Street Machine Nationals Du Quoin Feature: Kyle’s 1968 Chevy II Nova

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Ahead of the Street Machine Nationals events, we get a unique opportunity to work with the staff at Street Machine Nationals to pick a winner for each of our title’s Gearhead Powerpack giveaways. For the upcoming Du Quoin show, the unanimous choice was Kyle’s 1968 Chevy II Nova.

Kyle is going to be at the show next weekend, but we wanted to give you a look at the car in case you can’t make it. We talked to him to get the story behind the build, as well as technical information, and we’re quite impressed.

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We asked Kyle a few questions to get the story behind his passion for cars…

What makes you a Gearhead?

PPN: How did you get into cars?

Kyle: Born with it!

PPN: Do you work in the industry?

Kyle: I previously worked in a chassis shop.

PPN: What was your first car?

Kyle: 1986 Renault Alliance.

PPN: When did you purchase this car?

Kyle: About 4 years ago, only thing I haven’t changed yet is the paint.

PPN: Why did you buy this particular car?

Kyle: I traded my 71 Camaro drag car for it, wanted something more enjoyable for the family.

PPN: Did you build it or did a shop? How long did it take?

Kyle: I’ve done basically everything except the paint. It’s a continual work in progress, never satisfied!

PPN: What kind of trials and tribulations did you go through to get the car to its current state?

Kyle: Lots of blood, sweat, and beers!

PPN: What outstanding features make this “YOUR” car and different from all the others of that make/model?

Kyle: The color is pretty unique and the engine/turbos is what really gets noticed.

PPN: Who helped you get it to where it is today?

Kyle: My son Max, wife Amanda, and several good friends that have helped along the way. Chad Brock, Chris Mezo, Jon Zsido, Jeff Hayes, and I’m sure there’s more I’m forgetting.

PPN: What future plans do you have for the car?

Kyle: Some brake and safety upgrades for the track, finish the forged 6.0 I’ve got on the stand, eventually tear it apart and repaint it the right way.

Tech Sheet:

Owner: Kyle Avery

Vehicle: 1968 Chevy II Nova

Please fill out as much as you possibly can for the following information. If you know the brand of a part, please use that (i.e. instead of “disc brakes”, use “Wilwood disc brakes”).

Powertrain/Drivetrain

Engine: LQ4 6.0, Comp 235/.620 114 cam

Heads: GM 317, BTR springs and pushrods

Carb / Injection: Holley Hi-Ram intake, Holley Sniper 92mm throttle body,  Bosch 210 injectors

NOS / Turbo / Supercharger: Twin VS Racing 76mm Turbos

Valve Covers: Avery Performance engraved aluminum

Ignition: EFI Source Gold Box computer

Headers: 1-7/8 up and forward turbo headers, CX Racing T4 elbows

Exhaust / Mufflers: Custom mandrel bent 3″ with Dynomax 6″ Round Stainless mufflers

Transmission: 4L80e, Jake’s transbrake, billet input shaft, forward clutch hub, PTC 9.5″ Non-lockup conveter

Shifter: B&M Hammer

HP/Torque: Never Enough!

Chassis

Modifications: Competition Engineering weld-in subframe connectors

Rearend / Ratio: Ford Explorer 8.8, narrowed, USAlloy axles, Ford Racing Carbon TracLoc, 3.31 gear

Rear Suspension: Avery Performance custom triangulated 4-link, ViKing DA coil-overs, Explorer sway bar

Rear Brakes: Explorer disc

Front Suspension: Tubular upper A-arms, ViKing DA coil-overs

Front Brakes: GM disc

Steering Box: Iroc box

Front Wheels: Champion Stripster Black 15×3.5″

Front Tires: 165 R15

Rear Wheels: Champion Stripster Black, XV Single Beadlock, 15×8″

Rear Tires: Mickey Thompson S/S Drag Radials

Gas Tank: RestoMod Tanks, Billet dual pump hat, dual Walbro 450 pumps

Body

Style: Coupe

Hood: Goodmark steel 4″ cowl

Paint Type / Color: Base/clear, Tripoli Turquoise

Interior

Gauges: 7″ tablet running Shadow Dash, Innovate SCG-1 wideband, Autometer fuel level

Air Conditioner: Vintage Air

Stereo: Sony CD, Kicker speakers

Steering Wheel: 13″ RJ Max Lightweight

Seats: Scat Pro 90, matching rear cover

Upholstery By: Avery Performance

Material / Color: Vinyl Black

Carpet: Black Loop

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