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Jersey To Tampa In A 509 Nova, Part 5 Posted May 22 2013 02:54 PM by Jim Campisano

We made it: 1,100 miles from South Jersey to Tampa in a 509-powered ’72 Nova. We burned more gas than we expected, but added exactly zero oil, coolant, ATF or power steering fluid during the trip. That's a testament to the...

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Filed under: Chevy Project Cars, Chevy Big Block, Chevrolet Nova  | 


Can Someone Get A Paving Crew To South Carolina?
Jersey To Tampa In A 509 Nova, Part 4 Posted May 21 2013 10:04 AM by Jim Campisano

Overdrive and air conditioning. These are the two modern conveniences we purposely left off the Nova SS509 project car when we decided to build it. It was going to be a street/strip machine that went to the occasional...

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Scare Number 2 and Tracking Speed
Jersey To Tampa In A 509 Nova, Part 3 Posted May 20 2013 09:19 AM by Jim Campisano

As we reported in our last blog, we hit a bird in Virginia with the SS509 Nova project just before we picked up I-95 a few miles from North Carolina. From past experience, I can tell you this is usually bad luck. I knew a...

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Suicidal Bird and A Scare
Jersey To Tampa In A 509 Nova, Part 2 Posted May 19 2013 08:08 PM by Jim Campisano

The fog was had just cleared as we motored down Route 1 South through Virginia. I was just about to relax a little and enjoy the Rat power when a bird committed hare kare, throwing himself in front of my Nova. Quite a shock...

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Filed under: Chevy Project Cars, Chevy Big Block, Chevrolet Nova  | 

AMD Chevelle Takes Flight
Phase 2 of Super Chevy AMD Chevelle Build Posted January 17 2013 12:56 PM by Jim Campisano

 The Super Chevy AMD Chevelle project is kicking into phase 2 in 2013. It looks perfect and now we're going to make it perform just as well. First, we're rebuilding the 12-bolt courtesy of Strange, then adding and overdrive...

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Filed under: Chevy News, Chevy Big Block, Chevrolet Chevelle  | 

348 Sneakers With 409 Laces
W-Motor Shoes Posted July 26 2012 07:46 AM by Jim Campisano

They say you see everything at the Maple Grove Super Chevy event and I believe it. This photo was taken in the show field. One of the big car owners was sporting these athletic shoes: New Balance 348s with 409 laces.

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Filed under: Super Chevy Comments, Chevy Big Block  | 

Adding Slide-A-Links To Our Nova SS Project
Traction Action Posted May 10 2012 07:46 AM by Jim Campisano

There's been a lot of excitement about our ’72 Nova SS project car. Thanks to its Dart 509, Performance Automatic TH400 and Currie 9-inch, we've gone 10.72s at 126, but with a mediocre 1.53 60-ft time. Couldn't get out of...

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Filed under: Chevy Tech, Auto Suspension, Chevy Big Block, Chevrolet Nova  | 

Rumors of his demise untrue
Jerry Jardine Still Alive, Still Making Headers Posted March 2 2012 02:12 PM by Jim Campisano

In the articles in the April 2012 issue of Super Chevy about the replica of the 1961 Old Reliable racecar and the interview with Bill Jenkins, is was written that noted longtime header builder Jerry Jardine was no longer...

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Filed under: Chevy News, Chevy Big Block, 1958 - 1970 Chevrolet Full Size  | 

Own A Piece Of Grumpy Jenkins Auction History
Grumpy's Camaro Going To Auction Posted January 6 2011 08:56 AM by Jim Campisano

In the Chevy drag racing world, no name is bigger than that of Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins. The Malvern Missile, who was out signing autographs at our Super Chevy Show at Maple Grove Raceway in Pennsylvania last summer, ran a...

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Filed under: Super Chevy Comments, Chevy Big Block, Chevrolet Camaro  | 

TCI Front Clip Install Coming Soon
Nasty Nova Posted June 23 2010 07:28 AM by Jim Campisano

Not too long ago we came into possession of a ’72 Nova SS. It had been set up for a big-block, but was engineless. It wasn't perfect, but it was acquired for a price that anyone working at McDonald's could afford. Plus, it...

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Filed under: Chevy Project Cars, Auto Suspension, Chevy Big Block, Chevrolet Nova  | 

Norm Meads' L78 Nova SS Takes Him Back
A Nova Like One Other Posted June 15 2010 09:24 AM by Jim Campisano

When Norm Meads was 17, he ordered a black-on-black L78 Nova at Park Circle Chevrolet in Baltimore. With a few mods, the 375-horse, automatic-equipped ’70 was soon running low 12s at 111 mph. Not a bad hot rod for a...

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Filed under: Super Chevy Comments, Chevy Big Block, Chevrolet Nova  | 

Mr. Editor Meets Mr. Super Sport
Sitting In A Piece Of History Posted May 14 2010 09:54 AM by Jim Campisano

By any measure, our Super Chevy Show in Virginia was a wild success. On a personal note, one of the highlights of the weekend was getting to meet Tommy Nolen and his wife, and getting an up-close and personal look at his...

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Filed under: Super Chevy Comments, Chevy Big Block, 1958 - 1970 Chevrolet Full Size  | 

We've Got One Coming Soon
Where Have All The V-8 Vegas Gone? Posted May 7 2010 06:48 AM by Jim Campisano

As we continually seek to fine-tune Super Chevy Magazine, it occurred to me that we've not featured a really trick V-8 Vega in quite some time. Not for a lack of trying, mind you, but for a variety of reasons we've not...

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Filed under: Super Chevy Comments, Chevy Big Block  | 

This was an unexpected surprise
Junior Johnson's ’59 At The 500 Posted February 17 2010 04:22 PM by Jim Campisano

I took in my first Daytona 500 in 2010 and (like many of you) I feel it was a mixed bag. The racing, enhanced by larger openings in the restrictor plates, was more exciting than in years past and there was a near-record...

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Filed under: Chevy News, Chevy Big Block, 1958 - 1970 Chevrolet Full Size  | 

World Products & Walden Automotive Are Close
New 409 Block Nears Production Posted February 2 2010 09:57 AM by Jim Campisano

Over the last 18 months, we've brought you updates of the new aluminum 409 block being engineered by World Products and Lamar Walden Automotive. Here's the latest on it. World Products, the noted provider of crankcases,...

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Filed under: Chevy Tech, Car Engine, Chevy Big Block, 1958 - 1970 Chevrolet Full Size  | 

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