The steering rack’s installation required a more conventional divorced steering column, which he fulfilled with a Flaming River tilt unit. The only Acadian-specific interior pieces are the horn button and AM radio, both of which he retained. It’s within the center console Neil built under the dash that he installed the Pioneer double-DIN multimedia head unit, the RideTech control panel, and a B&M Pro Stick shifter. As the remainder of the interior is simply Nova SS, he restored it as such. Simply to preserve the interior’s integrity he resorted to Hertz 4-inch coaxial drivers in dash and 6x9s in package tray.
Its Chevrolet construction, Pontiac-like grille, Buick-style fender trim, and Olds-inspired taillights make the SD the platypus of the car kingdom. In fact, Neil is unflinchingly apologetic that the pieces on his car bear a few pits. “You don’t know what it takes to find any of those parts, let alone ones as good as these,” he says. “It took months to find one or two pieces.” CHP