders.
The Nova sports a 383 Chevy SBC machined and built by TGs Performance in Hawthorne, Ca. It has an Eagle forged rotating assembly and J&E forged blower pistons for 8.5 to 1 compression. Sitting atop the Pro Comp aluminum heads is a large bore 6-71 blower by Kuhl. Two BG Mighty Demon 750 carbs (modified by Jeff for blower use) sit on Wilson Manifolds Nitrous Pro-Flow dual N2O plate system set at 75HP top it off. A Herbert custom ground roller cam with .663/.672 lift actuate the 2.05/1.6 valves thru Crane 1.6 rockers. APS Racing Products in Canada hand built the aluminum sheet metal valve covers. ARP fasteners were used through out the engine.
The Nova has a dual cooling system to handle the Southern California heat with the secondary system being mounted underneath the trunk area using a Meziere pump and the primary cooling system up front using a CSR pump. With all the electrical equipment Jeff uses he needed a large alternator so a 110 amp unit was installed on the engine.
Mitch’s Custom Fabrications in El Monte, Ca. fabricated the 2 inch headers with 3.5 inch collectors. Spintech custom built mufflers were used to make the Nova somewhat quieter than open headers, although Jeff says his neighbors might disagree.
Connecting the engine with the TCI TH400 transmission with reverse pattern manual valve body is a 3500 stall converter by The Converter Shop. A B&M Street Bandit shifter handles the gear changes.
Out back a power coated Ford 9 inch rear with Moser 31 spline axles and a 5:00 gear is fed by an Inland Empire Driveline Service built driveshaft.
Best performance to date is a 6.324 @ 111.35 mph on an eighth mile pass at Irwindale Raceway on September 16, 2007, a far cry from the first runs he made at 7.20s.
Jeff credits a lot of the car’s performance to folks here on www.Motorsportsvillage.com and Duane (dcarr) in particular. Jeff says that before he started hanging out on MSV the only thing he could tune was his lawn mower. We think he’s come a long way and I’d say that there is more to come from that blown SBC as Jeff seems to be like a lot of others on here. He’s always looking for more power!
Congratulations Jeff, you’ve definitely got a car you can be proud of as it runs as good as it looks!
MORE PICS >>----------
Car of the Month Archives >>