Car of the Month - May, 2006
1973 Pro Street Nova SS - owned by Ron Owens
Our first "Car Of The Month" is a 1973 Pro Street Nova SS owned by Ron Owens. It is street legal with full interior except for the missing back seat but everything else is there from the head liner to carpet including the factory dash with carbon fiber insert and a full complement of Auto Meter gauges including the 160MPH speedometer. The car also has all factory glass and an all steel body except for the hood and front and rear bumpers. Even the floor and wheel tubs are steel.
Ron is in the last stages of some major modifications to his pride and joy. The car now has a new rear 4link setup with QA1 Coil Overs, a new Fabed 9 inch rear housing with a new 5.00 to 1 gear and Strange 4 piston disk brakes have been added up front as well. The front suspension has been modified with tubular "A" arms, Strange 4 piston disk brakes and a Strange rack and pinion steering setup.
Under the double layer fiberglass show hood there sits a 540 CID BBC engine with Canfield aluminum heads fed by an Enderle Hat fuel injection system on methanol. That BBC is held in place on the stock front clip with custom made front and rear engine plates. Exhaust from this monster is routed thru the headers and 3.5 inch Dynatech Race Bullet mufflers with tail pipes dumping in front of the rear tires. Lighting the fire in that 540 is handled by an MSD 7AL-2 with MSD coil and Three step controller. Race electronics include a K&R Pro Cube delay box, a Biondo Air Launch System and a Shift Noid electric soleniod for the Hurst shifter. Connected to that Hurst shifter is a PowerGlide transmission with a 1:80 straight cut gear set and a Pro Tree transbrake valve body feeding power to the 9" rear thru a 3 inch drive shaft with 1350 "U" joints.
Before this last round of updates Ronís Nova ran 6.00 @ 115 in the eight mile, 9.19 @ 142 in the quarter mile weighing in at 3600 lbs or so wet. With the new modifications heís looking to get down in the mid 5s and high 8s respectively. Ron says that in the past he's been "easy" on the heavyweight old girl but 2006 is a new beginning. Kinda leads me to think he may "lean" on her a little bit this year. We wish Ron the best in his quest for those ETs this summer. "Git-r-Dun" Ron!
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