Although Mike Dressler went for some flashy new wheels, he was adamant about retaining a traditional 15-inch rim diameter-which didn't jibe with his quest for big brakes. No problem. Rainbow Polishing milled the calipers just enough to fit inside the rear Budniks, but not enough to weaken them.
Within months of completing his Nova's new drivetrain, Mike Dressler was back at it, looking to substantially upgrade his '67's interior. Quality Interior of Irwindale, California, created a complete custom interior using three shades of gray Ultraleather. The dashpad, door panels, and one-piece headliner were all handcrafted; the stock front bucket seats were reshaped before covering, and Mercedes charcoal-gray carpet covers the floors. Mike furthered the major makeover with a full set of Auto Meter Ultra-Lite gauges, Crow five-point belts, and an ididit column topped with a Grant steering wheel. Trunk panels were created to match the inside, and a Painless Performance harness hooks it all up. The stereo includes Clarion and Kenwood components, and the rear speakers reside in a custom tray, but who cares? "I'm always listening to the motor," Mike tells us. "I end up just turning the stereo off."
"Bam, What A Difference!"
Mike didn't dislike the wheels his new ride came on, but change was in the air, so the old-school rims gave way to a set of Budnik Teardops, 15x6 inches up front and 15x8 out back. A pair of BFGoodrich Traction T/As, measuring a svelte 185/65R15, works the steering end; BFG Drag Radials, 235/60R15 in size, handle the business end. Looking to fill those big rim openings-and significantly increase his Nova's stopping prowess-Mike installed polished Wilwood Billet Dynalite calipers. They grab 12-inch drilled and slotted rotors all the way around and are powered by a chrome master cylinder from Performance Online, working through a Wilwood prop valve.
One thing leads to another, and once Mike Dressler switched out his rolling stock, a new, stance-enhancing suspension setup quickly followed. The front suspension was rebuilt with components sourced from Classic Performance Products, which also provided a new swaybar. Lowering springs from Performance Online set the Deuce down an inch and a half; Competition Engineering three-way shocks smooth the ride. The rear was dropped 2 inches with CPP monoleaf springs. The shocks are KYBs, and CalTracs bars help put the power to the pavement. With nearly 600 lb-ft of grunt on tap, subframe connectors (picked up from Classic Industries) are a necessity.
Leave It Alone
Star Autobody of Covina, California, made the Nova's panels straight, then covered them with a rich coat of DuPont Marina Blue. Mike received his ride this way, and knows enough not to mess with a good thing.