Brakes & Wheels

By using 17-inch diameter rims, Wades was able to incorporate Baer 13- and 12-inch discs plied with four-piston calipers at front and rear. To aid and abet, they coupled the conversion with an SSBC master cylinder, a CPP power booster, and dual-circuit polished stainless brake lines. Sparkle flies from the Billet Specialties Legacy hoops, sized 17x7 and 17x9.5, and fixed with 215/45 and 275/40 BFGoodrichs.


Let’s say they began the Nova’s resurrection with the new spaghetti: American Autowire provided the answer. Wades built a four-bar suspension system influenced by custom frame connectors. They situated a 9-inch housing in the middle of it all and supported the member with Carrera coilovers. At the pointed end, a Heidts tubular sub-structure (including upper and lower control arms), antisway bar, and Carreras come to the rescue. At this time, Wades relocated the battery to where all batteries should be—in the trunk. Clark aims and fires the Nova with 2-inch drop spindles, Flaming River rack-and-pinion, and flexible, adjustable ididit steering column.


The Nova’s aggressive eye-pop two-tone exterior is balanced somewhat by the mellow biscuit interior—all of it fabricated, from the sweep of the original dash line to the gauge panel to the custom seats to the fluid door and rear panels. Shawn Cook in Murphy, Texas, did the upholstery execution in Ultraleather, applying it to the Procar low back buckets while making a custom bench for the rear, a seat that will likely never accommodate a derriere. Those dash panel vents issue chilled air from a modified Vintage Air Sure-Fit system. Aluminum-wrapped/black rubber Lokar pedals provide a clear contrast with the sand below. The audio system is composed of a Clarion head and amplifier, and a JBL subwoofer housed in a hand-built enclosure. The steering wheel is Billet Specialties 15.5-inch Vintec.


A mostly unmolested carcass straight out of California was the only ’67 Nova SS for Don. Once at Wades, the ol’ X-body got scraped, scoured, and smoothed all the way out. The gas filler door was welded up. There’s a custom bezel on the trunk lid. The sideview mirrors were erased and the steel, 2-inch cowl hood escaped from the Goodmark studios. To make certain that there would be no clearance issues, 2-inch mini-tubs joined the construction. The motor for the Specialty power window system was secreted in the kick panel vent. The Nova took a side trip to ol’ Danny Day at Strange Daze Rods and Customs in Forney, Texas. DD fashioned an ultraclean firewall cover and a super-sano engine compartment with new metal: outer panels are 0.080-inch 3003 H-14 aluminum and the central panel was formed with 0.063-wall 5052 H-32 aluminum sheet. Wades covered the beauty with Spies Hecker custom-mix orange and gold. Then Wades’ associate Alton Gillespie got real subtle with the complementary pinstriping and graphics. CHP