Everyone has taken on a simple project, only for it to snowball out of control to the point that you have a full-blown race car. Things get out of hand, people come up with different ideas of what you should do to the car, and next thing you know the car is getting a 25.3 cage and a twin-turbo big block.
For Frank Saponaro and his 1967 Chevy Nova wagon, that’s kind of how things played out. Saponaro started building the car last January. “It was supposed to be a beater I was going to spray flat black,” Saponara says. Of course, it snowballed on him, and here he is. It went from a beater to the idea of having a legitimate 7-second street car. “I’m signed up for Drag Week and plan to take the wagon,” Saponaro adds. He will run the Super Street Big Block Power Adder class.
To make sure he’s in the running, Saponaro chose a Lorenzo’s Fast Flow 540-inch big block Chevy with a Callies crank, Oliver rods, Manley pistons, a custom solid roller cam, AFR 377cc heads, an Edelbrock Pro-Flo XT EFI intake, and twin BorgWarner 82mm hairdryers from Work Turbochargers. The front end is a Total Cost Involved complete system, while out back is a Moser M9 rear end with a leaf spring arrangement carrying Smith Racecraft Assasin Bars, split mono-leafs, and spring perches.
For the 25.3 cage, Saponaro bought 240-feet of chromoly tubing and did the cage and chassis himself. Saponaro and a couple of his friends smoothed out the body before Taylors Classic Auto Body applied the BASF Turquoise paint with a white top.
With three small children, the wagon’s rear seat will maintain functionality, as will the car’s A/C, heat, and power steering. Saponaro tells us the wagon will also have fully-functional cupholders, as well. “Street car, baby,” he says. Not sure who he’s calling baby, but we can totally dig it.