Tony's 69 Nova
"More often than not, many of us end up facing some pretty tough decisions during our car builds. Should you go with the traditional, 350ci. small-block or go completely late-model? Do you need forged pistons or will hypereutectic be a better fit for your budget? Will a TH350 transmission fit your needs or should you get a beefed up T56? What about your suspension? These are just a few of the many questions that can make your head spin when it comes to building a muscle car.
But, what if I told you there was a place that can not only answer your questions, but make your dreams of owning a perfect track-ready car a reality? The name of this automotive Mecca is called Speedtech Performance, and at Speedtech the pros have the answers to all of your questions.
Take for example one of their customers by the name of Tony. When Tony brought his ’69 Nova to Speedtech Performance for a relatively simple upgrade, he was just looking to add a nice pair of headers to his relatively stock 350 small-block.
After arriving, though, things changed a bit. While on a tour of the Speed Tech facility with Vice President Roger Maniscalco, Tony was given an exclusive close-up view of their famous ’72 Nova, dubbed “ResurreXion.”
After checking out the ’72 Nova and all of its amazing Speedtech Performance parts and craftsmanship, Tony knew what he had to do. Having placed an order for headers after his walk-around, Tony gave Speedtech a call the next day to order Speedtech Performances’ Pro Touring sub-frame package to be installed on his own Nova. The sub frame would give Tony’s Nova rack and pinion power steering, a tubular sway bar, coilover shocks and the added benefit of being able to use almost any other additional aftermarket suspension part, be it wheels or brakes.
This was just the tip of the iceberg though as every few days Tony would call with another request. At first it began with things like adding a Speedtech Performance Torque Arm rear suspension to mate up with the aforementioned sub frame. Not only did this add strength to the rear end, but the torque arm is actually designed with the Pro Touring racer in mind. When you do a lot of fast driving and cornering on the track, older Chevys are notorious about rear wheel hop and general sloppiness in the turns.
The torque arm is designed to fix the instant center, creating a more balanced car overall and offers much more control in the turns. Finally, after ordering parts here and there, Tony just gave the order to do a complete build for his Nova. It was then that the crew at Speedtech began their mission to turn the classic muscle car from mild to a wild track-hungry machine. With over 8 years of building affordable full Pro Touring conversions, Speedtech Performance will not only meet but exceed your every expectation."
Courtesy of Chevy Hardcore Online Magazine, August 2012.