Supercharged 1970 LS Trade-in Chevrolet Nova blurs the lines between Restomod and Pro-Touring
This 1970 Chevy Nova crammed the best of restomod, pro-touring and street machineing into one blown LSA package.
Some people buy project cars and take the plunge, with the construction, while others simmer a bit before they start. Well, it would have to be said that Andy Caraballo, from Del Ray Beach Florida, definitely falls into the second category. For two whole years he walked past a certain 1970 Chevy Nova that had a sign for sale. We call it patience. Finally, he accelerated the steam to step over the classic Nova. “The Nova was fairly stocked and needed a full makeover. I remember driving to buy it with my son, Dominic, who was 17 at the time. We talked about building the car together and of how it would be so cool when finished, ”Caraballo recalled. Well, a deal was made and Caraballo, along with his wife Michelle, were now the pound owners of a weather-tired 1970 Chevy Nova.
Caraballo got acquainted with cars, from the age of 10, helping his father, who was a mechanic, to master cars. Over time he developed a love for third generation Novas, so he was delighted to finally have one in the garage, but the projects take a lot of time and money, so the Nova had to wait for its transformation. How long? How about six years old. Meanwhile, he drove the Nova and planned. As Caraballo explained: “I remember taking my 14 year old daughter Alanna for a ride and she commented on how slow I was driving, she didn’t know the Nova had 4.56 gears and even the top speed. slow, the RPM was screaming. ! “
Eventually the day came to start the project and with a clear picture of what he wanted, Caraballo and his son started tearing up the Nova. The body was in fairly good shape, so while he was out of receiving a massage, mini tubs and a paint job, Caraballo could start working on the drivetrain. He bought a 2015 Chevrolet Performance Supercharged LSA Crate Chipper, swapped out a Stage-2 cam from Brian Tooley, and added a rack-and-pinion drive from LSX Concepts. The backup of the LS-swap is a GM 4L80e trans overdrive with a smooth converter. From the trans, the power returns to a Fab9 box with a rear Mark Williams posi and 3.40 speeds. To deliver fuel, Caraballo went with Ricks’ dual-pump stainless steel tank and larger injectors. The C&S radiator-cooled mill produces over 900 horsepower, which is more than enough to motivate the Restomodish Chevy.
Caraballo didn’t expect heavy track use, but he wanted a capable pro-touring suspension, so for the front suspension he hit the guys at Detroit Speed. They sent it their hydroformed front sub-name with modern Corvette-style pins and JRi shocks. For the rear suspension, he chose a four-link system from Chris Alston with JRi shocks to match the front. The huge Wilwood binders reside inside the Schott wheels (18 x 10 inch front, 18 x 12 inch rear) wrapped in Toyo R888 rubber.
Caraballo is proud of the interior it installed, especially the carbon fiber dashboard which houses a Racepak digital system and the matching center console which houses the power window controls, TCI gear lever. , audio controls and a sleek setup to adjust brake bias on the fly. Seats are from Corbeau and passengers are held in place by a set of five-point Impact harnesses. For added safety, a custom chrome-moly six-point roll bar was designed and installed by Farks Supercars at Keyport NJ and for added convenience there is an Alpine audio setup and Vintage Air GenIV system.
After 8 years of planning and preparation, the build itself took just 10 months and the result is a 1970 Chevy Nova that is both restomod, partly pro-touring and 100% badass.