While strolling the fairgrounds of the Car Craft Summer Nationals, videographer ScottieD spotted this head turner of a 1963 Chevy II with a cool bit of history behind it. The car has spent the last 41 years owned by a man named Darrell who purchased the car when he was only 19 years old.
Before it became the fiery orange street machine it is today, it was originally a factory white SS rolling on Cragar wheels and having a black interior. After Darrell got a hold of it, he drove it and slowly began hot rodding it over the years.
It had been built different ways over the years before he eventually let it sit after life got in the way. A few years ago, he pulled it out of storage, and this time, he gave his early Nova the Pro Touring treatment. He installed a Heidts front end and rear four-bar suspension, and added power brakes to bring the car to a halt. Underneath the hood is a blown 355ci small -block, with Hilborn injection and a Dyers 6-71 Blower on top. For the last 30 years, this Nova has been a supercharged machine.
The 355ci engine is bolted to a 700R4 transmission. The interior has gotten the restomod treatment with Scottie admiring the dash but not sure how to put into words what he liked about it. We believe that he is trying to say that the dash is more streamlined as compared to the stock dash, as this one has simpler gauges but still retains a nostalgic, classic look.
It’s orange exterior is achieved using a Cosmic Dust Silver base coat, Candy Molten Orange paint, and loads of clear coat. Further adding to the exterior is a custom grill, silver wheels, and clean stance. Darrell cares a lot about his ride, and it’s amazing to see that he kept in pristine shape after 41 years of ownership.