Speed Reading
Artis Houston
Comton, Ca
1971 Nova
ENGINE
Type: '04 Chevrolet Bow Tie
Block: cast iron, 4.560-inch bore, four-bolt main bearing caps, 522ci
Oiling: Billet Fabrications oil pan and pump, Moroso vacuum pump
Crankshaft: Lunati 4340 forged steel, 4.00-inch stroke
Connecting Rods: Manley aluminum
Pistons: CP, 15.8:1 compression ratio, CP pins, Speed-Pro rings
Cylinder Heads: Dart 370 Ovals, CNC-ported, Manley titanium valves
Camshaft: COMP Cams solid roller, 0.800-inch lift, 277/292-deg duration at 0.050-inch
Valve Train: COMP roller lifters, 1.650-inch valvesprings, guide plates, retainers, locks; Manley pushrods, T&D roller rocker arms, 1.7:1 intake, 1.85:1 exhaust, Jesel belt-drive timing gear
Induction: Dart single-plane oval-port manifold, CNC-ported; Holley (Pro Systems) 1,150-cfm carburetor, Product Engineering fuel pump; Aeromotive nitrous oxide regulator, Nitrous Supply Pro Fogger and single injector plate; wiring, plumbing and assembly by Mike Nelson (Nitrous Supply)
Ignition: MSD front-drive distributor, 7AL2 ignition box, 36 degrees total timing
Exhaust: Lemons Headers, 2 3/8- to 2 1/4-inch stepped primary pipes; Lemons collector mufflers, installed by Speedway Muffler (Gardena, CA)
Cooling: Meziere electric water pump, Ron Davis radiator, SPAL fan
Machine Work: overbore block 0.060-inch, align-bored, decked, and squared, balanced rotating assembly, by John Fields (Cypress, CA)
Engine built by: John Fields
Output: 1,035 hp at 7,750 rpm, 765 lb-ft at 5,500 rpm (1450 hp w/N2O)
Performance: 8.19 at 169
Gratitude: Mom and Dad, John Fields, Phil Mandella, Bernard Mondello, John Calvert (CalTracs Bars), Chuck Butler, Lonnie Patrick, Mike Nelson, "Spud" Houston
 
DRIVETRAIN
Transmission: Mike's Transmission Powerglide, Hughes 9 1/2-inch, 4,500-stall speed torque converter; Precision Performance shifter, B&M Super Cooler
Driveshaft: Inland Empire Driveline, aluminum
Rear Axle: narrowed Ford 9-inch housing, Tom's Differential 35-spline axles, Strange Engineering third member w/aluminum roller bearing pinion support, 4.10:1 ring-and-pinion
 
CHASSIS
Front Suspension: stock spindles, TRZ steering arms; stock control arms, Guldstrand bushings, Moroso springs, QA1 adjustable shock absorbers
Rear Suspension: solid axle, QA1 adjustable shock absorbers, CalTracs leaf springs (relocated and notched for tire clearance), CalTracs traction bars, frame connectors installed by Phil Mandella Race Cars (Montclair, CA)
Other: Funny Car rollcage, motor plate and mid-plate by Phil Mandella Race Cars (Montclair, CA)
Steering: Flaming River rack-and-pinion
Brakes: Wilwood discs, front; Lamb Components discs, rear
 
WHEELS & TIRES
Wheels: Weld Racing 15x3.5, front; 15x10, rear
Tires: Mickey Thompson 26x4.5, front; 275/60x15 Drag Radials, rear
 
BODY & PAINT
Body: stripped to bare metal, block-sanded, prepped, and painted by TBS Motorsports (Los Angeles, CA)
Paint: DuPont Marina Blue
Interior: Simpson seatbelts, Aerospace Components billet nitrous bottle brackets, Kirkey Pro Street drag seats covered by Caesar's Auto Upholstery (Bell Gardens, CA), Covan's Classic instrument panel, Auto Meter gauges, ARC switch panel, wiring by John Fields; no radio or air conditioning