When Robert Frost was just a lad in high school, like many teenage boys, he had the opportunity to hang out with a bunch of guys that had a real interest in musclecars. During that time, Robert was the proud owner of a hot rodded ’57 Chevy, but he eventually graduated high school, and things like family and a place to live became his focus. That’s when the hot rod interest took a back seat to life.
For many years, Robert had to endure life without the benefit of having his own hot rod, that is until 1991. That’s the year he finally decided that he needed to do something for himself, so he began his search for what he thought would be the perfect car. When he located this ’66 Chevrolet Nova, he knew his hunt was completed. Robert told us, “When I found this car, I immediately bought it. As soon as I got it home, I tore it completely apart and started rebuilding it.”
After he had torn the Nova apart, he had Mark’s Auto Body in Tonganoxie, Kansas – say that three time fast – replace the rusty pieces of metal, straighten the parts that were salvageable, and cover it in a mirror-like hue of deep black. Robert continued, “There was a little rust at the bottom of the quarter panels, so I bought new GM fenders and quarter panels. I was lucky to have a friend that works at a Chevy dealership, and he found the parts.”
Once the body was covered, it was time to focus on the motorvational duties. Robert decided that a simple small-block would not suffice, so he had a 383 cubic-inch stroker engine assembled using an Eagle rotating assembly, heavily-massaged cast iron cylinder heads, and an Edelbrock Performer RPM aluminum intake supporting a 750 cfm Demon carburetor. Behind the tire-melting small-block is a Super T10 manual gearbox supplimented by a Gear Vendors under/overdrive that reaches back to a Strange– and Currie-filled 9-inch rearend.
The suspension consists of coilovers and ladder bars supporting the rear, a tubular front suspension with coilovers, and four-wheel disc brakes by Classic Performance Products.
Inside, the Nova features a red interior with a custom Covan dash panel filled with Autometer gauges, a polished Flaming River steering column with tilting action, and a billet steering wheel. For good measure, the occupants are protected by a six-point rollbar.
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