Drive Magazine Features Resurrexion
... Blakes ’72 Nova started is life as a Super Chevy build project that Speed Tech had sponsored, donating the front sub frame and rear torque arm suspension. About half way through the build, the original owner contacted Blake explaining the build would not be able to be completed. The two of them worked out a deal and the car came into his possession. With so many Speed Tech parts already on the car, a new project began. “I named the car ResurreXion because it started life as a Super Chevy build and was reborn in our shop, and the spelling includes the ‘X’ for the Nova body style,” Blake adds.
The vehicle was shipped cross country and after it arrived, upon further inspection, they discovered that the original workmanship was not up to their high standards. “We decided to completely strip the car including: removing the sub frame connectors, roll cage, and sand blast the entire car,” says Blake.
With a blank slate in hand, Blake set out to build a car that was street legal as well as being fully track ready, which is no simple task. However, knowing exactly how he wanted to car to look, the build went very fast. After receiving the car on May 13th they had only a few short months to get it ready for the Good Guys West Coast Nations at the end of August. The first thing that needed to be done was to lighten the car up. “The Nova bumpers suck, not only do they look heavy but they are heavy,” Blake says. So he and the boys at Speedtech grafted in a ’69 Camaro lower rear valance and tail lights but swapped them side to side to match the Nova body lines. This allowed for a Camaro rear bumper to be used after it was shortened and sunk into the rear quarter panels. This results in a unique one off look and significant decrease in weight. Up front the Nova valence was replaced with the Camaro valence and the front fenders were extended to fit. Also the Camaro’s turn signals were replaced with driving lights, and the nova bumper was cut and sectioned to fit it tight to the body. Finally all the trim pieces were painted the base coat color and finished in a flat clear for that beautiful matte finish. The cars appearance is inspired from the traditional road race cars, with a street car twist that results in an impressive looking machine. With a car that looks so good, and being an owner of a high end performance shop, Blake added plenty of performance to match.
While this car would obviously be fast in a straight line, making this car handle while going around a corner was also a top priority. Therefore a full overhaul on the suspension and braking systems went underway. Up front, the car boasts a full set of Ridetech monotube coilovers with Hyperco springs, Speedtech Performance Pro Touring sub frame with high clearance tubular control arms, rack and pinion, and 1.25” sway bar. Steering was done via a unisteer first gen Camaro rack conversion kit. The rear features a Speedtech Performance Torque arm suspension system, with Ridetech monotube coilovers and hyperco springs, and a 1” adjustable swaybar. Included are a set of Speedtech articulating trailing arms.