There are certain cars you see at the track that leave a lasting impression. It could be the car’s paint, its engine, or the way it runs, but no matter the qualifier, Glen Bolz’s 1966 Nova is one of those cars. It’s safe to say, Glen’s Nova has the paint, the intoxicating sound of a ProCharge’d big block, and it blisters the 1/4-mile in the 7s. His Nova definitely has all the bases covered.
Starting with a rust-free body, Glen found the car in Tucson, Arizona. Since Glen is from Chandler, Arizona, he was able to find an unmolested and rust free shell, of which everyone back east is jealous. The previous owner had started to build the Nova into a race car, but Glen scrapped just about everything that had been done to it, and started from scratch. Since he owns Hot Rods by Glen, he knows his way around a tubing bender and welder. That’s why he was able to build the Nova’s chassis, and have it NHRA-certified, before setting that cherry, post car’s body down on it.
For motivation, there’s a Steve Morris Engines-built 540-inch big-block under the hood, featuring a Dart block and heads, a Callies crankshaft and connecting rods, forged Diamond pistons, a Bullet Racing Cams custom grind bumpstick, Jesel rocker arms, an Edelbrock intake, Precision Injectors fuel injectors, a Wilson Manifolds elbow, and a Holley Dominator fuel management system.
The Nova’s ProCharger F-3R-139 supercharger is capable of chewing up 35 pounds of boost, and spitting out 2,250 horsepower on Steve Morris’ dyno.Behind that earth-moving power is a Hughes Performance double-throwdown Powerglide transmission with a 5,500 rpm stall converter, all manipulated by a Precision Performance Products shifter. A Strange Engineering driveshaft carries the power back to a Jerry Bickel rearend housing, also carrying Strange’s best components.
Although not seen in this video, Glen’s best time in the Nova is a 7.25 at 196 mph. As you can see in this video, putting 2,252 horsepower to the ground can sometimes be a struggle. Even so, none of us would kick this Nova out of the garage.